CA State Fair Announces First-ever Cannabis Competition

Man transplanting cannabis.

[Image from the California State Fair Website]

Press release from the California State Fair:

The CA State Fair today announced the addition of the first-ever, state-sanctioned cannabis competition and awards. The CA State Fair Cannabis Competition and Awards will join a roster of coveted, annual competitions celebrating California’s rich agricultural history and dynamic industries including wine, craft beer, olive oil and cheese.

“We are pleased to celebrate California’s legal and licensed cannabis industry as part of the CA State Fair in 2022,” said California Exposition & State Fair Board of Director Jess Durfee. “For the past 166 years, the CA State Fair has always been a first mover, leading the State Fair circuit with innovative programming and large-scale competitions that celebrate the best the state has to offer, making the addition of cannabis cultivation a natural new category.”

In 2018, commercial cannabis became legal in the State of California for adult use and since that time has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry. The awards have been developed in partnership between the California Exhibition & State Fair and Cultivar Brands, a California-based cannabis marketing and events agency who specializes in the creation of programs that continue to move cannabis into the mainstream.

“The launch of state-sanctioned awards is a watershed moment for the Californian cannabis industry,” said Cultivar Brands CEO Brian Applegarth. “Not only will we showcase the California farmer, large and small, and the incredible cannabis flower that the state has to offer, but we will educate and demystify the plant, challenge the stereotypes and continue to evolve towards normalcy.”

The competition is open to all licensed growers in California. Entrants will be classified into three classifications representing three primary divisions for submission by light source: Indoor, Mixed Light and Outdoor. The competition will award medals for the cannabis flower only, showcasing the primary cannabinoids and terpenes expressed in the cannabis flower. Seven individual cannabis plant compounds will be tested and identified for awards. Based on the levels of cannabinoid and terpenes concentration, 77 bronze, silver, gold and double gold medals will be awarded including the coveted Golden Bear trophy for “Best of California.”

The competition will be scored objectively, through science-based analysis performed and certified by SC Labs, one of California’s premier cannabis and hemp testing lab. SC Labs will provide all entrants with the required Certificates of Analysis (COAs), as well as a PhytoFacts®* chemometric report that will identify all the unique compounds of the submission to determine the award winners.

“I’m really excited to be involved with the state fair because it is the traditional place where the agricultural community comes to show off their best work,” SC Labs Co-founder and President Josh Wurzer. “This just further validates cannabis as part of that community. As a cannabis scientist, it’s really cool to see an event like this putting the data and analytics at the forefront of the process. It’s making a big leap forward for the application of quantitative cannabis testing to actually measure the qualitative aspects of cannabis.”

The first-ever CA State Fair Cannabis Competition and Awards will evaluate the 2021 harvest and celebrate the award winners during the CA State Fair set to take place July 10-26, 2022, at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento, California. The submission window opens on November 1, 2021 and will remain open until March 30, 2022. Award winners will be announced in May of 2022.

This historic moment has arrived, and cannabis is now officially part of the CA State Fair, one of the world’s largest state fairs. For more information on the CA Cannabis Competition and Awards, visit www.castatefaircannabisawards.com.

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Long Time Triangle Resident
Long Time Triangle Resident
1 month ago

Funny how they had to make a competition only for licensed farmers . Guess they were tired of getting beat by black market farmers every year in the emerald cup .

Jim Dogger
Jim Dogger
1 month ago

Ya bs. Licensed farmers only. The Don Carlos I’m doing would be a great competitor. What happened to Growdozer challenge?

Koastdog
Koastdog
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim Dogger

Dozer giveaway Is in October

Legallettuce
Legallettuce
1 month ago

I support this for the legal growers. We need more of these type of events. Also, funding support for outdoor (only) farms 10k and below to package products for direct sales at the events.

Now I can say goin legal looks appealing. Just Grow Humboldt! Just Grow, the world knows where the finest weed in the land is grown. Don’t let nothing stop ya if you grow the finest of herb. Blessings.

Last edited 1 month ago by Legallettuce
Old Oak
Old Oak
1 month ago
Reply to  Legallettuce

“Hello and welcome to the 2022 cal state fair cannabis competition.
Today were Going to meet some of our fiends and neighbors and declare a winner in the flower category.”

