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The 5 biggest marijuana deals in history

If there's one thing we've learned about the marijuana industry over the past couple of years, it's that it's dynamic. With growth prospects for the industry skyrocketing, cannabis stocks have continued to evolve their businesses to take advantage of the changing marijuana landscape.

One of the many ways we've seen this evolution take place is through mergers, acquisitions, and investments, which have really picked up in the cannabis space since the beginning of 2018. With plenty of market share up for grabs, well-positioned and/or cash-rich direct and ancillary players have begun making moves to nab their piece of the fast-growing green rush.

Fri
09
Aug

CBD forbidden for U.S. navy sailors and marines

The U.S Department of Navy has reiterated directions that sailors and marines are not permitted to use hemp-derived cannabinoid formulations – and to do so could have serious consequences.

Section 12619 of Farm Bill 2018 removed hemp-derived products from Schedule I status under the Controlled Substances Act, but some say cannabidiol’s (CBD’s) status still remains a grey area at the federal level – and the Navy certainly isn’t taking any chances.

Thu
08
Aug

Maker of Arizona Iced Tea reportedly entering cannabis industry

As the panorama of cannabis products on the market continues to widen, a major beverage company is stepping into the fray; a Wall Street Journal article announced Wednesday that Arizona Iced Tea is entering into a $10 million deal with a major Denver edibles company to sell cannabis-infused products.

Thu
08
Aug

How do illegal dispensaries stay open?

Open, then closed, then open again. Authorities across Canada keep surprising illicit dispensaries with all manner of raids, seizures and general disruption… but for some, it never seems to take.

Police pull cannabis-filled mason jars from the shelves, and by the next day, operators have restocked. Cities lock the premises, and in almost no time at all, the locks are cut and business remains resolutely booming.

Thu
08
Aug

Happy national CBD day

Back in 1971, when a group of cannabis enthusiasts calling themselves “The Waldos” met daily after school to search for a famed cannabis crop in the woods, they had no idea how significant the term “420” would become in later years. But what about National CBD Day on 8/8?

Thu
08
Aug

Let’s Laugh Together At Canada’s New Anti-Marijuana PSAs

Educating Canadians on the dangers of “high” driving is important, but these PSAs make us laugh, too.

Something about anti-marijuana ads just makes us giggle. Portraying people inebriated by cannabis in an exaggerated manner inherently leads to goofy characterizations and metaphors. Even as a teenager, watching those “Above the Influence” commercials on TV didn’t teach me anything. Instead, I just laughed at the preposterous notion that smoking weed would transform a girl into a literally flat human being.

Poor Flat Sara.

Thu
08
Aug

Potable pot: Cannabis infused beverages

Beer has had a long ride as the unofficial drink of St. Patrick’s Day, but proponents of cannabis-infused beverages think that change is coming.

Last October, Molson Coors CEO Mark Hunter estimated that the cannabis market could total $7 billion to $10 billion in Canada alone, and that nonalcoholic cannabis-infused beverages could account for as much as $3 billion, or 30 percent of that total market. Molson Coors had already struck a joint venture two months earlier with the Quebec-based cannabis brand HEXO.

Thu
08
Aug

Unfair social media restrictions for cannabis brands

If you’re a company/brand on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve likely been tempted by these platforms at some point to promote or “boost” your post for more exposure. Admittedly, we weren't confident that we’d be able to promote ourselves on these platforms. Marketing restrictions on Cannabis are strict, allowing only ‘brand elements’ to be shown to the public unless sufficient measures have been taken to prevent them from being seen by minors. If said measures have been taken, Cannabis brands are permitted to include ‘informational promotion’ and ‘brand promotion’ as well.

Thu
08
Aug

August gives marijuana stocks a potentially brighter future

The month of July was undoubtedly one of ups and downs for the world of marijuana stocks. With so much going on in the industry, it can be difficult to tell where the cannabis stock market is headed. Despite this, it looks as though August could just be the month for marijuana stocks to see their day.

Thu
08
Aug

What you need to know about cannabis incubators

Unless you’re a wealthy business genius who fully understands every aspect of the cannabis industry, you probably need some advice -- and a little funding -- to get your company off the ground. In the tech industry, this assist often comes in the form of an incubator, like Y Combinator or Techstars. These groups work with companies they believe have potential and help take them to the next level.  

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