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THE BIG IDEA

Happy Friday all,

With tons of deals and one big one growing increasingly rancorous, 2022 is off to a fast start. Let’s get to it:

In the newsletter:

  • MedMen / Ascend dispute escalates
  • How two retailers see the California market

Plus lots more!

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HOW TWO RETAILERS VIEW THE CALIFORNIA MARKET

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Embarc purchasing manager Ivy Merriman, Courtesy Embarc

High taxes, complex regulations and a still strong illegal market have leading industry voices saying the California market is on the brink of collapse. While many pot snobs downplay THC and emphasize terpene content, retailers say price and potency, far more than anything else, is what moves product. 

With that in mind, I spoke to two retail execs, Embarc purchasing manager Ivy Merriman and Josephine and Billie’s CEO Whitney Beatty, about what they look for in brand partners.

Here’s what they said.

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