The Emerald Cup was back for 2023 last weekend and repeat champions weren’t in short supply. 

This year would see the Emerald Cup’s award show move to the Bay Area for the first time after a long stint in wine country before the pandemic and last year’s show at The Montalbán in Hollywood. While nowhere in the state worth having the cup could be considered neutral territory given how many competitors dot the state from north to south, the Bay is one of the better spots to have it because it’s essentially halfway between L.A. and Arcata — most of the state’s cannabis enthusiasts and businesses lie between that two points, too. The venue at Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion was undoubtedly the most gorgeous the cup has seen since it left the redwoods in the early 2010s for bigger venues closer to population centers.  

But the most beautiful sights to behold on the water’s edge were the glass cases filled with this year’s entries. As the judges, contestants and special guests entered the venue, they were greeted by the cases. The flower entries were the most packed, as people wedged in tight to get pics of all the pretty buds for the social media adventures. 

As the award show kicked off, it was like the final countdown to the big categories at the end began. After making its way through some of the more niche photography and product categories, it was on to the social justice awards. In one of the coolest moments of the night, Luke Scarmazzo came on stage to accept The Social Justice Award on behalf of his good friend Weldon Angelos. 

Angelos was released in 2016. He was originally sentenced to serve 55 years over a cannabis conviction with a mandatory minimum sentence but only served 13 years. After his release, Angelos began advocating for others who remained in the circumstances he was able to escape, eventually founding The Weldon Project. One of the people Weldon has helped get out of prison was his close friend Scarmazzo. 

As he took the stage, Scarmazzo noted he was celebrating 100 days since being released from prison after serving 15 years over medical cannabis. The news received one of the loudest ovations of the night. 

Other awards would include The Pioneer Award going to Amber Senter for her work on Social Equity and The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award going to Mila Jansen for her contribution to the world of hashish over the last 50 years as an entrepreneur, smuggler, and inventor. 

From there we started into the big dog categories of flower and hash. This year’s theme was champions still crushing it. The rest of the evening would feature a carousel of repeat winners or those returning to the podium after a year or two off. 

One of the biggest returns was Ridgeline Farms. After being the only mixed-light cultivator to qualify for the Zalympix finals, the LANTZ hype rolled on this weekend with Ridgeline taking top honors. 

Founder Jason Gellman shared the experience with L.A. Weekly. 

“With all the competition going on these days, The Emerald Cup to me is still the most prestigious and authentic. The judging is taken seriously by a talented group hand-picked for their dedication to the plant,” Gellman said. “As our small cannabis communities have taken a giant hit from the challenges of the industry, it’s as important as ever to stay relevant. I take lots of pride in growing the best herb possible, so when I submit my entries I always feel they have a chance to win.”

After the near-perfect farming conditions up north for most of the last year before monsoon season hit, it was expected Southern Humboldt would be very competitive. Most of the years that a NorCal farmer didn’t win the cup it had something to do with mother nature. Gellman was proud to see what the county did this year. 

“This year, Humboldt County showed up big. Winning is huge, but it’s more about us representing our community as a whole than just one of us,” Gellman said. “Ridgeline took home multiple awards including first in mixed light with my new strain LANTZ, but what we were the most proud of is winning the Breeders cup.” 

Gellman had been working on creating this strain for over four years. 

“Lots of time, energy, money, fails and finally one giant win,” Gellman said. “I knew LANTZ was the one, but this just solidifies it. The cup was a giant success this year and was great to see so many real heads in the game. Overall, it was a great day in the bay” 

Rebel Grown took home top honors in the Full Sun. After regularly gracing the top 10 and top 20 over the years, this time they were able to take first place with their Double OG Chem. 

In indoor, Fig Farms would became the only indoor farm to ever win The Emerald Cup twice after now winning both the past two renditions of the contest. The Blue Face that won the indoor category was also the first-ever indoor flower to win The Emerald Cup’s prestigious best-in-show award. 

“The love we received at the Emerald Cup has elevated to a new level,” Keith Healy of Fig Farms told L.A. Weekly, “Two years at the top spot for indoor flower, and this year going a step further by receiving Best in Show. Fig Farms’s Blue Face is the first indoor flower to receive the Best in Show award, which has been given exclusively to Sungrown flower until now. I am so proud of our team, and truly honored in a way that cannot be put into words.”

