The Grow-Off is a science-based cannabis growing competition based in Colorado, but also hosted in California and Oregon. The event takes clones from huge mother plants grown in each state, gives them to a cast of different growers, and tells them to go grow the best weed possible. It was started in 2016 by former seed company owner Samantha Taylor and former Denver Post pot critic Jake Browne as a response to the dire need for merit-based — not pay-to-play — cannabis competitions.

On how The Grow-Off works, Taylor told me, “Lab testing has really grown a lot since this started and we decided to create a completely science-based competition in that our control variable is everyone gets the same genetics, so it’s not like who had the best seed or whatever. Then they…

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