Marijuana Sales, Funding & Banking News

Cannex, 4Front complete cannabis merger; trading starts next week

An almost $500 million merger of a Canadian and a U.S. marijuana company closed, months later than originally planned. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Cannex Capital Holdings, a cannabis company with a cultivation and manufacturing presence in Washington state, and Phoenix-based multistate retail operator 4Front Holdings, begin trading next week as 4Front Ventures Corp. Starting Tuesday, 4Front […]

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Deal Watch: Hemp, infused products and devices see notable gains in M&A activity

While overall merger and acquisition investment in the North American cannabis industry has been far outpacing that of 2018, several sectors have posted notable increases so far this year.

Three sectors – hemp, infused products and extracts, and consumption devices – have seen M&A activity values at $1.42 billion this year.

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Harvest Health secures $225 million loan to boost marijuana expansion

Harvest Health & Recreation, a Phoenix-based multistate cannabis operator, secured up to a $225 million loan to help accelerate growth. The loan, to be structured in three $75 million tranches, is backed by Miami-based Torian Capital Partners. Harvest said the proceeds will be used for:  Working capital.  Strategic acquisitions.  General corporate purposes. The loan will […]

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Antitrust issues weigh on US cannabis stocks, but is it enough to unravel deals?

The U.S. cannabis industry has seen billions of dollars of acquisitions in recent months, attracting scrutiny from federal trustbusters examining whether planned purchases could quash competition in the emerging marijuana industry. The U.S. Department of Justice’s review of the deals – including those involving Chicago-based Cresco Labs (CSE: CL; OTC: CRLBF) and Arizona-based Harvest Health & Recreation (CSE: HARV; OTC: […]

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Chart: Cannabis investors shift from loan financing to equity investment

Cannabis investors are changing their investment strategy in a bid to capture higher returns, shifting away from extending loans to companies in favor of investing in their shares. As the perceived risk of investing in the cannabis industry recedes, investors see more upside from investing in cannabis companies’ stock and are less interested in loan […]

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Equity analysts join MJBizDaily to cover marijuana industry

Marijuana Business Daily hired two equity research analysts to expand its coverage for investors in the cannabis space. Craig Behnke and Mike Regan will develop and oversee content for MJBizDaily‘s Investor Intelligence product. Both analysts have extensive backgrounds in financial and investment analysis as well as modeling that will enhance the breadth and depth of coverage […]

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Canadian bank’s ‘unfair’ cannabis fees add to financial hurdles for lottery hopefuls

One of Canada’s top lenders is charging prospective cannabis business owners thousands of dollars for a routine review of financial documents, imposing an added cost on entrepreneurs who want to enter Ontario’s upcoming lottery for the right to open a marijuana retail store. The Bank of Montreal (BMO) is charging potential clients 3,000 Canadian dollars […]

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Week in Review: US Congress mulls milestone cannabis bills, on-premise MJ edibles moves in Alaska & more

A milestone U.S. marijuana reform bill is introduced in Congress, experts suggest cannabis banking changes at the federal level remain a long shot, Alaska’s capital city approves an ordinance permitting customers to consume cannabis edibles inside licensed retail establishments – and more of the week’s top marijuana business news. Key member of U.S. House introduces sweeping cannabis […]

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American public pension funds invest in cannabis through California-based REIT

More than a dozen public pension funds are investing in marijuana through a California real estate investment trust (REIT), a sign that institutional investors wielding billions of dollars in state funds are comfortable pumping money into the cannabis industry. The public pension funds for government employees represent a broad range of states – from California, […]

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Ionic Brands buys Zoots cannabis edibles firm for $11 million

Ionic Brands paid $11 million for longtime marijuana edibles maker Natural Extractions, which does business as Zoots Premium Cannabis Infused Edibles. As part of the stock and cash deal involving two Washington state companies, Zoots’ owners receive $855,000 in cash and more than 9.6 million shares in Ionic Brands, according to a news release. Ionic, with […]

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