Chris Furnari

Chris Furnari

Chris Furnari is an award-winning business writer covering complex and highly-regulated industries. He joined THCnet as editor-in-chief in October 2019. Prior to covering the cannabis sector, he spent nearly a decade as the driving force behind Brewbound, a leading online beer business trade publication. Furnari also writes about the alcohol business for Forbes. He is frequently tapped to provide commentary on the beer and cannabis industries, and his analysis of industry trends has been referenced by The New York Times, CNBC, USA Today, The Boston Globe, and Cincinnati Public Radio, among others. Furnari is a proud graduate of Santa Clara University, where he was a two-sport Division I athlete and served as the sports editor of the university's official weekly newspaper.




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Cannabis Startup OFFFIELD Aims to Make Exercise More Enjoyable
Cannabis Startup OFFFIELD Aims to Make Exercise More Enjoyable

Is there a market for “functional cannabis” and can a brand convince you to get moving? The entrepreneurs behind OFFFIELD, a Los Angeles-based startup, are betting on it.

With Biosteel Distribution Deal, Canopy Growth Bets Beer Wholesalers Will Eventually Move Cannabis Drinks
With Biosteel Distribution Deal, Canopy Growth Bets Beer Wholesalers Will Eventually Move Cannabis Drinks

Will U.S. beer distributors eventually be the ones bringing cannabis-infused drinks to market? That’s what Canopy Growth Corporation, one of the largest cannabis firms in the world, is betting on.

GrowGeneration Enters Arizona, Acquires Phoenix's Hydroponics Depot
GrowGeneration Enters Arizona, Acquires Phoenix's Hydroponics Depot

Denver-based GrowGeneration (NASDAQ: GRWG) announced Monday the acquisition of Phoenix’s largest indoor and outdoor garden center, Hydroponics Depot, for an undisclosed sum. The purchase adds to GrowGen’s expanding national footprint of Hydroponic gardening stores, which now includes 29 locations across 11 states.

Columbia Care Develops 'Seed & Strain' Lifestyle Brand to Compete in National Adult-Use Markets
Columbia Care Develops 'Seed & Strain' Lifestyle Brand to Compete in National Adult-Use Markets

Columbia Care is pushing deeper into the adult-use cannabis market. The New York-based multistate operator announced Thursday the launch of its first “internally developed cannabis lifestyle brand,” called Seed & Strain.

Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Legalized in Vermont
Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Legalized in Vermont

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) said Wednesday he would allow a cannabis legalization bill to become law without his signature. The legislation, S. 54, creates a commercial marijuana market in The Green Mountain State and establishes a 14% tax on all cannabis products.

Pabst Lends Iconic Blue Ribbon Name to Cannabis-Infused Seltzer
Pabst Lends Iconic Blue Ribbon Name to Cannabis-Infused Seltzer

Pabst Blue Ribbon is moving from the dive bars to dispensaries. The 176-year-old brand — which in recent years has expanded into whiskey, hard coffee and hard seltzer — now adorns cans of cannabis-infused seltzer that are sold at a handful of California pot shops.

Cannabis Sales Continue to Climb in Illinois
Cannabis Sales Continue to Climb in Illinois

Illinois cannabis dispensaries continued to break records in September, as adult-use sales increased 5.7% to more than $67.64 million. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) reported Monday that recreational marijuana sales grew to an all-time high for the fifth month in row.

Canopy Growth to Launch Cannabis Beverages in US in 2021
Canopy Growth to Launch Cannabis Beverages in US in 2021

Canopy Growth Corporation will bring its THC-infused beverages to the U.S. in 2021 through a partnership with New York-based cannabis firm Acreage Holdings, the two companies announced Thursday. In a news release, Canopy and Acreage said the products are expected to debut at dispensaries in California and Illinois next summer, and that “sessionable” drinks would be the initial focus.

Cannabis Cultivation Software Company Trym Raises $3.1 Million in Seed Funding
Cannabis Cultivation Software Company Trym Raises $3.1 Million in Seed Funding

More VC money is flowing into the cannabis software space. California-based Trym, which sells management software to cannabis growers, has raised a combined $3.1 million in seed funding from friends, family and several venture funds.

Billionaire Investor Nelson Peltz and Aurora Cannabis Part Ways
Billionaire Investor Nelson Peltz and Aurora Cannabis Part Ways

Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is no longer advising Canada’s Aurora Cannabis, the company announced Monday. In a news release, the Edmonton-based cannabis firm said Peltz had resigned to “pursue other commitments.”

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