The Buzz: CDC Links Vitamin E Acetate to Vaping Crisis; California Suspends Cannabis Licenses
The Buzz: CDC Links Vitamin E Acetate to Vaping Crisis; California Suspends Cannabis Licenses

In this week’s edition of The Buzz: Vitamin E acetate is identified as the likely culprit in the vaping crisis, California regulators suspend nearly 400 licenses, Canopy Growth Corporation teams up with Canadian rapper Drake, and Bruce Linton lands at Vireo Health International.

Pantry Aims to Elevate the Edibles Experience
Pantry Aims to Elevate the Edibles Experience

The restaurateurs behind Frankies Spuntino Group and the Oro di Sicilia olive oil line recently teamed up with Canadian cannabis entrepreneur and financier Paul Rosen to launch Pantry, a cannabis-infused food company that makes low-dose edibles.

Cannabis Lending Levels Off, US Treasury Report Suggests
Cannabis Lending Levels Off, US Treasury Report Suggests

American financial institutions could be waiting for the U.S. Senate to pass its version of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019 before offering services to more cannabis businesses, recent federal data indicates.

BDS Analytics, Brightfield Group Quantify the Cannabis Market at CWCB Expo
BDS Analytics, Brightfield Group Quantify the Cannabis Market at CWCB Expo

The global cannabis market is poised to be worth $41 billion by 2024, BDS Analytics shared during the 2019 Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition in Boston. However, Brightfield Group has a slightly more modest outlook. The Chicago-based firm estimates that U.S. cannabis sales will reach $23 billion 2023.

With New Funding, Kiva Eyes Continued Growth of Popular Edible Products
With New Funding, Kiva Eyes Continued Growth of Popular Edible Products

Kiva Brands, one of the most recognizable THC-infused food companies in California, is fresh off a $12.3 million capital infusion that it hopes will boost innovation and help solidify its position as a leader in the edibles category. 

Vaping Crisis, Cannabis Career Opportunities Discussed at CWCB Expo
Vaping Crisis, Cannabis Career Opportunities Discussed at CWCB Expo

Hundreds of New England-based cannabis industry professionals turned out for the 3rd annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCB Expo), held last week at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. In addition to connecting with suppliers and CBD brands, attendees heard from a number of industry stakeholders across several seminar sessions.

Gallup: 66% of Americans Support Federal Cannabis Legalization
Gallup: 66% of Americans Support Federal Cannabis Legalization

Two-thirds of Americans still support federal legalization of cannabis according to a new Gallup survey released on Wednesday. The analytics and polling firm shared the results of its annual crime survey, which was conducted in early October and found that 66% of U.S. adults were in favor of legalizing cannabis.

From Bevs to Bud: Nug's Ted Whitney on Craft Cannabis
From Bevs to Bud: Nug's Ted Whitney on Craft Cannabis

In an interview with THCnet, NUG's Ted Whitney talks about his first year in the cannabis industry, and explains what other beer and beverage professionals should know before entering the space.

From Bevs to Bud: Ceria Co-Founder Keith Villa Discusses Foray Into Cannabis
From Bevs to Bud: Ceria Co-Founder Keith Villa Discusses Foray Into Cannabis

In an interview with THCnet, Blue Moon creator and Ceria, Inc. co-founder Keith Villa -- who actually voted against the legalization of recreational cannabis use in Colorado back in 2012 -- discussed his motivations for leaving the beer industry for a career in cannabis, and why other beverage industry professionals should consider the move as well.

Video: Celtics Legend Paul Pierce on CBD and Eaze Wellness Partnership
Video: Celtics Legend Paul Pierce on CBD and Eaze Wellness Partnership

Earlier this year, Celtics basketball legend Paul Pierce hauled in $2.8 million in private equity and family office money to help expand Vesper, the Boston-based company he co-founded with entrepreneur Elliot Mermel in 2017. Vesper partnered with Eaze Wellness as its exclusive provider of both the battery and the CBD cartridges.

MedMen’s $682 Million Acquisition of PharmaCann Terminated
MedMen’s $682 Million Acquisition of PharmaCann Terminated

A blockbuster merger between two leading multi-state cannabis companies has been called off nearly one year after it was first announced. California-based MedMen Enterprises, which is licensed to operate 70 retail stores and currently has a presence in nine states, announced the termination of its combination with Chicago’s PharmaCann LLC on Tuesday.

Sproutly Canada Prepares to Launch Infused Beverages
Sproutly Canada Prepares to Launch Infused Beverages

Sproutly Canada is gearing up for the planned release of its cannabis-infused beverages, the company shared Tuesday. In a press release, Sproutly – which earlier this year formed a joint venture with Canada’s oldest and largest independent beermaker, Moosehead – said its “Infuzz20” process will give drinkers a 90-minute buzz in less than five minutes.

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