Cultivation Classic makes incredible effort to curate a robust, knowledgeable judge panel of more than 75 qualified people each year. Our judges come from deep inside the cannabis industry, and from our craft partners outside of it. There are a limited number of judge slots open for 2018, and are available by invitation only. A full judge roster will be announced February 1.

Share your interest in becoming a judge here.


We run a double blind competition, meaning that once your entries have left the lab and retail locations, competition staff refers to each entry only with a random, anonymous four-digital Entry ID.

Our kits include between 10 and 14 unique cultivars, depending on the size of each category, and a different class of judges will evaluate the entries in a single category. (Example: Judges 1 through 12 will have kits for Category A. Judges 13 through 20 will have kits for Category B, and so on.)  Judges have 30 full days to evaluate these cultivars.


Thanks to our partners at Habu Health, big upgrades have been made to 2018’s judge process. Contestants will receive an even more meaningful set of evaluations from our judge panel this year, and all judges will undergo base-line training in early March to align as a whole group on some evaluation techniques. The following metrics will be considered:


5 points Appearance
5 points Aroma
10 points Desirability
(1) “I’d never touch this cultivar again.” <<< (5) >>> “This is the best cultivar I have ever tried!” (10)
2 points
Resource Innovation Institute PowerScore 

Scores from each judge in the Kit Group will be averaged, for X.X/20, WEIGHTED 90% of the overall score.  Score from the PowerScore will be weighted 10% of the overall score. 

The following qualitative feedback will also be gathered, but will not have an associated score value. Producers will receive a detailed report after May 12, 2018, highlighting judge’s eval on all of the above as well as the following:

Overall Effect
Body: Motivation to move   <<< >>>  Sedation
Cognition: Focused, productive <<< >>>  Slow, impaired thinking
Mood: Euphoria, happiness <<< >>>  Paranoia, irritation

Aversive?  (I didn’t like cultivar this because…)


Cultivars with the three highest average score will win Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the category.  Ties will be broken using the following elimination order:

1 – Highest Average Desirability Score. ….if tie, then:
2 – Highest Average Combined Appearance/Aroma Score …if tie, then:
3 – Highest Average Overall Effect Score ….if tie, then:
4 – Tie will be recognized and both cultivars will win the award.


To ensure consistency of results, an external team of data scientists unaffiliated with Cultivation Classic staff, sponsors, or Willamette Week, in any way, will mathematically calculate and verify the score averages and medalist results after judge scores are turned in in April.


CC Judges include growers, brewers, chefs, bakers, artists, athletes and more. Some of our judges are listed here. Some names not published for privacy.

Alex Ganum
Alison Gary
Amarett Jans
Andi Bixel
Andrea Sparr-Jaswa
Andrew DeWeese
Ashley Preece
Brianna Lopez
Brittney Woodland
Bryant Cocks
Caitlin Podiak
Carl Hoosack
Carolyn White
Connie Wohn
Corrie Weber
Courtney Eldridge
Crystal Hoffman
DeAngelo Raines
Dominic Corva
Erin Purchase
Estebon’ Stephen Richard Duarte
Gregory McManis
Jennifer Hudyma
Jeremy Kwit
Jeremy Robbins
Jeremy Sackett
Jesce Horton
Johnny Green
Joshua Stroud
Lauren Yoshiko Terry
Leah Maurer
Leather Storrs
Liz Blaz
Madeline Martinez
Martin Cizmar
Matt Price
Matt Stangel
Matt Taylor
Meghan Walstatter
Michael Beaird
Myron Chadowitz
Pacer Stacktrain
Rachel Kirtz
Ralph Glatt
Raymond Bowser
Rena Nassar
Resinated Lens
Richard Gunter Crommelin, III
Ryan Herron
Ryan Kingsella
Samantha Montanaro
Serena Mosteller, LMT
Shane Yoakam
Simone Fischer
Troy Moore
Whitney Hobbs
Will Hyde
Wm. Willard Greene
Zia McCabe
Zoe Wilder