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The 2014 Emerald Cup Winners Announced, Event Recap

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The Emerald Cup is all about celebrating the Emerald Triangle in North California and the wealth of quality that the local cannabis communities produce.  The contest is entering its eleventh year and was originally exclusive to organically grown flower entries. This year, that is changing. The Emerald Cup 2014  now allows for other medicinal products ranging from solvent-less concentrates to infused edibles. Even topicals have their place.


There is also a Breeder’s Cup, where the final winner will be advertised in the Emerald Cup edition of Skunk magazine, win two tickets to a Jamaica vacation, and enjoy unlimited patient demand from dispensaries all over California.  The breeder is supposed to have a line of products available to the prop 215 public.  The final category is a photo competition that has to be taken from the 2014 season.

Sonoma County Welcomes The Cannabis Community

The 2014 Emerald Cup was held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, the same location High Times held their Cup back in June.  The crowd was filled with many of the same faces and products, but the atmosphere was vastly different.  It was much calmer, with kinder people.  Jonah Tacoma of Dabstars wasn’t standing on a stage yelling over every other vendor.

“One of the most unique aspects of this competition was the fact that it cost no money for vendors to submit an entry into the competition(s).”

What I appreciated most was the sense that everyone was sharing the space equally.  With so many modern cannabis events dominated by concentrates and lines to take free dabs, it is refreshing to see an event like The Emerald Cup stick to its roots.


That being said, The Emerald Cup 2014 did have a wide array of unique and topshelf products for medical marijuana patients to shop and sample.  There was no wrong way to medicate and the options were virtually endless; no settling necessary.  The artwork was inspiring and creative from hand-designed hats, professional photos done by DoobieDuck to one of a kind art by Grace Slick.  Children are not normally seen at cannabis events, however, the Emerald Cup provided a children friendly area allowing parents to attend with their entire families.  No children were allowed into the 215 area.

the emerald cup

One of the most unique aspects of this competition was the fact that it cost no money for vendors to submit an entry in to the competition(s).  They moved back the final due date for submissions twice, finally ending on December 1st.  The judges were so overwhelmed with submissions to sift through, they had to eat an edible every few hours just to complete their judging requirements in time. This definitely leaves a lot to be questioned as to how accurately they could rate the effects of each product, but it was apparent that effort was taken to ensure that as many vendors as possible could enter without money being an obstacle.


Many big name giants in growing, extracts, edibles, and glass were in attendance.  Ed Rosenthal had a table selling and signing his books, Dennis Peron was spotted walking around saying hello to fans, and DJ Short had a booth selling shirts and Blueberry space cakes. Hitman Glass‘s Dougie bought a booth across fromQuinn Glass.  The display of gorgeous heady pieces was a delight and many of the greatest pieces found loving and appreciative homes.


Outdoor musical attractions took place all day featuring the Wheeland Brothers, Hirie, Thrive, Stick Figure, and more. Sunday night’s indoor performance included Nahko and Medicine for the People, Christafari and Ozomatli.

The Emerald Cup 2014: Home To Top-shelf… Everything

The Emerald Cup entries were kept visible in glass display cases inside the Hall of Flowers.  The cluster of attention around the entries was nonstop, making it rather difficult to look through the entries carefully.  With a total of 900 entries, there was a lot of cannabis to look over. For the looks of things, the Emerald Cup crew was overwhelmed by the turnout and the support.  They sold out of tickets on the first day and hit maximum capacity by 3pm.


The food trucks that lined the streets outside of the 215 section carried delicious organic food, including vegan and gluten-free options.  There was always hot coffee, chai tea, fresh juices, and vegan pies available. Even grilled cheese with bacon if you were lucky enough to catch the them before the bacon ran out.


Slightly Stoopid performed indoors at the close of the first night. The crowd was mesmerized.  The energy that Slightly Stoopid was exuding made it clear they felt at home. The entire auditorium wouldn’t stop cheering until Slightly Stoopid came out for one final song.  Tribal Seeds and Zack Darling opened for Slightly Stoopid, where they were joined on stage by Uncle Don Carlos.  Reggae music filled the stadium and every once in awhile the lights would shine out on the crowd to display a dancing mass cocooned in a smoky ambiance.

