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Year-End Cannabis Awards Hail Achievements in 2019

From left: Joseph Bondy, Roz McCarthy and Leo Bridgewater at the Cannabis Business Awards in Las Vegas. Bridgewater won for Activist of the Year and McCarthy accepted for Industry Organization of the Year for Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana. (Image via Facebook)

December brings recaps of the year, Top 10s and industry awards. Last week, three diffrerent cannabis awards programs announced winners in multiple categories. Industry leader Steve DeAnglelo collected several trophies for his lifetime of work as an activist and businessman.

Here are the awards and the winners:


International Cannabis Business Awards

December 11, Hakkasan Nightclub, Las Vegas

Most Innovative Product: Jerome Baker Designs

Most Innovative Company: Eventhi (San Diego)

Most Valuable Brand: Virtue (Las Vegas)

Cannabis Club: G13 (Barcelona, Spain)

Publication of the Year: Sensi

Most Influential Media Source: Merry Jane

Educational Achievement Award: Omar Figueroa

Cultivator Achievement Award: Clade 9 (Los Angeles)

Woman of the Year Award: Mila Jansen

Lifetime Achievement Award: Steve DeAngelo

International Hope Award: Cannakids

Most Influential Individual: Al Harrington

CBAs producer and host Chloe Villano with her team. (Image via Facebook)

Business Executive: Nick Vitus (Columbia Care)

Industry Organization of the Year: Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana

Activist of the Year: Leo Bridgewater

Advocates of the Year: Pot Brothers at Law (Stanton, CA)

Cannabis MVPs: Robert Cohen, Bob Eschino, TJ Lauritsen, Sean McCallister, Rick Ross, Vicente Sederberg, Abi Wright

Political Industry Representative: Hoban Law Group

Non-Profit of the Year: Freedom Grow

Business of the Year: Diego Pellicer (Colorado)

Best Medical Center: Wolf Pac (Colorado)

Best Retail Center: Sahara Wellness (Las Vegas)

Best Infused Flower: Grape Ape by Apothecary Farms (Colorado)

Best Infused Product: Caviar Gold (Los Angeles)

Best Vape: Rove (Los Angles)

Best Extract: Viola Labs (Denver)

From left: Marijuana Business Daily‘s Chris Walsh, Simply Pure’s Wanda James, Montkush’s Anthony Sullivan, Harborside’s Steve DeAngelo and MJBizDaily‘s Cassandra Farrington at the MJBiz Daily Awards in Las Vegas.

MJBiz Daily Awards

December 12, The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

MJBizDaily Awards Hall of Fame Inductees: Steve DeAngelo and Wanda James

U.S. Market Leaders 

Cultivation: East Fork Cultivars (Takilma, OR), Infused Products: Wana Brands (Denver), Retail: Planet 13 (Las Vegas)

Regional Game Changers

Cresco Labs (Chicago), Pharmacielo (Colombia), Bedrocan (the Netherlands), Fire & Flower (Canada)

Hemp Game Changer: Front Range Biosciences (Colorado)

Industry Impact Award: Nancy Whiteman (Wana Brands)

Community Impact

Giving Back to the Community: Berkeley Patients Group (California)

Sustainable Business Practices: Native Roots (Denver)

Santigold performs at the Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa, CA.

Emerald Cup Awards

December 15, Sonoma Country Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA

Willie Nelson Award: Tommy Chong

Breeders Hall of Fame: Mel Frank

Bob Snodgrass Award: M. Slinger

Breeders Cup, Sungrown: POG (Passion Orange Guava) by Greenshock Farms

Flower, Personal Use: LA Kush Cake by Paula Jobe-Hudgens

Flower, Pre Roll: Talking Trees Farms Mixed Light "It's It" Pre Roll by Talking Trees Farms

Flower, Mixed Light: Ice Cream Cake by Josh D.

Flower, Sungrown: Ridgeline Runtz by Ridgeline Farms

Edible, Savory: All Natural Peanut Butter by Zendo Edibles

Edible, Sweet: Cannabis Infused Granola Clusters by Atlas Edibles

Live Resin Cartridge: Lime Mojito Refined Live Resin Cartridge by Raw Garden

Willie Nelson Award recipient Tommy Chong on stage at the Emerald Cup.

BHO, Solid: Rainbow Driver by Suprize Suprize, Sabertooth Farms

BHO, Liquid: Zkittles by Terp Hogz/Humboldt Terp Council

Ice Water Hash: THC BOMB 104u Water Hash by Papa's Select Grown by Humboldt Kine Farms

Solventless Rosin: Fruit Stripe Rosin by Kalya Extracts

Personal Use, Solventless: Ice Cream Cake by Brett Byrd

CO2 Cartridge, Nectar: Ancient Lime by Eel River Organics

Distillate Cartridge: The Monarch by Legion of Bloom

Edible, Beverage: Tinley High Horse Spicy Ginger & Lime Sparkling Tonic by Vet's Leaf & Lakewood Libations

Tincture: Elderberry Elixer by OM Edibles

Topical: Deep Down Athletic Balm by Cosmic View

CBD Topical: Deep Soak by Newell's Botanicals

CBD Hemp Topical: CBD Infused Body Oil Rose Geranium by Om Wellness

Emerald Cup producer Tim Blake (right) with the Ridgeline Farms team. They won the award for best sun-grown flower for Ridgeline Runtz.

CBD Edible: Tropical Mango Fruit Bites by SolDaze Snacks

CBD Tincture: Lady Benbow Full Spectrum High CBD Tincture by SG Scientific x Chemistry x Lady Sativa Farm

CBD Concentrate: Susie Q Live Budder from Blessed Extracts

CBD Cartridge: Electric Jah Full Spectrum Cart by SC Scientific

CBD Flower: Holy Crunch from Phytologie

Packaging, Most Innovative: SULA Breathable Cannabis by Dispersa Labs

Most Eco Conscious Packaging: MMGreen Cannaster by MMGreen Packaging Solutions

Regenerative Farms Award: Organic Medicinals

Best Booth: Nice Guys Delivery 

Best Professional Photo: 9lb Hammer #3 by Josh Williams

Best Amateur Photo: Good Morning Beautiful by Justice Grown

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