- MSO Green Thumb Industries has taken heat for withdrawing from an Illinois trade group, with critics saying the move raises questions about the company’s commitment to equity. GTI didn’t respond to a request for comment.
- Global bank Credit Suisse is backing away from a service it offered to trade and hold pot stocks with U.S. operations, a sign that banks may not be getting more comfortable with the industry.
- The New York Times says New York’s weed “land grab” is on. (The paper also visited an Arizona Mormon community that’s home to a big pot farm.)
- Pot shops are hiring staff and overhauling their operations in expectation of more post-pandemic foot traffic.
- Mars Wrigley, parent company of Skittles, is suing the makers of cannabis-infused “Skittles” for trademark infringement.
- It’s not clear whether Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) will sign a MED bill passed by the state legislature.
- Canadian player Cronos Group reported a 26% drop in sequential revenue.
- 420MSP put together a list of leading cannatech influencers.
- Columbia University professor Carl Hart, discussed the case for legalizing hard drugs, including heroin.
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- Podcast Erased explains how hemp bricks could mitigate climate change and save the world.
- Marijuana Venture finds Highway Vodka, “Houston’s premier hemp vodka distillery.“