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US (IL): Firefighters respond to fire at In Grown Farms

On February 1, 2023, German Valley Fire rushed into In Grown Farms, a cannabis cultivation business, in rural Stephenson County. Acreage Holdings, the parent company of In Grown Farms, shared the following statement.  "On February 1, 2023, an isolated incident took place outside of our cultivation and processing…

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LeafLink raises $100 million, announces leadership team changes

LeafLink announced it has secured a $100 million Series D financing led by CPMG, L2 Ventures, and Nosara Capital, alongside participation from existing investors. The investment will be funded in two tranches. LeafLink has implemented a series of executive leadership changes to drive the Company's…

Energy+ Alliance (E+A)

Seven companies unite to help growers beat the energy crisis and boost crop growth

Gas engine specialist LouwSon Energy will launch an exciting new CHP partnership – the Energy+ Alliance (E+A) – at the Dutch trade show HortiContact 2023. Offering whole-of-market engine support, CHP supply, and energy generation solutions, E+A will help growers and greenhouse owners to generate on-site…

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"Cannabis company intimidated efforts to unionize"

An Alberta cannabis producer went more than one toke over the line in undermining a unionization effort among its staff, the province’s labour relations board has ruled. Management of Calgary-based Sundial Growers intimidated employees when they tried to attend a union information session on July 13 of…

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"New marketplace provides underserved cannabis industry with access to financial and business products and services"

Green Check Verified (GCV) announced the launch of Green Check Connect, a new marketplace to help cannabis-related businesses (CRBs) identify reliable, trustworthy, and cost-effective service providers to meet their essential financial and business needs, including banking, lending, insurance, human…

DE: Cannovum sets up cultivation alliance for adult-use cannabis in Germany

Cannovum AG is currently founding a cultivation alliance for recreational cannabis in Germany. The aim of the alliance:  build a network of companies that will be a strong advocacy…

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InterCure terminates acquisition of Cann Pharmaceutical

InterCure announces that, further to the merger agreement with Cann Pharmaceutical Ltd. (“Better”) dated as of February 13, 2022, pursuant to which and subject to its terms, InterCure was to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Better (the “Agreement”), and further to the Company’s press…

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BankIQ announces low-cost cannabis banking

BankIQ is now providing low-cost cannabis banking and cash processing for licensed Cannabis Related Businesses (CRBs) across the United States. Leveraging existing armored cash transportation relationships, with more than 150 cash vaults across the U.S., BankIQ aims to be the low-cost cash processing…

New bio-based shading agent delivered in powder form

"Our newly developed shading agent is bio-based, making it a sustainable alternative to most products available nowadays. On top of that, we can transport more product since we distribute it in powder form. Also because of this, we are making strides in affordability and sustainability, without…

CAN: Court dismisses class action lawsuit against Hexo

Hexo has won a complete dismissal of the putative securities class action lawsuit pending before the Québec Superior Court against the Company and its former Chief Executive Officer, filed on November 19, 2019, on behalf of certain primary market and secondary market purchasers of securities of the…

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Petalfast partners with Solis

“Our relationship with the environment is at the core of what we do”

Petalfast announced its partnership in California with Solis, a sun-grown cannabis brand based in Santa Barbara. The company joins a growing portfolio of brands represented by Petalfast nationwide.Founded in Santa Barbara, Solis puts the sun at the center of their business. The company's microclimate of…

Koppert acquires Scandinavian company Lindesro

Koppert has acquired the Scandinavian company Lindesro. Lindesro has been Koppert's Scandinavian distributor since 2007. The deal was signed at Koppert headquarters in the Netherlands recently. "The acquisition of Lindesro will bring us closer to the Scandinavian market. Soon we will be able to further…

Xebra

Xebra provides update on issuance of Mexican cannabis authorizations and announces management changes

Xebra Brands provides an update on the issuance of its Mexican cannabis authorizations and announces management changes. A Mexican court has granted the Mexican Health Regulatory Agency (the Mexican FDA equivalent) (COFEPRIS) another extension to the week of February 6th to fulfill the Supreme Court…

Aleafia sings deal with European cannabis distributor

Aleafia Health has signed a new European cannabis distribution partner, representing a one-year, approximately $1 million contract, significantly bolstering the company’s record $1.2 million year-to-date sales in its growing international channel. “This new announcement is very significant: it builds…

Akerna sells cannabis software business, merges with bitcoin mining company

Akerna Corp. will merge with Gryphon Digital Mining, Inc. (“Gryphon”) in an all-stock deal. Simultaneously with the closing of the merger with Gryphon, Akerna will sell its…

Agripolyane's PolyRepair will be on display at Fruit Logistica:

"Adhesive tape offers a solution to a common problem in the industry"

"The old problems growers used to face with repair tapes simply do not exist anymore with PolyRepair®, "says Thomas Thizy with Agripolyane. The company launched their PolyRepair tape three years ago and helped companies all over the world extend the life of their greenhouses.  In 70 years of being in business,…

