Awards and Honors

Colorado Continues Reign at 2018 Cannabis Business Awards

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Held annually since 2010 by Clover Leaf University, the Cannabis Business Awards celebrate some of the industry's brightest companies and advocates. Although legalization continues expanding to new states every year, the national CBAs are still held in downtown Denver every December, with the latest edition taking place at the Hilton Denver City Center on Wednesday, December 5.

As they did at the 2017 CBAs, Colorado cannabis influencers owned the national competition this year, with nineteen individuals or organizations taking home twenty awards. Notable local winners include Governor-elect Jared Polis (Political Industry Representative of the Year), Wanda James (Most Influential) and activists Jason Cranford and Alexis Bortell (a teenager) for joining in former Denver Bronco Marvin Washington's lawsuit against the Department of Justice over federal cannabis prohibition.

Here's the complete list of winners, with Colorado honorees italicized:

Hope Award
Hiller Law, Michael Hiller, Jagger Cotte, Lauren Rudick, Alexis Bortell, Marvin Washington, Jason Cranford, Jose Belen, CannaCultural Association and Joseph Bondy


Most Influential Individual
Wanda James

Business Executive of the Year
Lynn Honderd — CEO of Mary's Medicinals, Mary's Nutritionals and Mary's Pets

Industry Organization of the Year
Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana

Most Valuable Brand
Diego Pellicer

Activist of the Year
Riley Cote


Advocate of the Year
Arby Barroso

Political Industry Representative of the Year
Jared Polis — Colorado Congressman and Governor-elect

Nonprofit of the Year
Denver NORML

Business of the Year
Evolab/CBx Sciences

Best Medical Center
Kind Love