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Emerald Cup tour comes to South Lake Tahoe

Claire Cudahy
Tahoe Wellness Cooperative executive director Cody Bass hosted officials from the Emerald Cup who traveled to South Lake Tahoe to collect entries from local cannabis growers.
Claire Cudahy / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

The longest running cannabis competition has come to South Lake Tahoe to give local growers the opportunity to enter their goods.

On Friday, Nov. 3, officials with the Emerald Cup set up shop at the South Shore’s lone medical marijuana dispensary, Tahoe Wellness Cooperative, as part of a statewide “intake tour.”

“We know that there are a lot of great growers and cultivators in Tahoe, so we knew we had to get up there,” said Jane Stewart, marketing and contest director for the Emerald Cup.

Held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, the Emerald Cup is entering its 14th year of judging growers in a variety of categories, ranging from flowers and edibles to topicals and tinctures.

“The contestants who enter are being judged on how medically effective the medicine is for all different types of ailments,” explained Stewart.

Last year there were over 1,200 entries.

An hour into collecting entries in South Lake Tahoe, and already a few local growers had dropped off products.

“We’re definitely hoping to get more,” said Stewart, who was also hosting a raffle to raise funds for the uninsured cannabis farmers affected by the fires in Northern California. (Generally, established crop insurance companies do not offer policies for cannabis, which remains federally illegal.)

“There were a lot of farmers affected by the fires. We’re trying to raise funds for those people that lost everything.”

The Emerald Cup will match donations to wildfire survivors up to $25,000.

This year, the Emerald Cup takes place Dec. 9-10.

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