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StaffDecember 6, 2022
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The Daily Hit is a recap of cannabis business news for Dec. 6, 2022.

ON THE SITE

Weedmaps Lays Off 25% of Staff

The parent company of online cannabis marketing giant Weedmaps.com laid off a quarter of its staff, or 175 employees, as part of a cost-savings move, the company reported in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week. Read more here.

Doyen Elements Geoff Thompson to Plead Guilty

The cannabis fraud drama of Doyen Elements, or Covalent Collective, might finally be coming to an end. Geoff Thompson is scheduled to enter a plea of guilty at a hearing on Dec. 13, 2022. In December 2021, Thompson was charged in federal court in Chicago for ripping off investors to the tune of $950,000. Read more here.

Irwin Naturals Shores up Mental Health Clinics as Revenue Slumps

Irwin Naturals Inc. (CSE: IWIN) (OTC: IWINF) posted results that showed dipping revenue as the nutraceutical giant tries to expand its wellness clinic footprint. The company attributed the slowdown in business to “volume and startup costs related to Emergence by Irwin Naturals (ketamine clinics) and Irwin Naturals Cannabis (intellectual property licensing to the cannabis industry).” Read more here.

Pennsylvania’s Trulieve Calling Dr. Wiz Khalifa

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF)  announced the official launch of Khalifa Kush premium medical marijuana products statewide in all Trulieve Branded Pennsylvania retail locations starting Monday, Dec. 12. Read more here.

Cannabis Industry Takes on Deadbeat Dealers

The cannabis industry is taking it upon itself to address deadbeat dealers within the industry – the people taking cannabis products to sell and then not paying for them. The most common payment term in retail is 30 days after the receipt of the product, however, that is being stretched to 60 and even 90 days in the cannabis industry. Read more here.

IN OTHER NEWS

HEXO Corp.

HEXO Corp. (TSX: HEXO) (Nasdaq: HEXO), a producer of high-quality cannabis products, repaid the total outstanding principal amount of the company’s 8% unsecured convertible debentures issued Dec. 5, 2019, which matured on Dec. 5, 2022, in the amount of C$40.14 million together with all accrued and unpaid interest. Read more here.

Glass House Brands

Glass House Brands Inc. (NEO: GLAS.A.U) (NEO: GLAS.WT.U) (OTCQX: GLASF) (OTCQX: GHBWF) closed the third and final tranche of its previously announced non-brokered private placement of Series B Preferred Stock, face value $1,000 per share of GH Group Inc., a subsidiary of the company. The final closing of the offering included approximately $7.8 million of cash. Of this, about $7 million was fresh capital. Read more here.


StaffDecember 5, 2022
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The Daily Hit is a recap of cannabis business news for Dec. 5, 2022.

ON THE SITE

Biden Signs Historic Marijuana Research Bill, Lawmakers Push Additional Measures

After months of policy debates and trading barbs on Capitol Hill, a U.S. president has finally sent through the first piece of meaningful marijuana legislation since The Controlled Substance Act of 1970. Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) also last week filed a bill that would create a federal commission to help outline the ways in which federal agencies approach implementation of eventual legalization. Read more here.

Crain’s Chicago Releases City’s Largest Cannabis Companies List

Chicago is home to a few of the cannabis industry’s leading players, including publicly traded Cresco Labs, Verano, and Green Thumb Industries, and privately held PharmaCann. They dominate Crain’s new list of Chicago’s Largest Cannabis CompaniesRead more here.

Planet 13 Confirms Consumption Lounge Win

Planet 13 Holdings Inc. (CSE: PLTH) (OTCQX: PLNHF) confirmed that its subsidiary MM Development Company Inc. received approval for a Nevada consumption lounge from the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board. The Nevada CCB announced the winners of the consumption lounge license lottery. Read more here.

A Rhode Island Grower Won a Cannabis Competition, the State Fined it $10,000

As Rhode Island commenced adult-use sales last week, growers will look to compete against those vying for cultivation notoriety. However, one operator’s experience serves as a reminder for those operating in the nascent market. Read more here.

Survey: Cannabis-Based Medicine Epidiolex Works ‘Across Age Groups’

Ireland-based Jazz Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: JAZZ) announced that its anti-epileptic over-the-counter cannabis drug, Epidiolex, has been found to be effective “across age groups,” not just young children, according to a survey of caregivers presented recently at a gathering of the American Epilepsy Society. Read more here.

