Congratulations To Our 2022
Benzinga Cannabis Award Winners & Finalists!

Most Impactful Cannabis Executives of the Year

  • Ben Kovler: Creating a Great American Growth Story
  • Kim Rivers: Leading with Integrity
  • Charlie Bachtell

“Brett Roper Award” for Lifetime Achievement

  • Nancy Whiteman
  • Vlad Bautista
  • Joel Stanley

Cannabis Advocate of the Year

  • Mary Bailey, LPP
  • Brady Cobb
  • Saphira Galoob, Liaison Group

Friend of the Industry Award

  • Rep. David Joyce
  • Rep Nancy Mace
  • Nikki Fried

Best Cannabis Leader Under 40

  • Luke Anderson, Cann
  • Karson Humiston, Vangst
  • Berner

Most Innovative Cannabis Brand

  • Miss Grass
  • Cookies

Most Effective Celebrity Cannabis Brand

  • Cookies – Berner
  • Viola – Al Harrington
  • Mendi – Megan & Rachael Rapinoe

Most Innovative Cannabis Small Business

  • House of Saka Infused Wines from Napa Valley
  • Her Highness
  • butter

Most Environmentally Friendly Operator

  • Geomat Patented Water Recovery Systems
  • Glass House Brands’ Commitment to Sustainability

Social Equity Award

  • Desiree Perez – The Parent Company
  • Whitney Beatty – Josephine & Billie’s
  • Khadijah Tribble – Curaleaf

Best Use of Capital

  • Jushi Holdings
  • Ascend Wellness Holdings
  • Tilt Holdings

Best M&A Deal

  • Flora Growth Enhances U.S. Infrastructure and CPG Portfolio Through Acquisition of Category Leading Wellness Brand JustCBD
  • Planet 13 / Next Green Wave
  • Sundial / Alcanna

Best M&A Banker

  • Jim Kirsch, Alliance Global Partners
  • Tom Pollard, Canaccord
  • Adam Carlson, ATB

Best Cannabis Partnership

  • TILT Brings True Social Equity Partnership to Shinnecock Indian Nation
  • Trulieve: In the Zohn
  • Zoned Properties & AnamiTech Transforming Cannabis Real Estate

Best Cannabis Retail Expansion Strategy

  • Trulieve
  • Flora Growth
  • Verano

Cannabis Investors Award - Institutional

  • Ricky Sandler, Eminence Capital
  • Jason Wild, JW Asset Mgmt
  • Putnam Investments, Michael Maguire

Cannabis Investors Award - Private Equity / VC

  • Mitch Baruchowitz, Merida Capital
  • Emily Paxhia, Poseidon
  • Matt Hawkins, Entourage Effect Capital

Most Innovative Cannabis ETF

  • YOLO – AdvisorShares
  • CNBS – Seymour Asset Mgmt
  • PSDN – Poseidon

Most Innovative Cannabis Lender

  • Pelorus Equity Group
  • Seaport Global
  • AFC Gamma

Best Cannabis Industry Analyst

  • Matt Bottomley, Cannacord
  • Vivien Azer, Cowen
  • Pablo Zuanic, Cantor Fitzgerald

Best Investment Research

  • Viridian Capital – Scott Greiper
  • Greenwave Advisors – Matt Karnes

Best Cannabis Accounting Firm

  • Crowe LLP
  • Marcum
  • Centri

Best Cannabis Law Firm

  • Foley Hoag
  • Akerman
  • Zuber Lawler

Hottest Cannabis Technology

  • Weedmaps
  • LeafLink
  • Headset

Best Canadian Cannabis Company

  • Village Farms
  • Indiva
  • Fire & Flower

Best Latin American Cannabis Company

  • Khiron Life Sciences
  • Avicanna
  • Flora Growth

Best European Cannabis Company

  • Curaleaf International
  • Cansativa GMBH

Cannabis Business Reporter of the Year

  • Insider – Jeremy Berke
  • Forbes – Will Yakowicz
  • Sara Brittany Somerset, Freelance

Cannabis Finance Reporter of the Year

  • CNBC – Tim Seymour
  • Cheddar News – Chloe Aiello
  • CNBC – Frank Holland

Cannabis Policy Reporter of the Year

  • Marijuana Moment – Kyle Jaeger
  • POLITICO – Mona Zhang
  • Leafly – Ben Adlin

Cannabis Lifestyle Reporter of the Year

  • Jon Cappetta, High Times
  • Katie Shapiro, Forbes
  • Ashley Keenan, Leafly

Cannabis Industry Association of the Year

  • US Cannabis Council
  • National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)
  • Marijuana Policy Project

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