Stolze moves to new shiny headquarter

Stolze has moved to its new headquarters, located at Honderdland 781 in Maasdijk. The construction took 18 months to complete and enables the company to grow further, connect and increase sustainability. The company is proud and excited to provide customers with high-quality products and an excellent…

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US (OR): "College misleadingly markets non-credit cannabis industry courses as certificate programs"

If you were hoping to get your degree in cannabis studies, you’re out of luck. An Oregon community college is offering students a chance to learn all about cannabis – but contrary to misleading marketing, the courses won’t net students an official college certificate.Billed as “certificates,” the classes…

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Apeks sued for faulty extraction machine costing $357,000

Apeks is being sued for selling a $357,000 extraction machine that the buyers claim didn’t live up to the sales claims. Ryan Elmore and Warren Blesofsky own the California-based medical cannabis business LB Atlantis, LLC. They bought Apeks’s new “High Production Series” machine, which was marketed as…

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Ohio company advertising MMJ cards in Kentucky causing confusion about what's legal

 An Ohio company is now advertising medical cannabis certifications in Kentucky. This comes after Gov. Andy Beshear's order to pardon medical cannabis users. But medical advocates and legislators are pushing back on Kentuckians paying for services. Duber Medical recently expanded from Ohio to Kentucky. On…

Village Farms raises $25 million

Village Farms, the produce grower that also grows cannabis under the Pure Sunfarms banner, has raised $25 million.  The capital was raised through the sale of shares and warrants with a combined price of $1.35 per share. The proceeds from this offering are intended to be used for working purposes, according to the company press release.…

ACS Laboratory receives 82 Emerald Badges for exemplary test results

ACS Laboratory was just awarded 21 Emerald Test Badges for accurate and reliable results. This accomplishment marks ACS Laboratory's fourth consecutive year as the Emerald Scientific Inter-Laboratory Comparison proficiency test's leading badge recipient. "ACS Laboratory now holds 82 total proficiency…

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US (MO): House of Kush partners with SunMed Growers to grow and process House of Kush legacy strains

House of Kush (HOK) has announced the launch of a growing and processing collaboration with SunMed Growers, Maryland's largest cannabis grower.  HOK is bringing legacy strains and legacy names to the market, including all-time great strains like OG Kush and SFV OG, which consistently ranks in the top 10 of…

New tray system launched improving under-canopy airflow

Dual Draft Integrated Airflow, a provider of integrated microclimate and drainage solutions, launched the Infinity Tray system. Allowing greenhouse and indoor single-tier cultivators to access the benefits of under-canopy airflow, improved environmental control, and superior drainage without sacrificing…

Curaleaf

Curaleaf closes operations in California, Colorado, and Oregon

Curaleaf announced the proactive closure of the majority of its operations in California, Colorado, and Oregon starting in January as part of its continued effort to streamline its business. Additionally, in an effort to further optimize operations and reduce costs, the Company will consolidate…

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US (GA): Tecogen to launch smart hybrid-drive air-cooled chiller at AHR 2023

Tecogen has launched its smart Tecochill hybrid-drive air-cooled chiller at AHR 2023, the largest HVAC tradeshow in North America. The hybrid-drive chiller seamlessly combines two power sources, economical natural gas, and electric power, from the grid, offering customers up to 50% lower operating costs…

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Hydroponic fertilizer brand has new owner/operator

Dutch Nutrient Fertilizer brand announced a new operator and supplier for DN products. 'All Grow Garden and Distribution' of Markham Ontario has taken on all production and distribution rights. "All Grow will continue to serve our customers the same quality and customer service they have come to trust…

The Green Organic Dutchman announces name change and new Chairman

The Green Organic Dutchman announced that its board of directors authorized a change in the Company's name from "The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd." to "BZAM Ltd." subject to regulatory approval, including that of the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE). In connection with the name change, it is…

Canopy Growth to auction assets from 4 locations

Just a few weeks after the company announced the divestiture of their retail businesses, an announcement popped up on the auction website HGP. Apparently, Canopy Growth is selling a bunch of pieces of equipment they don't need anymore. While the list of objects up for sale hasn't been provided yet, this…

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UK: 22nd Century Group acquires RX Pharmatech

22nd Century Group has acquired RX Pharmatech Ltd (RXP), a leading United Kingdom distributor of cannabinoids with 1,276 novel food applications with the U.K. Food Standards Agency (FSA). Terms of the agreement include an up-front payment of $650,000 in cash and stock and a three-year equity earn-out…

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CAN: MariMed closes $35M credit facility

MariMed closed a $35 million secured credit facility with Chicago Atlantic Advisors as the lead lender. “I am delighted to announce the closing of this transformative credit facility,” said Jon Levine, MariMed President, and Interim Chief Executive Officer. “MariMed is known for its operational and…

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US (FL): MMJ facility to file injunction against Florida Department of Health

