Marley Natural Expanding Across State Lines

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A cannabis company sporting a legendary name is expanding into multiple states, joining a limited number of marijuana businesses that have crossed state lines.

Marley Natural, which is backed by Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, first launched in California in February and is now available in Oregon, in dispensaries in Portland and Eugene. Further expansion across the state is on the way.

A Marley Natural spokesman said in an email the company plans to have cannabis products on shelves in Washington State this fall. It also has “team members” in New York.

In addition, the company has hemp-based products that are available online, as well as ancillary products such as candles and tote bags that are carried by more than 100 retailers across the country, the spokesman said.

Legal hurdles make it tougher for cannabis companies to expand into multiple states. Shipping marijuana across state lines remains a federal crime. To sell in more than one state, a company must find local partners to license their brand, or set up a new operation in that state.

Other companies that have crossed state lines include Bhang Chocolate, Db3, Dixie Brands, Strainz, and Wana Brands.