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May 4 | 200 People Out, $245 Million In

Never a dull moment in the cannabis industry.

Last week saw the largest cannabis company in the world (Canopy) become 200 people less big, but at the same time saw a giant beverage company (Constellation) take an even bigger stake (38%).

Not to be outdone, giants in the US sector made news - first with a CEO departure (iAnthus) and with a major move into retail (High Times).

And from relatively standard - even if important - news to something completely ridiculous: a CEO of a publicly traded company (Ravenquest) has allegedly made off with the financial records of the now broke firm…

Only in cannabis.

Read on...

Canopy Growth downsized even further last week, seeing 200 (more) folks being shown the door. Reuters 

A tough blow - and it comes with a reminder: if you are seeking work or looking for talented employees to hire, visit the Cannabis Talent Help List - add your name or find talented people. Cannabis Talent Help List

In likely not unrelated news - Constellation upped their stake in Canopy Growth - which now stands at 38 percent. Yahoo Finance

The iconic publication High Times is moving into retail. More specifically, the bought and are moving into Harvest Health + Recreation’s 13 California retail shops. Benzinga

iAnthus Capital CEO Hadley Ford abruptly resigned last week after an investigation about a questionable personal loan. Burlington Free Press

Also making a departure from cannabis last week, former RCMP Commissioner Julian Fantino resigned from Aleafia Health’s board of directors. Reston Recorder

Not to be outdone in the wild world of cannabis, George Robinson, the CEO Ravenquest resigned last week - and (allegedly) took the financial records with him until he gets paid. A story too good not to read. Equity Guru

From the ridiculous to the not-unexpected: the Ontario Cannabis Store extended their (free) direct-to-door delivery options. Ontario Cannabis Store

And if you happen to be in Toronto, Fire & Flower has new delivery options for you too. News Release

Speaking of the intersection of Province-run cannabis shops and the private sector: New Brunswick’s review of running cannabis retail is back on track. MJ Biz Daily

And while we’re in New Brunswick, the scope of the class action lawsuit against Organigram from the 2016 pesticide incident was severely diminished in scope last week. News Release

Finally, nearly every corner of the world is moving toward legalization: Lebanon and New Zealand included. MJ Biz Daily + Marijuana Moment

The Week Ahead

Monday, May 4
9 am | On A High Podcast with Ally McIlwraith, BRNT Designs
APPLE | SPOTIFY | WEB

10 am | BofC Live with George Smitherman, Cannabis Council of Canada
LIVE STREAM

Tuesday, May 5
9 am | Benchmark Newsletter 
LAST WEEK'S BENCHMARK | RECREATIONAL CANNABIS SOLD IN CANADA, FEB. 2020

10 am | BofC Live with Kayla Mann, Habitat Life
LIVE STREAM

Wednesday, May 6
10 am | BofC Live with Michael Garbuz, High 12 Brands + Materia Ventures
LIVE STREAM

Thursday, May 7
9 am | Job of the Week Newsletter
LAST WEEK'S JOB OF THE WEEK |  CONTROLLER, COQUITLAM, BC 

10 am | BofC Live with Tanner Stewart, Co-Founder, Stewart Farms
LIVE STREAM

Friday, May 8
10 am | BofC Live - Guest TBA
LIVE STREAM

Noon | Lunch + Learn - Guest TBA

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On A High Podcast
Hosts: Donna Bishop and Michelle Bilodeau

On this episode of On a High, Ally McIlwraith, Director of Marketing at BRNT Designs join the podcast to talk about their design-focused, hand-crafted cannabis accessories. In Canadian retail stores nation-wide and online.









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