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Cannabis Career Watch | New Hires and Promotions April 24, 2020

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Upon the resignation of Chief Financial Officer Mohan Srinivasan, Trulieve appointed Alex D’Amico to the position of CFO, effective June 1, 2020. The company’s controller and Director of Financial Reporting Ryan Blust will act as interim CFO until that time.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Alex D’Amico as CFO, and as a member of our executive team. Trulieve has experienced significant growth over the last few years and we look forward to continuing that trajectory with a strong leader whose management expertise and broad accounting and finance background will support us as we continue to progress,” said Kim Rivers, chief executive officer for Trulieve. “We believe this will be a smooth transition with Ryan Blust as interim CFO. Ryan has been with Trulieve since our RTO in 2018 and has been a core member of our team. His history with Trulieve, along with deep IFRS and GAAP financial reporting experience, will be key assets during this transition period.”


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Marian Robinson joined Harborside as vice president of human resources. Prior to joining Harborside, Robinson served as senior director of human resources at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in San Jose, CA. She also held senior management positions with companies including Orchard Supply Hardware and Target.

“Company culture is extremely important to Harborside and finding and maintaining the right talent helps us remain a top player in the industry,” said Peter Bilodeau, chairman and interim chief executive officer for Harborside. “Marian is an experienced leader with a proven track record of creating unique and dynamic cultures. We are confident she will implement positive change, helping our employees grow professionally and attracting talent with similar ideals and visions.”


Marijuana Company of America appointed Gloria Albarran Lynch to the role of chief marketing officer for hempSMART Corporate. Lynch will lead hempSMART’s corporate marketing strategy, directing the launch of its new product lines.

“I am truly delighted to have this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Lynch. “For me it is really a dream come true to be able to design and develop these superior product lines, as an extension to the established premium hempSMART products. The brand name is already well respected, and now we will be positioned to engage a larger audience of potential customers in “niche” markets. … I am excited for our Future!”


Cansortium appointed pharmacist Roger Daher to its board of directors. Daher is currently a practicing owner/partner in seven Ontario Pharmasave pharmacies, one of Canada’s leading independent pharmacy franchises. He also is a member of the Pharmasave Ontario board of directors, where he serves as treasurer.

“We are pleased to welcome Roger to the Cansortium board,” said Executive Chairman Neal Hochberg. “His extensive experience in patient care and pharmacy operations will be extremely valuable as the company continues to expand its Fluent dispensary network to serve the growing number of medical marijuana patients throughout Florida.”


Leafline Industries named Mitchel Chargo to the roles of general counsel and executive vice president. Chargo’s previous practice experience involved a broad mix of business, banking and commercial real estate transactions, legal compliance, and commercial litigation.

“We are delighted to welcome Mitch to the Leafline portfolio of companies and to our executive team,” said Leafline Industries Chairman of the Board Brennan McAlpin. “Mitch brings considerable legal expertise, judgment, and entrepreneurial creativity to our companies. This is complemented by his extensive compliance experience. Mitch’s breadth of experience makes him a terrific addition to our team, and we look forward to his contributing to the continued growth of the Leafline companies.”


In addition to several personnel changes, TerrAscend announced plans to relocate its financial operations to its U.S. headquarters in New York City. As part of the move, Toronto-based Adam Kozak will step down as chief financial officer and New York-based Keith Stauffer will assume the role of CFO. Jason Ackerman will transition from interim chief executive officer to permanent CEO.

“Since joining TerrAscend, Jason has brought a renewed focus on operational excellence,” said TerrAscend chairman Jason Wild. “Jason’s deep retail, distribution and operations experience is second to none and his oversight of our operating divisions has aligned our team in pursuing financially prudent, high-growth opportunities. We are thrilled to have him transition into this leadership role permanently as we continue to build North America’s leading cannabis company.”


Medical Marijuana, Inc. announced its subsidiary Kannaway has promoted Managing Director European Division Janne Heimonen to managing director of international and Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Jones to the position of president.

“Heimonen has brought great leadership and professional expertise to our team while leading our European division to continued success,” said Kannaway Chief Executive Officer Blake Schroeder. “We are confident that he will be just as successful with our entire international development and expansion and look forward to watching all that he accomplishes.

