Sunday, December 15, 2013
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — In a sure sign of the sizable role marijuana plays in California's agricultural economy, a competition for pot farmers who grow their crops outdoors is being held this year at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa reports (http://bit.ly/1gzWO8s ) that hundreds of people gathered there over the weekend for the 2013 Emerald Cup, which started a decade ago as an underground, end-of-harvest celebration for growers in Mendocino and Humboldt counties.
Only weed that has been grown organically in the sun and hashish cured without chemicals were eligible for the contest.
A panel of judges that includes buyers for medical marijuana dispensaries was expected to name the winners on Sunday from among more 150 entries.
A Field Poll released last week found that 55 percent of voters surveyed favor legalizing marijuana use for adults.
Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com