2021 Judges

Flower Judges

Aaron Silverman

Cannabis Business Executive, CCTV

FLOWER

Bio

Aaron Silverman has been a pioneer through Cannabis prohibition. He's a recognized Speaker, Industry Personality, and Cannabis Cup Judge. He is a sought after Brand and Marketing Consultant, Host of The Liquid Lounge and Co-host of The 421 Show. He's had the extreme pleasure of working with the best, most respected names in the Cannabis industry, to polish its image into something transformative and necessary for the new norms in our society.

Alec Dixon

SC Labs Co-founder / Director of Client Relations

FLOWER

Bio

Alec Dixon is a US Navy veteran as well as Co-Founder and Director of Client Relations of SC Laboratories. Among Alecs’ work at SC Labs, include educational outreach and support, conducting educational training lectures with collectives and clients of SC Labs across the west coast. Alec also has the honor of serving on the Board of Directors of the Wo/Man’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM,) one of California’s original collective(s) whose focus is mainly around serving the terminally ill and the poor.

Chang Weisburg

President/Founder, Gurilla Union

FLOWER

Bio

The Founder of the Cypress Hill Smokeout & Rock The Bell music festivals. From reuniting Rage Against The Machine and Wu Tang Clan, to fighting for social justice, Chang is now focused on the High Hopes Festival & Summit, an industry leading job fair and expungement platform celebrating the best and brightest in the cannabis industry.

Dave Beinenstalk

Founder High Hopes Festival & Summit

FLOWER

Bio

David Bienenstock is the author of How to Smoke Pot (Properly): A Highbrow Guide to Getting High (Penguin / Random House), and co-creator of the podcast Great Moments in Weed History w/ Abdullah and Bean. Previously, he served as Head of Content at HIGH TIMES and was a columnist, frequent contributor, and video host/producer at VICE Media, where he co-produced the series Bong Appetit.

Eric Brandstad

Owner and Farm Advisor, Greenhouse Advisory Group 

FLOWER

Bio

Eric started his career by moving to Humboldt county in 1992. After a few years he relocated to Grass Valley and for 11 years managed the first light dep greenhouse company. In 2018 he and his wife Bridget started their own company called Greenhouse Advisory Group. Eric has consulted on cannabis and hemp projects all over the globe. He currently is a resident consultant for large scale greenhouse operations in California.

Guy Rocourt

Co-Founder and President of Papa & Barkley

FLOWER

Bio

Guy Rocourt is the Co-Founder, President, and Chief Product Officer of Papa & Barkley, a leading California cannabis wellness company. At P&B Guy is responsible for product innovation, optimizing production practices, ensuring the company complies with rigorous testing and lab standards, and developing the product roadmap as the brand expands into different areas of the cannabis marketplace.

Jessica Hwang

Owner / COO of Feeling Frosty Hash

FLOWER

Bio

I am a huge advocate on the medicinal properties and genuine happiness that comes from the plant. I am passionate about searching for the best, old, and new terpenes, and educating about high quality cannabis. Although it is a newer industry to the rest of the world, people within are inter connected from working together for a long time so it brings a sense of community... and I love that. It brings so many people together regardless of age.

Joe Sullivan

Product Manager, Mercy Wellness

FLOWER

Bio

Born in Northern California with 23 years of cannabis experience Joe Sullivan is the Buyer for Mercy Wellness of Cotati and Santa Rosa. With his roots deep in the Northern California Cannabis scene he also host's Canna Help You? a cannabis education talk show on KSRO radio.

Josh Priebe

Co-Founder of Bevel Group

FLOWER

Bio

Josh “Preebz” Priebe, a Southern California Co- Founded a few well respected and successful brands, Sk8mafia skate boards, Just Live CBD and cannabis marketing agency Bevel Group. Also Help launch and bring to market Cannabis brands THCdesign & Trees by game. Plus a Cancer survivor with the help of plant medicine.

