December 13 2021,
THE BIG IDEA
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Today in the newsletter:
- Why aren’t MSOs buying brands
- Visa warns on cashless ATMs
- Some fun stuff too
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Visa warns on "cashless ATMs"
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suggested marijuana possession should be prosecuted by the federal government in a legal state. He has previously defended a states’ right to legalize.
- A Viridian analyst said these seven companies are ripe acquisition targets.
- Industry execs were bummed banking reform didn’t pass with December’s defense bill.
Green Market Report
- Alan Brochstein picks the five biggest surprises for pot stock investors in 2021.
New Cannabis Ventures
- Arizona sales hit a new peak in October. Colorado sales dropped for the third straight month.
AZ Monitor, MJBiz
- California regulators could be deposed in the burner distributor license lawsuit filed by Catalyst Cannabis.
- Michigan lab Viridis is calling for arbitration to reverse the recall of products it tested.
- A proposed law in New York would allow PotCos to deduct business expenses on their taxes.
- Ahead of launching REC, New Jersey’s MED market expanded again.
- A top lawmaker said Rhode Island’s REC bill would be ready in early 2022.
- The Chicago Sun-Times found eight of nine Illinois pre-rolls it tested were above the limit for two or more microbiological contaminants.
- Where are Boston’s consumption lounges?
- Malta will be the first European country to legalize REC.
- New Zealand said it would ban cigarettes.
Health and Science:
- A psychiatrist discussed his views on legalization.
- Social conservative group Family Research Council opposes researching psychedelics as a medical treatment.
Fun and interesting:
- Leafly named its strain of the year. And some runners-up.
- The Onion joked about the 850-pound pot brownie.
- CelebStoner discussed the top stoner movies and tv of the year.
- In Massachusetts, Cannabis Facility Construction completed three dispensaries for Justice Cannabis.
- Israel-based GemmaCert received a new U.S. patent for testing.
- Cleveland brewery Saucy Brew Works said it would enter the Michigan REC market with a cannabis line.
- Marijuana Policy Project named Kevin Caldwell southeast legislative manager.
- Glass House Brands CEO Kyle Kazan joined the board of equity non-profit The Weldon Project.
- Prrl Labs introduced The Neo, an “herbal atomizer” consumption device. (pictured)
- Weed wine brand Herbacée debuted in California.
- Raw Papers’ spokesdude tested out a new joint roller from Beed.
- Embarc dispensaries shared its “holidaze” gift guide.
- The Cannigma shared the 12 most unique bongs of 2021.
- Fly Beverage CMO Alec Burkin breaks down beverage sales by THC content.
- Industry advisor Mitchell Osak discussed Germany and other emerging markets.
- Lindsey Bartlett posted a video montage of Hall of Flowers.
- Following her client, MariMed‘s 850-pound brownie, Alice Moon polls her audience on the value of publicity stunts. This one, she says, led to 1,500 articles and billions of impressions worth $30M in ad spend.
- Berner tested the Cookies “flame thrower.”
- Scientist and physician Ethan Russo will be “The Last DJ” on Tom Petty Radio this week.
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