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2019 Award Winners

Our best year yet!


The wait is over, and the winners of Australia’s first Cannabis Awards have finally been selected! Our first year has been a stunning success, and The Awards have quickly been embraced by the whole industry. We’re honoured to bring you the winners from this year, excited for the big things to come next year, and looking forward to the sparkling future of this amazing industry.

From Prohibition to Recognition


The Awards are designed to honour Australian cannabis community pioneers and business professionals deserving recognition for industry innovation and social progression. As Australia finally takes marijuana mainstream, and as punishment gives way to praise, we give long-overdue recognition to contributions made by individuals and organisations in the cannabis industry. Join us as we celebrate this amazing plant, it’s incredible supporters, and the fastest growing industry in Australia.

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Our Judges

Proudly selected by experts and leaders


The 2019 nominations were independently judged and voted on by our amazing panel of industry experts and community trail-blazers. Other award show winners are often just chosen by the awards company or a public vote, which can favour large companies - making the awards pay-to-play. We are proudly independent and transparent.

A special thanks goes to our judges who have volunteered their time to read the nominations and vote on the winners. We're proud to involve as much of the industry as we can to make the awards truly representative. 

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Australia’s first Cannabis and Hemp Awards

The Awards recognise the medical, recreational, and ancillary sectors, and endeavour to represent our wonderfully complex and vibrant industry to the rest of Australia - and indeed to the world! We're so proud of all the nominations this year - even our judges reported quite a difficult job selecting the winners from the rest.  

Australia has spoken

Exceeding all expectations


We had almost 100 public and private nominations for our very first year, which greatly exceeded our predictions of such a young industry. It even surpassed the advice given to us from overseas cannabis awards.

Now with dozens of new cannabis companies being founded every month in Australia, the sky's the limit for the cannabis and hemp industry, and for innovation and excellence. 

Without Further Ado

2019 Community Awards


To recognise non-corporate contributions in the cannabis space, and their vital role in the history and future of this industry. Australia still suffers heavily from cannabis misinformation, superstition, and corruption and we all want to acknowledge those who give themselves to education, normalisation, and activism.

To recognise long-term commitment
and sacrifice for cannabis pioneers.

For those arrested, charged, or imprisoned
for responsible cannabis offences.

Vocal grassroots campaigners on the
front-line of awareness and education.

Public figures and influencers advancing
cannabis law reform or normalisation.

Non-profit organisations or community 
groups helping make a difference.

Any form of art specifically focused
on cannabis or drug law reform.

Chosen by the public and decided 
by popular vote for any reason.

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Dedicated to cannabis carers and suppliers.
Chosen and awarded by MCUA.

To those throughout history who are proud 
to enjoy cannabis exactly as they like.

Recognising active female leadership in
the cannabis community or industry.

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Awarded to the capital city with
the most votes per capita.

Individuals or companies providing
excellent cannabis education. 

Awarded to promising entrepreneurs
and cannabis staff between 18 and 25.

For public events celebrating
cannabis and/or hemp.

For inspiring patients who use cannabis
to treat a medical condition.

For excellence in creative and accurate
education about cannabis or its use.

2019 Business Awards


To recognise the advancement made by organisations in the cannabis industry, business awards are presented for innovation, excellence, and impact. 

Outstanding overall achievement 
by a single company.

Best new product released or 
updated within the last year.

Best, exceptional, or unique
service-based organisation.

For organisations which bring new
and exciting innovation to cannabis.

Single packaging or range awarded
for design and impact.

Best campaign or advertisement
which helps normalise cannabis.

For new entrepreneurs or small
businesses with bold new ideas.

New products made from hemp
or companies using hemp.  

Outstanding eco-responsible
product, service, or brand.  

Making effective and positive impacts 
online through social media.

Doctors who are leading the way for
patient access and cannabis education.

Setting high standards and responsible
practices with quality cultivation.

For brick-and-mortar clinics
and outlets for cannabis.

Next Year

Growing bigger and better


After a wonderful first year, the 2020 Awards promise to represent a huge year in this amazing industry.

Now that we have built our systems, made our connections, tested the process, and cemented our place in the industry, we have some exciting plans for expansion in the coming years. Stay tuned for big things to come. 

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Green & Gold


Australia’s Gold-Standard for Cannabis Excellence.
The Australian cannabis sector is predicted to be a $22 billion industry within the next 10 years, with growth rates on par with broadband internet in the early 2000s. We believe it’s high time that Australia recognises this huge economic contribution.

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Message from the Founder

Benjamin Jesse


"I'm so grateful and proud to be involved at such a special time in this fascinating industry. Together we aim to cultivate a fair, reputable, and trustworthy industry body which we can all be proud of."

"This is a historical time in our industry to turn the shame of prohibition on its head and be proud of those who have been key parts of this revolution. Thanks for joining me in this process of making and celebrating history!"

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Become a Partner


The Cannabis Industry Awards are able to operate thanks to our partners who understand that such awards are a vital part of any successful industry. Founding partnership for the 2020 Awards is highly recommended for brands contemplating sponsorship. It provides great exposure, unique credibility, and affirms your brand's dedication to excellence within the industry. 

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