IN OTHER NEWS

Grown Rogue International Inc.

Grown Rogue International Inc. (CSE: GRIN) (OTC: GRUSF), a craft cannabis company operating in Oregon and Michigan, closed a non-brokered private placement of convertible debentures with an aggregate principal amount of $2 million. The convertible debentures bear an interest of 9% per year, paid quarterly, and mature 36 months from the date of issue. The principal use of funds will be to accelerate expansion efforts and for general corporate purposes. Read more here.

Halo Collective Inc. 

Halo Collective Inc. (NEO: HALO) (OTCQB: HCANF) (FSE: A9KN) reported year-to-date revenue of just over $11.7 million for 2022. Halo continues to strengthen its market share by penetrating the Eastern Oregon region and increasing territory sales. The company currently sells to over 450 dispensaries and wholesalers statewide, with a majority of accounts ordering on a monthly basis. Read more here.

Icanic Brands Company Inc.

Icanic Brands Company Inc. (CSE: ICAN) (OTCQB: ICNAF), a California-based extraction and manufacturing cannabis company, will change its corporate name to Leef Brands Inc., now that it received approval for the move from the Canadian Securities Exchange. In connection with the name change, the company’s common shares will trade under the new trading symbol, LEEF, as of Dec. 7. Read more here.


StaffDecember 1, 2022
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The Daily Hit is a recap of cannabis business news for Dec. 1, 2022.

ON THE SITE

Colorado Cannabis Industry Enduring ‘Largest Downturn’ in its History

One of the most mature cannabis markets in the United States, Colorado, is going through a financial crisis. The statewide industry is suffering a major sales dip that has been trending downward for the better part of a year, and insiders expect business casualties in coming months. Read more here.

Dutchie Co-Founders Step Down, Board Names New Leadership Team

Cannabis tech company Dutchie underwent a major leadership shakeup this week. The co-founding duo of Ross and Zach Lipson stepped down from their leadership posts at the privately held Oregon business, and the board of directors has named a new chief executive officer, chief financial officer, general counsel, and a vice president of engineering. Read more here.

Radient Technologies Deep in Debt, Trying to Swim Upward

Alberta-based cannabis extract maker Radient Technologies Inc. (TSXV: RTI) posted second-quarter results showing it either needs more cash flow or financing to keep the ship sailing. The company said it has overdue liabilities concerning rent, wages, long-term debt, and leases. Read more here.

Can Publicly Traded Bonds Keep the Cannabis Industry from Getting Smoked?

In 2021, cannabis companies racked up $1.65 billion in debt; in 2022, it skyrocketed to more than $5.62 billion of issued debt financing. Alarms are now going off because these loans are maturing, and payments are coming due. Since bankruptcy is not an option, what is the solution? Read more here.

Nevada Doles Out Consumption Lounge Licenses

Nevada picked 20 independent lounge licenses for businesses looking to build out new facilities for consumption lounges and sell product from other operators, with half of those licenses designated for social equity applicants. Read more here.

IN OTHER NEWS

New York

New York’s equity-focused rollout of its legal marijuana market relies heavily on a $200 million fund to support the state’s first retailers. Yet the team picked to raise and manage that money – an NBA Hall of Famer and a shoewear entrepreneur – have repeatedly failed to deliver on their biggest and boldest claims, including investing in entrepreneurs of color with a $100 million fund. Read the NY Cannabis Insider investigation here.

Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Health will add irritable bowel syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder to the list of qualifying medical conditions for participation in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program. Under state law, the new qualifying conditions will take effect Aug. 1, 2023. Read more here.

Jacksons BevCo

CordovaCann Corp., a cannabis-focused consumer products and retail company, has forged a deal with Midwest retailer Jackson BevCo Inc. to facilitate the opening and operation of cannabis retail stores within or beside Jacksons convenience stores starting in 2023. Read more here.


StaffNovember 30, 2022
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The Daily Hit is a recap of cannabis business news for Nov. 30, 2022.

ON THE SITE

International Cannabis Reform Ramps Up in Europe, South America

Global cannabis reform is gaining momentum. What started as a ripple in three countries has become a global policy movement. While many countries, primarily in Africa and Asia, continue to ban cannabis, a hotbed of reform activity is transpiring everywhere else. Read more here.

