NCIA Announces Winners of Second-Annual Industry Excellence Awards

NCIAs Industry Excellence Awards 2018

The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the only national trade association representing the businesses of the legal marijuana industry, today announced the winners of NCIA’s Industry Excellence Awards.

The awards were presented at NCIA’s Seed to Sale Show, hosted from February 7-8, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. Seed to Sale Show is the only national show focused solely on innovative best practices, science, and cutting edge technology surrounding the whole life cycle of the cannabis plant grown, processed, and sold in a regulated market. This year’s event drew just under 3,000 attendees and 150 exhibitors.

Founded in 2017, NCIA’s Industry Excellence Awards were developed to recognize the trailblazing individuals and companies driving the growth and elevation of the cannabis industry.

“Cannabis business owners face a variety of unique and difficult challenges, and as America’s newest and fastest growing industry, entrepreneurs must rely on each other to develop solutions to obstacles,” Aaron Smith, Executive Director of NCIA explains. “It’s the innovations and technologies provided by these award-winning companies that allow business owners to operate more intelligently, efficiently and responsibly. These innovations and technologies also help to become a more sophisticated and advanced industry, which allows us to continue to push cannabis policy reform forward.”

Determined by nominations and votes from NCIA members, NCIA’s Excellence in Innovation Awards were given to one member each in the categories of Cultivation, Infused Products and Extractions, and Business Strategies and Innovation. These are businesses who have disrupted and advanced the industry by bringing an innovative idea to life. NCIA’s Excellence in Technology Awards were given to one member in each of the previous categories, who has developed a new technology that will change the industry for the better.

Winner’s of this year’s Excellence in Innovation and Technology Awards are:

NCIA’s Excellence in Innovation Award:

NCIA’s Excellence in Technology Award

NCIA also presented the esteemed Industry Excellence Award to Jay & Diane Czarkowski, co-founders of Canna Advisors, for the company’s exemplary community engagement, political advocacy and education within the industry.


Representing well over 1,500 member-businesses nationwide, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only one representing cannabis-related businesses at the national level. NCIA promotes the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and works toward a favorable social, economic, and legal environment for that industry in the United States.

Source: National Cannabis Industry Association

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