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Sure to draw thousands  of requests for consideration from all corners of the cannabis community, today the Emerald Cup (www.theemeraldcup.com) announced that the 2023 Judges Application portal is now live online. Everyone aged 21 and up is eligible to apply.

The Emerald Cup Judge selection process is thoughtful and committee-driven to ensure that those chosen represent all facets of the cannabis community. Most importantly, each Judge brings a unique perspective and useful knowledge of the plant to the largest and most diverse cannabis competition on the planet.


The Emerald Cup will ultimately be selecting over two dozen new and returning judges whose analysis of hundreds of high-quality entries will help to shape tastes and trends in California and beyond for years to come. Being a past Emerald Cup Judge does not automatically guarantee a coveted spot at the table and anyone interested must reapply each year to be considered.

If you think you have what it takes to be a 2023 Emerald Cup Judge, be sure to apply today and keep your fingers crossed, rolling papers ready, and have your tolerance levels topped up. The 2023 Emerald Cup Judge roster will close on October 2, 2022.

Those eager to be considered can apply at (www.theemeraldcup.com) or can reach out to [email protected] with any questions.


The Emerald cup Harvest Ball serves as a year-end celebration of the cannabis plant as well as the farmers and craftspeople who bring it to market, marking the opening of the application and entry process for the 2023 Emerald Cup Competition.

Since 2004, the Emerald Cup has been a December tradition, originating at a secretive location in the hills of the Emerald Triangle and evolving each year alongside California’s own evolution toward reform and legalization.

The Emerald Cup began as a competition strictly for outdoor, sungrown cannabis flowers, and it remained that way for well over a decade. This is why the Emerald Cup has always held an event in December, the perfect time to celebrate and enjoy freshly cured outdoor cannabis that was harvested two months prior.

More recently, however, the Emerald Cup Competition has grown to encompass more than 40 categories covering all forms of consumption. With indoor, mixed light, greenhouse, and homegrown personal use buds now eligible to compete, the Emerald Cup serves as an authentic reflection of the best of California cannabis culture and the state’s regulated marketplace has to offer. This is all showcased by the world’s biggest and best cannabis competition and awards show.

With December’s Harvest Ball in Northern California for its second year, the Emerald Cup Competition spanning throughout Spring, and leading to the iconic Emerald Cup Awards in Los Angeles just before the Summer season, the Emerald Cup truly covers all aspects and all seasons of cannabis.

Weekend passes to attend this year’s Emerald Cup Harvest Ball on December 10-11th, 2022 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, in Santa Rosa, California are available for presale now at www.theemeraldcup.com. To participate in the 2023 Emerald Cup Competition and to have your cannabis featured in the Emerald Cup Competition Almanac, complete the entry process in person at the 2022 Emerald Cup Harvest Ball or visit www.theemeraldcup.com once the entry window officially opens on December 10th, 2022.

To participate, 2022 Emerald Cup Harvest Ball Sponsor and Vendor opportunities

are available now on the Emerald Cup website: www.theemeraldcup.com

For more information on The Emerald Cup Harvest Ball 2022, The Emerald Cup Awards 2023, or media requests and/or interviews with founder, Tim Blake, please contact Kenneth Loo (Chapter 2 Agency), PR & Communications at [email protected].


The Emerald Cup is the world’s premier cannabis brand destination and iconic live event. While advancing the concept of sustainable farming, the iconic 19-year old organization’s reputation is firmly solidified as the largest and most respected cannabis competition in the world. As an organization, The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together the leading experts in the cannabis industry to educate and inspire our fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year.