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Lisa Bernard-Kuhn

Lisa is an award-winning business reporter specializing in finance and public companies in the cannabis industry for Marijuana Business Daily. Previously, she worked as an investigative reporter at WCPO-9, an affiliate of the ABC network. She has extensive business reporting experience, covering public companies, real estate and health care for newspapers including The Cincinnati Enquirer and Dayton Daily News. Her work has garnered several awards from the Associated Press, Cleveland Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists. She is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Breaking down the big deal behind Constellation’s bet on cannabis and Wall Street’s involvement

Constellation Brands’ multibillion-dollar wager on Canopy Growth is huge – record setting even – but a much larger story is lighting up across the cannabis industry: Wall Street has arrived. Financial heavyweights Goldman Sachs and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are officially dabbling in the marijuana industry now, which is a move observers call a […]

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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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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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Marijuana firm GrowForce closes CA$38M raise ahead of public markets debut

Toronto-based GrowForce Holdings has closed a funding round of 38 million Canadian dollars ($29.1 million) as the firm prepares to go public later this quarter. Capital from the equity raise will be used to expand the company’s cultivation operations and for strategic acquisitions, the firm said in a news release. Under terms of the offering, GrowForce […]

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How high is too high? Valuations continue to climb for Canadian cannabis businesses

As more cannabis companies go public and private businesses raise capital at an unprecedented clip, valuations have become a hot topic among industry observers, insiders and investors. That’s especially true in Canada, where a growing number of cannabis firms have fetched multibillion-dollar valuations in the public markets as they’ve hustled to become a top player […]

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