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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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Historic US Senate hearing eyes cannabis banking hurdles, but major reform seen as long shot

The GOP-controlled U.S. Senate will hold its first marijuana hearing Tuesday on the challenges that state-lawful marijuana companies confront when seeking banking services, but it’s unlikely the chamber would approve major reform anytime soon. “I remain pessimistic unless and until somebody signals to me that either Sen. (Mitch) McConnell, as the leader of the Senate, or his […]

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Chart: Hawaii’s medical cannabis reciprocity program off to slow start

Hawaii’s fledgling medical marijuana reciprocity program has the potential to boost sales at local dispensaries given that several million domestic tourists visit the state each year, but the program has experienced a slow start since its launch. From early March through the end of May, Hawaii’s out-of-state program added an average of 160 patients per month. Growth slowed […]

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Week in Review: US Senate to consider MJ banking issues, Arcview + Curaleaf’s important cannabis deals & more

Cannabis banking reform secures a landmark U.S. Senate panel hearing, financial experts contemplate the impact of Arcview and Curaleaf news, the Food and Drug Administration considers cannabis extracts from both marijuana and hemp varieties in response to a jump in over-the-counter CBD sales – and more of the week’s top headlines. Bank on it News was […]

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Washington state offers up cannabis traceability ‘workaround’ in wake of software release problems

Problems with the software release for the Washington state cannabis traceability system persist, as state regulators on Thursday announced a workaround for marijuana business-to-business transfers. The state’s response comes after a problematic software rollout that cost businesses significant losses was said to be fixed on Wednesday. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) issued […]

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Deal Watch: Big players are behind marijuana M&A deals

Last week wasn’t the busiest for completed M&A deals in the cannabis industry, but some notable transactions were concluded – including one involving a well-established multistate operator (MSO) and another a relatively new but fast-emerging player on the scene.

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