The 2014 Emerald Cup: The Results & Winners Announced

The announcement of winners was hard to follow, but we have compiled a list of winners for the 2014 Emerald Cup best flower competition. The top 5 finalists are as follows:

1st place:

Collective: Healing Harvest Farms   Strain: Sweet Serenade

  • The Sweet Serenade strain was known for its big, dense buds that were extremely packed with crystals. There was a cardamon and eggnog, zabaglione, cherry turpentine flavor that was reported as having a big expansion in the lungs, coupled with a clear mental high. Marked great for creative focus.

2nd place:

Collective: Healing Harvest Farms   Strain: Black Lime

  • The Black Lime strain had big, beautiful buds that would catch the eye of anyone walking by. This strain had a strong gasoline smell that was unforgettable. The stoney buzz would come in vibrant waves.

3rd place:

Collective: OrganiCann  Strain: Cheese

  • The Cheese strain was emerald Green in shade with light brown hairs. Its firm buds filled the air with a deep skunk stench reminiscent of roasted peppers, rose, lavender, dried mango. There was a touch of mint on the exhale. This strain was celebrated for its ability to encourage an open-minded, feel-good high.

4th place:

Collective: Peace in Medicine   Strain: SFV OG x Blue Power

  • This entry was tightly trimmed and loaded with golden trichomes. It contained a super strong pine & mothballs stench, similar to stinky, minty dirty armpits… and it tastes like it smells!  This strain is popular for its ability to create a brain spiraling/vibratory head stone that is exciting and great for social events.

5th place:

Collective: Healing Harvest Farms   Strain: Zklittlez

  • The Zklittlez strain is said to smell like Tangerine juice and tequila with some lime. Tastes like candy cane with a full smoky rich flavor. It’s a nose tickler capable of producing a full-headed high.
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Seattle HIGH TIMES 2014 Cannabis Cup Recap And Winners Announced

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The Seattle HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup was a scene of cannabis activists, connoisseurs, and eager recreational users and medical patients.  The heat was unexpected but the sun was shining and even the cops were smiling and waving to us.  Chelsey with RasBoss even said that one cop stopped her on the side of the road to ask where she got her rasta Missmaryjaneco. leggings, so he could get his wife a pair.

HIGH TIMES Holds 2014 Cannabis Cup In Seattle

With four different 420 locations spread out in the corner parking lots of the Comcast Arena, which housed the seminars and speeches, it wasn’t surprising that many people were left to walk in circles unsure of where anything was.  You weren’t allowed to bring food, drink, or medicine of any kind into the Comcast Arena, making it rather difficult for many to attend the seminars. As a medical patient with allergies, this was very disappointing to me. There was nowhere to leave my edibles safely, and unfortunately, I missed all of the seminars because of that.




As the years pass, it seems that HIGH TIMES is getting more and more focused on their net revenue and maximum number of shows they can squeeze into a year rather than top quality events for their patrons.  Fortunately, the vendors made this event what it was, giving graciously to the community ensuring everyone had a good time.

“With four different 420 locations spread out in the corner parking lots of the Comcast Arena, which housed the seminars and speeches, it wasn’t surprising that many people were left to walk in circles unsure of where anything was.”


HIGH TIMES was founded in 1974 at a time when counter culture really needed a place all its own. As marijuana heads toward federal legalization, the magazine has an opportunity to capitalize on the country’s desperation to participate in the cannabis world when their home states prevents them from doing so.


From what I gather, they charge high ticket costs that continue to rise and seemingly do less and less for their loyal clientele, evident from their lack of replies and unhappy people on the Seattle HT ticket page. Last year’s HIGH TIMES lawsuit against NW Harvest Cup reminds us just how not of a ‘team player’ HT wants to be.  They clearly desire to be the big dog and they don’t want any competition.

40,000 People Attended HIGH TIMES 2014 Seattle’s Cannabis Cup

Many famous Seattle dispensaries and in and out of state vendors bought booths to showcase their finest to the 40,000 expected attendees from across the nation. However, only the i502 recreational dispensaries were able to do business with the non medical patients.  The shatter, as Seattle is known for, was beautiful, top shelf, and super clean.  It was a surprise how many booths would pull you a very generous size dab or pack a fresh full bong of their organic bud but had nothing for you to take home for donation.



It would seem that Caviar Gold and Dabstars are turning giveaways into a habit.  The Caviar Gold booth won third place for their double high booth, which was suited out with girls wearing gold sexy jumpsuits that gave me flashbacks from Austin Power’s Goldmember and rappers rallying the crowd as they threw cavicones in every direction.  Jonah Tacoma carried the Dabstars team creating a permanent crowd around the booth as they threw edibles, vape pens, and swag galore to anyone and everyone in the masses.


