2019 Awards

October 12, 2019 @ Light Nightclub, Las Vegas, NV

The Cannabis Industry’s top talent, brands, influencers and companies gathered under one roof to honor and celebrate the frontline, the Budtenders.
Cypress Hill, Rachel “Wolfie” Wolfson, Modest Jones, Koala Puffss, Silenced Hippie, Medicated Marley, Jackey420, The Real “Freeway” Rick Ross, and many more.

2019 Award Sponsors

Cannapaid Logo TM
Cloverleaf University Logo
Lowell Farms logo
Skinny Weed Logo
Guild Extracts

2019 "OG" Winners

Medallion Award


Sponsored by Canna Paid

In addition to their dedication in the dispensary, this hero goes the extra mile to give back to their community. From environmental to social issues, this is a Budtender who puts others first by helping create solutions to local problems. By dedicating their time to serving others, they are making significant strides in how the global community perceives the industry.

WINNER: Rocky Hernandez

(Planet 13-Las Vegas, NV)

Rocky Hernandez, Modest Jones Medallion Award
Rocky Hernandez (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)
Tara Berger Ambassador Award
Tara Berger (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)

Ambassador Award

Social Acceptance

Presented by SkinnyWeed

The Ambassador Award goes to the Budtender who represents the middle ground for the fast-moving and sometimes controversial cannabis industry. This Budtender has demonstrated the ability to educate and serve the most diverse markets properly. From skeptics to the most avid user, this individual is a well-balanced face for the industry, who accurately represents the frontline of the Budtender community.

WINNER: Tara Berger

(Atrium Woodland Hills, CA)

Spotlight Award


Presented by Medicated Marley

From the eccentric and colorful, to the extroverted and bold, this Budtender creates the ultimate experience from the moment you walk in the door and is a positive representation of the frontline. So whether it`s your first time or you`re a seasoned visitor, this Budtender makes each experience a memorable and unique one.

WINNER: Riley Travers

(805 Beach BreaksGrover Beach, CA)

Riley Travers Spotlight Award
Riley Travers (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)
Jazziymn West In the Arts Award
Jazziymn West (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)

In The Arts Award


Sponsored by Lowell Farms

This award goes to the Budtender that creatively takes their cannabis knowledge to the next level. Their mind is a raging torrent flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative content. These nominees are Budtenders that spend their free time focusing on being the next hit songwriter, director, artist, and chef. Their passion for innovating and creating, mixed with the inspiration they pull from cannabis, results in their ability to create epic content, art, and everything in between.

WINNER: Jazziymn West

(Captain JacksSan Bernardino, CA)

Dr. Cannabis Award


Paging Dr. Greenthumb! This Budtender has extensive knowledge about the medical benefits of the cannabis plant. They follow the advances in cannabis research and focus on the direct medical developments of each aspect of the plant’s healing properties. Their vast scientific knowledge provides consumers the ability to make an educated decision when considering alternative medicine choices.

WINNER: Joe ”SleepyJo” Nelson

(Buddha’s Wellness Center  – Port Orford, OR)

Joe SleepyJo Nelson
Joe "Sleepy Jo" Nelson
Brandon Scott Mastermind Award
Brandon Scott (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)

Mastermind Award

Overall Knowledge

Presented by Dan Herer of Jack Herer Cup

This Budtender is a know-it-all, in the most likable and essential way possible. They are the eminent experts with next level knowledge and expertise in all aspects of the cannabis industry from cultivation to strains, terpenes to vapes, to edibles & dosing. They pride themselves on being up to date with the latest trends and innovations and are passionate about sharing that information, creating a more conscious community.

WINNER: Brandon Scott

(MissionChicago South Side, IL)

710 Master Award


Sponsored by Guild Extracts

This Budtender can tell you the difference in sauce, live resin, wax, dabs and all products related to concentrates and vapes, while they also work on creating new, unique ways to consume cannabis in its many oil forms. With dabbing becoming one of the most popular consumption methods, given that it offers a more potent high with the quicker onset of action, the attention these Budtenders give is crucial to innovation in this space.

WINNER: Alex Almadova

(Apothecary 420Sherman Oaks, CA)

Alex Almadova 710 Master Award
Alex Almadova (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)
Zulema Lino CBD Award
Zulema Lino (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)

CBD Award


Presented by Dana Workman of Canna Kids

This Budtender is a bonafide CBD expert who knows the attributes, history, and evolution of the many variations of CBD. More importantly, they have the expertise to help guide anyone to the perfect remedy for their specific needs. They set the bar high for others to follow when it comes to promoting a better future and lifestyle through natural healing.

WINNER: Zulema Lino

(Essence Las Vegas, NV)

Dazed & Infused


This Budtender is the Martha Stewart, or Emeril of Edibles. Their sophistication and superior knowledge ranging from infusing pastries & sweets to drinks to oils & butters, gives them the skills to recommend the perfect product for every user. Who knows, maybe they’ll be the next Michelin star cannabis Chef.

WINNER: LaRain Miller

(Kind Leaf -Pendleton, OR)

LaRain Miller
LaRain Miller (Photo by Denise Truscello/Getty Images)