Arizona-based 4Front Holdings is charting a path to go public in Canada following its latest funding round.
The multistate marijuana retailer and producer, which raised $13.4 million with its recently closed funding round, expects to list on the Canadian Securities Exchange by the fourth quarter, said Josh Rosen, 4Front’s CEO and co-founder.
“The capital markets have simply been stronger, for fairly obvious reasons, in Canada,” Rosen said.
The maneuver, essentially a takeover of a public shell company, has become the go-to path for U.S. cannabis firms looking to tap into Canada’s public markets.
“The RTO mechanism is just generally much more accepted in Canada,” Rosen said.
A portion of the proceeds from the latest funding round will be used to cover the administrative costs of preparing to go public.
The company is also continuing to invest and grow its Mission-branded dispensaries and cultivation operations, which it operates in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
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