Marijuana company Viola closes $13 million funding round

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Los Angeles-based marijuana operator Viola Brands closed a $13 million equity funding round with the aim to expand into several new markets.

According to a news release, the company will use the funds to make in-roads in Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Investment banking firm DelMorgan & Co., based in Santa Barbara, California, acted as an adviser to Viola for the raise.

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“Under Al Harrington’s leadership, Viola has demonstrated how a commercially successful brand can benefit from a mission-driven focus,” said Chris Delgado, senior managing director at DelMorgan.

“This mission and focus will be further strengthened through this investment.”