(A version of this story first appeared on Hemp Industry Daily.)
Pyxus International, the first Big Tobacco company to enter the marijuana and hemp sectors, filed for bankruptcy protection after the coronavirus pandemic dealt a financial blow to its operations.
Pyxus’ Canadian marijuana operations, Prince Edward Island-based Figr, aren’t part of the bankruptcy filing, an executive told Marijuana Business Daily.
The company also grows hemp in the United States.
Known as Alliance One International at the time, Pyxus first entered the cannabis industry in 2018 when it purchased Canada’s Island Garden and an 80% stake in Goldleaf Pharm.
At the time of the acquisitions, Island Garden was one of three licensed producers chosen by Canadian regulators to supply Prince Edward Island with cannabis, and Goldleaf Pharm had applied to become a licensed medical marijuana cultivator in Ontario, Canada.
Pyxus, one of the world’s largest tobacco suppliers, was hit hard by declining tobacco consumption and supply disruptions fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic.