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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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Arcview deal highlights increased institutional involvement in cannabis

The acquisition of Oakland, California-based The Arcview Group boasted a relatively small price tag, but the impact to the cannabis industry as a whole might be more substantial than the $7.7 million sum. The deal was structured as a Series A funding but was effectively a takeover by the main investors, Trivergance and Cresco Capital […]

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Oklahoma medical cannabis businesses prepare for ‘necessary’ rules that will up compliance costs

Oklahoma medical marijuana companies are on the verge of facing new regulations that will increase compliance costs. Expanded costs are expected in a wide range of operations, including: Seed-to-sale tracking and package labeling. Product testing. Waste management. The regulations require MMJ businesses to install inventory tracking systems by late August and devote more resources in […]

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California government report finds regulators are unable to fully oversee the state’s marijuana market

A new audit by California’s Department of Finance found regulators have a long way to go before they have a solid handle on the state’s cannabis industry. The report concluded – despite having established a “structural foundation” for managing the legal marijuana industry – the California Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC)’s “current status and location […]

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Chart: Most wholesale cultivators competing on marijuana quality

Many wholesale cannabis growers choose to compete on quality, even while market forces favor growers who can reliably supply low-cost cannabis. Nearly half of U.S. cultivators are attempting to make high-quality flower their key differentiator, according to the recently released 2019 Marijuana Business Factbook. But with flower sales on the decline, the market likely will […]

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Week in Review: CannTrust’s cannabis regulatory woes, Florida MMJ caps, push for Congress’ support of STATES Act & more

CannTrust is zapped by Health Canada for unlicensed cannabis cultivation, Florida’s medical marijuana license caps and vertical integration regulations are ruled unconstitutional, marijuana advocates urge a U.S. Congressional panel to support states-rights marijuana legislation – plus more of the week’s top marijuana business headlines. Bad week for Canadian marijuana grower Ontario company CannTrust was hit […]

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Lessons learned by Washington state cannabis firms after 5 years of recreational sales

Washington state rolled out the world’s second adult-use marijuana market on July 8, 2014, following closely behind Colorado, which began recreational sales at the start of that year. Over the past five years, Washington state cannabis business owners have persevered through stiff competition, a shifting regulatory landscape and sliding market prices. A study released by the […]

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Downturn in California lab-tested marijuana batches adds to confusion over state’s supply chain

The number of marijuana product batches undergoing laboratory testing in California has dipped in recent months, sparking worries among some industry officials over the health of the state’s cannabis market and the possibility that product supply is dwindling. But several insiders also were careful to note it’s too early to reach any conclusions based on […]

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