The Emerald Cup Returns To Sonoma Co. Fairgrounds Dec 14 & 15th, 2019

Bringing Top Cannabis Experts, Educators and Farmers Together with Consumers

CALIFORNIA: The Emerald Cup has announced the programming for the 16th annual competition and festival, to be held December 14 & 15, 2019. Long known as the largest, most-respected organic outdoor cannabis competition in the world, The Emerald Cup has developed into the destination for agricultural experts, industry innovators, health and wellness advocates, cultural enthusiasts and the canna-curious to celebrate and expand their horizons. In addition to the competition and highly coveted awards, the gathering features the year’s finest sun-grown cannabis harvest, panels, and talks covering a range of current topics, multiple stages of genre-spanning music, experiential and installation art, and a premier organic epicurean experience.

Named for the Emerald Triangle growing region of Northern California’s Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties, The Emerald Cup will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, CA and tickets are on sale now for 21+ patrons here. The Emerald Cup weekend will be preceded on Friday, December 13 by the invitation-only Emerald Cup Mixer, an industry event open to California licensed cannabis brands.

The Emerald Cup is a place for both cannabis experts and the “canna-curious” to explore. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to what promises to be the best Emerald Cup to-date,” notes founder Tim Blake. “It is truly a beautiful moment in the history of cannabis culture. After enduring the challenges of legalization in California over the last two years, and three years of enduring devastating fires, rain and power outages, the industry has begun to stabilize and this year’s event is an opportunity for our community to celebrate this year’s hard work together.”

A few of the companies that Emerald Cup has partnered with for the 2019 installment include sponsors Flow Kana, Cookies, The Botanist, Elyon, Connected Cannabis, Alien Labs and SC Labs. Learn more about the multi-faceted Emerald Cup below and click here for additional details and tickets.

Emerald Cup 2019

THE EMERALD CUP COMPETITION 

Open to personal use sun-grown flower cultivators and any currently licensed California cannabis business, The Emerald Cup’s contest features categories including Licensed and Personal Use Cultivators, CBD, Infused Products (Edible, Beverage, Topical & Tincture), Most Innovative Product and much more. “We’re honored to host the largest and most respected cannabis contest in the world,” adds Blake. “Having expanded from just a flowers contest to over twenty seven different competitions in sixteen years has been a remarkable ride. We’re extremely excited to be able to carry on the essence of the contest, which is the tradition of the competition between the personal use farmers. This year we’re also extending it to include solvent less concentrate makers.” For more information on the contest and to enter click here.

The Regenerative Cannabis Farm Award will also be presented and recognizes farms for their outstanding ecological and community work. It is designed to be a catalyst of positive competition filled with information sharing, land stewardship, ethical marketing, watershed consciousness and love of nature, living soil and biodiversity.

The Emerald Cup has also named entertainer and entrepreneur Tommy Chong the recipient of the Emerald Cup’s Willie Nelson Award–the annual lifetime achievement award celebrating those persons who have spearheaded the cannabis movement through advocacy of it’s benefits and accessibility.

EMERALD TALKS & SESSIONS

Emerald Talks (panels and keynotes) will feature over 80 of the biggest and important names in cannabis advocacy, business and culture and will cover a range of compelling topics including: Federal Cannabis Legalization; Sex, Wellness & CBD; Criminal Justice Reform; Regenerative Agriculture; Vaping Facts & Fiction; Entrepreneurship; Cannabis in Food & Wine and more. A few of the speakers that will be at the Emerald Cup include former NBA player, cannabis advocate and entrepreneur Matt Barnes;Drug Policy Alliance Ethan Nadelmann;Entrepreneur and activist Wanda James, who was the first black woman to open a dispensary in Colorado; natural soap giant Dr. Bronner’s CEO (Cosmic Engagement Officer) and leader in establishing the Regenerative Organic Certified standard, David Bronner; Regen Talks with Dragonfly Earth Medicine, author Jeff Lowenfels, Deepak Kumar Chaudhary (Indain Landrace Exchange) and Matthew Trumm (Tree Top Permaculture); and Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm.

