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Constellation invests CA$5 billion in cannabis giant Canopy in deal financed by BofA Merrill Lynch

Global liquor giant Constellation Brands plans to significantly increase its ownership in Canopy Growth by investing an industry-record 5 billion Canadian dollars ($3.8 billion) to make the marijuana titan its exclusive global MJ partner. Constellation will acquire 104.5 million shares directly from Canopy Growth for CA$48.60 per share, giving the New York-based company – which owns, […]

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Turning a marijuana pipe dream into a multimillion-dollar head shop: Q&A with Smoke Cartel CEO Darby Cox

In a Savannah, Georgia, warehouse, Smoke Cartel employees file through rows of vaporizers, dab rings and torches, hustling to fill online orders from head shops, dispensaries and consumers across the United States. It’s an operation that less than five years ago began as wishful thinking – launched from the living room of Smoke Cartel co-founders […]

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Chart: How much consolidation awaits Colorado’s retail marijuana market?

Colorado’s retail marijuana sector has seen more consolidation as it’s matured, but relative to more established industries, it remains a highly competitive and open market. It’s a reminder that the dust has yet to settle in the nation’s most developed legal marijuana market – and there will likely be far more consolidation in the years ahead. […]

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Ontario scraps government monopoly, adopts private retail plan for adult-use cannabis market

Ontario’s new retail framework for recreational cannabis will start with online-only sales when legalization takes effect Oct. 17,  with a network of privately owned stores expected to be in place by April 1.

The new retail plan, first reported by Marijuana Business Daily, is a complete overhaul of the previous government’s commitment to opening only a small number of publicly owned stores.

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Week in Review: New Ohio processing licenses, CA marijuana black market & Florida judge nixes MMJ business cap

Ohio awards provisional medical marijuana processing licenses, a cannabis consumer survey in California confirms licensed MJ businesses are losing market share to illicit operators, and a Florida judge says a state law restricting the number of MMJ businesses runs afoul of a voter-approved constitutional amendment. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the […]

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Facebook making it harder to find marijuana businesses, regulators

Marijuana-related companies, regulators and trade groups around the globe recently stopped appearing in Facebook searches, becoming casualties of what appears to be the social media platform’s latest attempt to filter results related to “marijuana” and “cannabis.” The phenomenon is known as “shadow banning,” in which posts on an online social community such as Facebook, Twitter […]

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Before going public, marijuana companies should consider these five tips

A growing number of cannabis businesses are turning to public markets in the United States and Canada as they hustle to raise the capital needed to compete in the green rush.

“These companies are really starting to see the public markets as a viable option for them to raise capital, and clearly over the past two and three years, we’ve seen the pace and number of firms going public really accelerate,” said Jason Paltrowitz, executive vice president of corporate services at OTC Markets Group, which manages trading platforms for more than 10,000 over-the-counter securities.

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