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Build it and they will come? Cannabis entrepreneurs wager big bucks on social consumption venues

Applicants for marijuana social consumption licenses across the United States are betting that consumers will want to patronize a public venue where they can consume cannabis with other users.

Entrepreneurs who pursue this new niche sector are likely to wager hundreds of thousands of dollars to get their businesses off the ground, according to industry executives.

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Coca-Cola eyes CBD ‘functional wellness beverages’ as soda market cools

The Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest beverage maker, is looking at a line of CBD beverages, the company confirmed Monday. “Along with many others in the beverage industry, we are closely watching the growth of nonpsychoactive CBD as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world,” Coca-Cola spokesman Kent Landers said in a statement. “The space is […]

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Chart: Alaska’s recreational cannabis market strong, but seasonal sales swings a challenge for MJ businesses

Alaska’s summer tourism season has produced the strongest months on record for wholesale marijuana sales, but MJ businesses are still adapting to the cyclical nature of the state’s adult-use market. The state’s cultivators sold nearly 2,500 pounds of flower and trim to retailers and infused product manufacturers in July – an increase of 7% from […]

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Week in Review: MJardin’s reverse takeover, California’s marijuana testing woes & Alaskans’ taste for high-THC goods

MJardin becomes the latest U.S. cannabis company to go public in Canada through a reverse takeover, nearly 20% of marijuana products in California fail tests for potency and purity, and Alaskans’ preference for high-THC products could bankrupt some growers. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Buyer beware […]

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Weekly Deal Watch: Cannabis investing and M&A highlights (as of Sept. 7, 2018)

This is the first installment of a new weekly series from Marijuana Business Daily and Viridian Capital Advisors. Each week, we will provide you with the latest data on cannabis investment activity and M&A, along with key takeaways, analysis and trends based on recent market moves. The data below, provided by Viridian Capital Advisors, is through the week […]

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A year after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico’s medical marijuana program back on track

One year after a hurricane devastated the island of Puerto Rico, medical cannabis businesses are reporting a remarkable turnaround from a storm that is believed to have left nearly 3,000 people dead. The U.S. territory’s medical marijuana patient pool is increasing and prices for cannabis flower are leveling off after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico’s […]

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How ‘thousands of pounds’ of California cannabis may be left out of the legal supply chain

The regulatory whirlwind that swept through California’s marijuana industry since the newly regulated market launched in January continues to fan many companies’ anxieties – especially those smaller farmers that are more focused on cultivation than mainstream business savvy.

In particular, the state requirement that all growers use licensed distributors as middlemen to get their product to market has resulted in a bottleneck in many rural marijuana farming areas, especially Trinity County, which is famously remote and therefore was a perfect stomping ground for illicit cannabis growers for decades.

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Chart: Dominant player emerging for state cannabis seed-to-sale tracking contracts

Businesses that provide seed-to-sale tracking systems to the marijuana industry operate in an intensely competitive environment, but one company appears to be pulling away from the pack with its recent contract victories.

Franwell – the Florida manufacturer of the regulatory compliance system known as Metrc – has won contracts with more than half the markets that require cannabis businesses to use a specific seed-to-sale traceability system.

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US cannabis listings in Canada rise as investor interest spikes

A record number of U.S.-based marijuana companies are turning to Canada to fund aggressive expansion in the United States and globally. The companies, which face investment constraints in the United States, are being lured by Canada’s cannabis-friendly capital markets and a growing appetite among international investors for American MJ assets. So far this year, 17 […]

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