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June 2, 2017: Announcing The Grow-Off Expansion and Partnership

Jun 02, 2017 08:38AM ● By Stephanie Wilson

For Immediate Release June 2, 2017

San Diego, CA—The first cannabis competition where everyone starts with genetically identical plants is coming to California. Dubbed the “Iron Chef of weed,” The Grow-Off claims to be the first entirely objective test of skill, where final results are measured by the latest in scientific testing and not judging panels. 

"This is an apples to apples, no excuses challenge," said Jake Browne, co-founder of The Grow-Off and cannabis critic for The Denver Post. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had from Colorado growers and can’t wait to see what California can do. This event is all about them, not getting 20,000 people high.”

Nearly doubling in size since their Denver launch in 2016, The Grow-Off currently has 73 medical marijuana companies competing across Colorado, making it the largest event of its kind in the state. In its inaugural run, the business gave away $15,000 in cash prizes to winners in categories like potency, flavor, and yield. Partnering with Sensi Magazine, their goal is to find 100 growers in southern California and start giving away plants by mid-July.

“Sensi is so impressed by The Grow-Off and thrilled to help bring this incredible competition to California,” said Ron Kolb, founder and CEO of Sensi Magazine. “The Grow-Off’s vision, dedication to quality, and impartiality is so in line with Sensi’s mission to shine a spotlight on the best of cannabis culture and document what we call the New Normal.”

Working only with state-registered businesses, The Grow-Off prides itself on being compliant with local and state rules instead of looking for gray areas to exploit. With regulation fast approaching in The Golden State, organizers have shortened the timeframe from the usual six months to only five but are confident that cultivators are up to the challenge.

“As someone who started in dispensaries back in 2009—before regulation here in Colorado—I know there are definitely people who are going to drop out of the system and do their own thing,” said Browne. “We wanted to give them a chance to compete.”

Entry fees vary based on sign-up date. For more information, visit or


About The Grow-Off

Founded in 2016, The Grow-Off has worked with over 100 cannabis cultivators in Colorado to determine the best methods for growing the most potent, flavorful, and highest yielding plants. Data driven with a focus on the quantitative aspects of marijuana farming, the six month competition is considered one of the most rigorous challenges in modern commercial cannabis production. In 2017, the company also announced expansion into The Hash-Off, a partner competition that focuses on the extraction sector, one of the fastest growing verticals in the space. For more information, please visit

About Sensi Magazine

Sensi is a pro-cannabis publication with regional monthly editions in Denver/Boulder and in Southern Colorado. Sensi is committed to quality and dedicated to showcasing “the new normal” in the post-prohibition world. The lifestyle magazine appeals to a sophisticated audience of cannabis-curious readers who are as interested in reading about the top brunches in town are they are the best topicals to treat back pain. Sensi launched in Denver/Boulder in May 2016 and was honored as a finalist for Publication of the Year and Most Influential Media Source in the 2016 Cannabis Business Awards. Sensi publishers are currently launching editions in Florida, Pennsylvania, Seattle, San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles, with plans to expand to 60+ markets in the US in 2018.