Cannabis Company Finds Novel Solution to Real Estate Woes

After struggling to find a downtown office landlord willing or able to house its headquarters, one of Chicago’s publicly traded marijuana companies has found a different solution: moving to a massive apartment complex. Verano Holdings (OTC: VRNOF) (CSE: VRNO) signed a 12-year lease for roughly 25,000 square feet in the office portion of Three Old Town Park. Read more here.

Eleventh-Hour Lobbying Push for SAFE Banking Under Way

The clock is ticking on the current Congressional session, with the 535-member body set to adjourn for the two-year cycle on Jan. 3. With that, the fate of the SAFE Banking Act is still very much up in the air, with no solid intel about exactly what will happen to the measure. Read more here.

SpringBig to Cut Nearly One-Quarter of Staff

SpringBig Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SBIG) will cut 23% of its staff in an effort to “right-size its expense structure,” the company announced Wednesday. The staff cuts, which total 37 positions, will be undertaken through layoffs and attrition. Read more here.

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IN OTHER NEWS

Icanic Brands Co.

Icanic Brands Co. (CSE: ICAN) (OTCQB: ICNAF), a multistate operator of premium cannabis brands in California, reported sales of $7 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, a year-over-year increase of 180%. The company reported a net income for the period of $10.6 million. Read more here.

TerrAscend Corp.

TerrAscend Corp. (CSE: TER) (OTCQX: TRSSF), a North American cannabis operator, announced that its subsidiary, WDB Holding MI Inc. (DE), and all subsidiaries of TerrAscend refinanced an existing senior secured term loan of $55 million. The amendment provides for a senior secured term loan with a principal amount of $25 million, plus incremental term loans of $30 million at the option of TerrAscend. Read more here.

Franchise Global Health

Franchise Global Health Inc. (TSXV: FGH) (FRA: WV4A) reported revenue of $11.9 million for the third quarter of 2022, a year-over-year increase of $11.7 million. The company noted that during the quarter, it entered into an agreement to acquire Flora Growth Corp. (Nasdaq: FLGC).


StaffNovember 29, 2022
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The Daily Hit is a recap of cannabis business news for Nov. 29, 2022.

ON THE SITE

Flowr Corp. Throws in Towel, Looks for Buyers

Toronto-based The Flowr Corp., (TSX.V: FLWR) (OTC: FLWPF) is officially on the market after it reported that it does not have enough of a runway to make it to the end of the third quarter. According to regulatory filings, potential bidders submitted binding offers last Friday, with financial firm Ernst & Young Inc. acting as a monitor. Read more here.

RIV Capital Closing in on New York Acquisition, Loses $142 Million in Q2

RIV Capital Inc. (CSE: RIV) (OTC: CNPOF) posted a $142.3 million loss for its second quarter of fiscal 2023, but most of the losses were chalked up to a “goodwill impairment charge” as part of the upcoming acquisition of New York-based Etain – a deal that RIV Capital leadership said would give the firm a national foundation for future growth. Read more here.

Pritzker Names New Cannabis Chief

Erin Johnson, a lawyer for Amazon and state government veteran, has been named the state’s top cannabis regulator. Johnson is an associate general counsel for Amazon Web Services but was chief of staff at the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in the Pritzker administration from 2019 to mid-2021. Previously she was associate general counsel and chief diversity officer from 2016 to 2018 for then-Gov. Bruce Rauner. Read more here.

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IN OTHER NEWS

High Times

The owners of High Times magazine have dropped their lawsuit against a former majority shareholder of the publication’s parent company, according to a joint stipulation entered Monday in California federal court. The stipulation notes that the action has been dismissed with prejudice and holds that each party bears their own costs. It makes no mention of a settlement, and counsel for the parties did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday. Read more here.

The Valens Company Inc.

Shareholders of the Valens Company Inc. (TSX: VLNS) (Nasdaq: VLNS)  voted in favor of the resolution approving the plan for SNDL Inc. to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Valens on the basis of 0.3334 of a SNDL common share for each outstanding Valens common share. More than 96% of votes cast at the company’s special meeting of shareholders held on Nov. 29 were in favor of the resolution. Read more here.

Rhode Island

As Rhode Island is set to begin recreational marijuana sales Thursday, state regulators are ramping up their staff as they oversee the industry. The state legalized adult recreational cannabis in May, with the planned start of sales on Dec. 1. Read more here.


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