The Emerald Cup 2016 Recap

January 03, 2017 | WES ABNEY

December 10-11, 2016 in Santa Rosa, CA. Photos by Eric Kayne.


The Emerald Cup returned to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds with about 30,000 attendees smoking, ingesting and sharing Cannabis in a massive display of the California pot industry. The cup is the largest Cannabis gathering to offer up sanctioned Cannabis consumption in the United States, showcasing all of the top brands from California and the rest of the world for legitimate crowds of people to celebrate freedom and a love for the plant. Ranging over the entire fairgrounds are hundreds of booths, venues for music, trade shows, and a thick haze of smoke that was present from Dec. 9 night till late Dec. 10.

This year’s event broke attendance records, with some credit going to the passing of Amendment 64, which (legalized!)Cannabis in the state of California. While the consumption/sampling areas were for patients only, the smell of marijuana smoke covered the entirety of the fairgrounds. Everywhere and every corner had a session, dab rig or joint being lit. For many attendees, the event is the last great Cannabis festival of the year, and a great way to cap the win of legalization.


Inside the sampling areas, over 150 booths were handing out as much weed as they could pack into the event. Many of the booths had trays of giveaways, edibles, soda fountains or lines for dabs. One highlight was the booth from Guild Extracts, which handed out fire dabs of live resin along with THC-A for anyone willing to give it a taste. That booth alone gave out an estimated $25,000 in oil! The sharing and enjoyment of consumers and patients is what drives the Emerald Cup to success.

One of the biggest draws this year was the music lineup (Damian Marley, Dirty Heads, Stick Figure, The California Honeydrops and Tribal Seeds, to name a few). Essentially a world-class Cannabis event mixed with a high-end music festival; it’s easy to see why the Emerald Cup draws the crowds it pulls each year.

Another repeat hit was the Hall of Flowers, stashed away in a non-smoking building featuring Cannabis brands and all the entries for the cup. Stacked in an octagon glass display were hundreds of flower samples, all entered faithfully into the cup, hoping to bring home an award.

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