MMJ licensing facility ‘My Florida Green’ is filing an injunction against the Florida Department of Health over a 2022 restriction on cannabis sales. “People are going to die. That’s what’s going to happen. What’s happening is people are forced to go to the street now. They’re going to buy fentanyl-laced…

US (CA): $150M available to California growers for energy-saving upgrades

An emergency proclamation has sparked the new motivation for California growers to make facility upgrades. Early last year, the California Public Utilities Commission introduced the Market Access Program (MAP), a grid reliability program that encourages energy savings — especially during peak summer…

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Stirling Professional CBD partners with Chiro Heroes in the fight against human trafficking

According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the buying and selling of people is the fastest-growing industry in the world. As the prevalence of human trafficking continues to be on the rise domestically, with cases being reported in all 50 states, Stirling Professional CBD is…

Yvan Hamel joins Sollum as Chief Product Officer

Yvan Hamel has been appointed Chief Product Officer at Sollum Technologies. Yvan Hamel will focus on elevating Sollum's catalog of dynamic LED grow lights to the next level as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Product Officer (CPO). With 34 years of industry experience, Mr. Hamel has developed…

ProCC has become an established name and is now looking beyond

"We are no longer a newcomer by now"

In five years, Dutch company ProCC has grown from a team of 2 to 14 people, from working in a 90 square meters office to 700 square meters and from working in the Netherlands to working in 12 countries with more than 100 affiliated growers. "We are no longer a newcomer by now," says Sadik Usluer.…

DK: Valcon Medical acquires Danish cannabis distributor and re-packer ScanLeaf

Valcon Medica has completed the acquisition of ScanLeaf ApS (“ScanLeaf”), Denmark’s leading processor and distributor of medical cannabis products. As part of the transaction,…

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US (MP): Mockingbird Cannabis ready to make its first deliveries

Cannabis dispensaries will be opening in some locations around Mississippi next week. When they do, Mockingbird Cannabis will be delivering a product that has been grown and cultivated from its indoor facility just outside the city limits of Clinton in Hinds County. The facility, which formerly housed…

Clever Leaves shuts down Portugal operation, cuts workforce

Clever Leaves is joining the group of cannabis companies shutting down cultivation and laying off staff. Back in 2020, former CEO Kyle Detwiler said: "We have operations in Colombia, Portugal, and distribution assets in Germany. This means that, as soon as other EU countries will open up their cannabis…

Jennifer Holland joins the Aris sales team as the Eastern Territory Sales Representative

Jennifer Holland has joined the Aris sales team as the Eastern Territory Sales Representative and will be responsible for primarily serving East Coast customers. She will be representing Green Leaf Plants and Keepsake Plants, including finished products from the Keepsake Plants Canada division. Jennifer…

CAN (ON): Spartan Funds to terminate StoneCastle Cannabis Growth fund

Spartan Fund Management intends to terminate StoneCastle Cannabis Growth Fund, effective on or about March 24, 2023. Effective today, units of the Fund will no longer be…

Hexo

Hexo regains compliance with Nasdaq's minimum bid price requirement

Hexo Corp. says the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC has informed the cannabis company that it has regained compliance with minimum bid price requirements. Gatineau, Que.-based Hexo became non-compliant with the requirement when its closing bid price for common shares listed on the Nasdaq dropped below US$1 for…

Kurt Becker, Dramm Corporation

"Poor water quality is responsible for higher labor, product shrink, chemical costs and missed ship dates"

It started back in the early 1940s in a basement with a florist and a gift for invention, developing a horticultural solution called the 400 Water Breaker. Nowadays, it is one of the biggest horticultural suppliers in North America, and their footprint outside the continent is growing too. It's Dramm…

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US (IL): Hundreds of cannabis workers join union in only three weeks

Thirty workers at the Sunnyside Dispensary in Rockford, Ill., have unanimously voted to join Teamsters Local 777. It is the second dispensary in Illinois to join the Teamsters in less than two weeks. “Workers in this field are organizing with us because they want contracts that address the issues that…

New name and new direction: Viscon Plant Technology

Visser Horti Systems (automation for young plants), ViVi (breeding & tissue culture laboratories), and Viscon Aimfresh (industrial product development) join forces. The companies, all divisions of Viscon Group, will continue as Viscon Plant Technology.  With the new name, the company also takes a new strategic…

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US (OK): Fire crews battle fire at MMJ grow facility

Firefighters battled a massive fire at a medical cannabis grow facility in an Oklahoma town. Around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, fire crews were called to a possible fire at a cannabis grow facility along N. Main Street in downtown Tonkawa. Officials tell KFOR that residents who live near the grow…

Columbia Care

Columbia Care closes cultivation operations and dispensaries, lays off 25% of corporate headcount

Columbia Care has undertaken a number of initiatives to increase efficiency, decrease expenses, and transition to cash flow positive in order to further strengthen its operations and financial performance. The company closed four unprofitable dispensaries in California and Colorado and consolidated…

National advertising co-op combines education & accountability for cannabis and hemp industries

