September 22 2023,

Hi all,

Excited to catch up with many of you next week at Benzinga in Chicago. (Hopefully I’ll get a picture for High Society.) Drop me a line if you’d like to meet up.

In the newsletter:

  • EXCLUSIVE: Herbl partner brands still waiting for payment

Lots more too!

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Former Herbl brands still waiting for payment

Three months after distributor Herbl ceased operations and went into receivership, its former partner brands are waiting for millions of dollars in payments.

“I’m not holding out much hope,” Joshua Keats, CEO of Mendocino-based Henry’s Original said. “It’s unfortunate that we’re going to end up holding the bag.”

Execs at several of the former Herbl brands said they hadn’t heard much about the money over the summer. But in recent days an apparent member of the receiver’s team has asked for a meeting to discuss its plans to recoup at least some of what the brands are owed.

Herbl is considered the largest receivership in industry history, and how it plays out may offer insight into how future industry receiverships may play out.

But there’s a catch for the long-suffering brands: the receiver is asking that they pay 10% of what they’re owed up front “which will be crucial to fund collection efforts.”

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Former face of Humo accuses brand of intimidation

In August, Latino-oriented California brand Humo sued its former marketing partner alleging that she engaged in a social media “campaign of retaliation” to tarnish the brand. Responding last week in a court filing, defendant Susie Plascencia denied that she had said anything negative about the brand. She also alleged the lawsuit is an attempt to encroach on her free speech rights to discuss Latina representation in the cannabis industry.

  • Humo did not respond to requests for comment.

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  • An email I received from hash brand 710 Labs said it is no longer partnering with delivery service Amuse. Neither company responded to a request for comment. 
  • Unrivaled Brands said it had settled a lawsuit it brought against an insurer and broker for being denied coverage.


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