“I’m always blown away by the brilliance of our speakers and the variety of topics we present at the Emerald Cup,” notes Blake. “In addition to such high caliber cannabis community members presenting at the Cup, we will be joined by industry experts in farming, science, legal, and manufacturing, as well as everyone from the leaders in the psychedelic movement to the mayor of Santa Rosa.”

MUSIC

The weekend will also see multiple stages of live music, including performances from DJ Snoopadelic (the alter ego of legendary Doggfather and Merry Jane founder Snoop Dogg), Santigold, Steel Pulse, The Polish Ambassador, The Expendables, The Movement, Con Brio and Chali 2na, who will be both performing and creating a “puff & paint” mural. Programming for the Redwood Stage will be curated by the producers of Northern Nights Festival and will be announced soon.

MARKETPLACE & ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCES

Bringing together a wide collection of vendors and exhibitors and featuring over 300 brands, the Marketplace is one of the largest draws to the Emerald Cup.The weekend will also feature all organic food and locally grown produce from organic small farms, display of all the Contest Flower, MAPS psychedelic art and muralists, and a version of Blake’s mystical Mendocino County event space Area 101 will be featured as a throw-back to the location of the very first Emerald Cup 16 years ago.

Flow Kana Raises $125 Million To Build Largest Sustainable Cannabis Supply Chain

Cannabis Industry’s Largest Private Round to Date Helps Drive Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Model Structured Around Decentralized Small Farms

CALIFORNIA: Flow Kana, the leading sustainable supply chain company and distributor of sungrown cannabis products and services, today announced the completion of a $125 million round of financing – the nation’s largest private funding round for a private cannabis company to date. Gotham Green Partners, which led Flow Kana’s Series A raise in May 2018, invested in the round along with additional private investors to accelerate the company’s rapid growth. Flow Kana has raised a total of $175 million to date to build and scale the California cannabis supply chain centered around small, decentralized, sustainably operated cannabis farms.

Flow_Kana_Logo_Black“We strongly believe the cannabis industry is a catalyst for social change and are grateful to have found investors and partners aligned with this vision,” said Michael Steinmetz, Flow Kana CEO. “Throughout our supply chain, partners and customers have all committed to the sungrown movement and are dedicated to building an industry that has a positive impact on the great challenges that we confront in the world today.”

Flow Kana begins with the small farm ecosystem and is rapidly building a socially and environmentally conscious supply chain for the cannabis industry at large. Small, diversified, regenerative farms working with centralization and connected through technology are scaling to usher in the next era of the world’s agricultural future.

Flow Kana is California’s number one selling flower brand, in partnership with the company’s expanding ecosystem of independent craft farmers from Northern California’s world-renowned Emerald Triangle growing region – Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties. With any Flow Kana or “Powered by Flow Kana” product, customers can trust that regardless of form factor, the cannabis inside is sun grown and cultivated organically by small independent farms in an eco-friendly manner.

“Since our initial investment, Flow Kana has continued to execute on its mission of developing a robust and inclusive California cannabis supply chain,” said Michael Henderson-Cohen, a Principal at Gotham Green Partners. “We are excited to participate in this recent raise, which will enable the company to leverage its unique position in the Emerald Triangle and broaden its reach and message across the state.”

 

Willie’s Reserve Available Now In California

CALIFORNIA: Award-winning music legend and marijuana activist Willie Nelson announces the launch of his Willie’s Reserve cannabis brand in California. Flow Kana, the premier sustainable sun-grown cannabis provider that embraces the small farmer ecosystem, was selected as the Willie’s Reserve partner in California. Available in select California dispensaries now, cannabis enthusiasts can enjoy Willie’s Reserve Legendary Stash of packaged flower and signature Ready Roll pre-rolled joints from Flow Kana’s network of independent heritage farms in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties.

Throughout his career, Nelson has served as the face of responsible marijuana use and has never wavered from his mission to build fair and profitable business with a positive impact on cannabis culture.

“California has a progressive way of thinking and they’ve decided that cannabis is a positive plant to have in the land which is what I’ve always believed,” Willie Nelson said. “And know we’ve come pretty damn far. From the point where they’d put you in prison for life for a seed to where we are now, which is a lot of progress.”

