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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GrowGeneration Adds 5 New Stores with Acquisition of The GrowBiz
GrowGeneration Adds 5 New Stores with Acquisition of The GrowBiz

Denver-based GrowGeneration continued its acquisition streak Monday, announcing plans to purchase The GrowBiz, the third-largest chain of hydroponic garden centers in the United States. Specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the acquisition will add $50 million in annual revenue to GrowGeneration’s books, according to a news release.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Casey Neistat and Other Celebs Invest in Cannabis Drinks Company Cann
Gwyneth Paltrow, Casey Neistat and Other Celebs Invest in Cannabis Drinks Company Cann

Los Angeles-based cannabis drinks company Cann today revealed that it has the backing of numerous well-known celebrities, including actress Gwyneth Paltrow and former NBA star Baron Davis, among many others. Rebel Wilson, Ruby Rose, Darren Criss, Tove Lo, Casey Neistat and Bre-Z also invested in the company.

Saucey and Emjay Merge to Form Leading ‘Vice Delivery’ Platform
Saucey and Emjay Merge to Form Leading ‘Vice Delivery’ Platform

Pacific Consolidated Holdings Group Inc. (PCH), a newly formed operating and holding company focused on cannabis and analogous vice industries, today announced a merger of Saucey, a leading alcohol delivery and logistics platform, and Emjay, a prominent California focused vertically-integrated cannabis delivery and retail platform.

Election 2020: Cannabis on the Ballot in 5 States
Election 2020: Cannabis on the Ballot in 5 States

Voters in four states will decide whether to legalize adult-use cannabis this election season, while individuals in a fifth state – Mississippi – will be given the opportunity to legalize the use of medical marijuana.

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.

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