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.
Chicago-based cannabis firm Verano Holdings confirmed Tuesday plans to go public on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) via a reverse takeover (RTO) of Majesta Minerals Inc., a dormant mining company. The transaction includes the previously announced deal for Alternative Medical Enterprises (AltMed), which has operations in Florida and Arizona, and values the combined companies at $2.8 billion
Cannabis e-commerce platform Weedmaps announced Thursday plans to go public in deal valued at an eye-popping $1.5 billion. In a news release, Weedmaps parent company WM Holding (WMH) said it would merge with Silver Spike Acquisition Corp. (SSPK), a blank check company formed by investment management firm Silver Spike Capital.
In its continued pursuit of profitability, Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:WEED, NYSE: CGC) is once again trimming costs. The vertically integrated cannabis giant announced Wednesday plans to close several production facilities across Canada in a move that will impact more than 200 employees.
Lori Ajax, the outgoing chief of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), has been named the new executive director of the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA). The Dec. 4 announcement comes about two weeks after Marijuana Business Daily confirmed that Ajax would step down from the BCC on Dec. 2, 2020.
Cannabis delivery is getting the official go-ahead in Massachusetts after regulators adopted revised regulations that will enable consumers across the Commonwealth to purchase adult-use marijuana without ever leaving their homes. During a virtual meeting on Monday, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission voted 3-1 in favor of creating two classes of adult-use marijuana delivery licenses.
Subversive Capital — which last year raised $575 million through a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) and set out to purchase one or more cannabis ventures — announced Tuesday deals for two of California’s most prominent operators: Caliva and Left Coast Ventures.
Third quarter earnings are out and all of the major cannabis firms have reported their financial results. Key highlights and links to individual announcements from some of the top operators across the United States are below.
Former NBA Champion Matt Barnes has partnered with California-based online cannabis marketplace and delivery service Eaze to advise their board of directors on “cannabis policy, social impact, and industry relations,” and help the company launches its Momentum accelerator program nationally.