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Jimi Devine’s 4/20 Cup Crawl – April 20, 2020 Celebration

Early-Bird Tickets are now on sale! Limited quantities available at this price. Book now before they are gone!

Try to keep up with the nation’s top pot critic as you travel the hills of San Francisco in search of the city’s best marijuana in celebration of California’s biggest 4/20 yet! Judge the samples at every dispensary lounge stop and cast your vote to crown SF’s best weed.

Explore, sample and judge the best cannabis in The City’s finest dispensaries as you wind your way to the final destination — Golden Gate Park’s Hippie Hill — for a celebratory 4:20 puff. This is the closest major celebration to 420’s ancestral home in San Rafael, CA.

Your official 4/20 Cup Crawl Judge’s Pass includes:

  • Professional transportation to whisk you around the city with Jimi Devine as your guide
  • Priority access to our dispensary partners on the biggest cannabis holiday of the year
  • Exclusive access to purchase cup entries from a limited stock reserved for our group
  • Lunch provided at an historic San Francisco location
  • A 4/20 Cup Crawl Supply Kit loaded with the goods and essentials to ensure you have a great 4/20
  • Munchies and bottled water provided aboard the vehicle

About the Crawl

  • The event begins at 11 am in San Francisco and gathers out front of the Vapor Room SF (79 9th St, San Francisco, CA 94103).
  • The crawl ends at 4:20 pm in Golden Gate Park. Guests will be left at the park and there will be no return transportation provided from the tour. Please plan your return transportation accordingly.
  • OPTIONAL EAST BAY PICK-UP LOCATION: Judges will have the option to gather at 10 am in front of the world famous Cannabis Buyers Club Berkeley (3033 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705). The bus will depart from this location and will arrive at the Vapor Room SF at 11 am.

About Jimi Devine

Jimi Devine has been involved in cannabis reform since 2005 and has worked in the Berkeley cannabis industry since 2009 when he moved to California from Lynn, Massachusetts. Currently serving as Staff Writer at Cannabis Now, you can also find his writings on cannabis products and policy in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Hill, The Chronicle of High Education, L.A. Weekly, Marijuana.com, 7×7 Magazine, The East Bay Express, Leafly, Civilized and Ed Rosenthal’s recent book This Bud’s for You. Jimi has a BA in Journalism and Media Studies from Franklin Pierce University.

Jimi has judged The Emerald Cup, High Times Cannabis Cup, and LA Weekly’s Coachella Desert Smokeoff. He is also the founder and host of the Transbay Challenge, the competition in which the Bay Area’s finest grower go head-to-head with their finest phenotypes.

Be sure to follow him on Twitter! @JimiDevine

All guests must be age 21 and older and must present a valid, government-issued photo ID prior to departure and agree to keep it on their person at all times during the tour.

Sample and judge the best cannabis in San Francisco's finest dispensaries as you wind your way to the final destination – Golden Gate Park's Hippie Hill Smoke Out – for a celebratory 4:20 puff.

2020’s Cannabis Cup winners, and where to buy them

The year 2020 might have been an epic fail, but at least some fire cannabis still shined.

It was clear in March, as long-standing 4/20 events were canceled or postponed, that the usual slew of cannabis competitions—High Times’ Cannabis Cup, The Emerald Cup, Harvest Cup—could not happen; at least in the traditional sense. So they pivoted, democratizing the voting process, or holding remote judging.

This year, High Times’ Events Director Mark Kazinec helped organize the first national Hemp Cup and three “People’s Choice” Cannabis Cups in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Colorado, with three in the works for Oregon, Arizona, and Southern California early next year.

Instead of curating a select group of celebrity judges, Cup kits shipped to dispensaries across each state, allowing for thousands of regular degular people to share their opinions on the best their state had to offer.

“We wanted to make this competition and the chances to be a judge more accessible, and bring some fun to a dark world this year,” says Kazinec. “Why not allow people to buy amazing products we curate? The people’s choice is all to the people; it’s not just for the OGs. We also want the soccer moms who want topicals, the people who are going to dispensaries.”

Despite the constraints that made traditional gatherings impossible—the circus-like tents, and fairgrounds to smoke, dab, vape, or eat cannabis with thousands of other fans—cannasseurs around the nation and the world remained committed to judging and crowning the best buds in the business.

While we wait in California until 2021 for a postponed Emerald Cup, here’s where to shop 2020’s most lauded cultivars, extracts, brands, and much more.

Colorado keepers

Originating from Colorado, The Grow-Off competition uses one cultivar to determine who can cultivate the dankest of the dank. This year, they partnered with leading breeders Cannarado to see who could grow the terpiest, stoniest, most high-quality nugs of Spritzer, a new cross between a Runtz mom and a Grape Pie x Capulator MAC dad.

Look out for Colorado growers Hummingbird Cannabis, who nabbed Best Overall Quality (and third for Potency).

Also, stuff your basket with the brand Fat Face Farms—they cinched both the terpenes and potency categories.

Grow-Off trophies also went to the same categories for non-commercial home growers; although to sample those you may need to know a guy.

Buy:

  • You can find Hummingbird Cannabis at The Farm in Boulder.
  • And Fat Face Farms at Rocky Mountain Cannabis in the towns of Dinosaur, and Craig. (Yes, those are Colorado town names.)

Moving on, The High Times Cannabis Cup Colorado: People’s Choice 2020 contest had three categories for flower, two for edibles, and one apiece for concentrates, topicals, and prerolls.

The brand Indico dominated flower with Sour Strawberry and Mandarin Sunset alongside Pagosa Therapeutics’ Jabberwocky.