Here are the 2023 Winners:

Sungrown Flower

1st Sungrown Flower Rebel Grown – Double OG Chem #15
2nd Sungrown Flower Naughty Squirrel – Venom OG
3rd Sungrown Flower Greenshock Farms – Peppermint Sleigh Ride
4th Sungrown Flower Heartrock Mountain Farm – Lemon Head
5th Sungrown Flower Sanctuary Farms – Blunicorn
6th Sungrown Flower Esensia – Orange Creamsicle
7th Sungrown Flower Rebel Grown – Double OG Chem #5
8th Sungrown Flower Farmer and the Felon x Rebel Grown – Natty Bumppo #4
9th Sungrown Flower Esensia – Lime Juice
10th Sungrown Flower Greenshock Farms – Tropical Sleigh Ride
11th Sungrown Flower Esensia – Pixie Dust
12th Sungrown Flower Farmer and the Felon – Menage 21
13th Sungrown Flower Ridgeline Farms – LANTZ
14th Sungrown Flower Farmer and the Felon x Rebel Grown – Rebel Cookies & Lemon Lary OG
15th Sungrown Flower Esensia – Honey Dew
16th Sungrown Flower Lempire Farmaseed x Dougie Fresh – Wicked Sour
17th Sungrown Flower Ridgeline Farms – Ridgeline Runtz
18th Sungrown Flower Farmer and the Felon – Lemon Sponge Cake
19th Sungrown Flower Esensia – Maracuya
20th Sungrown Flower SoHum Royal x Southern Humboldt Royal Cannabis Company x Global Genetics – Blue Nerds


Mixed Light Flower

1st Mixed Light Flower Ridgeline Farms – LANTZ
2nd Mixed Light Flower Preferred Gardens x Doja Pak – 11:11
3rd Mixed Light Flower Local Cannabis Co – Florida Kush
4th Mixed Light Flower Local Cannabis Co – Orange 43
5th Mixed Light Flower Local Cannabis Co – Ice Cream Cake
6th Mixed Light Flower Healing Herb Farms – Crush Mintz
7th Mixed Light Flower Preferred Gardens x Duke of Doja / Doja Pak – P41
8th Mixed Light Flower Local Cannabis Co – Sherbhead
9th Mixed Light Flower Dos Rios Farms – Lemon Creme

Indoor Flower

1st Indoor Flower Fig Farms – Blue Face
2nd Indoor Flower Sense – Gas Face
3rd Indoor Flower Cannabiotix – French Alps
4th Indoor Flower Maven Genetics – French Laundry
5th Indoor Flower Fig Farms – Animal Face
6th Indoor Flower Decibel Gardens – Watermelon Punch
7th Indoor Flower Cannabiotix – Blue Flame OG
8th Indoor Flower Fig Farms – Dark Karma
9th Indoor Flower Team Elite Genetics – Pearadise
10th Indoor Flower CannaCruz – Biscotti Bx1
11th Indoor Flower Cannabiotix – The Silk
12th Indoor Flower Decibel Gardens – Roswell 47
13th Indoor Flower Fig Farms – Gelato 41
14th Indoor Flower Fig Farms – Moonana Wreck
15th Indoor Flower Fig Farms – Zeclair
16th Indoor Flower Sattva Cannabis – Purple Push Pop x Cap Junkie
17th Indoor Flower Pure Beauty – Spritzer
18th Indoor Flower Fig Farms – Lemon Cherry Gelato
19th Indoor Flower Cannabiotix – Mountain Sage
20th Indoor Flower Sattva Cannabis – Biscotti x Bx1

Sungrown Greenhouse Flower

1st Sungrown Greenhouse Flower Chameleon Craft – Bubble Bath
2nd Sungrown Greenhouse Flower Cre8 Cannabis – Cre8’s Gelonade
3rd Sungrown Greenhouse Flower Chameleon Craft – Mule Fuel
4th Sungrown Greenhouse Flower Xotic Flavors – Gushers
5th Sungrown Greenhouse Flower Cre8 Cannabis – Cre8’s Jokerz #31

Personal Use Flower

1st Personal Use Flower Brandy Schneider – Mountain Cultured Terp Blendz 241
2nd Personal Use Flower Derek Roseboom – In The Pines
3rd Personal Use Flower Colin Teurfs – Double OG Chem (sungrown)
4th Personal Use Flower Parker Moselle & Jackson Moran – Orangutan Titties #3
5th Personal Use Flower Matt Jones – Hippie Crippler


1st Pre-Roll – Infused Solventless Extract Heritage Hash Co. x Huckleberry Hill Farms – Whitethorn Rose Flower x Whitethorn Rose Live Bubble Hash
2nd Pre-Roll – Infused Solventless Extract Holy Smoke by Holy Water – Holy Smokes Papaya
3rd Pre Roll – Infused Solventless Extract Arcata Fire x Humboldt 36 Farms – Grape Runtz Arcata Fire Hash Hose: Ice Water Hash Infused Preroll (1g)
1st Pre-Roll – Infused Solvent Extract West Coast Genetics X Holy Water – Paleta Z x Oz Kush Rosin x Kiwi Resin
2nd Pre-Roll – Infused Solvent Extract Cream of the Crop – COTC Diamond Barrel Monkfruit x High C
3rd Pre-Roll – Infused Solvent Extract Khalifa Kush – Khalifa Kush Infused Pre-Roll
1st Pre-Roll – Non Infused Royal Key x Suprize Suprize – ROLLS Ghost Candy Walls
2nd Pre-Roll – Non Infused Huckleberry Hill Farms x CannaCountry Farms – Whitethorn Rose CannaCountry #26 Blend
3rd Pre-Roll – Non Infused WeedLove – WeedLove John Lemmon 1g Preroll
1st Pre Roll – Deluxe Rosin Tech Labs x Decibel Gardens x LUMA Farms – Roswell 47/Cali-O (Flower) – Papaya (Rosin) – Hash Hole
1st Pre Roll – Hemp Wrap Paletas – Paletas Infused Blunt 2.1g – Jealousy Cap Junky (Hybrid)

