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StaffJuly 31, 2023


The Daily Hit is a recap of the top financial news stories for July 31, 2023.

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Columbia Care, Cresco Labs Sack $2 Billion Megadeal

After months of swirling doubt and some bought time, Cresco Labs (CSE: CL) (OTC: CRLBF) and Columbia Care (Cboe/NEO: CCHW) (CSE: CCHW) (OTC: CCHWF) have mutually agreed to terminate their planned $2 billion merger, according to announcements from both companies Monday. Read more here.

Eaze Hit with New Lawsuit Alleging Fraud in Green Dragon Merger

A two-year-old acquisition deal of multistate operator Green Dragon by California-based Eaze is now the subject of a fraud lawsuit filed by the former owners of Green Dragon, who say the deal wouldn’t have gone through if Eaze had been honest about its precarious financial situation. Read more here.

MariMed Sues Nevada Cultivator Over Failed $2.4M Deal

Massachusetts-based multistate operator MariMed (OTCQX: MRMD) is suing a Nevada cultivation company, The Harvest Foundation LLC, claiming the owners lost their state-issued licenses to grow cannabis before a multimillion-dollar sale was finalized. Read more here.

Seven Unlicensed Cannabis Shops Shuttered in Upstate New York

Officials from the New York Office of Cannabis Management, the attorney general’s office, and Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office cooperated on the raids, which took place at locations operating under the “I’m Stuck” brand, owned by David Tulley who has been selling cannabis without a permit “since at least early 2022.” Read more here.

New York’s First Recreational Marijuana Shop Sold $12 Million in Six Months

Housing Works, the first legal adult-use marijuana shop to open for business in New York, announced Monday that it sold $12 million in cannabis in its first six months of operations. It opened its doors just two days before New Year’s Eve. Read more here.

Michigan’s Largest Marijuana Dispensaries by Retail Location

Michigan’s marijuana industry is among the most competitive industry in the state. With basement-low wholesale prices, the industry is becoming increasingly more vertically-integrated. The most profitable way to do business in weed is for growers to be sellers, realizing margins on both sides of the business. Read more here.

In Other News


One of Connecticut’s four active cannabis producers has new ownership following foreclosure proceedings, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new owners of Theraplant is a company called NewCo, which is a subsidiary of East Hampton N.Y.-based DXR Holdco. Read more here.

4Front Ventures Corp.

4Front Ventures Corp. (CSE: FFNT) (OTCQX: FFNTF) entered into a definitive agreement with its senior secured lender, LI Lending LLC, to extend the maturity date, reduce the interest payable, and expand the third-party financings available under the Dec. 17, 2020 Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement. Under the Extension, the lender has extended the maturity date of the loan to May 1, 2026, and reduced the interest payable to 12.0% per year, payable monthly. Read more here.

StaffAugust 18, 2021


Private cannabis delivery company Eaze is buying multi-state retail operator Green Dragon and will provide service to customers and patients in California, Colorado, Michigan, and Florida. Eaze said in a statement that the combined company will operate 42 delivery and storefront retail locations and serve markets with a combined value of nearly $10 billion. The company did not disclose the valuation of the transaction.

Green Dragon is a multi-state operator, with stores spanning major metropolitan areas in Colorado and Florida, cultivation operations in both states, and more than one million transactions in 2020 alone. The company said that Green Dragon’s retail stores in Colorado achieved a 39% growth in 2020. In July, Green Dragon announced the opening of its first two Florida dispensaries and plans to have at least 20 locations secured in Florida by the end of 2021.

“Eaze has achieved exponential growth over the last two years by successfully shifting to vertical operations and continuing to grow our loyal customer base,” said Eaze CEO Rogelio Choy. “Green Dragon’s airtight operations in Colorado and expansion into Florida’s booming market adds key operational capabilities to our national footprint and cements our leadership as California’s largest MSO. Together, we are well-positioned to leverage the market’s explosive growth now and into the future.”

The combined company expands Eaze retail operations into four of the fastest-growing U.S. markets. It also positions the company for expansion over the next 18 months in Florida and Colorado.

Green Dragon Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, Alex Levine said, “We are incredibly excited to be combining our retail and production expertise with the nation’s leading cannabis delivery platform. Together, Eaze and Green Dragon will be able to expand access to even more patients and customers via an ever-expanding delivery network as well as physical storefronts across the country.”

Eaze is a vertically integrated cannabis marketplace operating in California and launching in Michigan, with over 7.6 million deliveries completed to date, two million registered customers, and $190 million in transaction value over the past 12 months. Eaze carries over 100 brands and 600 individual products on its menu and is a nationally recognized leader in promoting social equity licensees, who have sold nearly $7.7 million in products via the Eaze platform. In July, Eaze launched the first-of-its-kind shoppable cannabis app for Apple.

The transaction is pending local and state regulatory approval. In 2020, Eaze raised $35 million in order to pivot to become a plant-touching operation.

StaffAugust 5, 2020


Executive Spotlight: Alex Levine, Co-CEO, Green Dragon

Title: Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer

Company: Green Dragon

Years at current company: 5+

Education profile: Tufts University

Most successful professional accomplishment before cannabis: My entire professional career has been in every aspect of cannabis, from cultivation to manufacturing and retail. I have been involved in real estate transactions, acquisitions of new licenses, operations, and logistics. Green Dragon is now one of Colorado’s largest retail chains and I’m proud to have been integral in building a start-up business into the company that it is today. Outside of the office, I am an accomplished musician, and I play both piano, guitar, and drums.

Company Mission: Our mission is to provide premium products at the most competitive prices, with the best service and lowest operating costs in the industry. Cannabis consumers deserve access to a quality experience at an affordable price point, but too many dispensaries follow an outdated model with high-pressure sales, tiered pricing, or daily promotions. Green Dragon set out from the start to offer every day, Low Pricing, which is how we have established such a loyal customer base in Colorado. Our customers know to expect the best products at the best prices.

Company’s most successful achievement: Growing Green Dragon from a small company of three stores to one of the largest and most profitable chains in Colorado, as well as growth outside of the state with a recent acquisition of a Florida license, are accomplishments that we are very proud of. Staying profitable while operating in the most competitive cannabis market in the country is a top achievement for us. We’re a dispensary in a space where there are more dispensaries than there are Starbucks locations. To remain successful, we continue to focus on our core value of always improving the shopping experience, which guides our decision-making as we adapt to today’s challenges and expand to new markets.

Has the company raised any capital (yes or no): No

Any plans on raising capital in the future? Yes

Most important company 5-year goal: To become a key player in the Florida market. As one of the few approved Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Licensees in Florida, Green Dragon will be opening cultivation, production and extraction facilities, and medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. I was born and raised in Florida, and I’m ready to bring my cannabis knowledge and experience back to my home state.

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