MJBizDaily Awards Guidelines

The awards are an extension of MJBizDaily’s mission to be the go-to resource for cannabis industry professionals by way of news and information as well as educational programs and conferences. The awards program will highlight those companies and individuals who rise above the competition, based on a variety of criteria.

We’re looking for the cannabis industry’s movers and shakers based on professional reputation, stake in the industry and success or growth within their segment or category. If your nomination is selected as a 2019 Finalist of the MJBizDaily Awards you’ll receive exposure and publicity within the cannabis industry. In addition to being recognized at the awards ceremony event, the finalists will be featured in various MJBizDaily marketing and editorial pieces such as the Marijuana Business Magazine and MJBizDaily website.

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Key Dates
Award Categories
Judging and Criteria

Key Dates

August 31, 2019: Nominations Close

September 30, 2019: Semifinalists Notified

October 15, 2019: Finalists Announced

December 12, 2019: Winners Announced at Awards Ceremony

Award Categories

MJBizDaily Awards include five main award categories: Regional Game Changer, Community Impact, U.S. Market Leader, Hemp Game Changer, and Industry Impact.

Regional Game Changer Award

(4 subcategories)

Subcategories Include:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. Latin America
  4. EMEAO (Europe/Middle East/Asia/Africa/Oceania)

These companies are making a name for themselves in their region. They’ve had a great year of innovation, pushing boundaries, expanding their business and influencing policy and procedures at their state and regional level.

Achievements Include:

  • Strong business performance (strong sales, profits, or expansion of geographic footprint, etc.)
  • Culture of Innovation (innovative product, technology or procedures)
  • Market Influence (success implementing policy changes on state or national level)

Community Impact Award

(2 subcategories)

Subcategories Include:

  1. Giving Back
  2. Sustainability

Celebrating the businesses that make a difference not just for themselves, but for their community.

Giving Back/Community First: This award goes to the company or individual who prioritizes making a positive impact on the local community. Whether through charitable donations, volunteer work or other valuable contributions, this person or company understands the importance of their role in the community.

Sustainable Business Practices: This award goes to a company that sets the standard for sustainable business practices. A working example of the value and benefits of sustainability, not just for the cannabis industry but for the entire business community at large.

U.S. Market Leader Award

(3 subcategories)

Subcategories Include:

  1. Cultivation
  2. Infused Products
  3. Retail

State level and MMJ market maturity will be considered for <2 years, 2-4 years, and 4+ years as of 12/31/18.

These companies are leaders in their categories, utilizing the latest innovations and new or unique approach to expanding the industry, not just for themselves but for everyone. They actively pursue and promote new markets and uncharted opportunities with the latest breakthroughs and advances in best practices.

Hemp Game Changer Award

(1 subcategory)

Subcategory Includes:

  1. Future Trend

This company continues to demonstrate outstanding innovation and development in the hemp industry, helping to further advance and expand market possibilities with unique products, applications, best practices and technology.

Industry Impact Award

(1 subcategory)

Subcategory Includes:

  1. Based on the individual overall contribution to the cannabis industry

This award highlights the individual who’s had a major influence and impact on the cannabis industry. Whether through innovation, advocacy, community involvement, leadership or pure company performance, this award winner is a great example of the endless possibilities to be found in the cannabis industry.


Those eligible to be nominated – companies, organizations or individuals – will vary based on the award category. Nominees can be from around the world – except for the U.S. specific category such as the U.S. Market Leader Award.

Those eligible include:

  • Cannabis industry executives
  • Cannabis companies
  • Cannabis industry trade group executives
  • Cannabis industry trade groups
  • Cannabis industry advocates
  • Cannabis industry advocacy groups

When submitting nominations, the nominator can be the individual or representative from the company. They can also be representatives of the company or individual or their peer. Please note some of the categories ask for specific information such as revenue, profit/loss and number of employees.

Judging and Criteria

The type of information required to nominate will depend on the award and category. Generally, you will be asked to provide information such as:

  • Basic contact information
  • Description of nominee whether that be a person/company/organization
  • Why you are nominating the person/company/organization
  • Revenue for 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Profit/Loss for 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Employees for 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Locations for 2016, 2017, 2018

MJBizDaily will attach more weight to nominations that are backed up by hard data/detailed information – revenues, profits, etc. These awards are not a popularity contest, i.e, the more nominations received for an organization or individual does not increase the chances of winning.

Judging will be done in-house by MJBizDaily editorial staff members along with an advisory panel of industry experts. Five finalists will be selected for each award and one winner will ultimately be chosen.