December 27 2021,
THE BIG IDEA
As you enjoy your holiday seasons, here’s something to chew on.
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In today’s newsletter:
- Predictions for 2022
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WeedWeek's predictions for 2022
The future is notoriously difficult to predict.
A few souls responded to our call for industry predictions for 2022. But they were (mostly) self-serving and dull, so they’re not getting printed. Here are some predictions from me instead.
- Alan Brochstein discusses liquor company Constellations Brands‘ frustration with Canadian player Canopy Growth, in which it is a major investor.
New Cannabis Ventures
- MJBiz guest columnist Van McConnon, a longtime Colorado grower, argued limited license markets only benefit MSOs.
- AdWeek broke down the top nine cannabis marketing moves of 2021.
- Cannabis Business Times digs up six cultivation trends to watch.
- With more companies imposing plastic bans and carbon caps, this could be hemp’s moment.
- Maine will appeal a lower courts’ ruling that found restricting MED business ownership to in-state companies is unconstitutional.
- Richmond Biz Sense checks in on Virginia’s budding industry.
- Michigan regulators are trying to prevent an MSO oligopoly.
- Montana’s REC market opens on New Year’s Day.
Health and Science:
- A survey found about one-third of coders work while high.
- A New York Times op-ed discusses the writer’s experience treating depression with ketamine. “It got weird.”
- Three U.S. Marines based in Okinawa were accused of smuggling cannabis into Japan.
Stars and Stripes
Fun and Interesting:
- Brooke Carpenter joined Garden Society as head of sales.
- Ag-tech company Agrify added former Goldman Sachs executive Barry Turkanis to its board. (In a statement to WeedWeek, an Agrify spokesperson called a recent short seller’s bearish report inaccurate, ill-informed and motivated by their own financial interests.”)
- Design studio Zero, which has worked on several cannabis brands, is launching a branded products company called Studio in partnership with Dosist and Sunday Goods. It’s launching in Arizona with a brand called Melted. (Pictured)
- Synthetic cannabinoid maker Hyasynth raised $10M to produce synthetic cannabinoids.
- REIT Innovative Industrial Properties acquired 27 properties in Colorado, Pennsylvania and North Dakota. They paid about $72.7M for 7.7M rentable square feet.
- Greentone sales manager Emily Riehl sings the praises of big buds.
- Jennifer Whetzel of the #thisisjaneproject shared her favorite stat from the WomenInCannabis.Study
- David Buote of Sugarleaf Consulting posted a cool pic of trichomes under the microscope.
- Nameless Genetics highlights the growing problem, in Pakistan, of smoking scorpions to get high. (Don’t miss the comments)
- Convicted trafficker “Freeway” Rick Ross talked about how he turned his life around. You can also hear him on the WeedWeek podcast.
Going Mass-ive Edition
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