Marijuana Business Daily 2019 Award finalists announced

MJBiz Daily Awards

Winners to be honored at inaugural gala during MJBizCon Week

Drumroll, please. Finalists for the MJBizDaily Awards are now public.

The editorial staff of Marijuana Business Daily and Hemp Industry Daily teamed with a panel of industry experts to select companies from Alaska to Australia as leaders in the categories of Regional Game Changer, Community Impact and more.

“The growth of the cannabis industry in the past few years merits recognition of the best and brightest,” said Cassandra Farrington, CEO of Marijuana Business Daily, which is producing the awards. “We are excited to launch an awards platform backed by MJBizDaily’s unbiased editorial excellence, ensuring the honorees are true leaders and achievers in their categories.”

Staff members sorted through more than 760 nominations to hand-select 55 finalists in 11 categories. Winners will be announced at the MJBizDaily Awards gala on the evening of Dec. 12.

The event is part of MJBizCon Week, which is expected to draw more than 35,000 cannabis industry professionals to Las Vegas for five days of educational sessions and a tailored trade show with 1,300 booths and companies represented.

The finalists for the inaugural MJBizDaily Awards are listed here. The sector listed under each entry was provided by the finalist. Buy tickets to the awards gala at mjbizdaily.com/awards.

 

U.S. Market Leader Awards

Retailer of the Year Award

Name: Bloom Medicinals

Headquarters: Boca Raton, Florida

Sector: Retail

 

Name: Native Roots Cannabis Co.

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Cultivation, Retail

 

Name: ONE Cannabis, Unity Rd.

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Franchise, Retail

 

Name: Planet 13

Headquarters: Las Vegas

Sector: Retail

 

Name: The Apothecarium (subsidiary of TerrAscend Corp.)

Headquarters: San Francisco

Sector: Retail

 


 

U.S. Market Leader Awards

Infused Products

Name: Coda Signature

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Infused Products

 

Name: Dixie Brands

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Infused Products

 

Name: Plus Products

Headquarters: San Mateo, California

Sector: Infused Products

 

Name: Sweet Grass

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Infused Products

 

Name: Wana Brands

Headquarters: Boulder, Colorado

Sector: Infused Products

 


 

U.S. Market Leader Awards

Cultivator of the Year Award

Name: Columbia Care

Headquarters: New York City

Sector: Cultivation

 

Name: Cresco Labs

Headquarters: Chicago

Sector: Multistate Operator

 

Name: East Fork Cultivars

Headquarters: Takilma, Oregon

Sector: Cultivation

 

Name: EcoGen Laboratories

Headquarters: Grand Junction, Colorado

Sector: Cultivation

 


 

Regional Game Changer Award

United States

Name: Acreage Holdings

Headquarters: New York City

Sector: Multistate Operator

 

Name: Cresco Labs

Headquarters: Chicago

Sector: Multistate Operator

 

Name: Green Thumb Industries

Headquarters: Chicago

Sector: Cultivation, Retail

 

Name: Headset

Headquarters: Seattle

Sector: Ancillary Services (Data Analytics and Market Intelligence)

 

Name: LivWell Enlightened Health

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Cultivation, Infused, Retail

 


 

Regional Game Changer Award

Latin America 

Name: Avicanna Inc.

Headquarters: Toronto

Sector: Cultivation, Pharmaceutical, Research

 

Name: Khiron Life Sciences

Headquarters: Toronto, Canada, and Bogotá, Colombia

Sector: Cultivation, Medical, Consumer Packaged Goods

 

Name: PharmaCielo

Headquarters: Toronto

Sector: Cultivation, Extraction, Processing, Wholesale

 


 

Regional Game Changer Award

Europe, Middle East, Asia, Africa and Oceania

Name: Bedrocan

Headquarters: Veendam, Groningen, Netherlands

Sector: Cultivation

 

Name: Cansativa GmbH

Headquarters: Frankfurt, Germany

Sector: Importer, Distributor

 

Name: Rua Bioscience

Headquarters: Ruatoria, New Zealand

Sector: Cultivation, Genetics, Manufacturing, Research

 

Name: Little Green Pharma

Headquarters: Perth, Western Australia

Sector: Cultivation, Manufacturing, Production, Research

 


 

Regional Game Changer Award

Canada

Name: Cronos Group

Headquarters: Toronto

Sector: Licensed Producer

 

Name: Fire & Flower

Headquarters: Edmonton, Alberta

Sector: Retail

 

Name: MediPharm Labs Corp.

