2017 Emerald Cup Celebrates Medicinal Pot and Anticipates Full Legalization

Dec 12, 2017

Cannabis buds and products on display at the 17th annual Emerald Cup, held Dec. 9 and 10, 2017 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.
Credit Stacey Dennick

The 17th annual Emerald Cup, a celebration of all things cannabis, was held December 9 and 10, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Reporter Stacey Dennick joined the crowd of approximately 25,000 attendees. 

The event was part trade show, part frat house, with mostly men and some women roaming the fairgrounds, sampling the goods, and staying mellow. Some characters, including at least one Three-card Monte swindler, worked the crowd, extracting hundred dollar bills from some willing victims. But for the most part, the focus was on celebrating the harvest in the spirit of community as Stacey Dennick reports.