October 7 2022,
THE BIG IDEA
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- Today’s news from Washington ambushed me and so this week’s California Pro newsletter is delayed. It’s coming soon.
In the newsletter:
- What Biden’s big pardon means — and doesn’t
- New details emerge in death of Trulieve factory worker
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What Biden's order means -- and what it doesn't
New details emerge in Trulieve factory death
This week we learned of the tragic death of Trulieve factory worker Lorna McMurrey. McMurrey, 27, who worked at a factory in Holyoke, Mass., suffered a fatal respiratory attack in January after inhaling cannabis dust during her shift.
- A co-worker of McMurrey’s who was at the factory the night she died, told WeedWeek that an understaffed security team, and confusion over emergency protocols, delayed the rescue effort.
Trulieve released a statement but said it would not comment on the circumstances of her death.
- Neither Trulieve nor Massachusetts’ regulator, the Cannabis Control Commission, would comment on whether regulators were aware of McMurrey’s death before it gained attention on social media in late September.
- Three of four independent board members at leading MSO Green Thumb Industries resigned over what the company called “a disagreement as to the company’s policies and practices related to personal misconduct.”
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- Business Insider looks at how beverage brand Cann raised money in a tough market.
- Benzinga asks if operators are paying their contractors.
- Vangst’s Proud to Work in Cannabis podcast asks when the VC market will improve.
State and local:
- Maryland’s upcoming REC ballot initiative is very popular. Missouri’s looks like a closer call. Marijuana Moment
- California will provide $20M in academic grants to support research into the implementation and effects of legalization.
- Maine is getting attention from out of state investors, perhaps because of a recent federal court ruling. Grown In
- Some Colorado growers want a moratorium on new licenses. Westword
- Politico investigates the often awful conditions endured by workers at illegal farms.
Fun and interesting:
- MSO Curaleaf completed its $181M acquisition of Tryke, an MSO with shops in Arizona, Nevada and Utah.
- DEA-registered MED company Biopharmaceutical Research Company raised a $20M Series A.
- Safe Harbor Financial completed a SPAC merger.
- Maine’s top regulator Erik Gunderson is leaving his role to pursue “a national consulting opportunity.” He’ll be replaced on an interim basis by his deputy Vern Malloch.
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