Josh Wurzer

Co-founder and President of SC Labs

FLOWER

Bio

Josh Wurzer is the President and a cofounder of SC Labs. Josh is primarily responsible for overseeing laboratory operations in California and Oregon as well as managing regulatory compliance, research and development, and intellectual property. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He serves on the US Pharmacopeial Convention's Cannabis Expert Panel and several other industry trade groups.

Justin Shivley

CEO / Owner Operator

FLOWER

Bio

A pioneer in the cannabis industry Justin Shively the CEO of New Generation has paved his was since 1999 gaining experience in Retail, Cultivation, Manufacturing & Distribution. Justin’s success is based in large part on his expertise in running efficient and compliant cannabis retail stores. On top of playing an active role in day to day operations his drive and leadership has helped him actively succeed in new cities.

Matthieu St. Germain

Chief Cannabis Officer of Genesys Global

FLOWER

Bio

Mathieu St. Germain is a lifelong cannabis lover and a real old school pirate who has bridged the gap into the legal market. He has been growing cannabis for his entire adult life. His priority is spreading awareness of the abundant gifts of the cannabis plant to our planet, and our human family.

Matty "Sensei" Chiu

Director of Partnership & Sales, Continuum (RvR)

FLOWER

Bio

Fell in love with Herb when I was 12yrs old. Started growing and geeked out on the How-To's and learned everything I could from some of the best-in-class growers and good'ol trial and error. In 2015 helped form the first Legal CA distro RVR distribution (Continuum) which is now one of the largest in CA. I am currently the Sr. Mngr of Relationships and Sales. Still everyones favorite influencers favorite influencer. Reach out for Distribution.

Nikki And Swami

Swami Select, SPC and local politics

FLOWER

Bio

Nikki Lastreto and Swami Chaitanya, founders of Swami Select, cultivate premium sungrown cannabis, using regenerative methods in living soil, in Mendocino County. They are dedicated to shaping the future of cannabis through political action and education. As Flower Judges for The Emerald Cup since it began in 2003, they have sampled thousands of cultivars and are true Cannabis Connoisseurs.

Reese Benton

Owner Posh Green Collective 

FLOWER

Bio

SF native Reese Benton, established Posh Green as a Collective in 2017. Reese a part of the SF equity program. Joining the strong but few minority owners in the cannabis industry. Reese became the first Woman of Color to independently own a retail cannabis dispensary in California with the opening of Posh Green Cannabis Boutique in June 2020. She is a Girlboss, starting her own line of cannabis items with a flower line being first.

Zach Mullins

Partner / Owner several cannabis companies

FLOWER

Bio

I started cultivating early on. Scaled indoor, greenhouse and outdoor. Started making hash in 2009 and quickly became my passion. I've done everything in cannabis supply chain and product innovation.

Edible Judges

Diana Schraner

Dispensary Co-owner / Operator

EDIBLES

Bio

Diana Schraner, co-owner of Red Door Remedies in Cloverdale. Retail and delivery. Buyer and COO, magic Metrc master. I work at the shop, buying and selling cannabis products every day. I love our community and watching it grow and change. Proud Beezle mom, I’ve been rooting and supporting them since the early days of 215. EC Edibles judge in 2016.

Elise McRoberts

CMO, Doc Green’s Legacy Brand,
Type 6

EDIBLES

Bio

An executive, producer, writer, personality & host, Elise has worked with many of California's top cannabis companies & revolutionary founders. Since 2016, she has built her experience across all sides of the supply chain, helping brands to strategize, launch, pivot & survive in the nascent & tumultuous industry. As Chief Marketing Officer for Doc Green's, Elise lead the rebrand for the Berkeley legacy group, who relaunched at Emerald Cup '19.