Chicago-based Acannability™ is working to create an impact for the cannabis, industrial hemp, and CBD industries like a previous campaign. "Got Milk" is one of the most…

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CAN (BC): Grower to install 120kW radiant energy vacuum machinery

EnWave Corporation has signed a royalty-bearing commercial license agreement with an undisclosed, major Canadian cannabis company. Pursuant to the License Agreement, the Cannabis Partner has been granted the non-exclusive right to use EnWave’s proprietary Radiant Energy Vacuum (“REV™”) dehydration…

CryoMass signs $10.2M multi-state license agreement

US (CO): "Up to now, there has not been a process that extracts directly from trichomes on a commercial scale"

CryoMass Technologies has signed a multi-state license agreement with California-based RedTape Core Partners following the market launch of the company's patented cryogenic Trichome Separation system. On December 12th, 2022, CryoMass delivered the company's first Trichome Separation unit to RedTape's…

How newcomers can learn from the mistakes made

“Pioneers get killed, second-generation farmers get rich”

"What currently is happening in vertical farming with high valuations, but also bankruptcies shows that the industry is maturing. The second generation of Vertical Farming companies, the so-called settlers, can learn a lot from the mistakes that have been made by the first generation, the pioneers.…

launch at IPM Essen

Energy saving potential with new farm management system SBE

Lock Antriebstechnik will present their SBE Farm Management System at IPM Essen. The SBE system is a digital solution for horticulture that can be used to achieve an optimal greenhouse climate and improve greenhouse processes. According to the team with Lock, digitalization does not stop at the…

Collaboration to promote agricultural technology in Spain

J. Huete International and Agragex have signed for the fourth consecutive year the link that unites them so that both entities will continue betting on agricultural technology during 2023 both in Spain and in the rest of the world. Together with more than one hundred companies in the agricultural sector,…

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Commercial export of feminized seeds from Colombia to Spain completed

Avicanna, through its majority-owned Colombian subsidiary, Santa Marta Golden Hemp S.A.S,  has completed its first commercial export of feminized cannabis seeds to Spain. The characterization and production of these seeds were completed through Avicanna’s vertical integration infrastructure at SMGH. The seeds…

Trym and Dutchie partner to provide software solution for vertical cannabis businesses

Cannabis cultivation software provider Trym announced today an integration with Dutchie, the technology platform powering cannabis commerce, to offer advanced functionality to…

SDNL completes $138 million acquisition of The Valens Company

SNDL has completed the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of The Valens Company for total consideration of approximately $138 million consisting of common shares of SNDL and assumption of Valens' $60 million non-revolving term loan facility. All financial information in this…

Priva Academy expands its training opportunities through partnership with Signify

Priva and Signify enter into a partnership with Priva Academy. The training program will be expanded to include LED grow light training. Priva Academy is how Priva offers its customers horticultural knowledge and training. By partnering with other parties, the range of expertise grows.A well-trained…

Greg Ellis joins the team at Atlas Greenhouse as Vice President of Sales

Greg’s career in Horticulture started at the early age of 13, when he worked after school, weekends, and summers at a Retail Garden Center, the Plantorium in La Porte, Colorado, until his graduation from Colorado State University, where he received a degree in Agricultural Business. Upon graduation, Greg…

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Tikun announces successful financial restructuring and new CEO

T.O. Global has announced the restructuring of its balance sheet, with senior creditors fully converting $14 million in debt into new equity. Having led the restructuring, Oliver Kruze was appointed by the Company as its new Chief Executive Officer. Synergy Enterprises LLC ("Synergy") advised the Company…

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Jersey: Application submitted for St Mary cannabis farm plan

Medicinal cannabis could be grown at a St Mary farm if plans submitted to build the necessary facilities are approved. The proposals include extending an agricultural building, erecting a perimeter fence, and creating a parking area at the La Verte Vue farm on Rue du Rondin in order to allow Green View…

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Swiss company receives license to produce high-THC APIs

Linnea has been granted a narcotics license by Swissmedic at the end of 2022. The Company will begin producing GMP-certified high-THC active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in 2023. Gaining a narcotics license will allow Linnea to export their standardized and innovative high-THC APIs anywhere in the…

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CAN (BC): West Kootnay-based growers hope new facility will solve industry troubles

Growers, processors and cannabis marketers all say a new business in the south Slocan Valley will be a “game changer” for the cannabis industry in the West Kootenay. About 50 people showed up for an open house a week in December at Antidote Processing Inc., a new facility at the junction of Highways 6…

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UK company gets high-THC production permit

Celadon Pharmaceuticals PLC (AIM:CEL) has become the first company registered to produce high-THC medicinal cannabis in the UK. Celadon Pharmaceuticals has obtained a Good Manufacturing Practise (GMP) registration from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MRHA), allowing its…

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Dutch cannabis producer Bedrocan to establish a manufacturing facility in Denmark

Bedrocan, a Dutch producer of medicinal cannabis, is expanding its production capacity with the establishment of a new GMP-approved facility for the cultivation and packaging of medicinal cannabis in Denmark. The new facility will be located in Køge, which is 30 kilometers south of Copenhagen. Meeting…

