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Canadian cannabis firm Aphria approved for NYSE listing

Aphria, one of Canada’s largest cannabis producers, has been approved to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The firm will trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol APHA starting Nov. 2. The Ontario-based company joins a growing list of Canadian cannabis firms turning to the top U.S. exchanges to tap the […]

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Eaze co-founder inks $5 million raise for marijuana logistics firm

A former executive of marijuana tech startup Eaze has raised $5 million for a new B2B logistics and e-commerce platform, Wayv. Based in Los Angeles, Wayv allows marijuana retailers to buy from a network of licensed cannabis companies and receive next-day deliveries. The platform integrates real-time tracking, regulatory and compliance features. Keith McCarty, a co-founder […]

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Marijuana firm Curaleaf makes stock trading debut in Canada with $4B valuation

Massachusetts-based Curaleaf made its trading debut on the Canadian Securities Exchange on Monday after a $400 million private placement. The multistate cannabis firm raised almost three times its initial offering target of $150 million, giving the company a valuation of $4 billion. Curaleaf, which changed its name in August from PalliaTech, is listed on the […]

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Marijuana tech firm Metrc gets $50M with help from Snoop Dogg, Tiger Global

Metrc, which operates cannabis seed-to-sale tracking systems in 11 states and Washington DC, raised $50 million to expand its operations with the help of two notable marijuana investors. The funding round, according to a news release, was led by New York-based Tiger Global Management and California’s Casa Verde Capital. The latter was co-founded by rapper […]

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Marijuana company 4Front completes $31 million raise to fund acquisitions, expansion

Multistate cannabis operator 4Front Holdings, which plans to go public in Canada, raised $31 million in a private placement of equity securities – more than double the initial offering of $15 million, according to a news release from the company. Phoenix-based 4Front plans to use the proceeds to invest in “top-tier talent,” acquisitions and the […]

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Marijuana vape firm Pax Labs raises $20M but seeks to avoid VC dependence

San Francisco-based Pax Labs has closed a $20 million funding round, Bloomberg reported. CEO Bharat Vasan told the news outlet that the company wanted to keep the investment small to “avoid becoming overly dependent on venture capital.” Launched by the founders of e-cigarette maker Juul, Pax Labs vaporizers allow users to control the device with […]

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Verano, Scythian strike $188 million deal for Florida medical cannabis assets

Chicago-based Verano Holdings struck a deal to acquire a prized Florida medical marijuana license from Toronto-based Scythian Biosciences in exchange for a substantial equity investment. The deal, which includes an additional Scythian investment and is valued at $188 million (246.3 Canadian dollars) overall, reflects both companies’ focus on the U.S. medical marijuana industry – Verano […]

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US cannabis firm places Wall Street Journal ad to appeal to Trump

Readers of the Wall Street Journal were greeted Tuesday morning by a full-page advertisement calling on President Donald Trump to lift federal marijuana bans, as U.S. cannabis firms seek to capitalize on Canada’s recreational launch. “We want to get cannabis into the national narrative because this industry presents the biggest economic opportunity our generation will […]

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Ahead of Canada’s big day, forecast for cannabis industry gets a boost

On the eve of Canada’s historic launch of its recreational marijuana program, the global cannabis industry appears poised for explosive growth thanks to the confluence of a host of market developments. “The well-capitalized cannabis industry has been evolving rapidly and looks to address a far larger (market) than we had originally forecast,” Wall Street analyst […]

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