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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Aphria CEO Irwin Simon is Bullish on Cannabis Drinks
Aphria CEO Irwin Simon is Bullish on Cannabis Drinks

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.

Canadian Cannabis Firm Aphria to Acquire Sweetwater Brewing
Canadian Cannabis Firm Aphria to Acquire Sweetwater Brewing

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.

Election 2020: Cannabis Legalization Measures Pass in 5 States with $3 Billion Up for Grabs
Election 2020: Cannabis Legalization Measures Pass in 5 States with $3 Billion Up for Grabs

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.

Joe Caltabiano on Life After Cresco, Federal Legalization and Election Day
Joe Caltabiano on Life After Cresco, Federal Legalization and Election Day

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.

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.

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