Humboldt County’s Golden Tarp Awards Is November 18th

CALIFORNIA:  The Ganjier has announced the call for entry for the fourth annual Golden Tarp Awards. The competition will take place Saturday, November 18th, at The Mateel Community Center in Humboldt County, and will feature, for the first time ever, a multi-camera feed live-streaming broadcast of cannabis competition judging. Flower entries, due by October 26th, are being accepted at drop-off locations throughout Northern and Central California.

The Golden Tarp Awards is California’s premiere light deprivation cannabis competition respected for its exceptional testing standards. Light deprivation, aka ‘light dep’, is the process of forcing plants to flower with sunlight in a time of year that is not normally the flowering period of the sun’s natural lighting cycle. The result is exceptional quality cannabis with high cannabinoid and terpene levels within a shorter time frame outdoors. Consumers benefit from the nutrient-richness of using natural sun and soil, and producers benefit from more yields a year. It’s also less expensive than indoor cultivation.

Humboldt County lies within the depths of the Emerald Triangle, behind the redwood curtain of Northern California’srainforest. Known to most as the epicenter of outdoor cannabis production, this incredibly lush world of misty groves, offbeat towns and protected wildlife, is the heartbeat of the cannabis industry. The livestreaming will enable cannabis enthusiasts and cultivators from around the world to learn directly from experts from the comfort of their phones.

“We created the Golden Tarp to recognize producers who grow phenomenal light dep cannabis flowers and have developed best practices for healthy, quality cannabis for generations,” said Kevin Jodrey, Cultivation Director of Wonderland Nursery, and co-founder of The Ganjier. “Our goal is to recognize these farmers while introducing consumers to the importance and benefits of light dep cannabis grown outdoors with sunlight and healthy nutrient-dense soil that is free of chemicals, pesticides and pollutants.”


Emerald Cup Grows In Santa Rosa

CALIFORNIA:  California’s largest cannabis competition and celebration was held last weekend at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa RosaSlightly Stoopid and Ozomatli headlined two nights of music, and an estimated 10,000 people attended the Emerald Cup.

More then 600 contestants entered in the outdoor bud competition, with the top prize going to first-time entrant and long-time gardener Joe Peinado of Mendocino for his Sweet Serenade (Diesel x Ogre with 26% THC).

After a massive two-day downpour brought much-needed rain along with some flooding and power outages to Northern California, the skies cleared and attendees enjoyed pleasant weather at the indoor/outdoor venue. Many crowded in the 215 area, which featured a much-expanded line of products including a CBD sublingual spray and a portable vape pen in a sleek carrying case.

Workshops on genetics and cultivation were presented on the main stage, while the Cannabis Culture stage hosted panels on grassroots organizing, efforts to legalize in California in 2016, current cannabinoid research and the coming marijuana marketplace. Parents had a panel, as did veterans and women. Native American activist John Trudell was among the performers, and Anna Owen and Linda Delair from his organization Hempstead Project Heart presented on the hemp panel, along with author Doug Fine. Longtime cannabis journalist and editor of O’Shaughnessy’s Fred Gardner took home the Lifetime Achievement Award.