Headquarters: Barrie, Ontario

Sector: Extraction, Manufacturing

 

Name: Valens GroWorks

Headquarters: Kelowna, British Columbia

Sector: Extraction

 


 

Industry Impact Award

Name: Charlie Bachtell

Position: CEO

Company: Cresco Labs

Headquarters: Chicago

Sector: Multistate Operator

 

Name: Julie Berliner

Position: CEO and founder

Company: Sweet Grass

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Infused Products

 

Name: AC Braddock

Position: CEO

Company: Eden Labs

Headquarters: Seattle

Sector: Ancillary (Extraction Technology)

 

Name: Troy Dayton

Position: CEO

Company: The Arcview Group

Headquarters: Oakland, California

Sector: Investment, Events, Market Research

 

Name: John Lord

Position: CEO

Company: LivWell Enlightened Health

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Cultivation, Infused, Retail

 

Name: Shanita Penny

Position: Founder and principal, Budding Solutions; former president, Minority Cannabis Business Association

Company: Budding Solutions

Headquarters: Baltimore, Maryland

Sector: Ancillary (Consulting) and Association

 

Name: Keith Stroup

Position: Founder

Company: NORML

Headquarters: Washington DC

Sector: Association

 

Name: Nicholas Vita

Position: CEO

Company: Columbia Care

Headquarters: New York City

Sector: Cultivation

 

Name: Steve White

Position: CEO

Company: Harvest Health & Recreation

Headquarters: Phoenix

Sector: Multistate Operator

 

Name: Nancy Whiteman

Position: CEO

Company: Wana Brands

Headquarters: Boulder, Colorado

Sector: Infused Products

 


 

Hemp Game Changer Award

Name: Access Rosin

Headquarters: Downey, California

Sector: Hemp, Extraction

 

Name: Canopy Growth Corp.

Headquarters: Smiths Falls, Ontario

Sector: Cultivation, Processing, Retail

 

Name: Front Range Biosciences

Headquarters: Lafayette, Colorado

Sector: Cultivation

 

Name: Mile High Labs

Headquarters: Broomfield, Colorado

Sector: Industrial Hemp Extraction

 

Name: Mission Lago Farms

Headquarters: Central Point, Oregon

Sector: Hemp, Cultivation

 


 

Community Impact Award

Sustainable Business Practices

Name: Canndescent

Headquarters: Santa Barbara, California

Sector: Retail

 

Name: Clever Leaves

Headquarters: Bogotá, Colombia

Sector: Cultivation

 

Name: LivWell Enlightened Health

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Retail

 

Name: Native Roots Cannabis Co.

Headquarters: Denver

Sector: Cultivation, Retail

 

Name: Smokey’s

Headquarters: Garden City, Colorado

Sector: Cultivation

 


 

Community Impact Award

Giving Back to the Community

Name: Bibiana Rojas

Position: Country Managing Director

Company: Canopy Growth Colombia

Headquarters: Bogotá, Colombia

Sector: Cultivation, Distribution

 

Name: Berkeley Patients Group

Headquarters: Berkeley, California

Sector: Retail

 

Name: Bloom Farms

Headquarters: Oakland, California

Sector: Brand

 

Name: Green Thumb Industries

Headquarters: Chicago

Sector: Cultivation, Retail

 

Name: Eden Management Group, dba Uncle Herb’s and Alaska Herb Garden

Headquarters: Anchorage, Alaska

Sector: Cultivation, Retail