Jamie King

Patient and Dispensary Owner

EDIBLES

Bio

We're a patient and a weed lover that put everything we have into Red Door Remedies Cannabis Dispensary in Cloverdale. As a Mom with chronic GI issues, finding relief with cannabis gave me my hope back and a passion to help others like me was born. My canna education comes from some of the best growers and producers here in NorCal. We began this ride as matriarchs of award winning cannabis families and today we're running mom's pot shop.

Keiko Beatie

Education, Cooking, Edible Events, Speaker, Writer, Owner, Coral Cove Wellness Resort, cannabis fungi medicine facility.

EDIBLES

Bio

Keiko Beatie is a practitioner of Ayurveda, Chinese and Holistic Medicine, focusing on education for health and well-being. She is a chef and provides cooking education at seminars, conferences for wellness. Keiko is the Director of Education for Coral Cove Wellness Resort located Jamaica. Board Member for OC NORML, The Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, and more for the cannabis community.

Krystal Fortman

Budtender, Manager at Herb&Market Humboldt

EDIBLES

Bio

My life is fully immersed in the Cannabis Industry. I have been apart of every aspect (EXCEPT JUDGING A CUP) from planting and growing to harvest & process. Now, working in the retail end it has made me highly favorable of edibles and the hard work people put into their products and packaging. Although my life has always revolved around good ol' sun grown flower, as a Humboldt County grown gal I have almost 20 years of seriously seasoned lungs.

Lisa Clamp

Edibles Formulator/ Cosmetics

EDIBLES

Bio

I am an edibles formulator for the past 10 years. I owned and operated Irie Soul Edibles which won 3rd place in the 2015 Emerald Cup, I also formulated Ms Greenfields hard drops which won 4th place 2019 Emerald Cup. I currently work for High Desert Pure as a Topical Formulator. They are the #1 topicals in Oregon and we plan to do the same here in California. I would love to be a part of the Emerald Cup Judging family.
JAH Bless

Manndie Tingler

Chief Revenue Officer at Khemia and NCIA Board Of Directors

EDIBLES

Bio

Manndie is the CRO for Khemia, a brand made for women by women, and CEO of Newell’s Botanicals, a 4x 1st place Emerald Cup winning company. Manndie has also helped conceptualize and produce over 20+ award winning products including topicals, flower, edibles and beverages. She wants everyone to remember that we have a duty to preserve our industry history and we must keep preaching & teaching about the power of the cannabis plant to everyone.

Nick Torres

Director of Operations, Beezle / Founder, Small Batch Specialists

EDIBLES

Bio

Nick Torres was a decorated chef before his official transition to the regulated cannabis market in 2014. He is a veteran team member of TC Labs and currently at the helm of Beezle Extracts as director of operations. His recipes have been published in High Times and his infusions have been featured on "Bong Appetit". Torres is also one of the first chefs in the world to earn a Culinary Edibles Certificate from the American Culinary Federation.

Tincture Judges

Ray Arias

Cultural Brand Strategist

TINCTURE

Bio

Ray is a cannabis patient with a background in analytical cannabis science, agriculture, and marketing. She believes everyone should have access to this magical, healing plant. She advocates for the plant through her role as a freelance cultural brand strategist by assisting businesses with their marketing through creative direction and education.

Amanda Reiman

VP, Community Development at Flow Cannabis Co. and Founder of Personal Plants

TINCTURE

Bio

Amanda Reiman is the Vice President of Community Development for Flow Cannabis Co. and the Founder of Personal Plants. Dr. Reiman is a Board member for the California Cannabis Tourism Associations and The Mendocino Cannabis Alliance, and has been studying cannabis use and harm reduction for 20 years as a social scientist. She currently resides in Ukiah, CA.

Alicia Rose

Founder, HerbaBuena

TINCTURE

Bio

Alicia founded HerbaBuena in 2015 to showcase the highest expression of sun grown cannabis. Named “Top 100 Women in Weed”, she’s passionate about establishing a new Quality Standard in alignment with the plant’s greatest teachings, and crafts a portfolio of awarded products. Prior to cannabis, Alicia had the privilege to help establish the legacy of wineries and 100-point winemakers worldwide.

