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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE – Wonderbrett, a legendary West Coast cannabis brand best known for world-renowned genetics, exotic terpene profiles and pioneering cultivation techniques, announced the launch of the brand’s ultra-premium indoor flower and rare strains in Michigan, in partnership with Michigan operator Cloud Cannabis Co.. The first-of-its-kind strategic cultivation partnership was first announced in September 2021. 
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Wonderbrett's sell-out strain "Orange Banana"

Together, the two “people-first” operators have co-designed a state-of-the-art grow facility that will provide Michigan customers with the safest, ultra-premium cannabis strains available.

Wonderbrett founders Brett Feldman and Cameron Damwijk spent decades in California perfecting the output of cannabis flavor and terpene profiles with custom-designed irrigation systems, time-tested growing techniques and a creative approach to strain selection. Cloud Cannabis sought a true cultivation partnership with the founding growers, wherein the company could provide its extensive distribution network, dispensaries and grow facility in exchange for a true collaborative partnership on the design and build of its recently acquired cultivation facility, and Wonderbrett’s gift for creative flavor selection. 

“We knew launching in Michigan would be an important moment in our company’s history and the only way to do it authentically would be to collaborate with our partners on the cultivation design and harvesting process,” Damwijk said. “That’s why I spent the past year working directly with Cloud Cannabis Co. leadership and their cultivation team to design and engineer a customized, state-of-the-art facility that’s fine-tuned for consistent small batch, craft style harvests of our strains at scale. I’m excited to see the result of our hard work. To walk into Cloud’s stores and see people engaging with our products is an indescribable feeling.”  

Wonderbrett’s sell-out strains: “Grapes of Wrath,” “Orange Banana” and “Peach OZ” will first become available at Cloud Cannabis stores across the state in pre-rolls and 1/8th-ounce jars. Wonderbrett’s other famed strains: “Black Orchid,” “Pink Picasso” and “Melon OG” will come online in the weeks and months to follow. 

"Our work with Wonderbrett is a true operational and cultural partnership,” said Tyson Macdonald, chief financial officer at Cloud Cannabis. “Together, we’ve built something the Michigan market can be proud of for years to come. The cannabis industry in our state is leading the way for record-breaking recreational cannabis sales, and yet it has been sorely lacking products that deliver on flavor and potency. The quality, flavor and experience of what we’ve released today will change that.” 

Digging his heels in the sand to avoid moving forward with a proposed medical cannabis bill in 2021, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves now finds his veto card fading quickly in 2022. 

That’s because the House passed an amended version of the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, 105-14, on Jan. 19, displaying overwhelming bipartisan support of a legalization effort that ignited with November 2020’s voter-approved Initiative 65. The state’s Supreme Court struck down that initiative on signature-gathering technicality in May 2021, and state lawmakers have been working on crafting legislation since.  

RELATED: Mississippi Supreme Court Overturns Voter-Approved Ballot Initiative for Medical Cannabis

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Rep. Lee Yancey

“Why are we here?” Rep. Lee Yancey asked on the House floor Wednesday. “We’re here because in November of 2020 there was a ballot initiative. In that ballot initiative, [68.5 percent] of the people indicated they wanted a medical marijuana program. They indicated that that was something they thought would be good for relief for those who were suffering.”

Despite the Mississippi Legislature’s 2021 adjournment coming a month before the Supreme Court decision, state Sen. Kevin Blackwell and Yancey, both Republicans, began working on a legislative pathway aimed at honoring the voters’ will while the congressional body was out of session.

But that legislative effort came to a standstill in fall 2021, when Reeves refused to call a special session. Despite opposing Initiative 65, the governor indicated his willingness to call a special session should Senate and House leaders come to a compromise proposal that attracted majority support in both chambers.

CHICAGO – January 20, 2022 — PRESS RELEASE — Cresco Labs, a vertically integrated multistate operator and a U.S. wholesaler of branded cannabis products, today announced an exclusive partnership agreement with multi-platinum-selling, GRAMMY and Golden Globe Award-nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa’s brand, Khalifa Kush. Through the cultivation and product collaboration partnership, FloraCal Farms and Continuum will be the sole producer and distributor, respectively, of premium branded products featuring Khalifa Kush’s signature “KK” strain in California.

“Wiz Khalifa has been a longtime advocate for cannabis legalization, with a namesake OG strain beloved by many in other states. Today, we’re thrilled to bring his brand to cannabis lovers and his fans in California,” said David Gacom, West Region Regional President at Cresco Labs. “We’re focused on bringing a curated portfolio of leading brands to California retailers, and Khalifa Kush is a natural addition with its focus on delivering top quality cannabis. We’re excited to work with the talented Khalifa Kush team to grow its cannabis and commercialize its products.”