Solventless Concentrates

1st Ice Water Hash Heritage Hash Co x Huckleberry Hill Farms – Whitethorn Rose Live Bubble Hash
2nd Ice Water Hash Heritage Hash Co x Mattole Valley Sun Grown – Purple Papaya Live Bubble Hash
3rd Ice Water Hash Moon Valley Hash Co – Super Boof 119u-104u
4th Ice Water Hash Papa’s Select x Archive Seeds x Emerald Queens Farms – Rainbow Belts 90u Water Hash
5th Ice Water Hash Heritage Hash Co x Bon Vivant – Hova Live Bubble Hash
1st Rosin FullyMelted x Alien Labs – Zkittlez
2nd Rosin El Krem x Purple City Genetics x Ahti Hash x Sunrise Gardens – El Krem Moroccan Peaches Live Rosin
3rd Rosin Papa’s Select x Booney Acres – Strawberry Rainbows Premium Live Rosin
4th Rosin Punch Edibles & Extracts x Redwood Valley Farms – Rambutan Badder Rosin – Redwood Valley Farms/ Bloomseedco
5th Rosin El Krem x Purple City Genetics x Ahti Hash x Sunrise Gardens – El Krem Peach Panther Live Rosin
6th Rosin Punch Edibles & Extracts x Luma Farms – Poochies Papaya by Luma Farms Rosin
7th Rosin Heritage Hash Co x Bon Vivant – Hova Live Rosin
8th Rosin Heritage Hash Co x Emerald Queen Farms – Queens Chem Live Rosin
9th Rosin Real Deal Resin x LUMA California – Lemon Limes
1st Personal Use Solventless Brett Byrd – Purple Magic
2nd Personal Use Solventless Matt Schackow – Papaya Live Rosin Badder
3rd Personal Use Solventless Christian Luevano – Papaya Piss
4th Personal Use Solventless Brett Byrd – GAKnana
5th Personal Use Solventless Matt Schackow – Lemon Sour


1st C02 Cartridge Huckleberry Hill Farms x Vesuvio Garden- Whitethorn Rose
1st Distillate Cartridge MVN Productions – XXX OG
2nd Distillate Cartridge Helmand Valley Growers Company (HVGC) – Afghanimal
3rd Distillate Cartridge Jetty Extracts – Jetty Vanilla Blossom Cartridge
1st Live Resin Cartridge Arcata Fire x Humboldt Trees – Strawberry Zkittlez- Arcata Fire 100% Live Resin Sauce Vape: Original Blend
2nd Live Resin Cartridge Absolute Xtracts – ABX Farmer’s Reserve 1g Vape – Honey Banana
3rd Live Resin Cartridge PaperPlanes Extracts – Zawtz x Zruntz Live Resin Vape
4th Live Resin Cartridge Gold Drop x Lemon Tree – Kiwi Tree Liquid Diamonds
5th Live Resin Cartridge Halara x Sweetleaf Collective – Halara Live Diamond Sauce – Forbidden Roses
1st Solventless Cartridge Arcata Fire x Humboldt 36 Farms – Arcata Fire All in One 100% live Rosin Vape: Banana Punch
2nd Solventless Cartridge Arcata Fire x Royalbudline – Zkittlez Vape – Rosin Syrup All In One (.5g) Vape
3rd Solventless Cartridge Arcata Fire x Humboldt 36 Farms – Arcata Fire 100% live rosin syrup All in One Vape: Orange Tree
4th Solventless Cartridge Jetty Extracts – Jetty Gas Man Solventless Rosin Cartridge
5th Solventless Cartridge Real Deal Resin x Booney Acres – Strawberry Meltshake