“Over the past three years, Stephen has added tremendous value to our executive team as chief marketing officer and we are more than confident that he has the passion and talent to take our company to the next level in his new role,” added Schroeder. “He has helped us create a more cohesive brand message that tells consumers and partners alike our mission and our dedication to providing world-class CBD products and education around the globe.”


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I Love Bad Review: Hemp Socks and Underwear

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Back in the day, hemp was used for all kinds of purposes, including clothing. Prohibition certainly changed this, but now, with a re-opening of cannabis industries, hemp clothing is making a comeback. One of the up-and-coming hemp clothing brands is I Love Bad Organics, a company geared toward natural fibers, and the use of hemp in clothing. Here is an I Love Bad review of the company’s hemp socks and underwear.

With the hemp market opening up, getting products like hemp socks and underwear is much easier to do. Same with compounds like delta-8 THC and THCA, which were never available to consumers before, but which now can be found on store shelves, thanks to the recent cannabis boom. What are these products? THCA is a precursor to delta-9, and has medical benefits with no high at all. Delta-8 THC is an alternate form of THC to delta-9 which provides similar medical benefits, but with slightly less high, less anxiety, and less couch locking. Take a look at our deals for Delta 8Delta 10 THCTHCVTHC-OTHCPHHC and even on legal Delta-9 THC, to fully take advantage of today’s hemp market.

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I Love Bad Organics is a brand that specializes in underwear and socks, manufacturing its products from natural fibers like organic cotton and hemp. The company is vegan friendly, supports local manufacturing, uses sustainable fibers, and gives to charities. The name itself BAD, stands for ‘bridging all differences’, which the brand uses as a general philosophy of openness and acceptance.

I Love Bad specializes in socks and underwear for now, but does offer other products. Interested buyers can check out the company’s organic hemp face mask ($21), organic hemp U-neck tee-shirt ($42), organic hemp baby blanket ($54), organic hemp oil with crystals ($24), organic hemp fleece throw ($90), organic hemp pet bed ($180), organic hemp fleece blanket ($270) and mildew free organic hemp bath sheets ($60+).

For the men out there, I Love Bad provides hemp and organic cotton boxer briefs in black and natural ($27) that can fit men sized 7-39. The company also offers all-organic cotton crew socks in different colors ($15/each), as well as Shibori tie-dye hemp socks for $24/pair, but I did not try these socks.

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As per the name, these socks are a blend. They are made of 66% organic cotton, 28% hemp, and 6% Lycra. The socks I got are ‘natural’ color, feel very thick and strong, with a cuff/leg that went up to about halfway to my knee. I admit I would have preferred a smaller cuff, but the store doesn’t offer that right now. The all-cotton crew socks sold by the company may or may not be shorter. As I do a lot of athletic activities, I find a shorter cuff is generally better. Even so, I used these socks while training.

I am a fan of cotton socks to begin with, though they are not very easy to find these days. I generally end up with mixes of cotton and unnatural fibers like polyester, nylon, or spandex, so I haven’t recently used socks made of all hemp and cotton (disregarding the small amount of Lycra for stretch ability). The synthetic blends do tend to make my feet hotter and sweatier. I found the cotton and hemp socks to be very breathable. Even though they’re thick, they didn’t feel too thick or heavy, even when doing athletic activities.

The socks feel extremely durable. Most of my socks wear down in the heel and the toe before too long, but I don’t expect that to happen very fast with these socks. They feel very strong, like they could easily make it through years of use. In today’s world of cheaply made products, its almost hard to remember that good quality clothing lasts much longer, and requires less replacing. Of course, in today’s world, it’s preferable to change things up constantly, which might itself be a result of the lessening quality of products.

I also like variety and switching things up, but I prefer if my socks don’t wear out quickly. I also prefer them to be thick and protective, and breathable. The only complaint I have in the end, is that I would have preferred shorter cuffs on the socks, which is better for athletics. A thinner material would also be preferable for athletics, but the thickness is good otherwise. When the weather gets colder, these socks should be fantastic in the winter.

