As the year winds down, industry moves heat up

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The year is winding down and Business of Cannabis will be (mostly) taking next week off. But plenty is happening this week:

On BofC Live this week, we’ll check in with Tanner Stewart of Stewart Farms about sustainably packaging in the sector (Tuesday) and with Liz Stahura of BDSA – our Official Insights Partner – about what they have learned throughout 2020. 

And it was definitely not a dull week in cannabis last week – as a merger heard round North America was announced between Tilray and Aphria – which even prompted a Bruce Linton sighting. And in an apparent race to cut as much as possible – just like Canopy – Aurora is shutting major facilities. 

Read on…

Signaling another major shakeup in the Canadian (and North American) cannabi sector, Tilray and Aphria are merging. Global

MJ Biz Daily’s Matt Lamers is not impressed…

The merger did allow us into former Canopy CEO Bruce Linton’s office for his thoughts (and new COVID look!)

To other cannabis giants:

Aurora is shutting aand shedding facilities – and may have lined up a buyer for two of them. MJ Biz Daily, MJ Biz Daily

And as Aurora is closing facilities and cutting back staff, long-time science-y folks have left – and apparently have things to say.

First, (now former) Chief Science Officer Jonathan Page:

And now Dr. Shane Morris’ response…

Trying to catch up with their union brethren in LiUNA deal with Starseed/WeedMD, the auto workers’ union Unifor is trying to get medical cannabis benefits covered – and they’ve partnered with Aleafia to be their partner once it happens. London Free Press

2021 will likely be the largest single ramp up of legal cannabis shops in Canada. No better time than the present to talk about how the Ontario Cannabis Store disadvantages private retailers. Mugglehead

Speaking of the OCS, they put out new figures about the rate by which the legal market is cutting into the not-so-legal market. MJ Biz Daily

Have a good week everyone. Stay safe out there.

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