“The ‘Academy Awards’ Of Cannabis” Emerald Cup Joins Green Street Festival On May 14th, 2022

“The road to the Cup ends at the Green Street Festival”

The world-renowned Emerald Cup Awards ( is pleased to announce a new partnership with the highly anticipated Green Street Festival ( in Downtown Los Angeles on May 14, 2022.

“Cannabis will always be the headliner,” shares Rama Mayo, the founder and creator of Green Street Festival. “There is no greater recognized symbol of excellence in the weed nation than the Emerald Cup Awards and we are thrilled to share the stage at our inaugural event with them in this partnership. Our union is the convergence of two massive powerhouse entities in the culture of cannabis. Emerald Cup delivers on the heritage and community that enhances the experience that we are manifesting at Green Street Festival. Gary, our team, and I could not be more proud to partner with their organization as we bring the best cannabis, food, and music to one place.”

Hosting the iconic awards show for it’s 18th annual competition at the Green Street Festival enhances the roster of headliners already in attendance at the entertaining & immersive festival experience. Featuring the world’s top artists, musicians, thought leaders and restaurants around Los Angeles, the event, with programming on May 13 and 14th, 2022, expects over 7,000 attendees with special performances by Juicy J & Friends, Gary Vaynerchuk, Harry Mack (Live) and many more to be announced.

“The road to the Cup ends at the Green Street Festival” adds Emerald Cup founder and author, Tim Blake. “This is a truly historic moment for Los Angeles as they open the doors to consumer cannabis events in Downtown Los Angeles. Following the success of our Harvest Ball, which started our journey to the Cup, we are absolutely thrilled to join the Green Street Festival team as they bring our community together in the heart of the city and lift our awards to the stage of the largest cannabis market in the world. This triumphant return of our annual live awards show is our first entrance to Los Angeles and we could not have chosen better partners for this debut. Rama and his team at Green Street have created a powerful ecosystem and they’ve done a wonderful job in creating a platform of engagement for us to shine. We’re eager to unify our northern and southern communities as we raise the Cup and recognize the best of California Cannabis.”  


Along with the announcement of their Los Angeles arrival, partnership with Green Street Festival and eagerly awaited confirmation of date and location for the Awards, Emerald Cup reveals the full list of their 2022 competition judges. The panels include a diverse cast of leading experts, journalists, scientists, activists, celebrities, and cannabis aficionados. Globally recognized as the “Academy Awards of Cannabis,”  judges are exclusively hand-selected to test out a variety of cannabis products created by California’s best cultivators, extractors and movers and shakers, looking to be crowned best in class in their respective categories. The competition entry window is currently open and the application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 11, 2022 at 4:00pm PST. A full spectrum of cannabis excellence will be chosen based on specific criteria including the smell, taste, look and the high, carefully judged under strict discretion.

With this announcement of the 2022 judges panels, the Emerald Cup begins an exciting expedition in discovering outstanding cannabis products for the world. After hours of testing and debate, many judges will offer an inside look into the secretive judging experience, allowing fans and followers all over the world to share their personal preferences and colorful commentary through their social media. No stranger to the judge’s table themselves, Taylor Blake – Executive Producer of the Emerald Cup – and Competition Director Victoria Shea, have successfully created an intricate system of management for over 50 categories. Across the industry, being an Emerald Cup judge is one of the highest honors one can receive in cannabis. The loyal Emerald Cup community looks to these experts to put forth the industry’s top-tier reputable brands and farms. The recognition from peers and consumers alike that comes along with an Emerald Cup achievement can be transformational for a brand as it highlights their commitment to the culture by crafting clean high quality cannabis. The California cannabis market is stronger when united and the 2022 Emerald Cup Awards will bridge the gap between the NorCal and SoCal markets, providing more opportunities for farmers and brands and new options for consumers.

Competition application deadline has been extended to February 11, 2022, visit for more information.



