July 12 2021,
THE BIG IDEA
Happy Tuesday! We’re now publishing on Tuesdays and Fridays.
In case you missed it, WeedWeek got a redesign and now has some new features, including High Society, where we publish photos from industry events. (They’re all the way at the bottom.)
Between here and there, we’ve got some big stories:
- What brands need to know about Delta-8 THC
- Cannabis Hyperemesis Syndrome is beginning to look like a crisis for the industry
- A master drug writer’s new book
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WeedWeek Quick Hits -- 7/13/21
- NorCal craft company Flow Kana acknowledged that an employee mowing the lawn on its property started the Broiler Fire which destroyed three homes in Mendocino County.
- Cannabis Wire did a mid-year review of the state legislation that stalled, passed and remains in limbo.
- The L.A. Times explores the flourishing illegal cannabis grows in the SoCal desert. There are hundreds of them.
- The Boston Globe pondered the inconsistencies of Massachusetts packaging requirements.
- Following the Sha’Carri Richardson fiasco, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said international rules governing cannabis use for international athletes “must change.”
- After a computer glitch, Illinois said MED patients can buy from any MED dispensary.
- Rolling Stone met the women normalizing weed in the deep south.
WEEDWEEK MILESTONES -- 7/13/21
- MSO Verano closed on two Ohio dispensaries to reach the maximum permitted five in the state.
- Premium California grower Connected Cannabis debuted the Cactus Farms brand in partnership with hip hop star Travis Scott.
- The Parent Company launched Fun Uncle Cruisers with Live Resin, an extension of its value vape offerings.
- Retailer Cookies made Ad Age’s list of the hottest brands of 2021.
- MSO Curaleaf is launching B Noble, a brand founded by artist and personality Fab Five Freddy and former cannabis prisoner Bernard Noble.
- MSO Columbia Care is launching operations in West Virginia.
WEEDWEEK FOR PROFESSIONALS -- 7/13/21
- A report from New Frontier discusses how well-capitalized companies are jockeying for position in top markets.
- Canna Law Blog wanders into the minefield of California cannabis labeling.
- Data firm BDSA argues solventless concentrates aren’t just for “the smug hipsters…who eschew all but the finest and most exclusive” products.
- Filling cannabis company boards is getting easier, MJBiz reports.
- One high profile Canadian CEO is bearish on the U.S. market.
WEEDWEEK UPCOMING -- 7/13/21
- Tomorrow there’s a free webinar Lessons from the Heartland: Cannabis in the midwest, at 2 p.m. central time.
- Colorado brands are gearing up to celebrate tonight’s baseball All-Star Game in Denver.
- Marijuana Moment reports that Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) will release his legalization bill tomorrow.
WEEDWEEK JOB MOVES -- 7/13/21
- Nevada-based infused dessert maker Hervé named Cheyne Nadeau VP marketing. She was formerly head of marketing at Canndescent. The company also named Emily Ryan head of trade marketing. She was formerly marketing manager at PLUS Products.
- California distributor HERBL announced the retirement of COO Art Smuck and that he would be replaced by longtime Whole Foods exec Robert (Bobby) Turner.
- Curaleaf named Ranjan Kalia CFO. He’s replacing Michael Carlotti, who’s stepping down for medical reasons.
- Columbia Care named Philip Goldberg, former CEO of Green Leaf Medical, to its board of directors.
- Michael Song joined investment firm Navy Capital after a stint at hedge fund Freshford Capital.
HOT TO TROT
WEEDWEEK HIGH SOCIETY -- 7/13/21
In recent weeks, the cannabis world has been catching up as everyone makes plans for world domination.
Mayor Tim Sandoval and local dignitaries came out for the grand opening of STIIIZY‘s new store in Pomona, Calif. Below, rappers Xzibit (pictured twice) and Too Short wait for fans at a meet and greet.
Denver party and event space The Marijuana Mansion celebrated its grand opening, appropriately enough, with a party.
Kip Wilson from the Stoned Appetit podcast must’ve said something funny to Ricardo Baca, founder and CEO, of the Grasslands agency. The picture comes from the Actall x Grasslands Pride Party in Denver.
Pictures for High Society should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pics should be between 600 and 1000 pixels long and wide. Each should include the name and affiliation (if relevant) of everyone pictured as well as the event’s name, date and location. Ideally submit several pics so we can pick our favorites.