MediPharm Labs announces supply deal earmarked for future white-label products 

MediPharm Labs notched a significant supply deal on Thursday. The company said it entered into several purchase agreements to secure 9,000 kilograms of dried cannabis supply in the last three weeks in June. The additional flower supply will be used for increased production for future cannabis extraction sales in order to meet the mandatory minimum monthly volume requirements to win new large white-label contracts, the company said. MediPharm Labs recently announced a white-label deal with Ace Valley to launch a premium line of cannabis extract-based vape pens later this year.

Green Growth Brands extends CBD product reach with Abercrombie & Fitch

Green Growth Brands is extending its deal with retailer Abercrombie & Fitch to supply 160 stores with the company’s CBD products. Green Growth Brands previously piloted its CBD-infused body lotions, muscle balms, lip balms and sugar scrubs in 10 A&F stores in Massachusetts, California, Colorado and Nevada. The products are made with CBD derived from hemp, which was legalized with the U.S. farm bill in December. Analysts say the deal will increase Green Growth’s distribution footprint for its CBD-infused topicals and allow it to capture incremental market share in its CBD segment.

Canopy Growth officially implements Acreage Holdings deal 

Canopy Growth’s deal to acquire the option to potentially acquire U.S. cannabis operator Acreage Holdings is officially implemented. Both companies issued a press release announcing the deal has been officially approved by both regulators and shareholders, allowing Canopy to disseminate US$300 million to Acreage’s shareholders around July 3. Acreage will continue to operate as a stand-alone entity and to conduct its business independently until U.S. laws change to make cannabis federally legal.

California cannabis retailers charging brands high monthly fees for premium shelf space 

“Pay-to-play” is coming to the cannabis industry. MJBizDaily reports that California cannabis retailers are charging brands for shelf space, asking anywhere from US$1,000 to US$50,000 a month depending on how much shelf space they want and in how many stores. Critics of the practice – also known as “slotting fees” – say purchasing for shelf space will shift the playing field in favour of larger companies looking to suck up as much market share and brand loyalty as possible. The practice could actually be illegal under California state law, although that is more likely to be determined on a case-by-case basis.


"Some of you may have jumped the gun."
-- Mick Jagger, frontman for The Rolling Stones, speaking to an audience in Chicago on Tuesday, referencing how Illinois will legalize recreational marijuana January 2020.

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