The first night was finished with a concert performance by The Wailers as they serenaded us with Bob Marley’s entire album, “The Legend.”  It was masterful, the crowd was dancing, swaying, and the entire ice hockey arena had a very familiar aroma. The Wailers performed their hearts out and we ate it up.  It was truly unforgettable.


The Pacific Northwest has a strong and forceful presence but until Washington truly opens the floodgates the way Colorado has, the potential is left building.  i502 is far too stringent and with no open recreational storefronts available in Seattle, Washington is forced to ride in the tailcoats of Colorado as the recreational business heads that away.

Seattle High Times 2014 Cannabis Cup Winners

With only two judges per category and no “people’s vote,” it leaves a lot to be questioned as to the legitimacy of these results but they go as follows:

1st Place – Super Silver Haze from Life is Good Healing
2nd Place – Hawaiian Dutch from Zen Living Cooperative & Just Ice Wax Co-Lab
3rd Place – Durban Poison from TJ’S Organic Gardens

1st Place – Cookie Monster from The Source Genetics
2nd Place – Grandma’s Batch from Heirloom Genetics
3rd Place – Kaya’s Koffee from PacificNwRoots

1st Place – Rare Dankness Seeds’ Veganic Starkiller OG from William Braveheart Green for Vegamatrix
2nd Place – Lemon Tree from Creek Side
3rd Place – Thin Mint Cookies from Gold Coast Collection

1st Place – OG Ghost Train Haze #1 53-micron 5-Star Bubble Hash from A Greener Today with Goat Organics
2nd Place – ZkittleZ Bubble from 3rd Gen Family with Terp Hogz & BooBoo’s Bubble
3rd Place – Miami Haze 99% Heads / Drysift from PacificNwRoots

1st Place – Lemon Fire Nug Run from Mr. B Extracts
2nd Place – Master Yoda Batter from Brutal Bee with KC Extracts
3rd Place – OG Ghost Train Haze #1 Sugar Wax from A Greener Today

1st Place – Trail Blazer Bars from aKaWoNkA with Jesse Patrick
2nd Place – Sensi Sweets 3 Drink Sampler from A Greener Today with Sensi Sweets
3rd Place – Margarita Truffle – Lime, Tequila and Sea Salt from Cheffettes

1st Place – Super Lemon Haze from Olympia Mike
2nd Place – Blue Dream from TJ’S Organic Gardens
3rd Place – Sour Pebbles from Firebros.

1st Place – Kosher Kush from Phenotype Farmers
2nd Place – Rainbow Kush from A Green Cure
3rd Place – Kosher Kush from Phenotype Farmers

1st Place – Zeus OG from A Greener Today
2nd Place – Super Lemon Haze from A Green Cure
3rd Place – Girl Scout Cookies from Fweedom Collective with Aurum Farms

1st Place – Pineapple Express 73-micron 5-Star Bubble Hash from A Greener Today with Goat Organics
2nd Place – White Tangerine OG – Non Solvent from The Bakeréé with Green Masons
3rd Place – Tangie Royale with Cheese from Black Dabber with Phenotype Farmers

1st Place – Blue Dream x Tangie from Vader Extracts & Grateful Meds
2nd Place – Dutch Treat Shatter from Rainier Alternative
3rd Place – Lemon Oranges from River City Holistics Health with Gold Coast Extracts

1st Place – Carms from Cascadia High
2nd Place – 1:1 CBD Slips from Oakor and TKO
3rd Place – S’mores Cup from Bungles Edibles

Flower – Sour Tsunami #3 from Solstice
Concentrate – CBD Simple from Cannavest
Edible – Lunch Box from Florida Buds and Arborside Compassion

CBDemu from Browns Botanicals

1st Place – Vader Extracts
2nd Place – CLOUD PENZ
3rd Place – Caviar Gold

1st Place – Cypress Hill’s Phuncky Feel Tips by Vader Extracts
2nd Place – Cloud Penz by Cloud Penz
3rd Place – Transdermal Gel by Mary’s Medicinals

1st Place – TGOD Dwreck Puck by Nexus Glass
2nd Place – Sasquatch Glass Guitar by Sasquatch Glass
3rd Place – Dr. GreenThumb’s Phuncky Feel Tips by B-Real

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Hempcon 2014 Hits San Francisco This Week

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With 8 different locations, Hempcon is growing rapidly as the country becomes increasingly comfortable with cannabis. This year’s San Francisco event is being held at the Cow Palace in Daly City, CA, and it’s expected to be bigger than ever.