"We're excited to launch Khalifa Kush in California with Cresco Labs, we've been working for years on this project." said Wiz Khalifa. "The KK grown at FloraCal is the best I've smoked and can't wait for the people of California to enjoy the original KK."

“FloraCal Farms and Continuum, with their best-in-class cultivation capabilities and significant scale and penetration, have proven to be the premier cultivator and distribution platform in the largest and most competitive market in the country, and we’re honored to partner with their teams to expand Khalifa Kush’s footprint in California,” said DJ Saul, CEO of Khalifa Kush.

Initial products available to California consumers will include flower and pre-rolls, with an expanded line to arrive later in the year. Khalifa Kush products will be sold exclusively at Cookies stores at launch, with expansion to additional retail partners throughout the year.

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Jan. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- PRESS RELEASE -- Curaleaf Holdings, Inc., an international provider of consumer products in cannabis, today announced plans to open two new dispensaries in Pennsylvania. Curaleaf's latest locations in Greensburg and Wayne will increase the company's retail footprint to 14 dispensaries statewide and 125 across the country. Two additional locations, Curaleaf Erie (7891 Peach St.) and Curaleaf State College (1248 S Atherton St.), are expected to open by the end of February, pending regulatory approval.

Curaleaf Greensburg, located at 5133 US-30, is the first of the dispensaries to hold a Grand Opening today, Jan. 20. Curaleaf Wayne, located at 707 Lancaster Ave., has already undergone a soft opening and will celebrate its Grand Opening on Thursday, Jan. 27. The company's newest retail locations are dedicated to being a leading resource in research-based patient education and advocacy. Patients will have access to a selection of Curaleaf's top-selling vaporizer and whole flower products, including Select Elite, Select Elite Live, Grassroots Full-Spectrum RSOs, RSO capsules, prepackaged flower, distillate cartridges, strain-specific vape cartridges, as well as cured and live concentrates.

Since becoming a Clinical Registrant recognized by the Commonwealth's Department of Health in 2020, Curaleaf's Pennsylvania subsidiaries have supported research initiatives examining the potential benefits of cannabis by providing medical marijuana and guidance to patients. Curaleaf's first-in-the-nation research program builds upon the company's ongoing efforts to provide clinically supported resources to Pennsylvania's over 681,000 registered patients.

"Curaleaf is proud to broaden its scope of patient care and provide premium medical marijuana products to our Greensburg and Wayne medical communities," said Chief Executive Officer Joe Bayern. "Our latest retail expansion allows us to further support patients in the state of Pennsylvania and work with esteemed scientists on essential medical marijuana studies that will empower both physicians and patients to make confident and informed decisions."

In addition to Curaleaf's latest two locations, the company also serves patients through its Curaleaf dispensaries in Altoona, Bradford, Brookville, City Avenue, DuBois, Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Horsham, King of Prussia, Lebanon, Morton and Philadelphia. In the coming weeks, Curaleaf will offer grand opening discounts to veterans, seniors and first-time patients at all Pennsylvania locations. For more information on store openings, along with product offerings and hours of operation, please visit https://curaleaf.com/locations#pennsylvania.

BOCA RATON, Florida, January 19, 2022 - PRESS RELEASE - ACS Laboratory, a cannabis and hemp testing facility in the eastern U.S., has developed the THCOa Safety Bundle Test, a testing panel to test for THC-O acetate (THCOa), acetic anhydride, and other specific cannabinoids. With the THCOa Safety Bundle, ACS Laboratory now tests for a total of 22 cannabinoids.

"When creating our THCOa Safety Bundle, we not only took the time to create a method for THCOa, but also a method for the potential harmful chemical, acetic anhydride, that is used as a reactor–to ensure safety and purity for the consumer and for ACS Laboratory to continue to be a good corporate citizen," said Roger Brown, ACS Laboratory president. "Although there is excitement surrounding this cannabinoid, safety is our main priority, and we strongly encourage suppliers to test beyond potency to ensure safety."

 

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“Lean and mean” is the current approach at Lake County, Calif., cultivator Napa Valley Fumé, company founder and CEO Eric Sklar tells Cannabis Business Times.

The company is pivoting from a partnership with Eaze to more brand development. “Eaze has picked up those delivery dispensaries as they’ve gone vertical, and our entire focus is on our brands, both fumé and LAKE GRADE,” Sklar said.

