US: California State Fair announces winners of first-ever state-sanctioned cannabis competition

The California State Fair has unveiled the winners of a first-ever, state-sanctioned cannabis competition, awarding 60 trophies and medals to businesses whose products were judged based on lab testing for quality and cannabinoid profiles.

Officials first announced the competition late last year, celebrating the fact that the state’s cannabis industry is being recognized as a legitimate market that’s no longer being treated differently than other commodities.

“Adding cannabis cultivation, alongside wine, craft beer, cheese, and olive oil was a perfect fit with the CA State Fair’s history of celebrating California’s rich agriculture history,” California Exposition & State Fair Board of Director Chair Jess Durfee said in a press release about the winners on Thursday.

More than 300 entries were submitted in three grow-type divisions (indoor, outdoor, and mixed light) in 10 different categories per division. Those categories were based on cannabinoid concentrations for components such as CBDa, CBGa, and THCa, plus terpenes like Myrcene, Limonene, and Pinene. Among the top winners are MOCA Humboldt, Esensia, and Greenshock Farms.

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