Heather Burke

Attorney, Policy Advocate for Cannabis Farmers, Longtime consumer

TINCTURE

Bio

Heather is a Co-Founding Partner with Origin Group Law LLP, a values-based boutique law firm serving clients throughout the Emerald Triangle and Sierra Nevada mountain range. Her practice focuses on cannabis agriculture and complex supply chain issues. Heather’s passions include cannabis appellations, cannabis genetics, and supporting California’s legacy cannabis farmers.

Julie Chiariello

Co-owner and Director of Sales & Marketing at SKUNK Magazine

TINCTURE

Bio

As a woman in business for close to the last two decades she enjoys bringing green, cutting edge products successfully to market and empowering other women to succeed. She is a medical user, an herbalist and believes in the use and protection of herbal medicines in all their forms. She is a champion of new style business that upholds the tenets of sustainability, empowered consumerism, philanthropy and a more intelligent use of our collective resources.

Lyric Harris

Geneticist, Buyer, Grower, Medicine Woman

TINCTURE

Bio

I have worked in every aspect of the cannabis industry and as a result I’ve naturally developed a keen sense of taste, smell and cultivated a deep appreciation for the subtleties of the plant. I understand that terpene profiles, cultivation ethics, environment and purity influences the experience of the patient. In an effort to promote healing, I have devoted my life to understanding this mysterious medicine with passion and curiosity.

Topical Judges

Aaron Scarbourough

VP Operations, NewTropic

TOPICAL

Bio

Aaron leads all Operations for NewTropic, and is an experienced operations leader with extensive experience across the cannabis supply chain. He was formerly Sr Director of Ops for NorCal Cannabis, where he directed all non-retail operations from clone through distribution. Aaron has a demonstrated history of operational management, including developing collaborative and agile teams with a focus on objectives, improvement, and efficiency.

Laniakea Evans

General Manager at Dispensary

TOPICAL

Bio

Aaron leads all Operations for NewTropic, and is an experienced operations leader with extensive experience across the cannabis supply chain. He was formerly Sr Director of Ops for NorCal Cannabis, where he directed all non-retail operations from clone through distribution. Aaron has a demonstrated history of operational management, including developing collaborative and agile teams with a focus on objectives, improvement, and efficiency.

Monique Tejasri

Sourcing Development Manager

TOPICAL

Bio

Mo is an herbalist, cultivator and connector. Involved in cannabis for over 25 years, she has worked with many farms, influencers & brands in the cannabis industry including: Flow Cannabis Co, Willies Reserve, Foria, Brother Davids, Kikoko, EC, Snoop Dogg & more. She strongly believes in unity, community & preserving the heritage of sun-grown, pesticide free, craft cannabis farming and owes her allegiance to farmers and the craft above all else.

Jamie Loeb

Aspen High, working to get EC in Long Beach and Sacramento

TOPICAL

Bio

I've had spinal fusion & rodding, broken many bones and have traumatic arthritis in one of my hips, so I've been in pain most of my life. I'm a human weather barometer! When Jim Lewi created Aspen High to pair with Aspen Live (I'm in the music business), I dove in. I learned about the medicinal qualities of cannabis, and have been an avid user of topicals ever since. I also made the switch from Ambien to a CBD/THC regiment a couple of years ago.

Salwa Ibrahim

Owner of Cookies Oakland Dispensary, Crumbz Brand, Indoor & greenhouse Cultivation, Investor

TOPICAL

Bio

Salwa Ibrahim has 13 years of cannabis experience, operating dispensaries and cultivation/extraction facilities across multiple states. In 2016, Salwa and her partners at Blüm launched the first cannabis dispensary IPO. In 2019, Salwa and her team at Highland Events produced Grasslands at SF’s Outside Lands the first major music festival with compliant sales. She owns/operates Cookies Oakland, Indoor/GH cultivation, Crumbz and more.

