By J.D. Capelouto Globe Correspondent December 18, 2017
A marijuana-infused topical salve won the most coveted prize this weekend at the first-ever Harvest Cup, a marijuana-centric convention in Worcester that featured a competition among the best cannabis home-growers.
The prize for best overall cannabis went to Clinton Bradshaw of Rogues Island Genetics, which also took the prize for best topical cannabis.
“It was an overwhelming win,” said Peter Bernard, the president and director of the Massachusetts Growers Advocacy Council, the organizing group. “The people who [judged] thought it was better than any of the other entries.”
Rogues Island Genetics, punningly based near Providence, is a small collective of family and friends, Bradshaw said in an interview Sunday night. Of their four topical blends, the kind that won at the convention is called “Sweet Releaf,” and has a lemony aroma, Bradshaw said.
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“It’s nice,” Bradshaw said about the win. “It was surprising to [win] overall; to see a topical picked over flower, concentrates, and edibles. I really wasn’t ready for that.”
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The 73 submissions, entered by over 50 growers, were judged on their aroma, ash, effect, appearance, cure, and taste.
Bernard said he was also surprised that a topical submission took the top prize, though he knows it made an impression on the judges. Both his mother and mother-in-law, who judged the topicals category, asked Bernard if he could help them find some of the Rogues Island cream, he said.