High Country Cones won Best Pre-Roll for one colorfully dubbed, ahem, French Wh*re.

Buy:

  • Grab Indico products at Lucy Sky Cannabis Boutique in Denver and The Canna Cabinet in Pueblo, CO.
  • Pagosa Therapeutics Jabberwocky comes from own grow and dispensary in Pagosa Springs, CO.

California champs

Competition remains stiff in California, and it shows the diversity of winners for this year’s WEEDCon.

The brand Top Shelf Cultivation’s Whoa-Si-Whoa won for Indicas, while Honeydew Farms’ sungrown Gelonade won the Sativa category. Zkittlez Mints from Mohave Reserve won Best Hybrid.

And in a unique category, Oaksterdam OG by the brand Originals won Best OG Kush Flower.

Buy:

  • Top Shelf Cultivation sells at Roots Dispensary in Sun Valley, CA; and Downtown Patient Group in Los Angeles.
  • Mohave Reserve sells through Connected in Sacramento, all the way down to The Growery in Los Angeles.
  • Honeydew Farms sells statewide, including Mankind Dispensary in San Diego, Greenhouse Herbal Center in Hollywood, and Jingletown Cannabis Club in Oakland, CA.
  • Oaksterdam OG retails at the Originals Factory and Store in Los Angeles.

Washington winners

The results of Oregon’s High Times People’s Cup got pushed back until January, but outdoor growers in Washington state had the Sun Cup.

Major grower CannaSol Farms’ indica-dominant Blackwater won for Best Sungrown THC Flower, and their Lemon Meringue, a sativa, won for Best Light Deprivation THC Flower.

Melonade by Cascadia Cartel won best Solventless Concentrate.

“We were really excited to do so well.”

CannaSol Founder Jeremy Moberg

“We were really excited to do so well,” says CannaSol founder Jeremy Moberg, who initially proposed the Sun Cup to the Washington Sungrowers Industry Association as a fundraiser. “We basically swept the flower category and we feel super proud.”

A statewide Craft Cannabis Cup for small-scale indoor growers comes in January 2021.

Buy:

  • CannaSol products appear across Washington in retailers like Buddy’s in Renton, The Novel Tree in Bellevue, American Mary – Ballard, and The Reef in Seattle.

Also, don’t sleep on any of The Oregon Grower’s Cup 2020 winners, including: Fenario Farms; Alter Farms; Luvli; plus, the Decibel Banana Punch and GMO rosins; and Blueberry Muffin greenhouse flower by Grateful Greenery.

Illinois—make some noise

In Illinois’ first Cannabis Cup, one brand proved themselves a cut above the rest. Revolution Global won gold in every category except edibles, where they took third place. Their best buds of the year? Turbo Lemon Cake, Gorilla’d Cheese, and Florida Orange, the latter of which also won the vape category for the company’s Terp Tanks. You can find these winners at The Herbal Care Center in Chicago and New Age Care in Mount Prospect.

The only brands to break Revolution’s winning streak? Bhang’s Toffee chocolate bar and Incredibles’ CBN-infused Snoozzzeberry Gummies.

Buy:

  • Bhang bars are sold in California and Incredibles in Colorado, as well as in Illinois at Maribis of Chicago in, yes, Chicago, and The Dispensary in Fulton.

New England/ East Coast represent

The Garden State is looking a lot greener going into 2021. As New Jersey prepares for the recreational market, the New England Harvest Cup held their fourth competition remotely with a streamed awards ceremony. Joe Merkt and Shamanic Roots won the Sativa and Indica categories for creamy lemon Bonkers and Rasta Pie, respectively.

Most of the Harvest Cup categories skipped flowers, and showcase products you won’t find in California. Edible and topical brand Mary Palmer took home a majority of the awards in their categories, with standout products like 24K Truffle Oil and 911 Salve. Their THC-infused pickles also won best edibles at the Maine-based Pheno Cup.

Outstanding in Oklahoma

Oklahoma led the way in 2020 with the first High Times People’s Choice Cup in June, paving the way for a new slew of cannabis competitions across the country.

Collaboration proved key this year, as the combined force of Red River Pharms and Exotic Genetix took first place in the indica and hybrid flower categories for strains Tina and Tropic Truffle.

ALTVM’s Lilac Diesel won for Sativa flower. ALTVM also partnered with Leaf Logic to win gold for dabbables with a solventless Garlic Breath (GMO X Mendo Breath).

Buy:

  • Exotic Genetix have landed at Barbary Coast Dispensary in San Francisco, California, and Cookies in Oklahoma City.
  • ALTVM retails at Electraleaf locations across Oklahoma state.

International all-stars

Covid canceled Spannabis this year, but promoters still held a (not so) Secret Cup! Secret Cup Bizkaia streamed their seven-hour award ceremony on Youtube in lieu of an in-person gathering. The best flowers in Basque country were:

Standout extracts came in the form of:

  • Banana Split diamond sauce from Backyard Barcelona x Team Flavours Hunting
  • Key Lime Pie water hash from woman-run Aisha Sheriff
  • Aranua’s Strawpicanna ( Tropicanna Cookies x Strawnana ) rosin.

Parting shot: Hemp hitters

Unlike the Cannabis Cup, the High Times’ 2020 Hemp Cup invited growers and manufacturers coast to coast to square up, and they did. The best hemp flower of the year was Hawaiian Haze Hemp by Gold Standard CBD. Magu’s Nectar won best vape with Luxury Hemp Live Resin Lot #LR001, and Grön’s 135mg Truffles won best edibles.

Locate the best marijuana growers, varieties, and products of 2020, thanks to Leafly's year-end round-up of all-stars from 10 cannabis contests.