The materials used to make the socks were sourced from the following places: hemp and organic cotton yarn was sourced from China’s Hemp Farming Cooperative. USDA certified organic cotton yarn came from the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative. The socks were knit in North Carolina. Each pair of socks retails for $15, or a 3-pack for $39.

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Much like with socks, it has become increasingly difficult to find underwear made of all natural fibers. Also like with socks, I prefer natural fibers, but generally end up with blends. Sometimes I can’t even find blends involving cotton at all. And again, as with the socks, these synthetics tend to make me feel hotter and sweatier. Over the years I’ve gotten used to these synthetic fabrics, like everyone else, but never found them comfortable.

I Love Bad’s hemp & organic cotton underwear comes in black or natural color, and is made from 60% organic cotton, 28% hemp, and 8% Lycra. The underwear has no elastic band, for maximum comfort, is sewn in California with Flat Lock Stitching, is made using organic cotton and hemp grown and processed without chemicals, and is low-impact dyed at a facility in Los Angeles. The company offers extra information on both the Flat Lock and low impact dying processes.

The underwear is hipster cut, so the sides are wide, but the back side shows a good bit of cheek. Definitely not the best underwear for athletics in terms of cut, but otherwise a comfortable fit. For ladies that like a bit more coverage in back, these would not be preferable. Right now, they are the only cut that I Love Bad sells. I am essentially a size zero, and I got the extra-small size, which fits perfectly. The company’s largest size is XL, which is for size 14-16.

I found the underwear to be very comfortable. Much like with the socks, I could feel that my skin could breathe better, and I didn’t feel as wet and sweaty after a workout. There was a generally airier feel to them. I think a larger selection in the styles would be nice, as hipster style is not great for all occasions. Nonetheless, they are a comfortable pair of underwear. The material feels strong, the underwear is made well, and does not give the impression it will fall apart quickly, as some of the newer synthetic ones tend to.

I’m not entirely sure how necessary the Lycra is with the underwear (or the socks). I have had 100% cotton socks and underwear in the past which did not use Lycra, and I wonder if the Lycra is really all that necessary, as it does add a synthetic fiber to the mix, albeit in small concentrations. In the case of these products, less than 10% is Lycra. The underwear retails for $15 a pair, or a 3-pack for $60.

Cons of I Love Bad’s hemp and cotton socks and underwear:

  • Not a lot of variety in styles.
  • The use of Lycra which keeps them from being made entirely of natural fibers.
  • How useful the hemp is vs the cotton is hard to know since they’re blended, though this is not really a detraction of overall product quality.
  • Not as cheap as products made with synthetic fibers and harsher chemicals.

In terms of pricing, I Love Bad’s products fit what I see as a general price point in the industry. Stores selling similar items are priced about the same. Prices for these products are way higher than cheaply made synthetic products, even though hemp itself should provide a cheaper alternative. As the market expands out more, more cultivation and processing is done, and more competition exists, I expect the price will go down.

Conclusion

I very much like this company and the products it makes. The company is definitely invested in creating durable products using quality materials, with an eye on the environment, spirituality, and personal health. I do hope they expand their offerings to include more colors and styles, but overall, I think I Love Bad is a great example of how hemp can be used alone, or in conjunction with cotton, to create sustainable, long-lasting, and comfortable products. This company is a great indication of where the hemp clothing market is going.

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Did Shakespeare Use Cannabis for Creativity?

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It’s long been known that cannabis and creativity go hand in hand: Hendrix, the Beatles and even Carl Sagan, the world famous cosmologist, all used Cannabis’ creative powers. But there is one name to add to that list that may surprise many people and that’s UK nation’s poet, world famous playwright and every school child’s nightmare: William Shakespeare.

