Here’s What You Should Know.
If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve probably seen something about the fact that the State Fair is hosting a Cannabis Cup for the first time in the history of California. Let’s look at what this means and what we might expect from it.
Here’s how the California state fair cannabis competition works.
According to the event’s official website, the California State fair “anticipates hundreds of submissions for the 2022 awards” and began accepting submissions for its first-ever Cannabis Cup competition on November 1st, 2021.
The competition is open to licensed California cultivators with a distributor or distribution license to obtain a compliance certificate of analysis (COA).
The cost for each submission is $250, but discounts are offered if multiple cultivars are submitted. The deadline for submission is April 30th, 2022, and contestants can make submissions through the California State Fair website.
What is the cannabis judged on?
The California State Fair is taking a different approach to the competition. Instead of sorting entries by Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, these Awards “celebrate the chemistry of the plant.” Meaning, there will be three divisions of competition: indoor flower, mixed-light flower, and outdoor flower. Each division will have seven award categories based on terpene profiles.
According to the competition’s website, “This chemistry-first approach to judging cannabis flowers is intended to usher in enhanced consumer awareness, interest, and education of cannabis chemistry.” When will we know who wins?
The winners will be announced on June 2022, and the awards celebration will be on July 1531st. There will be five different awards in total.
Two Awards will be given by division and category; the Gold Award and Silver rewards. As you can imagine, Gold will be awarded to an entrant whose submission achieves the highest concentration of terpenes, co-dominant, and cannabinoids. The Silver will be awarded to an entrant whose submission achieves the second-highest concentration in these categories.
While the three specialty awards, “The unique Category,” awarded to samples with rare terpenes and cannabinoids that might be discovered during testing. The “Double Gold Award” is for the contestant who has achieved Gold in two categories, and the “Best of California” Award is designated for the best overall sample and comes with the Golden bear trophy.
Whether you’re a cannabis connoisseur or novice, California State Fair’s Cannabis Cup competition is an event you’ll very likely want to keep an eye out for; not only do you get the chance to see some of the finest marijuana products out there, but you’ll also get a taste of what the industry has in store for legalization occurs across the country.
Author: Likyle Thomas (Dark Matters Contributor)