Sollum Technologies raises $30M to support growth of its operations

Sollum Technologies has closed a $30 million financing round, including $25 million from Idealist Capital, a private equity manager that supports entrepreneurs at the heart of the energy transition and decarbonization, and $5 million from Fondaction, a partner of innovative Québec SMEs, and more…

Cleaner mechanically cleans enclosed cultivation gutters

With the new Gutter Cleaner, BD Solutions, a sister company of De 3 Koningen B.V., makes it possible to mechanically clean enclosed cultivation gutters, which could not be done properly before. This is an important development in keeping this part of the greenhouse clean and free of viruses.    Barry and Dennis van Leeuwen…

NHS reimburses the cost of cannabis treatment to the first Zerenia Clinics UK patient

Khiron Life Sciences has successfully attained, for the first time, full reimbursement by the NHS of costs associated with cannabis-based medication and clinic fees for a…

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Tilray downsizes Portuguese cannabis facility, lays off 49 workers

Tilray will lay off 49 workers, as part of a downsizing project from the company based in Cantanhede, in the district of Coimbra.  “A total of 49 jobs will be affected in the areas of production, manufacturing, quality, quality control (laboratory), cultivation, supply chain, facilities, storage, logistics,…

“Growers on every tech level are using Software-as-a-Service”

SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) is a software licensing and delivery model that works on a subscription basis. Most of us are familiar with everyday examples such as Netflix or Spotify, but SaaS adoption in horticulture is also on the rise. "Where one might think only mid and high-tech growers are taking…

Hope for takeover of bankrupt 30MHz "within two weeks or so"

A bidding and sale process was launched early this week by the receiver in the bankruptcy of 30MHz. Interest from the market has proved considerable. 30MHz shares that. "It is…

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CEO and Director of New Leaf

“We are pleased to bring this acquisition to a close”

New Leaf Ventures has completed the acquisition of High Profile Holdings Corp. by way of a statutory three-cornered amalgamation. High Profile began by operating its own retail stores under the Urban Canna banner at the onset of legalization, and the management team gained invaluable knowledge and…

UCASU to acquire 10,000 sq.ft. cannabis property and build 5,000 sq.ft. more

UC Asset LP announced that the company has entered an MOU to acquire a 10,000-square-foot cannabis cultivation property in the State of Oklahoma, through a non-cash…

Plans for American Green's 40,000 sq.ft. Cypress Chill Cannabis Grow are in the final review phase

American Green has submitted architectural plans for its 40K sq.ft. Cypress Chill cannabis grow operation in the City of Phoenix, and the plans are now in the final review phase. The company purchased the building in May of 2022. American Green plans to begin the full construction and renovation process…

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Atlas Global Brands expands international footprint

Atlas Global Brands signed a binding letter of intent to acquire 51% of an Israeli-licensed cannabis “Trading House,” strategically located in Tel Aviv. If the transaction is completed, the Company plans to use this “Trading House” as its hub for the import, storage, and distribution of cannabis in…

Eric Rahn appointed as Chairperson to Risk Management & Insurance Committee

Led by Eric Rahn, the RMIC provides access to a diverse group of insurance specialists with tremendous first-hand knowledge of the cannabis industry.  S2S Insurance Specialists today announced that the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) appointed Eric Rahn as Chairperson of its Risk Management and…

US (OK): UC Asset to acquire 10,000 sqft cannabis property and build 5,000 sqft more

UC Asset LP has entered a MOU to acquire a 10,000 square foot cannabis cultivation property in the State of Oklahoma, through a non-cash acquisition and investment deal. Upon closing, UCASU will invest $1 million to build extra 5,000 square feet of cannabis cultivation facility on the same spot. The…

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Akerna completes sale of 365 Cannabis

Akerna has announced its sale of 365 Cannabis to 365 Holdco LLC (“365 Holdco”). The sale was completed under the terms and conditions of the stock purchase agreement by and between Akerna and 365 Holdco (the “SPA”) entered into by the parties on January 11, 2023. Under the terms of the SPA, as…

CannaPharmaRx has received its CRA license

A company can start producing cannabis products after receiving licensing from both the CRA and Health Canada. CannaPharmaRx can now begin business activities relating to the…

PRO-MIX and GreenPlanet Wholesale

"New partnership will increase access and bring new solutions to growers"

Premier Tech, through its PRO-MIX brand, and GreenPlanet Wholesale have formalized a strategic partnership that will increase access and bring new tailored solutions to growers. "GreenPlanet's strategic positioning and understanding of the market complement our extensive product knowledge and expertise…

Bee Vectoring Technologies and BioSafe Systems start selling CR-7 products into foliar and soil drench markets

Bee Vectoring Technologies International Inc. and BioSafe Systems jointly announced a signed commercial agreement. BioSafe Systems, an industry leader in environmentally…