Chris Muffoletto

Rosette Wellness Director of Education

TOPICAL

Bio

Been involved with Cannabis in some way for the past 15 years, in 2014 I decided to make the move into the 215 medical marijuana industry not only to help with my migraines and anxiety but to help others. I have been a patient consultant to GM, and everything in between, all this has given me deep insight into the cannabis industry in California. In the last 5 years, I have been working with Harry Rose over at Rosette Labworks. EDUCATION IS KEY

Bridget Brandstad

Co-owner Greenhouse Advisory Group

TOPICAL

Bio

Bridget Brandstad is a Certified Herbalist, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & Co Owner of Greenhouse Advisory Group. Bridget has been in the Cannabis Industry both personally and professionally since 1991 & became a glassblower in 1997. Bridget loves growing medicinal herbs & flowers & making plant medicine on their farm, Jasmine Farms with her husband Eric & their 2 boys.

CBD Judges

Chelsea Lucich

IG Live Host / Dispensary Consultant

CBD

Bio

Drawing upon a decade of mastering the medical cannabis dispensary arts, Chelsea Lucich is presently a Dispensary Consultant and Content creator. During her tenure in the medical cannabis realm, she has worked at four different forward thinking dispensaries in California. Her accumulative experience led to Co-founding and Directing Emerald Pharms, a educational terpene focused dispensary that was located in Hopland, California 2015-2020.

Dale Sky Jones

Oaksterdam University Executive Chancellor

CBD

Bio

Chancellor Dale Sky Jones is a trusted expert in Cannabis since 2007. She created the blueprint as the spokeswoman for the first statewide legalization effort, igniting the international debate in 2010. She took charge of Oaksterdam University after the crippling federal raid in 2012. Oaksterdam is proud of over 50,000 Alumni; social-justice engaged professionals, advocates, and business people worldwide.

Fred Gardner

Product Developer & Connoisseur

CBD

Bio

Former editor at Scientific American, organizer of GI coffeehouses during War in Vietnam, friend of Dennis and Tod, Public Information Officer for District Attorney of San Francisco, writer for Anderson Valley Advertiser and CounterPunch, managing editor of O'Shaughnessy's, and I'm the journalist who broke the CBD story (but I haven't heard from the Pulitzer people yet). Also, Tim Blake owes me a bong!

Gannon Castner

Sourcing & Independent Consulting

CBD

Bio

I consider myself a humble servant to the cannabis plant. She has taught me more about dedication, intuition, and my own body than I ever learned in school. Through the last 7 years, I've read more white papers than ever before, and have been lucky to have worked in retail, manufacturing, and have sourced all types of cannabis flower and extracts. Cannabis has helped heal my body, tone my mind, and has been the guiding light for my career.

Jazz DeCastro-Dixon

Processing Management

CBD

Bio

My life changed as soon as I began my work with cannabis. It started in 2013 when I moved fr Canada to Cali to work on outdoor farms spanning the NorCal region. I soon found myself working for numerous warehouses and small businesses as a contract processing manager in Santa Cruz County. Now running my own crews and working hand in hand with the farmers I still maintain a close connection with the heart of this industry.

Su Summerford

Lotus Medicinal Foods

CBD

Bio

It started in Amsterdam and led me to most of the interesting places I've ever been, most of my dearest friends, and the main flows of my life. The beloved plant of Cannabis, the healing of the nation, one of the tools for universal consciousness, has aided and abetted my life and I am happy to represent her, always and forever.

Tanamá Varas

Farming / Consultant

CBD

Bio

Tanamá is an aroecological farmer and returning jíbaro. He's worked in the cannabis industry for nearly a decade with a background in regenerative agriculture from his studies at UC Davis and research at UC Berkeley. He has worked with small farmers globally supporting peasant social movements for food sovereignty. He works with a number of cannabis companies in supporting their farms transition towards a more holistic regenerative system.

