Aurora Cannabis (NYSE: ACB) Inc. co-founder and former chief executive Terry Booth has departed the company’s board of directors, the Canadian firm said Monday. Booth has spent the last few months linking up with several drug companies, including investing in a startup called Red Light Holland Corp. that plans to produce psilocybin mushrooms for the Netherlands market.
Hightimes Holdings, owners of the popular pot publication High Times, inched one step closer to becoming a bonafide plant-touching cannabis business this week. The Los Angeles-based media company announced Tuesday the initial closing of a deal to acquire 10 operational and planned marijuana dispensaries from Arizona-based multistate operator Harvest Health and Recreation.
Canada’s Canopy Growth Corporation has modified the terms of an agreement to purchase New York-based cannabis firm Acreage Holdings that was inked last year. On Thursday, the two companies jointly announced several revisions to a landmark deal that was struck in April 2019 and previously valued at $3.4 billion.
New York-based cannabis firm iAnthus Capital Holdings and wholly-owned subsidiary MPX Bioceutical has received a demand for payment on debt owned by Gotham Green Partners (GGP), a longtime investor in the multistate cannabis operator. GGP also provided iAnthus with a “Notice of Intention to Enforce Security,” meaning that it plans to force the sale of certain collateralized assets.
Canada’s Aurora Cannabis said Tuesday it would lay off hundreds of employees and shutter multiple manufacturing facilities as part of a massive turnaround effort aimed at cutting costs and achieving profitability in 2021. In a news release, the Edmonton, Alberta-based marijuana firm said headcount reductions would impact 25% of its corporate workforce, as well as 30% of its production employees.
Minneapolis-based Vireo Health today announced plans to sell its medical cannabis cultivation and processing operations in the Keystone State to Florida-based Jushi Holdings for $37 million. The deal for the Pennsylvania Medical Solutions (PAMS) subsidiary includes $16.3 million in cash and a $3.8 million unsecured seller’s note with 8% interest (payable quarterly) that matures in four years.
Aurora Cannabis co-founder Steve Dobler will step down as president and board director at the end of the month, the company confirmed Tuesday. His departure marks the latest high-profile exit for the Edmonton, Alberta-based company, which has made a number of executive and board changes in recent months as it works to transform its business and reduce costs in 2020.
New York-based cannabis firm Acreage Holdings announced Wednesday that it will borrow $15 million from an unidentified institutional investor at an astonishing 60% annual interest rate. In order to obtain the short-term debt, Acreage put up assets in three states — Florida, Illinois and New Jersey — and its U.S. intellectual property as collateral, according to a news release.
The co-founders of Los Angeles-based cannabis retailer MedMen are no longer involved with dispensary chain after vacating their board positions, the company announced Wednesday. In a news release, MedMen said co-founder and former CEO Adam Bierman had resigned from the board of directors. His partner and former president Andrew Modlin has also stepped down as a board observer.
Colorado lawmakers have passed a bill that makes it easier for hopeful entrepreneurs unfairly targeted by the War on Drugs to break into the cannabis industry. Introduced by democratic representative James Coleman on June 9, House Bill 20-1424 quickly passed through the House and Senate and was the final measure approved before the adjournment of the 2020 session.
Arizona-based multistate operator 4Front Ventures announced its preliminary full-year and fourth quarter 2019 financial results on Monday, reporting an annual revenue increase of 786% to $63.5 million. In a news release, the vertically integrated cannabis firm said its fourth quarter sales of $17.5 million represented a 525% improvement versus the same quarter in 2018.
Sales of adult-use cannabis in Illinois hit a record high in May as the state’s recreational shops sold $44.3 million worth of legal marijuana products, state officials reported last week. According to the most recent data from the IDFPR, which oversees dispensary licensing and tracks sales, in-state residents purchased more than $34 worth of cannabis last month.