In a two-day gathering that dwarfed the attendance records of previous years, the 2015 Emerald Cup brought an array of cultivators, breeders and activists dedicated to organic, outdoor cannabis to the Sonoma County fairgrounds this past weekend.
In this area medical cannabis patients were able to sample and purchase seeds, flowers, clones, topical and tinctures produced by cultivators in California’s famed Emerald Triangle. Cannabis breeding legend DJ Short sold seeds to those looking to try their hand growing his Blueberry and Aficionado, which offered 10 packs of seeds at a $500 price point, took home first place in the Cup for Mene Gene’s Cherry Limeaid. The event, which began as an underground grower’s gathering, has continued to evolve and expand over the years. To enter this year’s competition, growers had to include a $250 fee towards pesticide and microbial testing, a requirement that eliminated about 15 percent of the offerings. A complete look at the 2015 Emerald Cup entries is available here.