Solvent Concentrates

1st Hydro-Carbon Solid Jetty Extracts – Jetty Super Lemon Haze Live Badder
2nd Hydro-Carbon Solid Beezle Brands x Ember Valley- Orange Peel Live Resin Budder
3rd Hydro-Carbon Solid Beezle Brands x Luma Farms – Papaya Live Resin Budder
4th Hydro-Carbon Solid Beezle Brands x Ember Valley – Red Runtz Live Resin Budder
5th Hydro-Carbon Solid Beezle Brands x Ember Valley – Verzace Live Resin Budder
1st Hydro-Carbon Liquid Holy Water x Lemon Tree – Melon Tree/Gas Tree Split Jar
2nd Hydro-Carbon Liquid Cannabiotix – Mountain Sage Terp Sugar
3rd Hydro-Carbon Liquid Cannabiotix – Blue Flame Terp Sugar


1st Therapeutic Topical Val’s Original x West Valley Patient Center – Val’s Hawaiian Cream (Pono)
2nd Therapeutic Topical Hello Again – Hello Again Period
3rd Therapeutic Topical Liquid Flower – Deep Relief


1st Tincture Proof – Bazillion Drops
2nd Tincture Queen Mary – Boost
1st Tincture – Wellness Product Proof – CBG Elixer Drops


1st Edibles – Beverage Herba Mate – Herba Mate Lemon Mint
2nd Edibles – Beverage Mari y Juana Beverages Co. – ¡Guava! 50mg THC Soft Drink
3rd Edibles – Beverage Lagunitas HiFi Sessions – Lagunitas x Absolute Xtracts – Hi-Fi Cloudberry Four Pack
4th Edibles – Beverage Mari y Juana Beverages Co. – iPiña! 10mg THC Soft Drink
5th Edibles – Beverage Bodega – Bodega Pear Cooler
1st Edibles – Beverage Enhancer Atlas Edibles – Alta Infused Peach Iced Tea Drink Mix
1st Edibles – Gummies Space Gem – Sour Spacedrops
2nd Edibles – Gummies P&B Kitchen – Watermelon Chili Gummies
3rd Edibles – Gummies Lost Farm – Yuzu Fizz Sour Dream Live Rosin Gummies
4th Edibles – Gummies Lost Farm – Raspberry Wedding Cake Live Resin Gummies
5th Edibles – Gummies West Coast Cure – Pink Lemonade Strain-Specific, Vegan, Solventless Ice Water Hash Gummy
6th Edibles – Gummies West Coast Cure – Blackcurrant Ashram Kush Strain-Specific, Vegan, Solventless Ice Water Hash Gummy
7th Edibles – Gummies Papa’s Select – Rainbow Rubble, Hint of Lychee Gummies
8th Edibles – Gummies Papa’s Select x Tar Hill Cannabis – Pink Lemonade Gummies
9th Edibles – Gummies Papa’s Select x Sunrise Mountain Farms – Grape Pie + Animal Cookies Gummies
10th Edibles – Gummies Bigfoot Cannabis Company – Live Resin Raspberry Lemonade Gummies
1st Edibles – Sweet Oui’d Confections – Bonbon Hazelnut Praliné
2nd Edibles – Sweet P&B Kitchen – Caramel Filled Dark Chocolates
3rd Edibles – Sweet Cosmic Edibles x Hash & Flowers – Plant Based Solventless Peanut Butter Breath Rosin S’Mores Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough
1st Edibles – Savory TSUMo Snacks – Chili Limon Cannabis Infused Corn Chips
1st Edibles – Health Conscious Queen Mary – Enchanted
2nd Edibles – Health Conscious FRUIT SLABS – Tropical Haze FRUIT SLABS
3rd Edibles – Health Conscious NUG – Sugar Free Dark Chocolate

Alternative Cannabinoids

1st Alternative Cannabinoid Flower Pure Beauty – Terry T x Gelato 33 (2:1 CBD)
2nd Alternative Cannabinoid Flower Moon Made Farms – Sungrown Mixed Ratio Flower Sapphire Tsu
3rd Alternative Cannabinoid Flower Heartrock Mountain Farm – Love Laughter Flower
1st Alternative Cannabinoid – BREEDER’S CUP Pure Beauty – Terry T x Gelato 33 (2:1 CBD)
1st Hemp Flower Stoney Branch Farms – Godfather OG
2nd Hemp Flower Flowgardens – Blue Meringue
3rd Hemp Flower Hemp Hop – Abacus Diesel CBD Hemp Flower
1st Alternative Cannabinoid Edible Space Gem – Mind Expanding Belt – Sleepy Fig
1st Alternative Cannabinoid Beverage Keef – Life H2O Blueberry Lemon +CBN
1st Alternative Cannabinoid Tincture Proof – CBG Elixer Drops
1st Alternative Cannabinoid Cartridge Chemistry x Emerald Spirit Botanicals – Harmony Rose Full-Spectrum 1:1 CBD Vape
1st Hemp Derived Ingestible Green Truth – Weedman’s Sampler Hemp Chocolates
1st Hemp Derived Topical Green Revolution – Solace CBD Topical
2nd Hemp Derived Topical Metta Hemp – CBD Full-Spectrum Topical Cream

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