November 1 2021,
THE BIG IDEA
It’s been another year, as far as I’m aware, of no reported cases of edibles given out to unsuspecting trick or treaters. Maybe next year there won’t be any stories warning about it:
In today’s newsletter:
- NY: No REC shop licenses before 2023
- Vapes can leach dangerous heavy metals, study
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Health & Science
Study: Vapes leach toxic metals
- California AG Rob Bonta (D), a longtime industry ally, warned about unlicensed edibles that look “nearly identical” to popular snack food brands.
- Vermont’s emphasis on small growers could cause delays when the REC market opens, expected around May 2022.
- A group started collecting signatures for a 2022 REC ballot initiative in Arkansas.
- Several minority business owners urged Congress to pass cannabis banking reform, even if it doesn’t include social equity benefits.
- CNN explains all the reasons the cannabiz is coming strong out of the pandemic.
- Former NBA star and Viola Brands CEO Al Harrington, along with his new partner, Allen Iverson, are “ready to take over” L.A.’s cannabis scene.
- Data shop BDSA found U.S. sales weakened again in September.
New Cannabis Ventures
- Edibles and drinks are proving popular with new cannabis consumers.
- The global supply chain crisis could lead to a shortage of…pre-rolls?
- Leaf Nation reports on how Flow Cannabis is promotes canna-tourism in the struggling Emerald Triangle.
- Ancillary pot stocks fell 8% in October. And one top MSO’s stock is sagging.
New Cannabis Ventures
- Attorneys at Fox Rothschild delve into how franchise businesses could give rise to national brands.
- MG Retailer profiles Chad Bronstein, CEO of marketing-tech firm Fyllo.
- Chris Roberts explains why police can “ruin” confiscated product with impunity.
- A long post at Double Blind, has everything you need to know, and then some, about ibogaine, or iboga, a plant-based psychedelic indigenous to West Africa. It has attracted attention as a potential treatment for substance abuse disorders.
Fun and interesting:
- In Holland, a rare, odiferous “penis plant” bloomed for the first time in nearly 25 years.
- Snoop Dogg said he’s releasing “a new weed anthem.“
- HERBL became the exclusive distributor of Kin Slips sub-lingual strips in California. The brand’s boss, Andrew Lobo previously spoke to WeedWeek about why sub-linguals are the “product category of the future.”
- Ag-tech company Agrify entered the Arizona market.
- Diversified Canadian operator High Tide is rolling out a plan to be the “Costco of Cannabis.“
- MSO Green Thumb Industries is partnering with Happy, a “peer-based mental health company” to offer veterans free and unlimited support on Happy through the end of the year.
- MSO Curaleaf rebranded London-based, vertically-integrated acquisition EMMAC Life Sciences Group as Curaleaf International.
- Former Cannacraft CMO Angela Pih joined the board of advisors at Lucid Green, an inventory management platform.
- Colorado-based Veritas Fine Cannabis named Elizabeth Lee its first environmental health and safety manager, focused on sustainability.
- Industry pioneer and recent 4Front exec Kris Krane is going solo with Kranewreck Enterprises. He’s also staying at KCSA Strategic Communications as director of cannabis development.
- California retailer Perfect Union named Denyelle Bruno CEO. She has previously held leadership roles at Tender Greens, Apple and Drybar.
- Formerly of Curaleaf, Collin Lam joined Pax as VP commercial strategy.
- Hydroponics retailer GrowGeneration named Becky Gebhardt SVP marketing and e-commerce. She previously held leadership roles at Lands’ End and Crocs.
- Grow engineering company urban gro named Sonia Lo to its board of directors.
- Hervé Edibles founder Sebastien Centner talked to Jackie Bryant, as it debuts its infused macarons in California.
- Vaporizer company Pax is launching a limited edition hat and tote bag to support the Last Prisoner Project. (Pictured)
- Oakland-based Jetty Extracts released a 1g solventless vape cartridge in California.
- CV Sciences released their PlusCBD Reserve Collection of CBD gummies and drops.
- Edibles brand Pantry released “glow bites.” The peppermint-flavored white chocolates are infused with butterfly pea flowers.
- LinkedIn craft activist Greg Welch called out seed to sale tracking software Metrc for using “single use non recyclable plastic environmental biohazard bullshit tags.” Neither Metrc nor Metrc investor Casa Verde responded to requests for comment.
- Welch also suggested companies sick of getting kicked off social media might consider signing up for 420-friendly network Sizlit.
- R.I.P. @frenchycannoli
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