Lisa Bernard-Kuhn

Chicago-based cannabis firm GTI plans to go public in Canada

Green Thumb Industries, a Chicago-based cannabis grower and dispensary operator, released its plans to go public in Canada’s booming marijuana market. The multistate company has signed a letter of intent to complete a reverse takeover of Vancouver, British Columbia-based Bayswater Uranium Corp., which has interests in properties across Canada and in Wyoming. The deal charts […]

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Marijuana firm iAnthus lands $50 million investment

Multistate cannabis firm iAnthus secured a $50 million investment from Gotham Green Partners, a marijuana-focused private equity firm based in New York. The deal, announced Monday, is one of the largest investments by a single investor in a U.S.-based publicly traded cannabis firm, according to a news release. Net cash proceeds to the firm are […]

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Four marijuana firms to form multinational company, continuing industry consolidation

Consolidation continued in the cannabis industry Tuesday, with four major marijuana businesses from the United States and Canada merging to launch a multinational company with combined revenue forecast to total more than $200 million next year.

Operating under the name TILT Holdings, the new companies will include the combined operations of Baker Technologies, Sea Hunter, Briteside and Santa Veritas Therapeutics, according to a news release.

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Aurora Cannabis to acquire Canadian rival MedReleaf for CA$3.2B in industry’s biggest deal

Aurora Cannabis has agreed to acquire rival Canadian cannabis producer MedReleaf in a deal valued at $3.2 billion Canadian dollars ($2.5 billion) that would create the largest marijuana company in the world. The transaction, announced Monday, marks the largest deal inked in the cannabis sector to date, giving the combined company a footprint that will […]

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Kevin O’Leary of ‘Shark Tank’: Institutional investors want to wager on cannabis – just not yet

Big institutional investors are sitting on billions of dollars they’d like to pump into the marijuana industry, but that’s not likely to happen as long as cannabis remains illegal in the eyes of Uncle Sam, according to investment mogul Kevin O’Leary. “The amount of capital that wants to come into this space is unprecedented,” said […]

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Emerald Health Therapeutics buys Canadian cannabis grower for CA$90 million

British Columbia-based cultivator Emerald Health Therapeutics signed a deal worth 90 million Canadian dollars ($70 million) to buy rival cannabis producer Agro-Biotech. The agreement expands Emerald’s (TSXV: EMH) footprint into Quebec, Canada’s second largest province. Based in Saint-Eustache, Agro-Biotech is one of six licensed marijuana producers in Quebec. The startup is on pace to have a […]

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Cannabis companies MedReleaf, Aurora confirm merger talks, but no deal yet

Two of Canada’s leading marijuana producers, MedReleaf and Aurora Cannabis, confirmed they have held merger talks, but no agreement has been reached. In separate statements issued Thursday, MedReleaf and Aurora acknowledged that discussions were underway. Trading in both companies’ shares was halted temporarily on the Toronto Stock Exchange. MedReleaf is traded on the TSX as LEAF and Aurora as ACB. […]

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Canadian marijuana grower Green Organic Dutchman delivers solid stock debut

Canadian Cannabis grower The Green Organic Dutchman launched its stock debut Wednesday – delivering a strong inaugural trading performance by finishing up more than 8% from its opening price. Trading under the ticker TGOD on the TSX Venture Exchange, the stock opened at $3.60 a share in Canadian dollars – five cents below the initial […]

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Cannabis company MedMen taps new partner in bid to go public

Multistate marijuana company MedMen is switching up its business partner in its effort to take the firm public in Canada. The California-based firm signed a letter of intent with Vancouver, British Columbia-based Ladera Ventures that will allow a reverse takeover of the firm. The deal charts a path for MedMen to go public in Canada […]

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Two California marijuana firms close Series A funding rounds totaling $11M

Two Oakland, California-based marijuana firms have their sights set on expansion after closing on Series A funding rounds that together totaled $11 million. Marijuana manufacturer Sublime Canna closed on a $6.2 million financing round – capital that will be used for new equipment, new staff and to expand its product offerings. The company is planning […]

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New SBA lending rules could curb loans to marijuana and hemp businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration updated its lending guidelines with new rules that could have a major impact on businesses servicing the marijuana and hemp industries – not just plant-touching companies. The revised guidance, published in early April, prohibits banks from issuing SBA-backed loans to any company that has a direct business relationship with a cannabis or […]

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