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Eric Sklar

The company plans to launch more brands this year, Sklar said, adding, “And [we’re] really excited because that was the goal from the very beginning, was to be a house of brands—a small handful of really super-high-quality brands. Whatever the price point, we want the quality to be one of the best in that niche.”

RELATED: Napa Valley Fumé: Chicken Soup & Camaraderie Part of the Company Culture Recipe

Changes at the company mirror some of the predictions that Sklar has for the wider cannabis industry in 2022—sustainable growth for businesses and more product development. But Sklar has additional hopes for the industry, both as a whole and specific to the Western U.S.

CBT caught up with Sklar, who has been involved in national, state, and local politics, and serves on the California Fish and Game Commission, to discuss his cannabis industry predictions for this year—from M&A to banking to possible California tax abatements.

The CEO of Ohio-based medical cannabis cultivator and manufacturer Ancient Roots LLC has been cut off from his company’s facilities and record books by the state’s Department of Commerce (DOC).

David Haley, who founded the company in 2018, had his employee license suspended by DOC last week, roughly two months after department officials first began investigating accusations by regulators that Ancient Roots was giving out samples of cannabis grown at his facility, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

DOC officials allege that Haley provided free cannabis products to visitors at his Wilmington facility, just northeast of Cincinnati. The sampled product had been intended for retail distribution, and Ancient Roots’ records inaccurately showed those samples remained in the company’s processing inventory after Haley allegedly gave them away.

Under rules, regulations and guidelines set forth by Ohio’s Board of Pharmacy, and the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program—following Ohio voters’ approval of Issue 3 in the November 2015 election, and subsequent passage of House Bill 523 by the state Legislature in September 2016—handing out free samples of cannabis is prohibited. The sample ban applies to those licensed by the state program, but also to events, expos, job fairs, parties and the like.

After Ancient Roots passed its final inspection in November 2018, the company began operating as a tier-2 cultivation license holder—the smaller of two license types—meaning it was limited to 3,000, 6,000 and 9,000 square feet of cultivation space during its first three years of operation.

Under a proposed medical cannabis expansion bill in Ohio, tier-2 license holders would be able to expand their operation to 20,000 square feet, while tier-1 licensees would be able to expand from 25,000 to 75,000 square feet.

Roughly 70% of California’s cannabis businesses currently hold provisional licenses ahead of a June 30 deadline to secure annual licenses through the state.

That’s why the Sacramento Office of Cannabis Management plans to use a $5.7-million grant from California’s Department of Cannabis Control to hire experts to help business owners transition from provisional to annual licenses, according to Davina Smith, the office’s manager.

When California launched legal adult-use cannabis sales on Jan. 1, 2018, the state allowed cannabis businesses to operate under provisional licenses, which have since been renewed on an annual basis, to give businesses time to work through the necessary requirements to get a more permanent annual license.

“Now, it’s become a situation where the provisional licenses need to end on the state level, and they want to only issue annual licenses,” Smith said. “They’re looking at how they can resolve these issues, and they’ve enlisted the help of local jurisdictions that permit cannabis … to assist them in that. So, Sacramento got a grant, as well as a number of other cities and counties across the state that license cannabis.”

The Office of Cannabis Management is Sacramento’s regulatory body that issues local cannabis permits and takes enforcement action on the permits, such as revocation or denial. The office also creates policies to govern the local cannabis industry, as well as operates a social equity program, called the CORE program, which aims to support minority-owned businesses.

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Jan. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- PRESS RELEASE -- Curaleaf Holdings, Inc., an international provider of consumer products in cannabis, today announced plans to open two new dispensaries in Florida by the end of this month. The expansion will increase the company's retail footprint to 44 dispensaries statewide and 119 across the country. 

Curaleaf Tampa Bay Mabry, located at 13755 North Dale Mabry Highway, opened on Jan. 15 and Curaleaf Largo, located at 10289 Ulmerton Road, is expected to open later this month, subject to final regulatory approvals. In December, Curaleaf added four additional dispensaries in Stuart, Lady Lake, Wesley Chapel and Miami to continue to expand access to the company's quality products and services. 

Florida has evolved into one of the largest and fastest growing medical markets in the country. Curaleaf has quickly expanded its retail presence and cultivation footprint and introduced more innovative products, including Select Squeeze, Select Bites, Select Nano Bites, and its breakthrough vape hardware Cliq by Select, which features a proprietary gravity-fed pod and variable battery voltage settings, allowing patients to customize cannabis consumption experiences to their individual preferences. The company's Florida growth strategy resulted in significant gains last year, with Curaleaf doubling its market share to fifteen percent in the state. 