Anthony Mittiga joins P.L. Light Systems as new Regional Sales Manager

P.L. Light Systems, a North American-based horticultural lighting manufacturer which has been serving growers for over 41 years, is pleased to announce the hiring of a new Regional Sales Manager, Anthony Mittiga. Anthony will be responsible for working with and supporting existing and future P.L. Light…

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US (NY): Hudson Health Extracts set to become New York’s newest MMJ company

Hudson Health Extracts is set to become New York’s newest medical cannabis registered organization, following a court order from a lawsuit the company filed after the state denied it a license. In a Dec. 20 decision, Albany County Supreme Court Judge Patrick McGrath ordered New York’s Department of…

Automated beneficials dispenser saves money & helps optimize control

Offering fast and even distribution of beneficials in a wide range of glasshouse crops, Entomatic™ is a new adaptable automatic dispenser to help growers reduce labor costs and optimize control. Available worldwide exclusively from Biobest, Entomatic is the result of a collaboration with Hortiworld, the…

glass no longer default option

Higher light transmission and lower heat demand with double foil greenhouse

For many growers, glass has traditionally been the default choice. Yet, with today's gas prices, growers are looking for alternatives to reduce heat losses within the greenhouse. "Energy saving starts at this point," says Jelle Boeters from Filclair Nederland BV. Research done on behalf of the company…

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US (MD): CULTA announces partnership with female-focused cannabis brand

CULTA announced a partnership with Blissiva. Founded in 2018 by entrepreneurs Gina Dubbé and Dr. Leslie Apgar, Blissiva develops cannabis-infused products specifically designed for the complexity, beauty, and power of the female body and mind. With more than 20 years of experience in obstetrics and…

System gives roots extra oxygen: "It's actually a small water purification system"

At a Dutch potted plant grower this year, after a year of testing, systems were installed in all return water basins to aerate the return water. It involves JVR Tecmar's Vital Oxidizer. "It is basically a small water purifier that rids the water of organic contaminants," says John van Ruyven, the owner…

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urban-gro reports record backlog of $87 million heading into 2023

urban-gro reported a record backlog entering its 2023 fiscal year and reaffirmed its financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2022. ”We have demonstrated through our record backlog entering 2023 and reaffirmed fourth quarter 2022 financial guidance that we can continue to deliver growth in the face…

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Tilray may move into fruit and beer as cannabis legalization stalls

Tilray Brands may make more acquisitions in the alcohol space or even get into growing produce since US cannabis legalization hasn’t progressed as expected, Chief Executive Officer Irwin Simon said.  The company, which sells products with cannabis’ psychoactive ingredient THC in Canada, has a plan to set up…

Khiron Life Sciences

Khiron wins first medical cannabis contract with Colombia's largest public insurance company

Khiron Life Sciences Corp. announced that Zerenia has signed a contract with insurance CAPITAL SALUD EPS to provide medical cannabis services and products to CAPITAL SALUD EPS patient population and has already begun treating the first cohort of patients. Under the contract, CAPITAL SALUD EPS patients…

Delta 9 Cannabis

CAN: Delta 9 reduces cannabis production by 40%, with temporary layoff of 40 staff

Delta 9 Cannabis announces various cost-cutting measures as a part of the Company’s 2023 strategic plan with the goal of producing positive cash flow from operations.As a part of the 2023 strategic plan, the Company plans to streamline its cultivation operations and right-size capacity at its…

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US (MI): Cloud Cannabis becomes one of the first to commence adult-use sales in Detroit

Cloud Cannabis, the leading single-state operator and vertically integrated cannabis business in Michigan, today announced the commencement of recreational cannabis sales at its Detroit location, becoming one of the first dispensaries to do so in the city. Located at 16001 Mack Ave. and situated on the…

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Union expands presence throughout the cannabis supply chain

Over 300 drivers and warehouse workers at Grassdoor, a cannabis delivery service, have joined Teamsters Local 630. “This victory is emblematic of the fact that companies in the cannabis industry can be successful and prosperous without resorting to union busting or other unethical business practices,”…

Retail Sleeve offers plastic-free alternative to pots

As a sustainable alternative to the plastic pot at retail, Blackmore Company has developed the Air Tray Technologies Retail system. Working with partners Ellepot, Schur, and Van Schaik Rack Solutions, they focused on four key areas to create a sustainable solution. Creator Lars Jensen of Blackmore states…

Danish grower expands to three countries

Stenocare entered three new countries during 2022 and thereby expanded their market presence to five countries with prescription-based medical cannabis oil products approved for sale. With this, Stenocare is in a uniquely positive position to grow its revenue. In the guidance from March 10, 2022, it was…

Israeli company develops effortless simultaneous plant function measurements

In the past decades, breeders and scientists have primarily used manual means to measure and analyze specific plant growth and productivity factors, such as plants' responses to water stress, temperature, CO2 levels, etc. However, these processes were (and still are) very long, measuring plant-by-plant…

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"Workers throughout the industry deserve to be protected"

