Sales, Funding & Banking News

Marijuana ETF alters back-office players after changes, questions over bank’s role

An exchange-traded fund that invests in marijuana companies is changing its custodian, administrator and transfer agent after major changes at the ETF and questions about a bank’s role in the investment vehicle. The $560 million ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF – which trades under the symbol MJ – previously had U.S. Bancorp perform those duties. The bank […]

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Weekly Deal Watch: Cannabis investing and M&A highlights (as of Sept. 14, 2018)

This weekly series from Marijuana Business Daily and Viridian Capital Advisors provides the latest data on cannabis investment activity and M&A, along with key takeaways, analysis and trends based on recent market moves. The data below, provided by Viridian Capital Advisors, is through the week ended Sept. 14, 2018. Capital raises key takeaways:  Multistate cannabis retailer Have a […]

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Canadian cannabis firm Captor pays $6M to acquire a fourth California dispensary

Captor Capital, a vertically integrated Canadian marijuana company, acquired Chai Cannabis, a medical and recreational cannabis store in Santa Cruz, California, for roughly $6 million. The acquisition adds a fourth California retail shop to Captor’s investment portfolio, which includes two MedMen-branded dispensaries, according to a news release. Chai also possesses a license permitting cannabis delivery […]

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Parent firm of marijuana mag High Times raises $5M, extends cutoff for $50M goal

The parent of California-based cannabis culture magazine High Times raised more than $5 million in its effort to go public, but that’s still short of the $17.2 million it needs to be listed on the Nasdaq and far from the $50 million it set out to raise. High Times Holding extended its fundraising deadline by more than a month to allow for more investment.

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Multistate cannabis retailer raises $25 million

Seattle-based marijuana retailer Have a Heart closed a $25 million series A funding round, money the company plans to use to continue its expansion. According to a news release, the investment came from backers with experience in the cannabis and technology industries. Here’s what you need to know: The business started in 2011 with five […]

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Weekly Deal Watch: Cannabis investing and M&A highlights (as of Sept. 7, 2018)

This is the first installment of a new weekly series from Marijuana Business Daily and Viridian Capital Advisors. Each week, we will provide you with the latest data on cannabis investment activity and M&A, along with key takeaways, analysis and trends based on recent market moves. The data below, provided by Viridian Capital Advisors, is through the week […]

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California cannabis tech firm Treez closes $11.5 million funding round

Treez, an ancillary cannabis tech company based in Oakland, California, raised $11.5 million to help fund its expansion. The company offers a point-of-sale software system that currently serves more than 100 MJ retailers. In a news release, Treez said Monday the $11.5 million represented an “oversubscribed” Series A funding. That brings to $15 million the amount of […]

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FL cannabis lobbyist turned political candidate sees second bank account shut

A second bank has terminated the campaign account of Nikki Fried, a pro-medical marijuana Democrat who is running to become Florida’s agriculture commissioner. Fried said the bank, BB&T of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, took the step because of her support for MMJ. The move highlights the banking industry’s reluctance to work with marijuana businesses and even […]

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MedMen inks CA$75M equity financing deal to expand US cannabis operations

Los Angeles-based MedMen Enterprises says it expects to raise up to 75 million Canadian dollars ($57 million) in a bought-deal equity financing plan, with the proceeds to be used to expand its U.S. retail footprint. Here’s a rundown of the deal: Toronto-based Eight Capital and Cormark Securities – as co-lead underwriters and joint bookrunners – […]

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California marijuana company Canndescent closes $13 million funding round

California marijuana cultivator Canndescent announced Thursday that it has closed a $13 million Series C Convertible funding round to help finance the company’s expansion into new state markets. The company also will use the money to bankroll a second cannabis brand and new product lines. Canndescent, which already specializes in pre-rolled joints and premium cannabis […]

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Oregon marijuana firm lands $12.5M from Canada’s Tidal Royalty to fund expansion

Oregon-based Diem Cannabis is poised to enter a new market after landing upwards of $12.5 million in financing from Toronto-based Tidal Royalty Corp. The capital will be used over the next three years to develop and operate a large-scale cultivation and processing facility and up to four dispensaries, all in Massachusetts, the firms announced in […]

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State leaders seek banking solution for cannabis industry

Louisiana’s top banking regulator has joined colleagues in other marijuana-legal states asking the U.S. Congress to clear the way for banks to do business with the marijuana industry. John Ducrest, commissioner of Louisiana’s Office of Financial Institutions, was one of the state financial regulators who signed a letter to congressional leaders last week seeking “safe […]

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