Marijuana Sales, Funding & Banking News

West Virginia AG: Banks risk defying fed law when serving medical cannabis firms

West Virginia’s financial institutions face risks when providing banking services to medical marijuana businesses because cannabis is illegal under federal law, the state’s attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, wrote in a new opinion. Banking has been one sticking point in the rollout of West Virginia’s medical cannabis program, which has been delayed by disagreements over rulemaking. According […]

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Chart: Multistate cannabis operators rapidly expanding into new markets

The fragmented, state-by-state nature of the marijuana industry historically has been dominated by small, local players, but larger, publicly traded companies with multistate operations are becoming an increasingly prevalent force. Rapid consolidation and expansion among cannabis companies dominated 2018 with more than 300 mergers and acquisitions and a rash of reverse takeovers that allowed U.S. […]

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Cannabis data firm Headset raises $12M as Canada’s Canopy acquires stake

Seattle-based marijuana data and analytics provider Headset raised $12.1 million for expansion, with Canadian marijuana giant Canopy Growth Corp. acquiring a key stake. Toronto-based Canopy Rivers, the venture-capital arm of Canopy Growth, invested $3.1 million in Headset preferred shares through a funding round led by San Francisco-based Poseidon Asset Management and AFI Capital Partners of […]

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Massachusetts medical marijuana provider raises $12.5 million to boost growth

Middlesex Integrative Medicine is joining forces with Full Moon Investments in a $12.5 million deal through which the private fund will take an equity stake in the Boston-based provider of medical cannabis. The transaction provides Middlesex access to more capital to build out its cultivation and laboratory facilities as well as three planned dispensaries. It […]

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Green Thumb signs $80M deal to acquire Connecticut medical marijuana firm

Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a vertically integrated, multistate cannabis company, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Connecticut’s Advanced Grow Labs in a deal valued at roughly $80 million. Advanced Grow Labs, one of only four licensed medical marijuana cultivation and processing companies in the state, owns a 41,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in West Haven and a 46% […]

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Chart: Maryland’s first-year medical marijuana sales approach $100 million

Maryland’s slow-to-start medical marijuana industry made up for lost time, zooming toward $100 million in first-year sales. Maryland brought in $95.4 million in dispensary sales between Dec. 1, 2017, and Nov. 30, 2018, averaging 21% monthly growth and peaking in November at $13.8 million. That total surpassed first-year MMJ sales in Illinois, Massachusetts and New […]

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Report: CA-backed bank for marijuana businesses would face insurmountable hurdles

California would likely lose money and face overwhelming federal barriers if it tried to create a state-backed bank to help cannabis businesses navigate banking challenges, according to a report released by the state treasurer. The report puts an end for now to hopes the state could find a banking solution for marijuana businesses. Since marijuana […]

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Growth slows for German medical cannabis market in third quarter

Demand for medical marijuana in Germany continued to increase in the third quarter, albeit at a slower pace than the previous quarter. Total cannabis sales covered by statutory health insurance surpassed 50 million euros ($56.8 million) in the first nine months of 2018, with all categories of allowed medical cannabis posting gains between the second […]

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