A chat with Trixie Garcia and Kitty Green

So much happens at the Emerald Cup – the constant barrage of ecstatic vendors, the eruptions of music and laughter and smoke – that it can be easy to forget that an actual competition is underway.

Yet determining who has the best flowers, edibles, tinctures and more is no easy task: What exactly goes into judging hundreds of cannabis flowers? How do you tell one from another, and then how do you remember which one was which? What happens when the judges don’t agree?

At the event we caught up with two of the judges, Kitty Green and Trixie Garcia – daughter of Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia – to ask them these questions and more. At times hilarious, at times thoughtful and serious, their answers will give us all pause to consider why we prefer one strain over another.