Marijuana Business Magazine February 2020

Marijuana Business Magazine | February 2020 80 Winners’Circle MJBizDaily Awards honor cannabis industry leaders and induct inaugural Hall of Fame members S ome of the cannabis industry’s most recognizable faces turned out Dec. 12 for the MJBizDaily Awards at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. The awards gala honored everyone from businesses considered international “game changers” to U.S. leaders in retail, cultivation and infused products—plus companies notable for their contributions to hemp, sustainability and giving back to the community. Finalists in each category were culled from hundreds of nominations submitted by cannabis industry professionals. The staff of Marijuana Business Daily helped narrow the field of contestants for the judges, listed on page 90. In these pages, we highlight the winners and share what prompted judges to cast their deciding votes. INDUSTRY IMPACT AWARD NANCY WHITEMAN CEO, Wana Brands Boulder, Colorado Since co-founding Wana Brands in 2010, Nancy Whiteman has grown the company to the No. 1-selling edibles brand in the country. She was responsible for expanding Wana from its Colorado base to Arizona, California, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Ohio and Oregon, with plans to move into Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Canada as well. The awards ceremony was followed by a party at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. All Photos by Solimon Productions Nancy Whiteman, center, is presented with the Industry Impact Award from MJBizDaily CEO Chris Walsh, left, and co-founder Cassandra Farrington.