Tawnie Scarborough

VP Strategic Development, NewTropic Ventures

CBD

Bio

Tawnie  has been active in  organic and sustainable agriculture with cannabis as one of the many cherished plants in her garden. Committed to expanding the education and implementation of best management practices for a regulated cannabis industry she founded Sonoma County Growers Alliance, and has served on a number of boards during the development of state and local cannabis legalization in California.

CO2/Distillate Judges

Amit “Bamboo” Vachher-Gnanathurai

Nursery & Plant Breeding Manager, Posibl Project

CO2/Distillate

Bio

Bamboo cut his teeth as a breeder at Coastal Seeds working on landrace and heirloom preservation. He pioneered the Virgin Cold Pressed Extract while at The Highest Grade. Amongst the first cannabis breeders to be accepted at UC Davis’ Plant Breeding Academy, Bamboo has been both a moderator and a panelist at the Emerald Cup. He has won multiple cups in a wide range of categories. He is the nursery and plant breeding manager at Posibl Project.

Arian Roman

CEO/Founder, Alysida Health, KushQueen, MyCanna

CO2/Distillate

Bio

I'm an Afro-Puerto Rican scientist and entrepreneur from MIT. I’ve worked as Chief Science & Strategy Officer of several cannabis wellness brands. I was born to enable people, especially womxn and underserved communities, to take ownership of their health. My mission is disrupting the global cannabis wellness industry through conscious supply chain and agricultural management. Technology-driven, equitable, culturally-conscious disruption

David Hua

Head Janitor of Meadow

CO2/Distillate

Bio

David Hua is an entrepreneur, marketer, problem solver, and lover of cannabis. In 2014 Hua co-founded Meadow, a cannabis technology company and Y-Combinator's first start-up to operate in the cannabis space. Meadow is powering California cannabis with a full software suite for dispensaries.

Del Potter

Chief Science Officer, Leef Labs/Aya Biosciences

CO2/Distillate

Bio

I received my Ph.D. in medical anthropology from UC Berkeley in 1980, specializing in psychiatric anthropology, neuropharmacology and ethno psychopharmacology. As Chief Scientific Officer at Leef Holdings, I designed Leef Labs' new fully automated Cannabis manufacturing facility. I am a founder and CSO at Aya Biosciences, Leef's pharmaceutical division, where I lead the research effort to develop new psychedelic and cannabinoid pharmaceuticals.

El Rock

Nor Cal Territory Executive, Phinest Cannabis 

CO2/Distillate

Bio

A well known and respected Bay Area cannabis connoisseur/influencer with 25+ years experience in cannabis. He’s done everything from sourcing to cultivation, B2B sales-relationship management, to marketing & promotion of cannabis-based products. No stranger to the plant, Elrock was born into the Grateful Dead family and has 25 years of experience in the music industry as a HipHop artist-songwriter & a tenured career as a graffiti artist/muralist

Eliza Maroney

Co-Founder, Lucky Box Club

CO2/Distillate

Bio

Founded by canna-couple Eliza and Luke Maroney in 2017, Lucky Box Club is the oldest, fully-licensed, continually run cannabis subscription box company in California (and potentially the world). Named the #1 Cannabis Subscription Box company in California by Leafly.com, featured in the official Grammys gift bag, and nominated for Startup Box of the Year by SUBTA, Lucky Box Club focuses on providing a magical cannabis experience to its members.

Etienne Fontin

Director, Berkeley Patient Group

CO2/Distillate

Bio

Activist, Cannabis Patient, Combat Veteran, Mentor, Pioneer, Visionary, Orator, Veterans Advocate and all-around Cannabinerd. Got started in 89' when Jack Herer spoke at WVU and active since 92'. I've done rallies for legalization in 47 states and advocate locally and nationally. I own and operate Berkeley Patients Group which turned 21 years old in 2020. I was the PTSD study in Dr. Lester Grinspoon's Marijuana the Forbidden Medicine.

