Due to the stark disconnect between federal and state laws, banking still remains a huge problem within the industry. Many of the issues can be sourced back to 2013 when the United States Department of Justice implemented an investigation into businesses they believed were most at risk for fraud and money laundering, in an operation they called “Operation Choke Point”.
On June 25th 2019, Illinois became the 11th state, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize adult-use cannabis, and the first to do so by the legislative process. This followed a long month of anticipation after the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed the measure 66-47 in late May, and it was sent over to the desk of Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Last week, news came out that Canopy Growth might be acquiring Acerage Holdings for $3.4B - a big number when you consider that the entire global industry is worth about $18B. But this landmark announcement has some caveats. Here’s our breakdown of the deal:
A few weeks ago, we held our annual Jumpstart Conference where we brought together industry professionals from different verticals to talk about issues related to starting-up and operating in the space.
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