In 2001, a South African Anthropologist called Francis Thackeray was given permission from Shakespeare’s birthplace to analyze a collection of pipe fragments found in the grounds of Shakespeare’s garden. The study found that on eight of the pipes there was the residue of cannabis and these were the pipes most closely associated with the Bard’s property itself. It seems that Shakespeare operated on a work hard, play bard routine, perhaps even using cannabis as a stimulant for his creativity. But what evidence is there from the Bard’s own words that he liked to use cannabis and how does cannabis increases creativity in general? In this article, we’ll examine how Shakespeare’s timeline crosses neatly with the large scale introduction of Cannabis plants to the United Kingdom, we’ll look at Thackeray’s study in depth and we’ll investigate the science behind Cannabis and creativity, all to examine if the man ‘of all time’ may have been high whilst writing his finest works.

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Cannabis and Shakespeare’s England

Before Cannabis was known and used as a recreational drug in Britain it was grown mostly as hemp, a crop used for medicinal reasons and to make fibre, clothes and rope. The earliest known usage of hemp seeds comes from Roman Britain as seeds were found in a well in York. Hemp was also used throughout Anglo-Saxon England as an important crop for the production of medicine, textiles and animal feed. Hemp very quickly became one of the most popular crops in Britain because of its many uses and indeed boomed in Elizabethan England, the time Shakespeare began to write.

Queen Elizabeth I even created a new law that meant every farmer with more than 60 acres of land had to grow hemp. The penalty of not carrying this out was a fine of 5 whole pounds (worth a lot more then than it is now). The medicinal properties of Cannabis were noted by many writers around Shakespeare’s era, John Gerard describes how many ailments Cannabis can cure in his book The Herball (1597). In a book titled ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ by Robert Burton, hemp seeds made into a drink are offered as a treatment of depression.

But what about the recreational use of cannabis? Cannabis was being smoked recreationally around the world in the form of Hashish, particularly in the Middle East and Asia, but it’s not easy to find evidence of its use in Britain. However, It is not hard to imagine that travelers from these areas of the world would have found themselves in London pubs or theatres and shown the locals that cannabis plants could be used for more than making ropes or curing ailments.

The Thackeray Study

To make the claim that Shakespeare was using cannabis to help him write, we first need evidence that he was actually smoking it. Francis Thackeray’s study does just this, but beyond Shakespeare it also shows us that Cannabis was being smoked in this era and most likely for recreational reasons. In The study, nicely described in an independent article  written by Thackeray himself, the team used state-of-the-art forensic technology to chemically analyse residue found on the pipe fragments. Interestingly, Cannabis was not the only chemical found. Coca leaves, the predecessor of cocaine, were also found on two of the pipes. This is also in line with the fact that many variations of new smokable leaves were brought back from ‘the new world’ by sailors such as Walter Raleigh (Including Tobacco). 

To make matters even more interesting, the pipes with Coca residue were the only pipes analysed not from Shakespeare’s garden, but near to it. Instead, the pipes from his garden contained the cannabis residue mentioned earlier. Thackeray even goes as far as to say that “Shakespeare may have been aware of the deleterious (damaging) effects of cocaine as a strange compound. Possibly, he preferred cannabis as a weed of mind stimulating properties.” That says it all. Shakespeare’s choice drug was cannabis, because it boosted his creativity. The Bard of Avon was ahead of his times in many ways.

There are of course some issues with the study and some aspects have to be taken with a pinch of tobacco. Though the pipes were found in Shakespeare’s garden, it’s rather tricky to tie them directly to The Bard himself. Even when dating the pipes, the study can only say that the pipes date to ‘the early 17th Century’, this is quite a broad time-frame, especially considering Shakespeare died in 1616. So we have to be a tiny bit cautious when using Thackeray’s study, but it is very interesting.

The ‘Noted weed’: Shakespeare’s References to Cannabis

Is there any evidence from the man himself about his preference for Cannabis, do we find any enlightenment from flicking through the folio?  Amazingly we do, Shakespeare seems to make multiple references to what could be his ‘other muse’. In the Merry Wives of Windsor, the character Ford tells the audience that he wants to drink “pipe wine”, a line usually linked with tobacco, but with the knowledge of Thackeray’s study and the quotes to follow, it could be referencing smoking a different leaf altogether. 