  • Alec Dixon
  • Bill Levers
  • Chang Weisberg
  • Eric Brandstad
  • Guy Rocourt
  • Jason Beck
  • Jessica Hwang
  • Joe Sullivan
  • Josh Bubeck
  • Josh Preibe
  • Michelle Underwood
  • Marv Levin
  • Mathieu St Germain
  • Matt “Sensei” Chiu
  • Mike “Majix” Yuen
  • Nicole Powell
  • Reese Benton
  • Shiloh Massive
  • Swami Chaitanya


  • Demetrius Daniels
  • Justin Shively
  • KC Santana
  • Keith Stevenson
  • Leor “Hopelord” Feit “Talking Terps”
  • Lindsey Bartlett
  • Roxanne Dennant
  • Sam Edwards
  • Timo Espinoza

Solventless Concentrate

  • Ashley Gaertig
  • Boris Shcharansky
  • Dorian Schraner
  • Elise McRoberts
  • Flora Bermudez
  • Jenny-Beth Dills
  • Jimi Devine
  • Maya Elisabeth
  • Roger Volodarsky
  • The Dank Duchess
  • Tony Pitts


  • Abdullah Saeed
  • April Black
  • Bobby Black
  • Brian Malin
  • Dale Sky Jones
  • Ishta Muhammed
  • Jason Pinsky
  • Kevin Chapman
  • Sarah Bergman
  • Ted Lidie
  • Terryn Buxton
  • Todd McCormick


  • David Hua
  • El Rock
  • Etienne Fontan
  • Joshua Wurzer
  • Lauren Mendelson
  • Luna Stower
  • Michael Beck
  • Tammy Pettigrew
  • Terrence Mines


  • A.C. Moon
  • Carmeron Hatten
  • David Bienenstock
  • Donnie Ortega Madden
  • Jeff Levers
  • Keiko Beatie
  • Manndie Tingler
  • Melissa Anaclerio
  • Nicholas Torres
  • Ricardo Willis

Alternative Cannabinoids (including CBD CBG CBN, etc)

  • Andres Rigal
  • Chaney Turner
  • Chelsea Lucich
  • Jazz Dixon
  • Su Summerford
  • Tawnie Scarborough
  • Whitney Beatty


  • Elizabeth Beachner
  • Felicia Carbajal
  • Julie Chiariello
  • Kimberly Dellacorva-Tate
  • Lyric Harris
  • Nate Valensky
  • Ophelia Chong


  • Aaron Scarborough
  • Aundre Speciale
  • Bridget Brandstad
  • Laniakea Evans
  • Levi Strom
  • Monique Pelletier
  • Phoebe Smith
  • Salwa Ibrahim


  • Most Innovative Product – Consumable
  • Most Innovative Product – Industry Asset
  • Eco Conscious Indoor Cultivation Award
  • Eco Conscious Packaging Award
  • Photo Contest – Professional
  • Photo Contest – Amateur

Media needing to connect with The Emerald Cup, Green Street Festival, The Emerald Cup 2022 Award Show, or to speak with founder Tim Blake and Rama Mayo regarding their announcement, please reach out to Kenneth Loo, Chapter 2 at

To follow the fun on social media at @theemeraldcup


Emerald Cup is now the world’s premier virtual cannabis destination and iconic live event. While advancing the concept of sustainable, sun-grown farming, the 17-year old organization’s reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most-respected cannabis competition in the world. As a group, 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. A community celebration that has grown to become a global movement honoring the year’s finest, organic, sun-grown, cannabis harvest as well as the finest cannabis products available. The Cup has stood as a celebration of excellence and over the years has seen founder Tim Blake recognized as a guardian of the industry.


Brainchild of Gary Vaynerchuk & Rama Mayo, Green Street Festival brings together the city’s top restaurants, the state’s leading Cannabis brands, and the world’s top entertainers all brought together to celebrate the Cannabis community. Organically evolving from one of the most trusted names in Cannabis, Green Street, who are also co-founders of industry B2B phenom Hall of Flowers. Day one of the fest is a VIP event at the Green Street Building, a 67,000 Sq Ft Cannabis business epicenter complete with a once in a lifetime performance with Harry Mack & Gary Vaynerchuk. Day two of the festival is at a historic outdoor venue in Downtown Los Angeles featuring a Keynote from Gary Vaynerchuk, plus an incredibly special performance lead by Grammy & Academy Award winning artist Juicy J. Exclusive food offerings will be available from the city’s best restaurants & chefs including Yeastie Boys, Afters Ice Cream, Gusto Green, Petite Peso, Broad Street Oyster Co., Shrimp Daddy, and Uncle Paulie’s Deli.  Contemporary artist Cody Hudson created and established the visual identity of the festival. Tickets for this inaugural event on May 13th & 14th are available now at

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