Workers at the Sunnyside Dispensary in Buffalo Grove, Ill., have unanimously voted to join Teamsters Local 777. “This is the third location at this company to join the Teamsters since September,” said Jim Glimco, Local 777 President. “These are the frontline soldiers in the battle to create middle-class…

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US (CA): AAP finalizes acquisition of 22,000-square-foot cannabis business

AAP has acquired a controlling interest in the Buddha Company, a Los Angeles-based cannabis business. It is a 22,000-square-foot cannabis business in the world's top cannabis market located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. The company has highly desirable licenses that allow for all…

Amevo takes over operations of Jobu Plastics

From 1 January 2023, Dronten-based Amevo has taken over the operations of Kudelstaart-based Jobu Plastics. For Amevo, the acquisition means a further expansion and…

Cannabis cultivator Kristian Andreassen joins Conception Nurseries

Conception Nurseries announces the addition of industry veteran Kristian Andreassen to their leadership team as Senior Product Director. Andreassen will support Conception's initiative to build a diverse group of cannabis breeders to meet the needs of an ever-expanding cannabis market. Andreassen's…

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Colombia: "We've successfully exported 1,000 kilograms of cannabis to Europe and the U.S."

Flora Growth Corp. provides an update on commercial cannabis operations out of Colombia. Following the April 2022 passage of Resolution 539 permitting licensed cannabis cultivators with export quotas to export dry cannabis flower, Flora successfully exported nearly 1,000 kilograms of dried cannabis and…

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US (CA): Sunset Island Group acquires Calamus Brands to expand operation

Sunset Island Group has acquired Calamus Brands. The acquisition of Calamus Brands will allow the company to expand its operation.  The expansion, when all phases are completed, will include 205,000 square feet of cannabis operations. This will include nursery operations, distribution, manufacturing, and cultivation.…

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US (PA): Cannabis plant in Saxton lays off half its employees

The Green Leaf Medical Marijuana Plant in Saxton officially laid off more than half of their employees within the past week. The company sent a letter to the state’s Department of Labor and Industry and Saxton Mayor Alan Smith, noting 73 employees would be permanently laid off by February 28th. All…

Aurora sells Aurora Polaris facility for approx $15 million

Aurora Cannabis has closed the sale of its Aurora Polaris facility for gross proceeds of approximately $15 million. The announcement of the facility's closure came in August 2021 and is part of a series of efforts to cut costs and achieve profitability. At the time, Aurora announced that the closure…

IDH supports companies to close the living wage gap with Living Wage Action Guide

The concept of a living wage has gained significant attention in recent years as a way to ensure that workers are able to earn enough to meet their basic needs and have a decent standard of living. A living wage is different from the minimum wage, which is the minimum amount that employers are legally…

How do I keep my glasshouse business future-proof?

How do I keep my business future-proof? An interesting question to ponder around the turn of the year. Cor de Fijter is the sector leader of Horticulture at Flynth, and in his position, he has a 'helicopter view' of the sector. He shares with us his insights on how best to face the future as a…

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US (CA): Mr. Carrillo to serve as CEO and board of director member for Unrivaled Brands

Mr. Carrillo has served as Unrivaled's Interim Chief Executive Officer since August 2022 and will now serve as Unrivaled's Chief Executive Officer and as a member of its board…

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US (OR): Oregon business claims cannabis giant owes them tens of thousands of dollars

In the latest sign of an ailing industry, one of the biggest buyers of Oregon cannabis—the publicly traded Canadian company Chalice Brands—is facing charges that it failed to pay some Oregon farmers and product makers for flower, pre-rolls, edibles, and other weed products it placed in its Oregon…

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"Roman Abramovich secretly funded Curaleaf"

An offshore company controlled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich invested hundreds of millions of dollars into the U.S. cannabis industry and secretly funded top shareholders of the world’s largest cannabis company, leaked documents show. Abramovich, whose net worth is estimated at $9 billion, was…

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New York and New Jersey cannabis regulators spar on twitter over which state’s legalization plan is better

New York and New Jersey cannabis regulators briefly sparred on Twitter on Tuesday over which state took a better approach to launching its adult-use cannabis market. But after suggesting that New Jersey put profits ahead of equity, New York officials deleted their post. New Jersey’s Cannabis Regulatory…

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Village Farms commences shipping cannabis to Israel

Village Farms Internationa, through its subsidiary, Pure Sunfarms, commenced shipping cannabis products for the Israeli medical market under an exclusive three-year supply agreement with Israel-based Dr. Samuelov Importing and Marketing Ltd., doing business as Better Pharma. "Commencing shipments to…

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Collaboration to develop wirelessly powered solutions for agricultural sensor applications

Energous Corporation and ams OSRAM have announced a collaboration on a wirelessly powered multi-spectral light sensor for Controlled-Environment Agriculture (CEA) and vertical farming. The joint solution is based on the multi-channel AS7343 spectral sensor from ams OSRAM, and the WattUp PowerBridge from…

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US (AZ): TILT Holdings pays down $7.5M in senior debt