Nicole Powell

Head of Procurement

CO2/Distillate

Bio

Mendocino county born and raised, loving the plant medicine. Not a DAY goes by I don’t consume. Organic food eating, Pilates loving mama. Learned from the best ! I spend most days touring gardens and chatting with farmers. Checking market feedback with other counties in the south means I’m always on the road. Thank god for good music and edibles. Cannabis is crazy! I’m GRATEFUL for it all.

Solventless Judges

Cuban Hash Queen

Fullmelt Drysift Hash Maker

SOLVENTLESS

Bio

Originally from Miami, I moved to the West Coast to pursue my dreams. I am a wife to my best friend and a mom to two amazing boys and 6 dogs, all of the responsibility in my life requires me to smoke more hash than anyone I know.

Dorian Schraner

Founder and President of Beezle Brands

SOLVENTLESS

Bio

First and foremost I am a cannabis enthusiast and lover of the culture, always in pursuit of the finest. This path led me to start one of California’s leading concentrate brands, Beezle. Beezle’s focus has been to highlight the unique cultivators and cultivars of California through our live resin extracts. I am passionate about organic cultivation, with a degree from UCSC, and how these practices make the worlds best hash.

Jimi Devine

Journalist

SOLVENTLESS

Bio

Jimi Devine has been involved in cannabis reform since 2005 and has worked in the cannabis industry since 2009. Currently serving as Cannabis Columnist and critic for L.A. Weekly, you can also find his writings on cannabis products and policy in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Hill, The Chronicle of High Education, Cannabis Now, Marijuana.com, High Times, Irvine Week, Leafly, and Thrillist.

Maya Elisabeth

Infusion, Formulation

SOLVENTLESS

Bio

Cannabis reminds us that variety is the spice of life. Something to be celebrated in all forms, on all levels. To be an Emerald Cup judge is the highest honor for those that are connected enough with the plant to pay attention to every single sensory facet. May the best medicine win!

Nick Tanem

Owner of Essential Extracts, Consultant, Judge, Host, Speaker, DJ

SOLVENTLESS

Bio

Nick Tanem aka Nikka T is the owner of Essential Extracts, the very first licensed hash company in the US since prohibition, specializing in Solventless extractions. Infact he coined the term! Nick is extremely grateful & blessed to have had the opportunity to judge the Emerald Cup every year for the last decade. Nikka T spends his time DJing, consulting, training for his licensing deals and helping other brands launch in this ever evolving space.

The Dank Duchess

Hash Consultant, Educator, Public Speaker

SOLVENTLESS

Bio

An international Hash Consultant trained by Hash Master Frenchy Cannoli, Writer, and Cannabis Cultivator for 17 years, Duchess has dedicated the last 6 years to educating people about high quality cannabis and Hashish. Currently serving as the Managing Editor of Skunk Magazine, dozens of her hash stories and tutorials have appeared in esteemed cannabis magazines and books.

Tony Pitts

Founder of Honeysuckle Lotus

SOLVENTLESS

Bio

I started off selling seven eighth’s to keep one. Moved to Oregon and survived the BC years only to find myself back in California living the family dream of getting high on the best supply.

BHO Judges

Abdullah Saeed

Co-Host, Great Moments in Weed

BHO

Bio

Abdullah Saeed created and produced Vice's prominent cannabis properties Weediquette (over 100 columns and creation of video series), the James Beard Award-nominated cooking show Bong Appetit (produced and hosted 16 web episodes and 30 TV episodes) and the short-form series Smokeables (tens of millions of views across digital platforms). He is an actor and writer on the HBO series High Maintenance, and reports for KCRW on LA cannabis topics.

