July 29 2021,
THE BIG IDEA
Today in fun stuff I introduce you to my favorite new Instagram video and share a thoughtful piece by David Bienenstock on the overwhelming responsibility of judging the Emerald Cup.
But first, the news:
- Remember MedMen? They’re back
- Canada’s Cannabiz has big problems
- Libertarian billionaire Charles Koch makes a big pledge to the movement
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Canada's cannabiz is a mess
Billionaire Charles Koch champions legal weed
- Grown In has everything you need to know about Illinois’ license lottery cluster.
- The mainstream Consumer Brands Association, whose members include Coca-Cola and Pepsi, are pushing the FDA to clarify CBD regulations.
- MSO Trulieve‘s Instagram account got shut down.
- A California farm and produce distributor is among the first to offer “hemp baby greens” in its salad mixes.
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- The U.S. House of Representatives approved spending legislation with protections for banks that work with licensed companies, among other drug policy provisions.
- Long Beach, Calif.’s equity program is failing.
- Kyle Turley, the former NFL player warned by the FDA to stop claiming CBD cured Covid, is now spreading misinformation about the vaccines. (I’m not going to link to it.)
- Chris Roberts wrote about how Frenchy Cannoli saved the Emerald Triangle.
- The Cannigma interviewed master grower Kyle Kushman, née Adam Orenstein, about how to grow incredible weed.
- In The Unrolling Series, intrepid journalists Jackie Bryant and Lindsay MaHarry look at what’s inside their pre-rolls and give a candid, expert assessment. Consider me a fan.
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- Besito founder Maggie Connors named five weed products she can’t live without.
- Longtime journo David Bienenstock wrote about the challenge of judging the Emerald Cup.
IN THE WEEDS
- Data shop BDSA posted about five infused beverages to watch and the state of the midwestern market.
- Fyllo‘s Alchemy podcast talked scaling companies with seasoned exec Leah Heise.
- Banks are gaining ground on credit unions in pursuit of cannabis business.
- Online wholesale marketplace LeafLink released its flash market data for July.
- On LinkedIn, founder Lauren Mundell is posting a “highlight real” about her quest to find investors in social app Hi-Curious.
- Greta Valenti of Grow Vision discusses the challenges of cannabis marketing.
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- Eric Spitz of Rootz Research says high taxes on legal pot benefit the legacy market. And the proposed 25% tax in the federal legalization is causing “sticker shock.“
- Keith Villa, who developed craft beer Blue Moon and is now founder of infused beverage company Ceria, discussed the future of cannabis and the beverage industry.
- Legacy Emerald Triangle growers discussed California’s legal industry.
- MoCannBizCon will be August 11 and 12 in St. Louis.
- The Massachusetts Cannabis Connection Convention will be September 16 in Marlborough.
- At its October conference in Vegas, MJ Unpacked will host a concert by the Blues Brothers — Dan Ackroyd and Jim Belushi — to benefit the Last Prisoner Project. (MJ Unpacked is a WeedWeek advertiser.)
- Garcia Hand Picked, the family of Jerry Garcia and the Rex Foundation are hosting Daze Between, a multi-week hybrid event with music, a service component and brand activations.
- White Rabbit High Tea is back, hosting a tea party in L.A. on August 8.
- Recruiting firm Vangst will host a video Ask Me Anything session on August 18, 2021.
- Trade show Hall of Flowers will be in Santa Rosa on September 22 & 23 and Palm Springs on December 8 & 9.
- The LBCA and Cannabis Chamber will host a marketing and bizdev networking event in L.A. on August 5.
- The National Cannabis Festival will be August 28 in Washington D.C. Method Man, Redman and others are scheduled to perform.
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