"We are excited to kick off this year continuing our momentum of expansion and growth in Florida," said Matt Darin, president of Curaleaf. "Throughout this year our patients can expect to see Curaleaf continue to lead the Florida market with new innovative products and convenient new locations." 

For more information on Curaleaf's latest openings in Florida, along with product offerings and hours of operation, please visit www.curaleaf.com/locations/#florida.

Applicants for Illinois’ new craft grow licenses are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in rent payments and losing contracts with experts they had lined up to help run their businesses as they wait for the state to tell them what they all want to know—whether they are among the 60 who will ultimately be awarded a license.

That is according to a brief filed by Irina Dashevsky and Ryan Holz, partners in Greenspoon Marder’s Cannabis Law Practice who are working on a case that has landed in the Illinois Supreme Court.

The case is one of several pieces of litigation pending in the state as officials slog through their licensing process to issue new adult-use cannabis dispensary and craft grow licenses to social equity applicants.

Illinois awarded 32 craft grow licenses last summer and was required by law to issue 60 additional craft grow licenses by Dec. 21, 2021, Dashevsky told Cannabis Business Times.

When they announced the initial 32 license winners, state officials said they would issue the next 60 licenses to members of the same applicant pool, Dashevsky added, which was not required under Illinois’ adult-use cannabis law.

The New Mexico Cannabis Control Division (CCD) has issued its first adult-use retail and manufacturing licenses, according to a department press release.

“With each day New Mexico’s adult-use cannabis industry is growing,” CCD Director Kristen Thomson said in a public statement. “Bringing manufacturers and retailers online is an important milestone that allows more businesses, entrepreneurs and communities to maximize the economic opportunities adult-use cannabis sales will provide. These three licensees alone plan to hire nearly 130 full- and part-time workers.”

The first retail licenses were awarded to two Albuquerque-based businesses, Enchanted Botanicals and Dulce Cannabis.

Enchanted Botanicals plans to open two locations in the city, one in Nob Hill and one at San Mateo and Menaul, while Dulce Cannabis plans to open a location on Carlisle Boulevard in Albuquerque.

RELATED: New Mexico Issues First Adult-Use Cannabis Licenses

Delta-8 remains to be a popular conversation amongst those in the cannabis and hemp industries in 2022.

States are continuing to take different approaches to regulating delta-8–with some already implementing bans and others filing legislation to regulate and tax its sales

And Ohio has joined in on the recent delta-8 action, as the state's Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) recently filed proposed rule updates with the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

One of the proposed rule changes includes updating the definition of THC and the definition of THC content to include delta-8 and other related isomers specifically.

The proposed definition of THC in the document is as follows:

"Tetrahydrocannabinol" or "THC" means all naturally or artificially derived tetrahydrocannabinols, or any structural, optical, or geometric isomers, or analogs of tetrahydrocannabinols. This includes, but is not limited to, Delta-1 tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta-6 tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta 3,4 tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta-8-tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol; Delta-10 tetrahydrocannabinol; and any other cannabinoid that the Department determines to have an intoxicating or psychoactive effect.

NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2022 –PRESS RELEASE – Columbia Care Inc., one of the largest andmost experienced cultivators, manufacturers and providers of medical andadult-use cannabis products in the United States, has hired Derek Watson as chieffinancial officer. Watson brings more than 30 years of finance and leadershipexperience to the role, including in strategy, investor relations, informationtechnology, tax, treasury, accounting, financial planning and analysis,operational improvement, and risk management.

“The search for our new CFO was ahighly selective and competitive process,” Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vitasaid. “This role is pivotal to our growth and will be the most importantleadership position as we navigate what the future holds for banking,investments and funding in the cannabis industry. We have found the right matchin Derek and are thrilled to welcome him on board next week. His decades ofexperience will serve him well, and his hands-on dedication to collaborationand innovation are exactly what we need in a CFO to take us into the next phaseof our company.”

Vita added, “We are extremelygrateful to Michael Livingstone for stepping in as interim CFO, and to ourentire finance team for supporting this transition.”

Prior to joining ColumbiaCare, Watson served as the chief financial and commercial officer at Tastes onthe Fly, a private equity-backed, national consumer retail company based inCalifornia. He has also held CFO roles at two other consumer companies, StarrRestaurants and Samba Brands, and as CFO and VP of strategic initiatives atSchindler Elevator, the U.S. subsidiary of Schindler Holding AG.

