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.
Aphria chairman and CEO Irwin Simon believes that beverages will become one of the biggest segments in the cannabis industry once adult-use marijuana is federally legalized in the U.S. In a conversation with THCnet, Simon explained his bullishness on the cannabis-infused drinks segment and shared why his company agreed to acquire Atlanta-based craft beer maker Sweetwater Brewing for $300 million.
Ontario, Canada-based cannabis firm Aphria Inc. will acquire Atlanta-headquartered craft beer company Sweetwater Brewing in a deal valued at $300 million. In a news release, Aphria said Sweetwater shareholders would receive $250 million in cash and roughly $50 million in stock.
It was a clean sweep for cannabis on Tuesday, as voters in five states approved marijuana legalization initiatives in a resounding win for marijuana industry stakeholders. Cannabis-related ballot measures in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota overwhelmingly passed. Americans now have access to medical marijuana in 35 states and adult-use cannabis in 15 states.
In a wide-ranging discussion with THCnet, Cresco Labs co-founder Joe Caltabiano discusses his departure from the Chicago-based cannabis firm, how he expects the industry to develop in the coming years, and why federal legalization might not come as soon as some hope.
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.
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.
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.
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.