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Pot plants take blue ribbon at Oregon competition

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Cannabis plants lined up for judging (KPTV) Cannabis plants lined up for judging (KPTV)

Usually it is the rides or a good corn dog that draws thousands to the Oregon State Fair each year, but this year it could be a little bit different. 2016 will feature a marijuana "Best in Show."

Saturday hundreds of people filled into the Jackman Long Building at the state fair grounds to watch several judges poke, prod and smell pot plants. 

It was all part of the inaugural Oregon Cannabis Growers' Fair, which is the first-ever exposition and competition for cannabis growers. 

"Today is history," The Grey Area Group owner, Justin Baggett said. "It's history in the making."

Baggett is one of fifty entries in the contest. 

"It's not a stigma anymore," Baggett said. "We're taking the stigma out of it."

Daniel Grim of Uplifted Farms says he never thought something like this would ever happen in his lifetime.

"Five years ago, we would have picked up five felonies bringing plants over here in a car," Grim said. "Driving them over here and entering them into a fair is surreal."

Oregon legalized pot in 2014 and since then the industry has grown at a rapid pace. The state is expecting to collect $35 million in net taxes through June of 2017, that's up significantly from a previous forecast estimate of $8.4 million.

Saturday, nine prizes were awarded in three categories. The winning plants will be displayed at the Oregon State Fair from August 26 through September 5.

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