About the awards


Founded in 2018, Australia's first Cannabis Awards have quickly but firmly established an exciting presence in the blooming Aussie cannabis industry. Met with an enthusiastic welcome from all corners of the industry, the Awards quickly gained the support from many of Australia’s largest cannabis communities and most respected cannabis organisations.

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How are they different?


World-first and independant.
We are the world’s first cannabis industry awards to have an independent judging panel, selecting winners by merit rather than popularity. Most other award shows are ‘pay-to-play’ events where winners are selected by the awards company or public-vote, which means only the big companies with big budgets and big followings win the awards. The Australian Awards however are proud that small businesses can compete with big corporations on merit.

Who runs the show?

It’s important to know that The Cannabis Industry Awards are not run by some other company or organisation. We always intended The Awards to be run by the community, for the community.

We rely heavily on feedback and input from the cannabis community itself, and business leaders in Australia.

The people who founded the awards, and wrote these words, are a small group of friends who are themselves cannabis patients, activists, and ordinary people.

Powerful proprietary awards platform


The Cannabis Industry Awards is built with a powerful system which automates nominations, voting, ticketing and manages nominees, judges, and sponsors.

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Secure voting and ranking system

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Authenticated judging console

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Native payment system and Paypal

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Inbuilt newsletter and notification function

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Sponsor management and invoicing

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Sponsor dashboard and custom upgrades

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Automated nomination management

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Variable user level access for nominees, voters, and judges

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Graphics packs and social sharing functionality

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Full event management and inbuilt ticketing

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Sponsor management and invoicing

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Growing from grass-roots

While we are still in the very early stages of legalisation, the cannabis industry is predicted to become twice the size of the beer industry! Australia has one of the highest rates of cannabis consumption in the world, and if the Australian beer and wine industries are anything to go by, it will grow into a thriving and unique identity of its own - and we’ll be there to grow with it.

Message from the Founder


"I'm so grateful and proud to be involved at such a special time in this amazing industry to celebrate the most important plant in the world. History is being made as we end the failed and devastating war on cannabis, and finally we are re-discovering it’s enourmous environmental, socical, and economic benefits.

The Awards acknowledge the year-round efforts made by individuals and companies, and gives them a chance to be recognised for their hard work and dedication.

Today’s cannabis businesses, whether they realize it or not, are part of a decades-long movement to end cannabis prohibition - a movement that I am proud to have played an exciting role in. Thanks for joining me in this process of celebrating as cannabis finally takes it's rightful place in history!"

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Benjamin Jesse

FOUNDER
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Get involved


Want to be part of the movement? We’re looking for motivated and passionate people who have time to be part of the team. Especially if you have skills in PR, content writing, event management, and other areas. 

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