TILT Holdings has retired US $7.5 million of its secured promissory notes in the fourth quarter and entered into amendments to the remaining senior secured promissory notes held by certain senior noteholders totaling US $2.1 million to extend the maturity dates of such notes from December 31, 2022, to…

30MHz declared bankrupt, curator 'optimistic about restart'

The sensor and data company 30MHz in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, was declared bankrupt on January 2. There are 22 people on the payroll at the company, which was established…

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AU: Cann Group to sell Southern facility in a A$5.5M deal

Cann Group has agreed to sell its Southern cultivation and manufacturing facility to Sativite in a deal valued at nearly A$5.5 million. The firm put the facility on the market in October 2022 as part of a plan to consolidate the majority of its operations in Mildura. The parties agreed to sell the…

The Dramm Corporation’s ribbon cutting ceremony

On Friday, December 16, The Dramm Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new Corporate Headquarters and Production Facility. Many friends and local community members, including Mayor Justin Nickels, gathered to celebrate. "We're appreciative to everyone for the huge…

Excellent fungus 'beer' helps grower protect crops

With a setup comparable to that of brewing beer, MolGen Biologicals attracted attention at this fall's Seed meets Technology. However, those who took a closer look at the event stand didn't see any beer foaming but instead saw a dark green substance. To be exact, the reactor contained the trichoderma…

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US (IA): Medical cannabis program saw $10M in cumulative sales in 2022

Iowa's medical cannabis program saw another year of growth in patient and provider participation, resulting in more than $10 million in sales by the end of 2022. New data on the program was released in a report by the Iowa Cannabidiol Board in late December that offers recommendations to state lawmakers…

Helius launches first ‘NZ-grown, NZ-made’ THC medicines

Two new medicinal cannabis products containing THC have been verified as meeting the quality standard. New Zealand’s Medicinal Cannabis Agency publicly advised of the verification on 21 December 2022. This follows Helius, a week earlier, being the first New Zealand company to receive GMP certification to…

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"Workers throughout the industry will benefit"

Trulieve reaches settlement with OSHA over worker's death

 Trulieve Cannabis has entered into a voluntary agreement with the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that will result in additional health and safety protections for Trulieve workers at its cannabis manufacturing facilities. Workers throughout the industry will benefit…

Photovoltaic energy screen converts sunlight into electricity

It's the never-ending balance act: when can you use the sun's energy, and when do you protect your crops from excess sunlight? Growers in Saudi Arabia are currently doing both. In their retractable shade screen, foldable solar panels are installed. Thanks to the newly launched flexible photovoltaic technology,…

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Ex-Waterbury CBD shop owner, accused of ripping off hemp farmers, reaches plea deal

A former Waterbury CBD business owner has reached a plea deal on charges accusing him of ripping off people from whom he bought hemp. The plea agreement allows Douglas Bell to avoid prison time, but he must pay nearly $40,000 in restitution to those he was charged with scamming. Bell, a former Middlesex…

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MediPharm Labs to acquire VIVO Cannabis

MediPharm and VIVO have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement whereby MediPharm has agreed to acquire VIVO in an all-equity business combination transaction. Upon the completion of the transaction, existing MediPharm shareholders are expected to own between 65% and 79% of the combined company…

Publication will resume on January 2nd

Happy holidays!

Dear readers, the whole Fresh Publishers team would like to thank you for your support throughout 2022. Many things have happened, and next week we will all be discussing that around a table with our families. We wish you all happy holidays and a great new year.  MMJDaily will resume publication on January 2nd. See you then!

Novelfarm focuses on soilless cultivation and vertical farming

Soilless crops and vertical farming keep growing in Italy as well, especially when it comes to vegetables and salad. The 2023 edition of NovelFarm (Pordenone, 15-16 February 2023, the week after Fruit Logistica) will stress once again how indoor farming is the combination of production techniques and…

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Body and Mind closes strategic capital raising and enters New Jersey market

Body and Mind announced a number of developments that fund the Company's near-term projects and facilitate entry into the emerging New Jersey market while also adding long-tenured cannabis experience and strategic insight to its board of directors. Specifically, the Company announces: Convertible debenture…

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New Leaf Ventures announces definitive agreement to acquire High Profile

New Leaf Ventures announced that further to the press release dated October 3, 2022, it has entered into an amalgamation agreement with High Profile Holdings Corp., pursuant to which New Leaf has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of High Profile by way of a statutory…

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Trulieve announces closing of $71.5 million financing

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. announced the closing of a commercial loan secured by a cultivation and manufacturing site in Florida for aggregate gross proceeds of $71.5 million. Trulieve will pay interest at a fixed rate of 7.53% for the duration of the five-year loan. Lenders were comprised of three banks,…

CannaPharmaRx receives cultivation license from Health Canada and projects 2023 revenue over $30 million

CannaPharmaRx announced that Health Canada has issued a cultivation license to the company. As a result, CannaPharmaRx may now legally grow cannabis and sell its crop to other…


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