… sounds off bubbling and explosive coughing ..

“Uh sir.. SIR.. SIR.. ,May we remind you there is a zero smoking policy at the cal state fair cannabis awards. We stringently test our product using …

MONEY the only metrc they ever truly mattered In The industry.

Old Stoner in the stands who was Toking. And has been since 1967.

“Sheeeeit”

Glad to see the embrace of weed by capitalist America. Smoke that dope everywhere !

But never buy government taxed pot from a store.
NOT EVEN ONCE

Legallettuce
Legallettuce
1 month ago
Reply to  Old Oak

Smoking is cool but each person is affected differently. The competition is based on the canibinoid profile which I believe is produced best from sun grown. So no there is no smoking its all about testing terpenes. Something legacy farmers do and are at their best

“The competition will award medals for the cannabis flower only, showcasing the primary cannabinoids and terpenes expressed in the cannabis flower.”

Jim Dogger
Jim Dogger
1 month ago

Oops double posted

Last edited 1 month ago by Jim Dogger
Local resident
Local resident
1 month ago

We should not support California in furthering the extinction of our culture.

Legallettuce
Legallettuce
1 month ago
Reply to  Local resident

Actually this competition supports small farmers products better than any other competition including Amsterdam. Grow it properly is the only way to get a decent canibinoid profile. Kudos to SC Labs for concentrating testing away from bullshit THC aspects. I know if I grew a bud with a 30% THC the trichomes would stick to your fingers like superglue. Corporate weed at 30% is not sticky. I wonder what they are made out of cause it ain’t trichromes!

FogDog
FogDog
1 month ago
Reply to  Local resident

Lol @ your “culture”. 🤣

Alf
Alf
1 month ago

Why not have a heroin contest, a cocaine contest and by all means a fentanyl contest. Nobody puts offenders in jail or prosecutes them anymore. I’m guessing these are for all practical purposes legal since it clearly isn’t a crime worth pursuing.

Alf
Alf
1 month ago
Reply to  Kym Kemp

The true science, not the “doctored” science by the cannabis industry shows there are more dangerous poisons in marijuana than in most other drugs. I was privileged to go to a seminar by former police officer David Toma (the New Jersey cop Beretta was based on) that was given all over the country. It was attended by every high school and I believe at least middle school in the greater Sacramento area. I was invited by my father, a district administrator at the time. David had the most thorough information about how dangerous cannabis is. His information was based on real science. Since this was in the 90s, I don’t have a reference, but one of the main points was there are over 425 different poisons in any given joint in various amounts, none of which are consistent from grower to grower. He did have experience with those who died from bad reactions to marijuana. This was well before the concentrated cannabis of today, which can only mean the new stuff is worse. I definitely take the word of a guy who did thousands of hours of research over someone who is currently a supplier any day. I’ve been very… Read more »

Legallettuce
Legallettuce
1 month ago
Reply to  Alf

What science do you speak of? The only way anyone can die from marijuana is if a 1 ton tote fell on them.

NorCalNative
NorCalNative
1 month ago
Reply to  Legallettuce

We have to agree with Alf that cannabis smoke is really nasty. However, the THC in smoke can initiate a cellular housekeeping function called apoptosis.

Basically apoptosis makes damaged cells with the potential to become cancer commit suicide. It’s an awesome feature of the endocannabinoid system.

CBD kills smoke damaged cells by causing events within the cell that create reactive oxygen species (ROS) that kill the cell.

In both cases, only the damaged cells are targeted for suicide and destruction unlike chemotherapy. Cool shit man.

Just saying
Just saying
1 month ago
Reply to  Alf

Oh honey, lol that was the failed “Just Say No” campaign of the failed war on drugs. I’m so sorry you are just finding this out now!