April Black

Owner of Higher Way Travel, cannabis friendly travel agency

BHO

Bio

Hi, I'm April Black. I'm the owner of Higher Way Travel and have been coordinating cannabis friendly vacations and events since 2008. I have been traveling the world exclusively seeking cannabis friendly destinations and experiences to share with all cannabis lovers. I have been a certified yoga instructor since 2004 and combine wellness experiences with cannabis. Born on Earth Day, I have a deep love of nature and spend my free time gardening.

Bobby Black

Wold of Cannabis Museum Project, Leaf Magazine

BHO

Bio

Executive director of World of Cannabis Museum Project & host/writer of the Cannthropology cannabis history podcast/blog. Columnist/contributor for Leaf magazine. Former Senior Editor, columnist, & 21-year veteran of High Times. Former editor of Sensi, Greenleaf magazines. Former host of Blazin' With Bobby Black (Cannabis Radio) & Contact High (Sirius XM). Former competition coordinator of HT Cannabis Cup. Former COO of Crockett Family Farms.

Brian Malin

Owner of Vital Garden Supply Vital Grown and Vital Distribution

BHO

Bio

Brian Malin is founder & CEO of Vital Garden Supply, formulator of the Vital Garden Product organic fertilizer line. Since 2006 Vital has been servicing the Cannabis community. In 2018 Brian & his brother in-law Mateo Meadowcroft founded Vital Grown where they farm in Mendocino County. Brian has been living a plant based organic lifestyle for over 30 years and loves to grow food for his wife and 2 sons at their home in Nevada City.

Dani Walton

Co-Owner/CMO & CEO, NXTLVL & Agris Farms

BHO

Bio

Bay Area born & raised cannabis expert with over 20 years of cannabis experience. Dani traveled around the world with the executive team of Harborside for more than 11 years. She also managed wholesale & distribution for Harborside. She is now the CEO for Agris Farms & co-owner/ CMO of NXTLVL Delivery. Dani is well versed in the latest consumer trends, extraction, cultivation, new brands and products & the evolving science of cannabis.

David Angular

Owner of Dispensary, Distro, Manufacturing, Cultivation

BHO

Bio

2 time High Times 100 most influential person in cannabis, multiple high times award winner.

DJ Pooh

Film maker, Producer

BHO

Bio

I have been a cannabis supporter since 1986. I co wrote my first cannabis comedy “Friday” with Ice Cube in 1994. It’s been a part of my content through Hip Hop, Television, Film and Video Games For the past 30 Yrs.

Kitt Hall

Hash Maker & Connoisseur

BHO

Bio

Kitt Hall was born to be in the cannabis industry. Both his parents cultivated cannabis during Hall’s childhood in Sonoma County, CA. After relocating to the Bay Area in 2006. Kitt continued doing business and networking within the nascent cannabis industry. Kitt Partnered with Rumpwax in 2011 Then Co-Founded Irie Care Collective & Later went on to be the Buyer of Barbary Coast SF. Kitt continues to make hash under Legends Exotics to this day.

Ted Lidie

Owner/Founder Alienlabs Brand Director Connected Cannabis Co

BHO

Bio

My name is Ted Lidie, i'm from redding california and am a second generation weed farmer. after being raised on a pot farm, I opened my first dispensary in 2011 and then founded alienlabs in 2014. Alienlabs has taken the industry by storm but I have remained who i always was, which is very rare in this space. look forward to hopefully judging again this year, and helping in any capacity so let me know if i can do more.

Todd McCormick

Owner of cannabis seed company & Writer for GROW magazine

BHO

Bio

Todd McCormick is a former cancer patient who started using cannabis in 1979 under his mother's supervision while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. Todd overcame the cancer and went on to become a lifetime advocate for medical cannabis. Starting in 1994, Todd worked with Jack Herer as an editor of The Emperor Wears No Clothes and released his first book, How To Grow Medical Marijuana in 1998. He owns the seed company: www.AGSeedCo.com