The Daily Hit is a recap of cannabis business news for Sept. 22, 2022.
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License Winners Sue Illinois Over Ownership Rules
Two winners of retail marijuana licenses who previously sued Illinois over alleged flaws in its application process are suing again. Having won retail licenses in lotteries, they’re suing the state Department of Financial & Professional Regulation over rules that forbid licensees to sell those licenses or equity stakes in them until they build out their dispensaries and win final approval. Read more here.
Seattle Paves Way For Social Equity With Free Cannabis Licenses
Seattle residents who live in areas with high poverty or have been directly affected by the war on drugs are now eligible for zero-dollar cannabis licenses to do business in the city. Under the new rules, a social equity applicant must have at least 51% controlling ownership in the business. Read more here.
Tilray Gets Green Light for Italy
Tilray Brands (Nasdaq: TLRY) announced that FL Group S.R.L., a division of Tilray Medical in Italy, received approval from the Italian Ministry of Health to import and distribute Tilray’s medical cannabis oral solution THC25 across the country. Read more here.
C21 Revenue Falls Despite Healthy Balance Sheet
C21 Investments (CSE: CXXI) (OTCQX: CXXIF) posted results late after the market closed on Wednesday that showed slimming revenue in a state that has seen less tourist and local spending as wallets get tighter. The company posted revenue of $7.2 million – down 4% sequentially. Read more here.
Agrify Honored For Best Cultivation Tech At Green Market Report Tech Awards
A provider of advanced cultivation and extraction solutions for the cannabis industry, Nasdaq-listed Agrify brings data, science and technology to the forefront. Proprietary micro-environment-controlled vertical farming units enable cultivators to produce high-quality products with unmatched consistency, yield and return on investment at scale. The Green Market Report Tech Awards were presented following the first-ever Green Market Report Tech Summit on Sept. 8 at The Pearl event space in San Francisco. This week, we’ll be providing a closer look at the honorees. Read more here.
IN OTHER NEWS
Canada to Review Impact of Cannabis Legalization
Canada on Thursday launched a review of the country’s legalization of recreational cannabis use four years ago to evaluate its impact on youth, indigenous minorities and others, and analyze its effect on the economy and the illegal marijuana market. Read more here.
Two Companies Given OK to Produce Medical Cannabis in Georgia
After a long legal slog, two companies have been given the green light to grow and produce medical cannabis — specifically, low-THC oil — in Georgia. Botanical Sciences LLC and Trulieve Georgia Inc. — two of the original winners of the process — were officially awarded licenses by the state’s medical marijuana commission. The unanimous decision follows more than a year of protests from rejected applicants. Read more here.
Connecticut Announces Cannabis Retailers and Microcultivators Selected in General Lottery
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection Adult-Use Cannabis program has notified applicants for retail cannabis establishments and micro-cultivators that they were selected in a general lottery. The six retail applicants and two micro-cultivator applicants have been informed they can proceed with the next steps in the licensure process. Read more here.