Alf
Alf
1 month ago
Reply to  Just saying

The reason it failed was because people are stupid. They know alcohol is bad, yet they drink. They know heroin, cocaine, fentanyl are bad but they keep using. Marijuana is no different.

thetallone
thetallone
1 month ago
Reply to  Alf

Marijuana certainly is less poisonous than alcohol. Drink too much and you die of alcohol poisoning. Smoke too much and you will feel dizzy and shitty for a few hours. There is no such thing as a lethal dose of weed. That’s well known.

thatguyinarcata
thatguyinarcata
1 month ago
Reply to  Alf

Please find us a single actual study that demonstrates any of what you are saying is even close to true.

Its mind bending to think that there are still people this radically misinformed out there

Alf
Alf
1 month ago

I posted a Canadian study in an earlier post. There’s all kinds of evidence marijuana is not safe. No amount of evidence to back up its serious danger will be enough to change the mind of a pot head. It’s a conscious choice. It’s a very bad choice, but that’s a different discussion. I have never seen a study by a reliable source, that being unbiased, showing cannabis to be anything but bad.

thatguyinarcata
thatguyinarcata
1 month ago
Reply to  Alf

You posted a study that showed what? And can you please post it again, since your message is so important?

If you’re talking about risks posed by potential pesticide residues on a smokable product or residual solvents in a concentrate then that is a very real concern. And one of the few area where California got it right, eliminating many of the worst known pesticides from the legal supply chain.

If you’re talking about something inherently harmful from regular use of the cannabis plant you’re going to have to make some specific claims and provide some actual evidence. I would characterize the scientific concensus at this point as “shows potential and has centuries of anecdotal support for its successful therapeutic use, more study is needed to provide a scientific basis for any claim”

Alf
Alf
1 month ago

https://www.cnn.com › health › can…
Web results
Young adult cannabis consumers nearly twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack, research shows – CNN

If you Google CNN cannabis stories you will find a variety of other studies that show a multitude of other extremely negative effects of cannabis. But then again, no study will change the mind of a pothead, which is a high percentage of those using this site.

thatguyinarcata
thatguyinarcata
1 month ago
Reply to  Alf

I was able to find that study, it was published in the Canadian medical association journal. It is a concerning result from what they themselves characterize as a preliminary study of an area that needs further investigation. One major problem with the conclusion jumped out at me. They state that heart attacks occurred twice as often in their self reported recent cannabis users, but they also state that those who self reported recent cannabis use also were more common to self report as “current combustible cigarette users (31.6% v. 13.2%), current e-cigarette users (18.1% v. 5.1%) and heavy alcohol drinkers (17.4% v. 5.2%). ” All of those activities are known to put strain on your heart and all of them were heavily over represented in their cannabis user group. Perhaps cannabis use in conjunction with these other harmful behaviors exacerbates the cardiac risk? Perhaps what they observed was simply a bias in their sample toward cannabis users that also engaged in heart damaging behaviors aside from their cannabis use. Either way, that is more a case of sensational headlines than actual scientific proof of cannabis use causing heart attacks. Hopefully with legalize we will see more studies though, so that… Read more »

B Honest
B Honest
29 days ago
Reply to  Alf

Oh pro Alf.
David Toma was no scientist.
He was a real life cop. Your school paid 10k for him to cine lecture you and others for two days.

He was a joke. He banked off the the while Nancy Reagan D.A.R.E. program.

Real science hahahaha.
425 poisons. Come on.

thetallone
thetallone
1 month ago

I hope they have a display with charts that show how much weed costs in a dispensary, and where all that money goes. Like 70% to the shop, 25% to the gov’t, 3% to the distributor, and 2% to the farmer.

Last edited 1 month ago by thetallone
Just saying
Just saying
1 month ago
Reply to  thetallone

15% (min) excise tax
+ 8% sales tax
= you are paying 23% more for a product than what it is actually worth, this year.

Trashman
Trashman
1 month ago

How about poppies too?

Estal Cole
Estal Cole
1 month ago

A good question to ask is how much is a license? So we can enter…………..

Legallettuce
Legallettuce
1 month ago
Reply to  Estal Cole

Depends on your relationship to one of the Board of Supervisors. I hear if you’re related Rex he will call on your behalf daily and help adjust some of those nasty environmental code criterias for permitting. Maybe your a friend of the BOS and a setback is affecting your ability to get permitted well you can count on Bushnell. Otherwise it’s just an arm, leg and your first newborn.