DENVER, Feb. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Cannabis Industry Association, the only national trade association representing the businesses of the legal marijuana industry, yesterday announced the first-ever winners of the NCIA Cannavation and Cannatech Awards, as well as the recipient of NCIA's first Industry Excellence Award.
The awards were presented at Denver'sSeed To Sale Show, the nation's only business-to-business conference focused solely on innovative best practices, science, and cutting-edge technology in cannabis cultivation, processing, and sales strategies. The Seed To Sale Show took place at the Colorado Convention Center, hosting approximately 2,000 cannabis professionals and more than 150 industry exhibitors.
The Cannavation and Cannatech Awards, the industry's most prestigious awards show, was developed to recognize trailblazing individuals and companies driving the growth and elevation of the cannabis industry.
"The winners of our inaugural Cannavation and Cannatech Awards exemplify the innovation and creativity that is driving the cannabis industry," said NCIA executive director Aaron Smith. "These technologies are moving our industry toward ever-greater energy efficiency, transparency, and responsibility. We're proud to recognize these leaders."
Determined by nominations from NCIA members, the Cannavation Awards were given to one member each in the categories of Cultivation, Infused Products and Extractions, and Sales Strategies who have disrupted and advanced the industry by bringing an innovative idea to life, The Cannatech Awards were given to a member in each category who has developed new technology that will change the industry for the better.
Winners of this year's NCIA Cannavation and Cannatech Awards are:
Cultivation – urban-gro
Infused Products and Extractions – Mary's Medicinal
Sales Strategies – BDS Analytics
Cultivation – Guardian Data Systems
Infused Products and Extractions – Paradigm Supercritical Innovations, LLC
Sales Strategies – Native Roots
NCIA also presented the esteemed Industry Excellence Award to Neal Levine of Colorado's LivWell Enlightened Health, for the company's exemplary community engagement, political advocacy and education within the industry.
Representing more than 1,000 member-businesses nationwide, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is the largest cannabis trade association in the U.S. and the only organization 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.