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Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference Announces Awards Finalists

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The highly anticipated Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference is proud to unveil the finalists for the second annual Benzinga Cannabis Awards. These awards shine a spotlight on the brightest minds and innovators in the cannabis industry, as well as advocates who are driving the industry forward.

The winners of each category will be announced on the first day of the conference, which takes place in Chicago on September 27-28.

Finalists for the Benzinga Cannabis Awards

Here is a list of the finalists in alphabetical order for each category:

Most categories typically have three finalists. If a category has two finalists, it means that no other nominees met the minimum voting threshold. Conversely, if a category has four finalists, it’s due to a tie among the contenders.

Brett Roper Award for Lifetime Achievement

  • Cory Gardner (Former US Sen)
  • Dr. Peter Grinspoon, Harvard University
  • Ed Perlmutter (Former US Rep)

Best Canadian Cannabis Company

  • Rubicon Organics (ROMJF)
  • SNDL (SNDL)
  • Village Farms (VFF)

Best Cannabis Accounting Firm

  • Marcum LLP
  • Miller Cooper
  • PKF O’Connor Davies

Best Cannabis Credit Fund

  • Altmore Capital
  • Pelorus Equity Group
  • Sweet Leaf Madison Capital

Best Cannabis Industry Analyst

  • Aaron Grey, AGP
  • Jesse Redmond, Water Tower Research
  • Matt Bottomley, Canaccord Genuity

Best Cannabis Law Firm

  • Bianchi & Brandt
  • Burns & Levinson
  • Clark Hill
  • Weiner Law Group (Lou Magazzu)

Best Cannabis REIT

  • Innovative Industrial Properties (IIPR)
  • MJ Reit via Rainbow Realty Group
  • NewLake Capital (NLCP)

Best Retail Expansion Strategy

  • Greenlight
  • TerrAscend (TRSSF)
  • Verano Holdings (VRNOF)

Best End-User Technology

  • iSpire Technology (ISPR)
  • Jupiter Research
  • Pax
  • Puffco

Best Private Equity / VC Portfolio

  • Global Cannabis Holdings
  • JW Asset Management
  • Poseidon Investment Management

Best Research & Data

  • Headset
  • HyFire
  • New Frontier Data

Best Social Equity Award Success Story

  • 40Tons
  • GreenSoul Organics
  • Simply Pure Trenton

Best Tech Platform: B2B

  • Green Check Verified
  • Leaf Trade
  • Leaflink
  • Treez

Best Tech Platform: B2C

  • CannaBFFs
  • Jushi Holdings (JUSHF)
  • Leafly Holdings (LFLY)
  • Springbig (SBIG)
  • StrainBrain

Best Business Matchmaker

  • Greenlife
  • Lineage Merchant Partners
  • Viridian Capital Advisors

Best African Cannabis Company

  • Happy Hounds
  • Southern Sky

Best European Cannabis Company

  • Bloomwell Group
  • Sanity Group
  • SOMAI Pharmaceuticals

Best Latin American Cannabis Company

  • Cannava
  • Prich Biotech
  • Xebra Brands

Cannabis Business Reporter

  • Debra Borchardt, Green Market Report
  • Jeremy Berke, Cultivated
  • Rachelle Gordon, GreenState
  • Will Yakowicz, Forbes

Cannabis Lifestyle Reporter

  • HernΓ‘n Panessi, El Planteo
  • Jackie Bryant, San Diego Magazine
  • Jon Cappetta, High Times
  • Mehka King, CashColorCannabis

Most Effective Celebrity Cannabis Brand

  • Dr. Greenthumb’s by B-Real
  • Hempacco – Snoop Dogg, Cheech & Chong, Rick Ross
  • Mirayo by Santana

US State with Biggest Growth Potential

Note: This category will be announced soon.

Cannabis Advocate of the Year

  • Last Prisoner Project
  • Mam Cultiva Argentina
  • Weldon Angelos, Mission Green

Friend of the Industry Award

Note: This category will be announced soon.

Most Impactful Cannabis Executive of the Year

  • Amber Senter, Supernova Women
  • Don Levin, Republic Brands
  • Nancy Whiteman, Wana Brands

Most Innovative Cannabis Brand

Note: This category will be announced soon.

Most Innovative Cannabis Small Business

  • Dynavap / Chill Steel Pipes
  • It’s All About Choices
  • PayRio

Taking Cannabis Mainstream

  • CBOE Neo Exchange
  • Edie Parker
  • Mattio Communications
  • Safe Harbor

More About The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference

The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference will take place at the Magnificent Mile Marriott in Chicago from September 27 to 28. The conference will feature a lineup of renowned speakers, including Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr., Former Sen. Cory Gardner, Former Rep. Ed Perlmutter, Eminence Capital Founder & CEO Ricky Sandler, Trulieve’s CEO Kim Rivers, and Curaleaf’s Chairman of the Board, Boris Jordan.

Benzinga CEO, Jason Raznick, expressed his excitement for the conference, stating that it has garnered significant interest from policymakers and investors alike, demonstrating the growing importance of the cannabis industry.

In addition to providing a platform for networking and collaboration, the conference will also showcase over 60 data companies, lenders, brands, and finance service companies on the Deal Floor, where potential business deals can be forged.

Raznick highlighted the importance of community and collaboration, emphasizing that the conference aims to set the course for the future of the cannabis industry.

Stay tuned for comprehensive profiles of the finalists, highlighting their remarkable contributions to the industry.

Join the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference in Chicago on September 27-28 and be at the heart of cannabis investment and branding. Get your tickets today before prices increase!

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