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.




Posts by Chris Furnari


Marketing to Canna-Curious Consumers Discussed at MJBizCon 2019
Marketing to Canna-Curious Consumers Discussed at MJBizCon 2019

During a panel discussion at the 2019 MJBizCon event in Las Vegas, three cannabis company founders explained the reasons why they’ve opted to emphasize "effects" to the canna-curious customer just beginning to experiment with THC-and CBD-infused products.

Canopy Growth Corporation Names Board Chair as New CEO
Canopy Growth Corporation Names Board Chair as New CEO

Canopy Growth Corporation today announced that David Klein, the chief financial officer at Constellation Brands, which owns 38% of the Canadian cannabis firm, would take over as its chief executive officer next month.

Federal Regulators Ease Banking Restrictions on Hemp Industry
Federal Regulators Ease Banking Restrictions on Hemp Industry

Federal and state regulators this week clarified rules around banking for hemp-related businesses, paving the way for more financial institutions to back growers and cultivators without filing burdensome paperwork.

Looking for a Career in Cannabis? Here’s What You Can Expect to Make
Looking for a Career in Cannabis? Here’s What You Can Expect to Make

Even as major U.S. cannabis companies like MedMen, Pax Labs and others have announced large-scale layoffs impacting hundreds of workers, the U.S. cannabis industry is poised to become a significant jobs creator in the coming years. According to Vangst, a cannabis recruiting agency, the number of available cannabis jobs have increased by 79% over the last year.

Newly Formed Hemp Trade Group Hopes to Shape Federal Policy
Newly Formed Hemp Trade Group Hopes to Shape Federal Policy

A recently formed Washington D.C. trade association founded by a pair of Beltway veterans is hoping to be the voice of hemp industry stakeholders across the U.S. Launched by Chris Thorne and Scott Graves on October 30, the Hemp Federation of America is the brainchild of a small group of hemp farmers, processors and other farm services providers.

Cresco Labs Terminates Planned Acquisition, Unloads 2 Properties
Cresco Labs Terminates Planned Acquisition, Unloads 2 Properties

Chicago’s Cresco Labs today said it would sell two cultivation and processing properties to Innovative Industrial Properties, and terminate the previously announced acquisition of Florida’s VidaCann Ltd. In a press release, Cresco Labs CEO and co-founder Charlie Bachtell said the moves would add about $158 million to the balance sheet.

FDA: ‘CBD Has the Potential to Harm You’
FDA: ‘CBD Has the Potential to Harm You’

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants cannabidiol (CBD) users to know that the popular additive found in everything from bath salts to beverages could be harmful. On Monday, the agency sent warning letters to 15 companies that it said were illegally selling products containing CBD

Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Passes Historic House Judiciary Committee Vote
Cannabis Decriminalization Bill Passes Historic House Judiciary Committee Vote

In a historic moment, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved a bill by a vote of 24-10 that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level and create a 5% tax on all cannabis products.

House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Cannabis Decriminalization Bill
House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Cannabis Decriminalization Bill

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hold a markup of the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act of 2019 on Wednesday, the panel announced today.

Eyeing Profitability, MedMen Slashes 190 Jobs
Eyeing Profitability, MedMen Slashes 190 Jobs

In a drastic attempt to lower costs and boost profitability, embattled multi-state marijuana company MedMen will lay off 190 employees and sell its stake in a cannabis real estate investment trust (REIT), among other right-sizing maneuvers.

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