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Awards Categories | 2024 Grow Up Awards Gala

Voting Categories

Below are the available categories and their criteria/description.

1. General Category (8 total awards)
The nominees can be either a person (where indicated) or a company. Nominations in the category are created by cannabis industry professionals and reviewed by our awards jury. The winner is chosen online by cannabis industry voters.
Grower of the Year

A leader in their operation, this award annually recognizes the professional grower whose dedication to their craft consistently produces top quality crops for the marketplace and a positive workplace for the sector. The nominees will be growers that set the bar for others to match.

Micro Producer of the Year

This award is designed to recognize small-scale cannabis growers who focus on quality over quantity. They are often independently owned and operate with a strong focus on craftsmanship, sustainability, and innovative growing practices. They exemplify the highest standards of quality and integrity in the cannabis industry.

Standard Producer of the Year

This award recognizes a cannabis producer who operates on a large scale without compromising the quality of their product. They should exhibit mastery in cultivation methods, quality control, and regulatory compliance. This producer sets the industry standard for large-scale, professional, and responsible cannabis production.

Processor of the Year

Awarded to the micro-processor or standard processor for their excellence in manufacturing, packaging, and quality control of dried flower and cannabis-based products, this award acknowledges those who make a significant impact while adhering to the 600 kg annual limit. Nominees have proven dedication to innovation, sustainability, and regulatory adherence.

Online Cannabis News Source

The cannabis sector is so dynamic and keeping on top of the ever-changing world of cannabis cultivation is not easy. This award is to the individual or organization that provides on-line information that keeps the sector in the know.

Influencer of the Year

This award recognizes an individual or organization that has a significant impact on the cannabis industry through their online and/or offline presence. They inspire, engage, and influence the community and industry through thought leadership, creative content, and influential actions. This could be through social media, blogs, vlogs, podcasts, public speaking, or other platforms where they share their knowledge, insights, and experiences.

30 and under

This award celebrates the accomplishments of young professionals in the cannabis industry who are 30 years of age and under. Recognizing their innovative contributions, entrepreneurial spirit, and significant impact on their respective sector within the industry, this award spotlights the future leaders of the cannabis world. The winning individual will have demonstrated exceptional talent, drive, and vision, proving that age is just a number when it comes to making a mark in the cannabis industry.

Cannabis Lawyer/Firm of the Year

This award recognizes a lawyer or legal firm that has provided outstanding service in the cannabis industry over the past year. This could involve navigating complex regulatory landscapes, handling business transactions, or advocating for policy reform. The winning individual or firm stands out for their deep understanding of cannabis law, commitment to client service, and significant contributions to advancing the legal framework of the cannabis industry. They will have played a key role in advising and guiding cannabis businesses through the complex and ever-changing legal aspects of the industry.

2. Equipment/Products (6 total awards)
These awards cover the wide variety of products that contribute to the efficiency and quality for Cannabis growers and producers. Nominations in the category are created by cannabis industry professionals and reviewed by our awards jury. The winner is chosen online by cannabis industry voters.
Environmental Impact Award

As we grow 'green' the industry also tries to stay green in its environmental impact. This award will go to the company creating products or employing technologies that recognize a the importance of being more regenerative and or sustainable.

Lighting System

Lighting your facility can be one of your most important decisions. Lights vary in their efficiencies, their spectrum, and companies vary in their technical expertise and customer service. This award recognizes the best lighting product used and voted on by the cannabis industry.

Best Growing Media

From hydroponics to living soils to air, choosing the right growing medium is key to the success of your cannabis crop. The nominated products have proven themselves for consistency in root growth and yield.

Best Pre-Roll Cones

This award is given to the company that provides the highest quality, most user-friendly pre-roll cones, reflecting excellence in materials used, craftsmanship, burn quality, and overall consumer experience. The winning product demonstrates a commitment to superior design and functionality, meeting the needs of discerning cannabis consumers.

Extraction Equipment

Rosin, bubble hash, RSO, BHO, resin, terp sauce, shatter, budder, waxes, and on and on this plant keep giving and giving. This award recognizes the best in cannabis extraction equipment. These tools and machines are essential for creating high-quality cannabis concentrates and extracts. Whether through innovative design, exceptional functionality, or outstanding results, this equipment contributes significantly to the cannabis extraction process.

Laboratory Equipment

These labs and testing facilities provide cannabis growers and producers state-of-the-art cannabis analysis and consistent reporting. We recognize their excellence with the top spot going to the company voted best in class.

3. Company/Supplier (9 total awards)
Nominations in the category are created by cannabis industry professionals and reviewed by our awards jury. The winner is chosen online by cannabis industry voters.
Best Packaging, Labeling & Supplies

Doing business in the North America Cannabis industry means compliant packaging, and a lot of it. This award goes to the company that provides unparalleled packaging solutions to cannabis product producers.

