What's a competition without judges?

This year’s Sun Cup Judges include retail store buyers, social media influencers, and cannabis connoisseurs.

We selected judges with a reputation among their peers for staying current on product knowledge and methodologies, who recognize sungrown cannabis as a top-shelf product.

2018 Judges

Kody McConnell WA SunCup judge

Kody McConnell

Chimacum Cannabis Co.

Flower Judge

I'm the owner/manager/medical consultant of the Chimacum Cannabis Co., which was recognized by High Times Magazine in 2017 as one of the best dispensaries in America. Our passion for sungrown cannabis stems from our commitment to regenerative agriculture, which is a cornerstone of our local organic farming community on the Olympic Peninsula. Of particular interest to me are microclimate-specific varietals and the effects of terroir on sungrown cannabis.
Sara Fletcher WA SunCup judge

Sara Fletcher

Dockside Cannabis

Flower Judge

I have been a Cannabis Enthusiast for the past 18 years. If my background in herbalism has taught me anything, it's that plants that are grown in their natural environment not only contain more active constituents but have a stronger energy or life force. When choosing flower, I often grab for the buds that have spent their time shooting leaves and stems up to the sun and roots into real living soil.
Maryam Mirnateghi WA SunCup judge

Maryam Mirnateghi

Canna West Seattle

Flower Judge

Over the last decade I have been fully engrossed in the cannabis industry and I've loved it. To say that I'm a cannabis enthusiast is a major understatement — cannabis has changed my life! I've been an activist, a grower, a consultant, and I have owned both medical and recreational retail stores. Currently, I own and operate Canna West Seattle with the help of my amazing Canna-family — seriously, our staff is the best! There is no greater rush than to fully experience beautifully grown cannabis, especially sun-kissed cannabis!
Jason Ritz WA SunCup judge

Jason Ritz

Paper & Leaf

Concentrate Judge

I work at Paper and Leaf on beautiful Bainbridge Island where emphasis is placed on quality cannabis products and engagement. In addition to sustainability and a lower carbon footprint, which benefits even non-users of cannabis, sun grown products reap the benefits of full spectrum open air cultivation with robust terpene profiles that just aren't similarly expressed using synthetic processes.
Lahna Utterback WA SunCup judge

Lahna Utterback

{ aka Tokahontas }
Herbn Elements

Concentrate Judge

I've been working at Herbn Elements in Lake City for a little over two years. I support sungrown because, Mother Nature, she is a beautiful thing, and she's always been too kind to the human race. It is wonderful that we can share this plant together, especially in its purest form. I instantly fell in love with farms that strive for cleanliness in their product.
Lauren Taylor WA SunCup judge

Lauren Taylor

Uncle Ike's

Concentrate Judge

I'm an East Coaster living the dream of selling pot in Seattle at Uncle Ike's. Sungrown cannabis is near and dear to my heart. I learned very quickly my first winter in Seattle that there is truly no replacement for the Sun. Our bodies need it just as badly as our weed does, and I believe all the happiness and beauty that comes along with a sunny day can be felt in the effects of Sungrown cannabis. With the recreational marijuana industry comes a great opportunity to take care of our environment, and sustainable Sungrown cannabis is a very important step in the right direction.

Judging Criteria

Contestants are reviewed on a 100-point scoring system that examines:







Contestants may use this scoring system in conjunction with Sun Cup branding for future marketing on packaging, social media, etc.

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Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug. There may be health risks associated with consumption of marijuana. For use only by adults 21 and older. Keep out of the reach of children.