In Sonnet 76 we find arguably the most clear evidence of Shakespeare’s use of Cannabis for creativity: 

Why is my verse so barren of new pride,
So far from variation or quick change?
Why with the time do I not glance aside
To new-found methods and to compounds strange?
Why write I still all one, ever the same,
And keep invention in a noted weed,
That every word doth almost tell my name,
Showing their birth and where they did proceed?

We see here Shakespeare’s reference his ‘noted weed’, which some (including Thackeray) have taken to be a nod to cannabis being used as a method to help with his writing, or ‘invention’. It seems from this poem that Shakespeare indeed keeps his invention in his weed (cannabis) and uses it whenever he strives to find the right words, or even uses it to show him his character’s histories, fleshing them out (showing their birth and where they did proceed). Earlier in this poem he describes how he doesn’t want to be linked to any ‘compounds strange,’ which Thackeray has taken to mean strange new drugs, even cocaine. More evidence of Shakespeare’s preference to the more natural and ancient method of finding his buzz.

In sonnet 118 Shakespeare says : 

Like as, to make our appetites more keen,
With eager compounds we our palate urge

Perhaps a reference again using compounds or drugs to help increase the appetite, both a reference to appetite of life but perhaps also his attitude to writing.

A potentially even more cryptic, but fascinating reference occurs in Henry V where Pistol tries to save a man doomed to hanging he exclaims: ‘Let man go free and let not hemp his windpipe suffocate’. This line has been analysed as potentially having a double meaning. As we’ve discussed above Hemp was used to make fibres and ropes, so Pistol is referring to the rope of the noose, but it could also be a wry nod to the burning feeling cannabis gives the throat.

Shakespeare, Cannabis and Creativity

It’s clear that Shakespeare would at least have come into contact with the use of Cannabis recreationally, and indeed he may have even shown his readers that he liked to use it for inspiration, but what is the science behind cannabis’s link to creativity and how might we use this to further understand why Shakespeare may have relied on it to come up with his most complicated plots.

To understand, we must look at the neuroscience: Cannabis smoking produces a wealth of Dopamine in the brain, including an area known as the frontal cortex. In a study by Schaffer et al in 2011, they took two groups of participants, some with high and some with low levels of creativity and tested them in two conditions: High on Cannabis and non-intoxicated. What they found was that the low creativity group increased their verbal fluency to that of the high-creative group. Verbal fluency is a measure of how quickly and creatively a participant can speak. The authors argue that this increase in fluency was because of the increase of dopamine in the prefrontal cortex which may lead to a swifter ability to produce words.

What Schaffer’s study showed was that creativity in verbal fluency could be increased in those with low creativity. This would seem almost too perfect to a playwright with a mental block. Cannabis also increases blood flow to areas of the brain needed for creativity, including the amygdala, an area needed for emotional processing and empathy. This would perfectly help the playwright put himself in Romeo’s shoes whilst writing the balcony scene.

A Summary on Shakespeare and Cannabis

So it seems rather likely that Shakespeare had indeed found inspiration in his ‘Noted weed’. The fragments of pipe show us that people were smoking Cannabis and more than that, it was being smoked in Shakespeare’s garden, the many quotes and references in Shakespeare’s own works and of course the science behind Cannabis’ link to creativity all point towards the Nation’s bard using cannabis as his muse. Without Cannabis, we wouldn’t have had Hendrix, we wouldn’t have had some of the Beatles finest albums and now we can assume we wouldn’t have even had Hamlet. A rather strong case for Cannabis’s powers of productivity.

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Tetragram CEO reveals secrets of success to launching a start-up cannabis company

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Through his years of business experience, Smith knows the keys to success are about having a regimen.

 

“Ultimately what motivates me, regardless of accolades or momentum, it is always hustling like it’s day No. 1. “

 

Smith’s day starts with meditation and a trip to the gym to organize his thoughts and clear his mind. This is his time to not think about Tetragram and to immerse himself in music with a workout playlist that is based on his tasks ahead. 

 

“If it’s a tough day of meetings, I listen to hard core rap, like Ice-T, Scarface, and Dave East. If it’s a more laid back day, I will listen to The Weeknd or J Cole – something more inspirational.”

