In 2021, Cannabis NB launched the Cannabis NB Cup, a first-of-its-kind competition between licensed producers where customers can judge ‘Best in Grow’ among other things. The competition is back for a second year and New Brunswickers have until April 15, 2022 to vote.
Last year’s Cannabis NB Cup featured only Atlantic-grown products from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. This year, the contest has expanded to include producers from British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
Cannabis NB says the contest is “inspired by legacy events that helped to shape cannabis culture” and it celebrates the best in grow, as decided by customers. It features two categories for dried flower, the National Sativa Edition and National Indica Edition.
Winners will be selected for several awards: Best in Grow, Runner Up, Honourable Mention, Best Looking, and Best Experience.
How it Works
From February 1 to April 15, customers can purchase one of two Cannabis NB Cup boxes for $250. Each box contains one ounce of eight cannabis products, a Judge’s Book, magnifying glass, rolling papers, and a rolling tray.
The customer acts as a judge, scoring each product online. Winners in each category will be chosen based on judges’ scores.
Products from Aqualitas, Citizen Stash, Mernova Medicinal, Wagners Cannabis, Highland Grow, Organigram, AtlantiCann Medical, Crystal Cure, BOLD Growth, Canada’s Island Garden, Weed Me, Cannabud, and Atlas Growers, (Indiva/Purplefarm) are featured in the contest.
Topicals and Edibles Sales on the Rise in New Brunswick
Earlier this year, Cannabis NB released its third quarter results for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
Total sales of legal recreational cannabis for the quarter ending December 26, 2021, were $20.6 million or 6.7% higher than the same quarter in 2020. Net income was up 41.8% at $3.9 million compared to the prior year’s third quarter net income of $2.8 million.
While dried flower sales decreased 2.7% in December 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, edible sales were up 32.1% and topical sales increased 65.3%.
After a decline in November 2021, New Brunswick’s retail sales were up 14.3% in December to $7,036,000.