Competition FAQs

What is the entry drop off window?
Entry Deadline is: Mar 22, 2024 at 5pm

While our festival dates have been pushed back, our competition is ON! We have a little bit of extra time to continue to receive entries held up due to testing or packaging delays – until March 22th. What has already been received is entering the next stage of processing and being packed into category kits for judging. Our judges will have a few extra weeks to review, judge, score and provide feedback for every entry received, which we will be able to share with each of you, post awards show. Get your entries in, we are LIVE!!

How can I enter this year’s competition?

Good news – there’s still time to enter the Emerald Cup 2024 Competition! For product entries of any kind, personal or licensed, begin here and then choose your category.

How will the samples entered be judged now?

While our festival dates have been pushed back, our competition is ON! We have a little bit of extra time to continue to receive entries held up due to testing or packaging delays – until March 22nd.

What will be the judging process now for those who entered their samples already?

What has already been received is entering the next stage of processing and being packed into category kits for judging. Our judges will have a few extra weeks to review, judge, score and provide feedback for every entry received, which we will be able to share with each of you, post awards show.

Is there a refund to brands who entered and don’t want to participate?

Please email our Competition Department before Thu Mar 21st  2024 for full refund. Email: contest@theemeraldcup.com

Where can I submit/dropoff my entry?

NOTE: You MUST arrange your dropoff PRIOR TO ARRIVAL. Please coordinate with Emerald Cup staff to ensure a smooth process. contest@theemeraldcup.com

High Grade Distribution
McKinleyville, CA – Humboldt County

Compassionate Heart
Ukiah, CA – Mendocino County

CBCB
Berkeley, CA – Alameda County

Canopy Club
Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara County

WRK (COH)
Northridge, CA – Los Angeles County

Eleven11
Rio Vista, CA – Solano County

Seed 2 Soul
Cloverdale, CA – Sonoma County

Bloom Network
Santa Cruz, CA – Santa Cruz County

March and Ash
San Diego, CA – San Diego County

What are the entry amounts required for my category?

  • Flower: 4 ounces (All THC dominant categories)
  • PreRoll: 37 single units/30 multipack units
  • Concentrate: 23 1.0-gram units (Solventless/Solvent)
  • Cartridges: 20 units
  • Infused: 20 units (Edible, Tincture, Topical)
  • Alternative Cannabinoid & Hemp Flower: 1 ounce
  • Most Innovative Product: 5 units (Consumable & Industry Asset)

When are the Awards announced?

At the Emerald Cup event, Aug 17th & 18th, 2024 at the historic Henry J. Kaiser Center for the Arts in Oakland, CA

What payment forms are accepted for Competition entries?

  • Cash/Money Order at the time of drop off
  • Contactless/Online payment
  • Check: Made out to EC Licensing, LLC & mailed to: ZZRJ 901 A Street – Suite C San Rafael, CA 94901

Does the Emerald Cup give discounted entry fees for multiple entries?

Yes! First entry – $650
Second entry – $50
Third entry and above – $350

1 ENTRY = $650
2 ENTRIES = $700
3 ENTRIES = $1050
4 ENTRIES = $1400
5 ENTRIES = $1750

And so on…

You can also nominate your favorite dispensary or enter the photography competition.

When are the Dispensary nominations and Photo competition open for submissions?

Photo Submission window: Feb 19 thru Mar 17, 2024
Dispensary Nomination window: Feb 19 thru Mar 17, 2024