Best Nutrients and Bio stimulants Product

Creating the perfect nutrient balance based on the strain and growing conditions is an art and science. This award will recognize one of the top companies in the business as chosen by our voters.

Cannabis Consultant of the Year

Whether it's refining your nutrient regime, diagnosing a disease, designing a facility, or getting you a licence, a great cannabis consultant can make you more profitable. This award recognizes outstanding consultancy in the cannabis sector.

Best Extraction Services

Toll processors convert your biomass into refined oil. This will save you the expense of owning a dedicated facility and expensive extraction equipment, allowing you to focus on what you do best - growing.

Best Lab/Testing Facility

These labs and testing facilities provide cannabis growers and producers state-of-the-art cannabis analysis and consistent reporting. With compliance and reliable test results, our companies can safely move forward in the consumer space. The award will go to the facility most recognized by our industry voters.

Integrated Pest Management Company of the Year

The industry relies on the health of its crop and pest control can make the difference between success and failure. The winning company will supply the top product that provides an effective and green pest solution

Best Nursery

(Tissue culture, clones) The cannabis industry is always on the hunt for new reliable strains on both the medical and recreational sides. In this category we recognize the nurseries for their contribution to the ever-evolving creation of new products.

Best Cannabis Cultivation Supplier/Distributor

Having all the tools you need, when you need them, is critical to cultivation. This award is presented to the best one-stop supplier for all that is cannabis.

Cannabis Publication of the Year

This award is given to a publication that consistently provides high-quality, relevant, and comprehensive content related to the cannabis industry. This could range from business trends, scientific research, policy changes, cultivation techniques, and more. The winning publication demonstrates excellent journalism and serves as an essential resource for industry professionals, cannabis enthusiasts, and general readers alike.

4. Brands & Retail (10 total awards)
**Brands & Retail** This category celebrates the businesses that have made outstanding contributions in the branding and retail sector of the cannabis industry. Awards under this category recognize the best retail chains, independent retailers, budtender associations, brands, and more. These winners have excelled in areas such as customer service, product selection, brand development, and innovation in the retail space. They've created unique and memorable experiences for consumers, while also driving growth and setting new standards in the ever-evolving landscape of cannabis retail and branding.
Indigenous-owned Retailer of the Year

This award is given to an Indigenous-owned cannabis retail business that has made significant contributions to their community and the cannabis industry. The winner exhibits a commitment to high-quality products, excellent customer service, and a strong respect for Indigenous culture and traditions

National Retail Chain of the Year

This award recognizes a retail chain with locations across the nation that consistently provides high-quality cannabis products and exceptional service. This retailer excels in creating a comfortable, educational, and accessible shopping experience for consumers throughout the country.

Independent Retailer of the Year.

This award honours an independent cannabis retailer with (8) eight locations or fewer. This retailer provides exceptional service and a wide variety of high-quality products. They stand out for their commitment to their local communities, creating a unique and personalized shopping experience.

Indigenous-owned Brand of the Year

This is awarded to a cannabis brand that is majority-owned by Indigenous persons or entities. This award recognizes the brand's significant contributions to the industry, their innovative products or services, and their commitment to promoting Indigenous values, sustainability, and community engagement.

POS/CRM/Software of the Year

This award recognizes the best Point of Sale (POS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) or software in the cannabis industry. The winning software streamlines operations, manages customer relationships, and enhances the overall efficiency of retail cannabis businesses.

Brand/Product Sales Agency of the Year

This award recognizes the sales agency that has demonstrated excellence in promoting and selling cannabis brands. The winner excels in creating effective sales strategies, building strong relationships with retailers, and driving the growth of the brands they represent.

Brand of the Year

This award recognizes a cannabis brand that stands out for its high-quality products, innovative marketing, and commitment to customer satisfaction. The winning brand resonates with consumers and has a strong presence in the cannabis market.

Accessory of the Year

This award is given to a cannabis accessory that enhances the consumer's experience. Whether it's a smoking accessory, storage solution, or other product related to cannabis use, the winning accessory stands out for its design, functionality, and innovation.

Best Vape Cart Manufacturer

This award celebrates the superior vaping product in the cannabis space. The winner has shown innovation in design, technology, and product quality, while prioritizing consumer safety.

Product of the Year

This prestigious award recognizes the most outstanding NON-FLOWER or CONCENTRATE product in the cannabis market over the past year. This product stands out for its superior quality, innovative design, exceptional user experience, and significant market impact. Whether it's an edible, accessory, topical, or any other product related to cannabis, the winning item demonstrates a blend of innovation, consumer satisfaction, and contribution to the advancement of the cannabis industry.

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