The boutique strains are hand selected, Willie-tested, and will be the first craft cannabis strains offered by Willie’s Reserve to be available in the Golden State in early spring 2018. Each strain is cultivated on independent farms in small batches, using only organic inputs, and under full sun in California’s premier cannabis growing regions of Northern California.

“California has a unique gift of thousands of small cannabis farms that have been cultivating for generations and Flow Kana is focused on bringing their sustainable, sungrown cannabis to market,” said Michael Steinmetz, Flow Kana CEO and co-founder. “It is an honor to partner and power the Willie’s Reserve and other brands that share the value of building a better and more sustainable cannabis industry.”

The carefully selected Willie’s Reserve strains are processed, packaged, and distributed throughout California from Flow Kana’s Flow Cannabis Institute, the world’s first cannabis campus and processing center dedicated to the small-batch craft cannabis farmer. Flow Kana offers partners a range of distribution and white label co-packing services to companies who strive to provide consumers with premier clean, compliant, and sustainable products.

Beginning this month, Willie’s Reserve is available at these select retailers in California: Medithrive in San Francisco, 7 Stars Holistic Healing Center in Richmond, Ojai Greens in Ojai, Desert Organic Solutions Collective in Palm Springs, Torrey Holistics in San Diego, Green Goddess Collective in Venice Beach, Little Trees in Arnold, Airfield Supply Co. in San Jose, and Big Sur Canna+Botancials in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

 

Cannabis: Silicon Valley’s Hot New Sector

CALIFORNIA: Wearing a straw hat and a big grin, farmer Casey O’Neill is busy greeting customers at a Saturday farmers’ market in Mendocino County, Northern California. “Another day in paradise,” he calls out, as one approaches. Fresh broccoli, courgettes and spring onions are on display on his table, all grown at his farm.

Next to the vegetables is a different kind of crop: mason jars full of marijuana buds, bearing handwritten labels such as “Lemon OG” and “Ogre Berry”. A bong sits at the front of the table, for sampling. “Wow, is that really grown outdoors?” says one shopper who takes a hit. Cannabis-infused honey, lip balm and chai tea are for sale at nearby stands.

Among the market-goers is a bright-eyed entrepreneur, Michael Steinmetz, a native of Venezuela based in San Francisco. He chats with farmers and shows around new staff members, who wear green T-shirts displaying the name of his company, Flow Kana.

The concept behind Flow Kana is simple: delivering farm-to-table cannabis that is organic and grown outdoors. Several of its partner farmers are at the market. When a Flow Kana customer orders some of O’Neill’s Ogre Berry strain, the buds will arrive at their door with a little label saying, “Grown by Amber & Casey”.

In The Bay Area, The Farm-To-Table And Legal Cannabis Movements Come Together

CALIFORNIA:  Transparency is a prominent force in today’s food industry. While farmers markets are hardly new, the attachment to organic, locally grown products have surfaced in other industries throughout San Francisco and Oakland–namely marijuana. These pot-friendly cities have seen a rise in cannabis delivery systems and sampling parties. In late February Flow Kana, “the world’s first farm-to-table cannabis delivery platform,” launched in San Francisco, foreshadowing the next generation of a once taboo trade. By the end of June the company will also serve Oakland and Berkeley.

Drawing inspiration from the farmer’s market model, Flow Kana partners with organic, sun-grown cannabis growers. Their platform enables users with medical marijuana cards to select desired strains and have 1/8 oz. of “connoisseur grade” marijuana delivered within thirty minutes for approximately $50. This model not only eliminates middlemen dispensaries, but also flips the economics of the industry. Farmers that were once at the mercy of dispensary rates can engage in a direct-trade business model similar to that of the direct-trade coffee movement.

Michael Steinmetz and Nick Smilgys, founders of Flow Kana, have received $500,000 in seed funding for the company. The two aim to change the cannabis industry by increasing the connection and transparency between farmers and consumers. Much of this revolves around what Steinmetz and Smilgys deem the “clean cannabis movement.”