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This list of cannabis competitions is an index to articles about notable competitions related to cannabis. Many are part of a larger cannabis festival and two are part of a state fair.

Australia and New Zealand

  • Australian Cannabis Awards[1]
  • Nimbin Mardigrass
  • Australian Cannabis Cup

Australian Cannabis Cup

The Australian Cannabis Cup is an annual cannabis competition[2] held in Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia. It has been celebrated since before 1995 and is known for recognizing excellence in cannabis produce.

The event features judges from around Australia who sample and vote for their favourite cannabis varieties, with cups (trophies) being awarded to the overall winner in the cannabis variety competition and in the best wax , dabs and rosin categories.


The Australian Cannabis Cup gained national attention in 1995 when it was featured in a documentary by 60 Minutes. Over the years, the event has evolved, with a focus on two primary categories: buds/flowers and extracts like oils and hash. In recent years, Alec ‘Craze’ Zammitt and Will Stolk, members of the 420 cannabis protest group 'Who Are We Hurting?,' have documented the event through video coverage.


Award categories include Best Flower, Wax or Dab, Best Hash, (hashish that is produced only in Australia). A team of  judges decides which grower  has grown the Best Indica, Best Sativa, and Best Hash.

The U.S. Cannabis Cup recognizes marijuana in states that have passed laws that legalize marijuana for adult, recreational use. Teams of expert judges vote on Best Indica, Best Sativa, Best Hybrid,

While in Australia the illegality of Cannabis has made the Cannabis Cup more of an underground hush ,hush affair for members of the tight knit cannabis community.


This event has played a significant role in showcasing and pushing for change within the cannabis community in Australia and raising awareness about medicinal cannabis, which began being prescribed en masse to the public in 2018.

Community Involvement

More than just a competition, the Australian Cannabis Cup fosters community and camaraderie among cannabis enthusiasts and positively impacts the local Nimbin community.

Legal Considerations

The event operates in a legal landscape where recreational cannabis remains illegal at the federal level in Australia. Nevertheless, changing attitudes toward cannabis legislation and the growing medicinal cannabis industry have influenced the event's reception and its role in the broader discourse on cannabis in Australia.


  • The annual Jamaican Cannabis Festival (Montego Bay, 2014–). Best/strongest strains awarded as well as an introduction to new developments.


  • Prairie Harvest Medicinal Marijuana Cup (Saskatoon, 2011–)[3]
  • Tokers Bowl (Vancouver 2002–2005)[4]
  • Toronto Cannabis Cup[3]
  • Winnipeg Cannabis Cup (2016–) [5]

United States

main stage at the Emerald Cup awards ceremony
Emerald Cup awards ceremony
Errl Cup Cannabis Awards & Festivals in Arizona.
Errl Cup Arizona Overview
Vendors at the High Times Alaska Cup, 2018
  • Best Bud, D.C. State Fair (2015–)[6]
  • Cannabis Cup
  • Cultivation Classic, sun-grown craft cannabis competition (Portland, Oregon 2016–)[7][8][9] and according to Rolling Stone, "the first cannabis flower cup in the world to analyze terpenes and minor cannabinoids of every organic flower sample contending for the award"[10]
  • Sticky Icky Carolina Cup & Title Belt Asheville NC 4/20
  • Dope Cup[11]
  • DC Grower's Cup
  • Emerald Cup[12]
  • The Errl Cup in Arizona established 2015[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21]
  • The Grow-Off[22]
  • High Times Medical Cannabis Cup
  • Legacy Cup - A cannabis festival that features a juried competition, education, and entertainment. Judging of the best cannabis products from legacy producers and growers from across the state. [23] [24] [25]
  • Northwest Cannabis Classic (Anchorage, Portland, Tacoma, 2015–)[26][27] "a cannabis award show where we have these really awesome trophies that we award to the winners of best indica, best sativa, best hybrid, best concentrate and best edible"
  • Oregon Cannabis Growers' Fair at the Oregon State Fair[28][29]
  • Stony Awards
  • Taste of Texas Hemp Cup
  • The WEEDYS Awards[citation needed]


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  3. ^ a b Peter Henderson (April 24, 2012), Marijuana growers compete in 'cannabis cups' despite risks, Canada.com
  4. ^ Ed Rosenthal (2002). Marijuana Varieties from the World's Great Seed Breeders. p. 112. ISBN 0932551629.
  5. ^ Tokers light up in 1st ever Winnipeg Cannabis Cup, CBC News, June 17, 2016
  6. ^ Perry Stein (July 16, 2015), "D.C.'s State Fair will have a marijuana growing competition this year", The Washington Post
  7. ^ Greenberg, Gary (April 5, 2020). "Cannabis Scientists Are Chasing the Perfect High". The New York Times.
  8. ^ Bartlett, Lindsey (May 17, 2019), Craft Growers, Science Nerds to Converge at Cultivation Classic, Weedmaps News
  9. ^ Romero, Morgan (April 24, 2019). "Why is the number of women working in cannabis declining?". Portland: KGW.
  10. ^ Yoshiko, Lauren (April 20, 2018), "The Rolling Stone Guide to Legal Pot: Oregon", Rolling Stone
  11. ^ Jamie Hale (September 21, 2015), "DOPE Cup, cannabis competition and consumption event, coming to Portland in October", The Oregonian
  12. ^ David Downs (December 12, 2016), "Marijuana mega-fest draws record 30,000 to Wine Country", San Francisco Chronicle
  13. ^ "Arizona Cannabis Events and Awards Festivals - Errl Cup". www.theerrlcup.com. Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  14. ^ Nichols, Nate. "Errl Cup Will Test Products to Ensure Arizona Medical-Marijuana Patients Get What They Pay For". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  15. ^ Nichols, Nate. "Errl Cup in Tempe Bestows Arizona Marijuana Products Awards". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  16. ^ Nichols, Nate. "Scenes from the 710 Degree Cup Marijuana Awards in Phoenix". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  17. ^ "Best Cannabis Festival - The Errl Cup". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  18. ^ Joseph, Paul (2022-01-05). "The Best Festivals & Fairs in Phoenix & Arizona". TravelMag. Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  19. ^ "710 Degree Cup 2nd Annual Errl Cup Concentrate Awards". Retrieved 2024-01-15.
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  21. ^ "The Errl Cup Cannabis Awards and Festival - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2024-01-15.
  22. ^ Hanson, Melissa (2021-05-07). "Cannabis competition coming to Mass.; 'There's no smoke-off. It's strictly by the numbers'". MassLive.
  23. ^ "Legacy THC Cup". Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. 2022-11-11. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  24. ^ "Legacy Cup MN 2023". Legacy Cup. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  25. ^ "Planning on smoking cannabis at the Minnesota State Fair? Think again, organizers say - CBS Minnesota". www.cbsnews.com. 2023-08-02. Retrieved 2023-09-21.
  26. ^ C.R. Roberts (August 10, 2015), "Tacoma Armory to host marijuana trade show and seminars — and a cannabis competition", The Olympian
  27. ^ ERNEST JASMIN (19 August 2015), "Classic Cannabis", The Tacoma Weekly, The Northwest Cannabis Classic kicked off in Anchorage, Alaska in May. Tacoma-based promoters Cory and Kendra Wray will hold the two-day event at the Tacoma Armory on Aug. 29 and 30 followed by the finale in Portland in November
  28. ^ Oregon State Fair To Feature Marijuana Competition, KPIX, July 28, 2016
  29. ^ Check Out Some Prize-Winning Weed Plants at the Oregon State Fair, Vice, August 30, 2016