3 Key Cannabis Storylines to Watch in 2020
3 Key Cannabis Storylines to Watch in 2020

2019 was a bit of a mixed bag for the North American marijuana market as companies had to battle through a nationwide vaping crisis, plummeting stock prices and a barrage of other headwinds. Nevertheless, there were plenty of reasons for cannabis entrepreneurs and executives to feel optimistic heading into 2020. Here are 3 storylines to keep an eye on as the new year gets underway.

MedMen CEO Discusses Restructuring Efforts, Vendor Payment Issues
MedMen CEO Discusses Restructuring Efforts, Vendor Payment Issues

As reports began circulating that the financially-distressed marijuana firm MedMen was struggling to pay its vendors, Adam Bierman, the co-founder and CEO of the high-profile dispensary chain, took to Reddit to conduct an AMA (ask me anything) in an attempt to quash concerns about the long-term health of the business.

Cann Social Tonics Raises $5 Million to Expand
Cann Social Tonics Raises $5 Million to Expand

Cann, a California-based beverage company specializing in low-dose “cannabis-infused social tonics,” has secured $5 million in funding from an impressive lineup of investors as it looks to expand production and distribution in 2020. The seed round was co-led by Imaginary, a New York-based venture capital firm, and JM10 Partners, a Boston-based fund that invests in emerging cannabis companies.

From ‘Maria Maria’ to Marijuana: Carlos Santana to Launch Cannabis and CBD Brands
From ‘Maria Maria’ to Marijuana: Carlos Santana to Launch Cannabis and CBD Brands

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana is getting into the cannabis businesses. The 10-time Grammy award-winning artist who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 has partnered with Northern California’s Left Coast Ventures to develop a line of cannabis and CBD products.

5 Important Cannabis Storylines From 2019
5 Important Cannabis Storylines From 2019

2019 was a rather tumultuous year for North American cannabis companies. In spite of some of the negative storylines that seemed to plague the industry, there were plenty of reasons to remain optimistic about the future growth of the marijuana market. Here are a few of the headlines that defined the last year in cannabis.

Cannabis Groups Call on Sen. Mike Crapo to Advance SAFE Banking Act
Cannabis Groups Call on Sen. Mike Crapo to Advance SAFE Banking Act

A coalition of cannabis lobbyists has turned up the heat on Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID), calling on the Senator to advance a bill that would protect financial institutions working with state-approved marijuana operations. In a joint letter penned by 33 federal and state cannabis industry groups, Sen. Crapo was urged to pass the Senate version of the SAFE Banking Act.

Federal Regulators Testify Before House Subcommittee, Answer Questions Surrounding Lack of Marijuana Research
Federal Regulators Testify Before House Subcommittee, Answer Questions Surrounding Lack of Marijuana Research

U.S. lawmakers convened Wednesday to discuss the future of federal cannabis legalization and to question leaders from three government agencies tasked with researching and enforcing America’s drug policies. The session was hosted by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and billed as an chance to examine six pieces of federal marijuana legislation.

Montana Marijuana Advocates Aim to Legalize Adult-Use Sales in 2020
Montana Marijuana Advocates Aim to Legalize Adult-Use Sales in 2020

Marijuana advocates in Montana have submitted a pair of 2020 ballot initiatives to state officials that would legalize, regulate and tax cannabis. New Approach Montana is campaigning for a statutory initiative that would legalize adult-use cannabis sales, as well as a constitutional amendment that would allow individuals 21 years and older to purchase, consume or possess marijuana.

California Governor Gavin Newsom Aims to Streamline Cannabis Licensing, Tax Collection
California Governor Gavin Newsom Aims to Streamline Cannabis Licensing, Tax Collection

California Governor Gavin Newsom has drawn up plans to significantly alter how the state regulates its cannabis industry. Unveiled Friday as part of Newsom’s proposed 2020-21 budget, the changes include consolidating California’s three licensing agencies and changing the state’s cultivation and excise tax collection methods.

The Buzz: Congressional Hearing on Cannabis Set; MORE Act Moves Forward
The Buzz: Congressional Hearing on Cannabis Set; MORE Act Moves Forward

In this week’s edition of The Buzz: A congressional committee will meet next week to discuss “Cannabis Policies for the New Decade," the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act moved "one step closer to becoming the first bill to end cannabis prohibition to pass the House of Representatives," and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed to legalize adult-use marijuana in 2020.

BDS Analytics Predicts CBD Sales Will Reach $20 Billion in 2024
BDS Analytics Predicts CBD Sales Will Reach $20 Billion in 2024

BDS Analytics, a research firm that tracks cannabis sales in the U.S., recently sized up the CBD market as part of an intelligence briefing created in partnership with Arcview Market Research. The two firms said sales of CBD-infused products totaled about $1.9 billion in 2018, but the market is expected to reach $20 billion by 2024.

Cannabis Lobbyists Conduct Reddit ‘AMA,’ Offer Federal Legalization Predictions
Cannabis Lobbyists Conduct Reddit ‘AMA,’ Offer Federal Legalization Predictions

Leaders from the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) took to Reddit on Wednesday to answer questions about the marijuana industry. Participating in an AMA (ask me anything) session with users on the popular news aggregator and discussion platform was NCIA director of government relations Michael Correia, as well as government relations managers Michelle Rutter and Maddy Grant.