The 2022 California State Fair will include a cannabis flower competition. It is the first time the fair will include such a competition, which will include indoor, mixed-light, and outdoor divisions.
The awards were developed in partnership between the California Exhibition & State Fair and Cultivar Brands, a California-based cannabis marketing and events agency. The competition will be scored through science-based analysis performed and certified by SC Labs, which will provide entrants with the required Certificates of Analysis as well as a PhytoFacts chemometric report that will identify the unique compounds of the submission to determine the award winners.
Cultivar Brands CEO Brian Applegarth said the awards “will showcase the California farmer, large and small, and the incredible cannabis flower that the state has to offer.”
California Exposition & State Fair Board Director Jess Durfee said state fair officials “are pleased to celebrate” the state’s legal cannabis industry. “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,” she said in a statement.
The California state fair will be the first state-sanctioned fair in the U.S. to host a cannabis competition. The New York State Fair allowed cannabis consumption during the event last month — the state’s legalization law allows cannabis smoking wherever tobacco is allowed — however, fair officials are reconsidering allowing cannabis to be smoked after complaints.
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