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The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop the Cannabis Business Awards, an annual ceremony recognizing the top brands, leaders and players in the marijuana industry.
The CBAs were founded in Colorado eight years ago and have since branched into several other states with legal pot industries. But Colorado’s awards show still happens every winter, with or without a pandemic. This year’s edition, hosted virtually, recognized a number of well-known winners and new names for their efforts in the work.
Here are the 2020 winners:
American Medical Refugees (AMR)
Managing Director of the Year
Sean McAllister (Founding Attorney at McAllister Garfield, PC)
Industry organization of the year
National organization for the reform of marijuana laws
Leading brand of the year
Wolfpac cannabis pharmacy
Lawyer of the Year
Alexis Bortell (medical marijuana for children lawyer)
Political Industry Representative of the Year
Colorado Governor Jared Polis
Industry Leader of the Year
Vicente Sederberg LLP law firms
Business of the year
Gary Payton (bred by Cookies; grown by Veritas Fine Cannabis)
Dialed in … Gummies
Persy Sauce Rosin (710 Labs)
Best hemp company / product
Best CBD Company / Product
Cultivivation Achievement Award
Dark Horse Genetics and Rare Gratitude (tie)
Lifetime Achievement Award
Charlotte Figi (deceased medical marijuana patient; inspiration behind the name of Charlotte’s web tribe)
- Nick Jack
- Neil Demers
- Jason Margolies
- Dani Fontaine
- Brent McDonald
- Bob Eschino
- Jim Biwiano
- Max Cohen
- Wanda James
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Thomas Mitchell has been writing about everything cannabis-related for Westword since 2014, covering sports, real estate, and general news en route to publications like the Republic of Arizona, Inman, and Fox Sports. He is currently the cannabis editor for westword.com.