Sungrowers Assocation honors growers with Craft Cannabis Cup
By Joe Butler
The Washington Sungrowers Industry Association, a trade group of cannabis producers and processors from around the state, recently recognized more than 30 industry members for their efforts and accomplishments.
The first-ever Craft Cannabis Cup presented awards in 15 categories, including best flower and best edible.
Executive Director Crystal Oliver said the Craft Cannabis Cup was designed to bring together industry members throughout the state in the spirit of friendly competition.
“Washington truly does have the best cannabis in the country, and it’s important that we preserve the smaller craftscale producers and processors,” she said.
More than 30 judges with cannabis knowledge were asked to select the finalists in each category. These includes store owners, budtenders, social media influencers, and consumers. The judges collectively brought more than 500 years of cannabis experience.
Some categories were based on the quality of product, others based on how it was grown – such as full outdoors, in greenhouses or using light deprivation techniques.
The association also has hosted the Sun Cup each spring for the past three years, another opportunity to recognize the diverse products grown and created in Washington. Planning is in motion for this year’s Sun Cup. Entries are always welcome, as are applications for possible judges.
Proceeds from the Craft Cannabis Cup help fund the association’s legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts.