Following a number of requests, the entry portal for the Cannabiz Awards 2024 will remain open until midnight tonight.

While entries have been flooding in, the recent ACannabis conference coinciding with the first-entry deadline and the looming Easter break have caught a few people out.

The portal will now close tonight, after which submissions will go to the judges for shortlisting.

Deepak Anand in conversation with Legalise Cannabis Victoria MP David Ettershank (Photo:

Entries can be uploaded via this link.

Meanwhile, Legalise Cannabis WA MP Sophia Moermond and global medicinal cannabis expert Deepak Anand have joined the judging panel. 

Anand is the principal at ASDA Consultancy Services. He was the founder and CEO of Materia Ventures, a board director with The Valens Company and has held senior roles at Deloitte, Zenabis, and the Canadian National Medical Marijuana Association (CNMMA).

Currently, he serves on a variety of boards within the international cannabis space which include not for profit, advocacy, and patient-driven organisations.

Moermond was elected to WA’s Legislative Council as the Legalise Cannabis member for the South West region in 2021. 

Sophia Moermond

Born in the Netherlands, she spent time in South Africa before immigrating to Australia in 1983 and settling in WA. A nurse by background, she has an active interest in health, the environment, women’s rights and animal welfare.

Cannabiz also welcomes new sponsor MedReleaf Australia as a gold partner.

Cannabiz co-founder and chief growth officer Martin Lane said: “We are delighted to round out our jury with two big names in Deepak and Sophia. I saw Deepak speak at the ACannabis conference recently and his knowledge of the sector shone through. And Sophia is a tireless campaigner and a trailblazer for cannabis representation in the WA parliament.

“We are also very grateful to our new sponsor, MedReleaf Australia – one of the industry’s biggest success stories – and to all our commercial partners, without whom the awards wouldn’t happen.”

For more information about the Cannabiz Awards for Australia and New Zealand 2024, email

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