Errl Cup: Arizona Cannabis Festival and Awards

An Cannabis Event Experience Like No Other

Introduction

The Errl Cup is Arizona’s biggest Cannabis awards and festival event. The Errl Cup is focused on patient appreciation and dispensary accountability. Errl Cup hosts yearly competition events in January and July. Additionally we host exciting events, camp outs and music festivals in the Spring and Fall every year. 

Our History

The Errl Cup was created in 2015 to help patients get safe access to clean and consistent medicine in Arizona.

This was after Jim Morrison one of the owners lost his sister who struggled with MS and getting access to clean and honest cannabis.

Shortly thereafter in 2015 Jim and Jay started their plight the Errl Cup. This was out of their pockets with the goal of bringing accountability and regulation to the unregulated Cannabis industry. 

This idea quickly caught fire and evolved into a patient appreciation festival with an aspect of rewarding clean and high quality cannabis; as well as publicly exposing anyone selling dangerous Cannabis. 

The Errl Cup is the complete opposite of any other cannabis festival or awards show.  Our judge boxes are not for sale, nor do we charge patients for admission. Our event is FREE to attend and our judge kits are FREE to MMJ patients in Arizona.

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Our Process

The Errl Cup has spent years refining a process of secret shopping, lab testing and calculating results.  

The Lab

At the start of every year Errl Cup interviews all the labs in Arizona to evaluate their machinery, skills and staff. We do this to ensure we are getting the best testing and most accurate results using the most up to date technology and methodology. 

We laboratory test each sample secret shopper and self entered sample. The details on what we test for, our limits and more are available under Laboratory Results Explained

The lab receives the samples in unmarked containers with simple lettering/number combo. Essentially they are blindly entered to the lab, only the Errl Cup knows whose sample is whose. We do this to prevent the any manipulation of results or any attempts to hide poor quality cannabis. 

Secret Shopping

The Errl Cup goes out and secret shops dispensaries for flowers for our January event. All Maricopa County and all Tucson Dispensaries that grow their own flower are included in the secret Shopping.

For the 710 Degree Cup, the Errl Cup goes out and secret shops dispensaries for concentrates. All Maricopa County and all Tucson Dispensaries that produce their own concentrates are included in the secret shopping. 

We do this to give the patients an accurate representation of the products they buy not just the products dispensaries enter because they believe it will give them a win. 

When we secret shop each dispensary we rotate between Indica, Sativa and Hybrid. We ask the Bud tender for their recommendation on the highest quality, best rated medicine for the secret shopped entry. Thie entry must be on the shelf and available to the public. The dispensary does not know they are being secret shopped for the Errl Cup. We use real patients to conduct our secret shopping. 

Entering to Compete in the Errl Cup

After secret shopping is complete the Errl Cup is open for self-entries where dispensaries and caregivers can enter their

  • Flower
  • CBD
  • Concentrate
  • Vapes
  • Topical
  • Edibles
  • Derivatives
  • Hand crafted products (HCP)

to prove they have the cleanest and best Cannabis in the state.

 

 

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Judging Cannabis Awards in Arizona Event

While submissions are being received and tested, the Errl Cup recruits patient judges on their website through a sign up application.

With duplicates and past winners deleted, a random number generator is used to pick 70+ judges. Those Judges chosen from our website sign up are emailed and called. Each selection is given 24 hours to respond with ID, MMJ card and answers to the requirements.

If no response is received within the time frame, those judges are dropped and the random number generator is used to pick replacements, and if no response on second picks are received we will repeat the process until all judge spots are filled.

By this time submission deadline has hit and all blindly labeled samples are at the lab undergoing testing. The remainder of the submissions are broken down into flower, concentrate, edible, topical, CBD, vape, derivative and HCP judge kits. Labeled with a number and type (I, S, H, CBD).

After verification of each Judges MMJ status they are able to pick up the judge kit and get started.

Scoring

All results are tracked online through a secure survey system. Each category has its own set of questions that are answered on a 1-10 scale 10 being best.

After all the judge and lab results are back to Errl Cup, they are combined within an algorithm to produce our winners. (More info in Official Rules PDF) Disqualifying anything identified as hazardous or exceeds residual solvents of 5000 ppm. Both the test results and judges survey play large parts in who takes home the cup as do any level of hazards. (The closer to 0 the better)

 

Event Day

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Finally it is event day and time for the winners and losers.

All entries and test results are displayed in a huge area for patients to review.

We fill the rest of the festival area with cannabis related vendors and dispensaries from all over the country. Then add a full stage of live, local bands alongside some of Arizona’s best food trucks.

A VIP area to kick back and special events like the taste test challenge, hands on experience and more. We celebrate Arizona and clean medicine for 12 hours and announce who has the best and cleanest medicine in Arizona.

After a short after party we rinse and repeat, starting with secret shopping of a new category.  

Our events are for MMJ patients and are free of charge to any valid MMJ Patients.

Patients can come and see our variety of vendors presenting their products and allowing patients to test their products free of charge.

We have

  • Entertainment
  • Live music
  • Food
  • Medication area
  • Awards show
  • Many other Cannabis and non-Cannabis products, service, and information 

The Errl Cup is a medicated event, where patients can bring up to one ounce of personal medication to The Errl Cup.

The Errl Cup will not allow any transfer of cash for medication of anytime, this event is free of charge and WILL NOT ALLOW THE SALE OR THE INTENT TO SELL ANY CANNABIS OR CANNABIS PRODUCTS AT THIS EVENT

Anyone failing to follow this will be removed from the event and appropriate legal action will follow.

All event attendees will have to the follow:

  • Valid ID or Drivers License
  • Valid state issued Medical Marijuana Card

All event attendees will go through ID and security check when entering the event for any and all medication and weapons.

Medication will be weighed if EC staff believe it is more than allowed.

No Alcohol, Firearms or Animals (we love them but can not have then here). No Weapons of any kinds, and any and all things EC staff feel to bedangerous, problomatic or non-allowable are NOT PERMITTED.

We hope that you join us for a celebration of Clean Medicine in Arizona. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have on the process at Errl Cup Request Information.

 

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