San Francisco Hempcon Will Be Held This Weekend, August 22-24

cow palaceWith over a 100 dispensaries expected in attendance and over 200 cannabis related vendors, the excitement is expected to be non-stop at this year’s San Francisco Hempcon. Attendees will be able to peruse the sea of promotional booths for cannabis, glassware, hydroponics, and other industry-specific products.


Despite the abundance of vendors, Hempcon is intended to serve as a chance to educate the community about the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis. In turn, there will be educational seminars, panels, and presentations by industry leaders, advocates, and attorneys.


In addition to the expo, there will be a competition to determine everything from the best flowers, edibles, and concentrates to an assortment of best products awards. The winner of each category will be chosen by a panel consisting of 20 hand-picked cannabis industry professionals, 20 VIP Judge passes, and five official Hempcon Judges. They rate each entry on a scale from 1 (weak) to 10 (strong) in each of the following categories:

  • Smell and Aroma
  • Texture and Consistency
  • Appearance and Color
  • Taste and Flavor
  • Sensation (smooth or harsh)
  • Experience and Strength

Hempcon San Fran


At $300 for your first entry, the cost of competing in the Hempcon Cup is notably cheaper than the HIGH TIMES Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup. Not only that, but it is much closer to the city of San Francisco.

“The one-day ticket price is $25 and the 3-day pass is yet to be determined.”


The winner in each category will be presented with the Hempcon Cup Cannaward Trophy. Those who finish in second and third place will each be awarded smaller trophies to commemorate the special occasion.


Interestingly enough, tickets for San Francisco Hempcon are not available for sale online, or anywhere other than the Cow Palace itself. All tickets must be purchased at the main gate beginning Friday. The one-day ticket price is $25 and the 3-day pass is yet to be determined.


You will want to be sure to take your valid medical marijuana recommendation if you hope to medicate at the event. If you don’t already have one, doctors will be conducting evaluations on site – all you need is a valid California license.

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The Inaugural Flameworkers’ Open House at Pacific Art Glass

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The Inaugural Flameworkers’ Open House at Pacific Art Glass


For those of you in the LA Area who have been interested in blowing glass, listen up. Pacific Art Glass hosted an open house this July 19th from 1pm – 6pm, and they are preparing to offer a whole new sub-section of flame working classes.

Pacific Art Glass Hosts Glassblowing Open House

With new classes starting August 2nd, Pacific Art Glass will offer a series of flame working classes taught by certified scientific glassblower Leland Lemar Srygley. The classes will teach basic skills in solid shaping, hollow shaping, color application, and hollow seals.


“We’re trying to improve the industry for the artisans. We’re ready to party.” – John, Pacific Art Glass


This weekend’s open house was intended to help promote these upcoming classes while providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to blow glass alongside skilled professional glassblowers who have already made a name for themselves in the industry.


glass Explaining what drives him to hold such an event, John, the owner of Pacific Art Glass, had the following to say: “We’re trying to improve the industry for the artisans. We’re ready to party.”


Glassblowing is gaining wider audience appeal with the increasing acceptance of cannabis, and we are seeing an increasing number of glassblowing schools throughout the country. If you are interested in the magic of blowing glass, the open house was a great chance to take a stab at it without too much commitment.


Appearances from D-wreck, Chris Vertigo, Mr. V, Amy Canada Ellenhorn, Lamar, Pakoh, and many more locally acclaimed glassblowers made the Pacific Art Glass open house quite the opportunity to learn from some of the best.


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RECAP: HIGH TIMES Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup In Santa Rosa

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RECAP: HIGH TIMES Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup In Santa Rosa
The Sonoma County Fairgrounds was a perfect venue for the Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup.  The food vendors andancillary businesses lined the path leading directly to the mouth of the 420 section.


Whether you care to stay up to speed on the latest businesses hitting the market or like to simply enjoy the spectacle, the event has something for everyone who loves cannabis.

2014 Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup Winners Announced

Businesses came from all over the nation to share their products and services with the mecca of medical marijuana – Northern California.  The amount of tented booths packed into the medicating areas was impressive, which came as no surprise with over 250 registered competitors at this year’s Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup.


Those who attended the 2014 Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup were treated to CBD lotions and tinctures to sample, lots of free swag, and fabulous deals on anything cannabis related. The amount of dispensaries soliciting “sign-ups” has significantly decreased compared to prior years, while the glass blowers really seemed to step up their presence.