Watson began his career atKPMG where he spent 20 years providing audit and consulting services, includingas a partner and practice leader, and served private and Fortune 500 companiesacross a variety of industries while based in London, Prague, New York andPhiladelphia.

“Columbia Care is already aleader in this evolving industry and has significant long-term growthopportunities,” Watson said. “I am privileged to join an innovative leadershipteam focused on expanding its market presence, and I look forward to workingclosely with all stakeholders to drive continued success.”

TORONTO and WARREN, Mich., Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PRESS RELEASE -- Red White & Bloom Brands Inc., a multi-state cannabis operator and house of premium brands, via its RWB Michigan LLC wholly owned subsidiary, has closed on a lease assignment for a 15,000-square-foot manufacturing/processing and distribution facility in Warren, Mich. and has been issued both Medical and Adult Use licenses. Operations at the facility commenced this week. RWB will immediately begin manufacturing medical and adult use cannabis products with all necessary equipment already installed and inspections completed.

“This Warren facility allows us to centralize distribution for our ‘house of premium brands’ in Michigan and finally report all of our Platinum Vape wholesale sales on a much less confusing and straightforward basis,” announced RWB CEO and Chairman Brad Rogers. “We will be expanding the wildly popular Platinum Vape brand to include gummies and chocolates to capitalize on the existing brand equity we command in Michigan. The facility provides the production capacity to expand sales of our award-winning brands from the 250+ Michigan dispensaries that carry them to the state’s 400+ dispensaries.”

Hiring 30 Full-Time Employees

RWB Michigan will now begin to hire 30 full-time employees in the coming weeks, with intentions to grow the workforce in Warren to 50 in 2022. A wide variety of positions are available including many higher-paid, skilled positions ranging from frontline employees to PhDs specializing in product formulations. To apply, email inquiries and credentials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In addition, visit www.RedWhiteBloom.com for more information and the job fair links once they are available.

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NORWOOD,Mass., Jan. 18, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE – MariMedInc., a leading multistate cannabis operator focused on improving livesevery day, announced it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Green GrowthGroup Inc., holder of a provisional cannabis craft license in Illinois. Thetransaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatoryapprovals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Thistransaction will enable MariMed to add cultivation, manufacturing anddistribution to its existing retail cannabis operations in the state. MariMedwill bring its full product portfolio of award-winning and top-selling brands,genetics and products to one of the top cannabis markets in the United States.

“Thisacquisition allows MariMed to be a vertically integrated cannabis operator inIllinois, where we already operate four high-performing Thrive-brandeddispensaries,” MariMed CEO Bob Fireman said. “It is an important part of ourstrategic growth plan to increase our revenue and profits by expanding in thehigh-growth states in which we currently operate. Illinois regulations providefor our company to own up to 10 dispensaries and three craft licenses.”

“Beingvertical in Illinois will improve our gross margins at our retail stores andprovide the company wholesale revenue from the sale of our branded products toother dispensaries,” added Jon Levine, chief financial officer of MariMed. “Thecompletion of this transaction, in addition to the recently announcedacquisition of a Maryland cannabis business, are both important steps in theexecution of MariMed’s strategic growth plan.”

Forthis craft license, the company will acquire a building to develop up to 14,000square feet of canopy for cultivation, build an extraction lab to produceconcentrates, and build a production kitchen for the manufacture of edibles andother derivative products. A transportation license also being acquired willenable the company to wholesale its products throughout Illinois.

Thecompany intends to manufacture and distribute in Illinois its proprietarybrands and products, including its Betty’s Eddies fruit chews, whichwas one of the top-selling edibles in the state until 2019 through a third-partylicensing agreement, its award-winning Nature’s Heritage flower andconcentrates, its Bubby’s Baked soft and chewy baked edibles, andmore.

New Mexico regulators have temporarily doubled the number of cannabis plants that licensed producers can grow ahead of the state’s adult-use launch, according to NM Political Report.

The emergency rule went into effect Jan. 13 and increases the maximum number of mature cannabis plants from 10,000 to 20,000, the news outlet reported.

“The Division has considered demand estimates provided by applicants and licensees in the cannabis industry,” Kristen Thomson, director of New Mexico’s Cannabis Control Division, wrote in documents filed with the state’s Commission of Public Records, according to NM Political Report. “Projected market demand shows that the demand for regulated cannabis will increase year-to-year as more cannabis consumers move from the illicit market to the regulated market. The supply of medical cannabis will become increasingly threatened without an adequate supply of plants.”