 

Smith’s gym routine includes a 2-mile run in 14 minutes to get his heart rate going. 

 

After his 74-year-old father’s death of a brain aneurysm about six years ago, Smith realized he didn’t have any way of coping with his untimely passing so he started running and focusing on his own health. 

 

 

“I realized tomorrow is not promised. He worked out every day. He walked every day. He was in fantastic shape. His death was out of the blue. It made me realize, time is the most valuable commodity we have and I don’t waste a minute of it anymore.”

 

 

After years in development, Tetragram was officially born in 2020. In the first year, the app usage far exceeded the company’s projected goals especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, tax revenue generated from medical and adult recreational marijuana topped more than $2 billion. 

 

 

As medical and legal recreational cannabis usage increases, the spike in cannabis-related businesses has also jumped. That is where Smith sets Tetragram apart from other cannabis startups.

 

 

“We are part of the culture. We are grassroots and have credibility. We are tapped into the vibe of the real industry. We have the respect of the OGs in the industry. We are not building tech to get rich, we are building to improve people’s lives. We are here for the people. Our goals are for people who look like me to have a place in this industry.”

 

 

For Smith, the creation of Tetragram began after he nearly died in a 2003 car accident. After the crash that left him with severe head injuries, Smith was prescribed opioids for the pain he was suffering. He quickly knew that was not a solution for his pain and he turned to medical marijuana for relief.

 

 

Finding it difficult to remember what strains helped with types of pain and had what effects, Smith would again begin building another business. He and his fellow cannabis users and Tetragram co-founders, Lucas Roe and Julius Moore, created an easy-to-use app to track, rate, and discover cannabis. 

 

 

Tetragram was recently named one of the best cannabis apps by Cannigma.

 

 

Smith, who also happens to be a member of MENSA, talks about terpenes and cannabinoids like most discuss sports, movies, or music. Smith has truly educated himself about marijuna strains and their effects for pain relief. But more importantly, Smith understands the importance of data and sharing information between cannabis retailers, producers, medical marijuana professionals, and consumers.

 

 

Working with dispensaries, investors, and his team, Smith never stops taking the next steps to propel his cannabis start-up to a much higher level and provide cannabis users with a way to journal their marijuana experiences.

 

 

The next version of Tetragram is scheduled to launch by the Q1 of 2022 with added functionality, including integration with dispensary QR codes and visual data. 

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Cannacurio #48: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard September 2021 | Cannabiz Media

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Dispensaries and retailers have continued to come online this year. We count 1,846 licenses issued through the end of August. Six states issued 100 or more licenses so far with Oklahoma, as usual, taking the lead.  

Key Findings

  • Oklahoma continues its dominant position with 462 (25%) new licenses.
  • We now show Montana as a leader as their caretaker/provider licenses can now be classified as dispensaries.
  • Other leading states include Michigan at 208, Arizona at 125, and Missouri at 120.

The questions that invariably get asked by the market are about licenses not yet available: What about Illinois? Where are the New Jersey and New Mexico licenses? And Georgia!  

What we’ve all seen play out since we started tracking licenses is that there is often a sizable lag in time from when the law is passed to the licenses being awarded, and then for them to actually become active. While Oklahoma started issuing licenses after six months, the timeline in many other jurisdictions is 18-24 months.  

In the meantime, here’s our census of active cannabis dispensary/retail licenses. We currently estimate that 8,212 stores hold these 9,032 licenses since some stores hold a medical and adult license.

Conclusion

The year is still early, and we still believe that 2021 promises to be another year of license growth in some markets. Arizona unleashed 102 new retail licenses to existing dispensary license holders while West Virginia published their list of 100 permitted dispensaries. Georgia and Rhode Island are slated to issue licenses soon, and Illinois has teased their next round of license for quite some time. We’ll keep you posted in future Cannacurios.

In our last update on dispensaries and retailers back in March, we were looking ahead to new licenses coming on board from Rhode Island, Georgia, and Illinois. So far, Rhode Island has been a bust, Illinois decided who should get some of them but cannot issue them, and Georgia got theirs awarded. All eyes are still on New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Connecticut, so stay tuned!

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