“Questions could be raised as to why Magnolia Wellness didn’t even crack the top 3 for Best Booth.”


Revere Glass and Hitman Glass, who took home first place for Best Glass, each showcased their work to the public alongside many budding entrepreneurs trying to make a name for themselves.


For instance, Vader Extracts took home first place for Best Booth. They had scantily clad 420 Nurses turning heads and offering free dabs to the masses.


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That being said, questions could be raised as to why Magnolia Wellness didn’t even crack the top 3 for Best Booth. Not only did they give away thousands of dollars in vendor donated merchandise, smoking tools, and concentrates, but legendary activists like Debby Goldsberry and Dennis Peron could be found there throughout the weekend. In what was a collaboration with Compassion Edibles, the booth raised $1,300 forParents 4 Pot by selling mini infused donuts.


One of the major attractions of the Cannabis Cup is that attendees are often introduced to products that they might not get to see elsewhere. This year’s list of standouts includes VapeXhale, who had free dabs for anyone who wanted a try their VapeXNail attachment for the Cloud EVO. Furthermore, Cloud Penz offered a sneak peak of their latest pen style set to drop in the next two weeks.


The judges have spoken, and a complete list of winners can be found below. The next HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup will be in Clio, Michigan July 26-27, 2014. Those interested in attending can purchase tickets here.

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The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup Hits Santa Rosa This Weekend

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The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup Hits Santa Rosa This Weekend


The fifth HIGH TIMES Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup is taking place this weekend in Santa Rosa, CA at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. With over 250 competing entries and increasing attendances each year, it’s safe to say the expectations are as high as ever.


The first Cannabis Cup took place in Amsterdam in 1988 and has become an annual tradition. As the marijuana movement spreads, we see more Cup locations arising every year. San Francisco is celebrating it’s eighth Medical Cannabis Cup, and the event’s final stop in California this year.

Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup Highlights NorCal’s Finest

The HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup is famous for providing leading cannabis experts with an opportunity to showcase their ingenuity to the public. You can find flower, concentrates, genetics, clothing, and any other cannabis-related wares you can think of at this event.


With a section that is open to the public, anyone may purchase a ticket to attend a Cannabis Cup and meet with many different entrepreneurs in this budding industry. However, you must carry a valid CA I.D. and a CA medical marijuana recommendation to walk into the cloudy medication areas.


Different speakers host seminars and guest lectures on their areas of expertise throughout the day. If you want to know how to open your own collective, how to grow your own cannabis, or how to get in touch with a lawyer, this can be a great place to get started.


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Whether you get the one or two day pass, you are in for non-stop entertainment, including: live music, performers, a one-of-a-kind crowd. Dabs and ‘swag’ run rampant, leaving many people wondering, “where have all the flowers gone?” It can take a little hunt to find a booth actually showcasing cannabis in the traditional bud form.


“Steep Hill Halent Labs was responsible for lab testing this year’s Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup entries.”


Last year, Magnolia Wellness brought fresh coconuts and kept the dabs flowing right by the ferris wheel, where we could all float along the top of the city basking in delight.


They hope to step things up this year with live DJs, painting, $1 infused doughnuts, and an abundance of free dabs.


Steep Hill Halent Labs was responsible for lab testing this year’s Bay Area Medical Cannabis Cup entries. The winners (chosen by private judges) will be announced at the close of the second day.


The special musical guest appearance for this year’s event in Santa Rosa will be moe. – a five-member guitar and drum ensemble with a national and international reputation. Rolling Stone described them as a “legendary jam band” in 2007.

Valerie and Mike Corral To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor that HIGH TIMES bestows. This year, they recognize Valerie and Mike Corral – the founders of Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), the premier medical marijuana collective in the nation.


WAMM opened its doors in 1993, serving the chronically ill with safely grown organic cannabis in various different forms. According to Federal Judge Jeremy Fogel, “WAMM is the Gold Standard of the medical marijuana movement.”


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Despite being raided in 2002, WAMM stood strong in their convictions, sued the federal government and won before replanting their luscious garden. Their continued service to the community is a haven for so many ill people in the Santa Cruz area and their long-term activism is greatly responsible for the progress we all enjoy today.


With only one day to go before the event, the time to purchase tickets is running out quickly. If you can afford it, the judges pass ($250) would be the ultimate way to experience the Cup. But even if you can only go for one day ($50 on Saturday/$40 on Sunday/$100 for the VIP two day pass), it’s still bound to be a good time.

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