New Mexico is slated to launch legal adult-use cannabis sales in April, and plant count limits have been the source of controversy in the state’s medical program since it launched in 2014.

RELATED: Carver Family Farm Plans to Bring Quality, Variety to New Mexico’s Adult-Use Market: The Starting Line

Delaware Rep. Ed Osienski has filed a new adult-use legalization bill with changes that he believes will increase its chances of passing, according to a Delaware Public Media report.

The Delaware House Health and Human Development Committee approved Osienski’s adult-use legalization proposal last year, but the bill ultimately stalled after debate over a social equity fund included in the legislation.

RELATED: Delaware Lawmaker Will Reintroduce Cannabis Legalization Bill in January

This year’s proposal, House Bill 35, does not include the fund, which would have helped social equity applicants establish businesses in the cannabis industry, according to Delaware Public Media.

In its place, Osienski has proposed that a portion of the tax revenue generated from legal cannabis sales support the Justice Reinvestment Fund, which aims to address the effects of the war on drugs on many of Delaware’s communities, the news outlet reported.

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission moved to tweak the number of medical cannabis dispensaries allowed in each of the state’s eight designated zones Jan. 13, paving the way for regulators to grant the last of the state’s 40 retail licenses.

The last two dispensary licenses will go to Green Remedies Group, which will locate in Garland County, and T&C Management, which will operate in Texarkana, according to an Arkansas Business report.

The 2016 voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized medical cannabis in Arkansas allowed the state to license a maximum of 40 dispensaries, the news outlet reported, and the Medical Marijuana Commission has since licensed 38 retailers in eight designated zones across the state.

Six of the eight zones have five dispensaries each, but Zone 6, which includes Garland County, and Zone 8 in Southwest Arkansas, only have four retailers each, Arkansas Business reported.

Medical Marijuana Commission Chairman James Miller proposed last week that regulators should add an additional dispensary in each of those two zones, according to the news outlet, and the rule change allowed the commission to consider dispensary applications received in 2017, which were rejected when retail licenses were initially issued.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 18, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE – Trulieve Cannabis Corp., a leading and top-performing cannabis company in the U.S., announced an expanded partnership with Connected Cannabis Co., a premier cannabis cultivator. Through this agreement, Trulieve will be the exclusive producer, processor and retailer of Connected branded products throughout Florida.

Connected branded products will be available later this year exclusively at Trulieve's 111 Florida dispensaries. Trulieve already partners with Connected in Arizona.

"Trulieve is excited about expanding our partnership with Connected as we continue seeking ways to benefit our patients," Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said. "Connected maintains a portfolio of proprietary top-shelf strains that our customers and patients desire in other markets, and we anticipate a similar response in Florida."

Connected has been building a proprietary genetics portfolio of premium strains and meticulously cultivating cannabis at scale since 2009. With more than a decade of industry experience, Connected is known as a leading brand in the cannabis space and a pioneer in the industry.

"We're proud to expand our successful partnership with Trulieve to bring our award-winning Connected and Alien Labs products to the East Coast," Connected co-founder Caleb Counts said.

Sam Ghods, CEO of Connected, added, "We value their leadership as the top operator in the state and share their commitment to providing customers with the best products possible."

CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2022 – PRESS RELEASE – Cresco Labs, a vertically integrated multistate operator and the No. 1 U.S. wholesaler of branded cannabis products, is expanding its Sunnyside brand in Pennsylvania with a new store located at 28 W. Skippack Pike in Ambler. This location becomes the company’s 10th store in Pennsylvania and 47th dispensary nationwide.

“We are thrilled to be opening our 10th store in Pennsylvania, a continuation of our strategy of going deeper in our footprint and tailoring to individual state dynamics,” Cresco Labs CEO and co-founder Charlie Bachtell said. “With our CPG and wholesale focus, we’ve been able to take the top market share in Pennsylvania according to Headset. Adding additional fully owned retail will support our brand building and provide more access to Cresco Labs’ amazing products for patients across Pennsylvania.”

Located in the borough of Ambler, north of Philadelphia, the dispensary is a few miles away from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, a superhighway transporting thousands of people daily east-west across the state. Sunnyside Ambler resides in an area home to large facilities operated by major pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Janssen.

The dispensary will be open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Patients can place online orders, browsing live inventory, on www.Sunnyside.shop and pick up orders in-store the same day. Store phone is 267-405-2622.

For more information about Sunnyside, visit www.sunnyside.shop.

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