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Debra BorchardtApril 20, 2023


April 20 is the high holy day for cannabis retailers and one of the largest retail software companies Dutchie, went down. The company’s status page first noted at roughly 5pm that it was investigating errors on the e-commerce platform.

It told users that “We have engaged with our database platform partners and are all-hands on deck investigating the increased error and latency.” The company continued to update users that it was working to improve site responsiveness. By 6:20m, it noted that the error problem seemed to be decreasing and that it was seeing improvements.

At 6:45, the company said everything was back to normal.

That was wishful thinking as it turns out. Three minutes later the same problems sounded like they were returning. At 7:27pm, Dutchie said it  was continuing to debug with its database platform provider to restore the site. By 7:56, it seemed Dutchie was back to “nominal performance on the e-commerce site.”

While a software glitch can happen and does, that it happened on 420 was probably the worst luck a company could have. April 20 is one of the biggest sales days of the year for cannabis. No doubt many dispensaries were scrambling to take care of customers during that time.

Debra BorchardtMarch 21, 2023


Former cannabis company Akerna (Nasdaq: KERN) reported its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2022. Akerna is attempting to sell off its cannabis assets and has plans to merge with Gryphon Digital Mining.

Akerna reported that its software revenue fell 24% to $2.8 million for the fourth quarter and the total revenue for the quarter was also $2.8 million, which fell 30% versus last year’s fourth quarter. The company delivered a net loss of $25.2 million for the quarter versus $17.2 million for the same time period in the previous year.

Software revenue for the full year fell 19% to $12.9 million, while the total revenue for the full year fell 23% to $13.6 million. Akerna had a net loss for the full year of $79.1 million versus a net loss of $31.3 million for the previous year.

The company had cash and restricted cash of $7.9 million as of Dec. 31, 2022.

Losses from operations of $11.7 million and $55.4 million compared to a loss of $19.8 million and $33.1 million, respectively in last year’s same periods, reflecting lower overall operating expenses and less significant impairments in the current quarter of 2022 and higher depreciation, amortization and impairments in the full year 2022. The adjusted EBITDA loss was $1.8 million and $8.9 million compared with a loss of $3.1 million and $8.3 million for the same quarterly and annual periods of 2021.

Parts for Sale

Akerna decided to peace out on cannabis and sold its 365 Cannabis and Last Call Analytics business units in January 2023 for combined consideration valued at approximately $2.9 million. POSaBIT will tentatively be acquiring MJ Freeway, including the MJ Platform and Leaf Data System brands, and Ample Organics in the proposed sale transaction.

Green Market Report reported in January that Akerna said it would sell those business units to POSaBIT for $4 million in cash. The company said it planned to use the proceeds of the transaction, after expenses, to pay its remaining outstanding accounts payable and pay down any remaining principal balance on its outstanding senior secured convertible notes, in addition to net cash requirements associated with the proposed merger between Akerna and Gryphon.

“This transaction provides POSaBIT with an opportunity to combine complementary offerings to scale its business and expand its footprint with established platforms,” the company said in a statement. “These complementary products are likely to be mutually beneficial, as together they are expected to provide a comprehensive retail solution for cannabis operators, complete with supply chain compliance.”

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