The 2015 Emerald Cup took place last weekend at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California. It was an amazing opportunity to hang out and network with cannabis industry leaders, make new friends and have some good old fashioned fun — Ganjapreneur was more than excited to be in attendance.

This year’s event drew a larger crowd and offered more opportunities to explore the cannabis industry than any before it.

Overall, the weekend was grey and drizzly. Rays of sunlight caught through intermittent breaks in the clouds had people hopeful that it might warm up, but in the end it was good company, good food and the event’s endless festivities that kept attendants cheerful.

There was a huge tent dedicated to Prop. 215 medical marijuana patients, which was packed with vendors offering flower, concentrate, seeds and edibles. The ‘Hall of Flowers’ was ripe with ancillary cannabis products like fertilizers, grow supplies, apparel and magazines. Food choices were of the utmost quality, ranging from raw, organic vegan options to high-end brats, Indian food, and churros.

Distinguished speakers from around the world gave presentations and engaged with audiences, offering insights into medicinal cannabis use, botany and culture. Many experts brought to the event are colleagues who rarely see each other face to face, and emotional excitement seemed to permeate the fairgrounds as old friends were reunited.

In the evenings, it quickly became dark and folks moved into the music tent, where the happy celebrations of the day became even more contagious.

Looking for more on the Emerald Cup, or to re-live this year’s epic turnout? Check out our front-row footage of the 2015 Emerald Cup Awards Ceremony!

Part 2 of the 2015 Emerald Cup Awards Ceremony.

Photo Credit: Shango Los

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