Cannabis Compliance Company Simplifya Raises $3 Million From Merida

Regulatory compliance software company Simplifya has secured $3 million in Series C funding from private equity fund Merida Capital Partners. In addition to the $3 million, the company said that there was the possibility to raise an additional $2 million.

Merida Capital Partners is a private equity fund that targets fundamental growth drivers within the cannabis industry. The Merida team has been working with state legal cannabis companies since 2009 and investing in cannabis-related companies since 2012. It has invested in companies like KushCo Holdings (OTC: KSHB), GrowGeneration (OTC: GRWG) and Canndescent.

Simplifya said the new round of funding will be used for continued growth and expansion, both nationally and internationally. The new investment follows a $3 million Series B funding round that was closed in February 2018, which was used to add human capital and capture market opportunities. Since the beginning of the year, the company has nearly tripled its staff and quadrupled its client base.

Simplifya introduced its web-based compliance tool in Colorado in late 2016, and it expanded its services this year to include CaliforniaMarylandMassachusettsMichiganNevadaOregon, and Ohio. It is currently being utilized by cannabis retailers, cultivators, and product manufacturers in dozens of localities across the eight states.

“Across the U.S. and around the world, cannabis prohibition laws are crumbling and giving way to tightly regulated systems of cultivation, product manufacturing, and sales,” said Simplifya CEO Marion Mariathasan. “Regulatory compliance is critical to the success of every business that enters these new markets. It can be difficult in such a nascent industry, where rules are quickly evolving and the whole system is constantly under the microscope. Simplifya makes it as simple as possible for cannabis companies to maintain compliance, so they can focus more attention on growing their businesses and gaining their footing in this new industry.”

Simplifya’s web-based self-auditing system distills complex state and local regulations into a simple series of yes-or-no questions to facilitate self-audits, identify areas of noncompliance, hold employees accountable for remediation, and generate management and audit reports. Simplifya’s SOP feature automates the assigning, tracking, and versioning of standard operating procedures, while its Smart Cabinet feature houses all of a business’s most important compliance documents under the same roof.

Debra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the CEO, Co-Founder, and Editor-In-Chief of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Masters degree in Business Journalism from New York University.


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