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Marijuana firm Cresco Labs charts plan to go public in Canada

Multistate cannabis operator Cresco Labs is looking to go public in Canada via a reverse takeover (RTO), the latest U.S. firm to use this path to a listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE). Cresco announced Wednesday that it’s pursuing an RTO of Randsburg International Gold, an Ontario-based firm that has no significant operations but is listed on […]

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Oklahoma banking officials warn banks about serving medical marijuana firms

Oklahoma banking officials are urging financial institutions to be cautious or even stay clear of the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry, dealing a potential setback to MMJ companies hoping to secure accounts with local banks or credit unions. Oklahoma banking commissioner Mick Thompson told a legislative working group that financial institutions must weigh the dangers […]

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CBD manufacturer Mile High Labs closes $35 million Series A funding round

Loveland, Colorado-based Mile High Labs – a manufacturer of CBD crude oil, distillate and isolate – closed a $35 million Series A funding round as it works to expand its operations. The raise was led by institutional investors from the United States and Europe, as well as family offices and a venture capital fund. The company […]

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Canadian cannabis companies bullish on US market, boosting cross-border acquisitions and deals

As marijuana companies across Canada brace for the historic rollout of the country’s recreational program next week, some businesses have their sights set on bigger opportunities they see coming in the United States. Canadian cannabis investment firms and holding companies are making multimillion-dollar bids on a range of U.S.-based cultivators, manufacturers and retailers already. Relatively […]

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Colorado cannabis biotech snags $10 million for expansion

Marijuana biotech firm Front Range Biosciences announced Thursday it secured $10 million in private funding to accelerate production in California, Canada and Colorado. The company, based in Lafayette, Colorado, said it plans to invest some of the money in investigating new strains of cannabis. Front Range Biosciences uses tissue-culture technology to make “plantlets” for both […]

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IHeartMedia to invest up to $10 million in marijuana publisher High Times

The nation’s largest radio broadcaster, IHeartMedia, has agreed to invest up to $10 million in the publisher of High Times magazine, giving the marijuana company access to the media firm’s digital and radio advertising platforms. Under the deal, IHeart will commit $5 million-$10 million worth of advertising on the internet and radio – platforms High […]

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MedMen expands into Arizona medical marijuana market via acquisition

Los Angeles-based MedMen Enterprises is expanding  into Arizona’s large medical marijuana market after striking a deal with WhiteStar Solutions to acquire Monarch, a vertically integrated MMJ business with operations in Scottsdale and Mesa. The deal – inked for an undisclosed sum – will pay 80% in stock and 20% in cash and underlines the fact investors […]

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CBD drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals poised to raise $300 million

GW Pharmaceuticals is setting out to sell $300 million worth of U.S. depository shares. The London-based company’s announcement comes on the heels of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s move to take some cannabidiol products off the most restrictive class of controlled substances. That change will allow Epidiolex – a CBD drug manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals to treat rare […]

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Want to cash out of your cannabis business? Here are some things to consider

As merger and acquisition activity accelerates across the cannabis industry, many companies are discovering they don’t need a for-sale sign in the window to be a takeover target.

The flurry of M&A activity, which is on pace to double in the marijuana industry this year, is giving more company founders a chance to cash out at an attractive price after years of working 24/7 to build their businesses.

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Hawaii regulator calls for federal marijuana banking solutions

Hawaii’s top banking regulator joined the growing chorus of state leaders urging Congress to consider banking solutions for the cannabis industry. Iris Ikeda, commissioner of Hawaii’s Division of Financial Institutions, is among 13 state banking regulators who have sent a letter to congressional leaders seeking legislation that creates a safe harbor for organizations to bank […]

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Marijuana publication High Times buys Dope Magazine for $11.2 million

California-based cannabis culture publication High Times has acquired Dope Media, the Seattle-based publisher of Dope Magazine, for $11.2 million in cash and stock. The deal adds to the High Times portfolio of cannabis publications, which includes the online news website Green Rush Daily and Culture Magazine. The transaction also comes as High Times’ parent, High […]

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