Worcester’s second medical cannabis dispensary, The Botanist, to open later this month

Source: Worcester Magazine, Bill Shaner 

Worcester second medical cannabis dispensary is set to open later this month in an industrial park space just off I-190. 

The Botanist, at 65 Pullman Street, intends to focus on education and community events at the space, which features sleek wooden display cases for product like cannabis flower, edibles and accessories. 

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Former PM Mulroney joins Acreage Holdings board; New York-based cannabis company holds assets across the U.S., plans to list on CSE after merging with Ontario company

Source: The Globe and Mail

Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, a New York-based cannabis company that also counts former U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner among its directors.

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U.S. Cannabis Business Signs Up Former Canadian Prime Minister

Source: Bloomberg

The U.S. cannabis industry is adding another prominent name from the world of politics.

Brian Mulroney, a Canadian conservative who negotiated the original NAFTA trade deal during his stint as prime minister, is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, a New-York based pot company that’s licensed in 14 states and counts former U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner as an adviser.

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100 Cannabis Leaders 2018 List

Source: Green Entrepreneur

It takes a certain combination of passion and fearlessness to seize opportunity despite massive risks, and that’s what this list is all about. The inaugural Cannabis 100—produced by Green Entrepreneur and PRØHBTD—celebrates those brave entrepreneurs who fought to change societal perceptions, found innovative solutions to problems, and built a multibillion-dollar industry one plant at a time. Meet the movers, shakers and bakers of 2018.

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The first store in a national medical marijuana retail chain has opened in Woodlawn

Source: The Baltimore Sun, Lorraine Mirabella

The Botanist, the first store in a planned national retail chain dispensing medical marijuana, opened Monday in Woodlawn.

The store at 7175 Security Boulevard will serve as the flagship site for a retail brand that owner Acreage Holdings plans to expand to 40 locations in several states by next year. Acreage, a cannabis operator founded in 2014 as High Street Capital Partners, runs growing, processing and dispensing facilities in 14 states. Former House speaker John Boehner serves on its board.

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Legal Weed: How Republicans Learned to Love Marijuana

Source: Newsweek, Alexandra Hutzler

Jason Isaac, a fourth-generation Texan and conservative state representative, has a clear memory of his first mind-­expanding encounter with marijuana.

It was January 2015, and the Texas state Capitol building was swarming with lawmakers returning to work. Two women were sitting on the stairwell opposite his office, waiting for him. He sat down with the pair—his constituents—and heard their stories. One had a child with intractable epilepsy, the other a child with severe autism.

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Federal Drug Policies Go Too Far At The Canadian Border

Source: Forbes, Kevin Murphy

Acreage CEO Kevin Murphy has been invited by Forbes to write a monthly column that covers trends, politics and investment insights related to the cannabis industry. In his inaugural article, Kevin looks into the disturbing actions that the U.S. Customs and Border Control has taken against Canadians with an association to legal cannabis.

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Cannabis specialist Acreage eyes national footprint as it raises $119 million

Source: The Street

Cannabis specialist Acreage Holdings plans to publicly list common stock through a reverse merger on the Canadian Securities Exchange in the fall after a $119 million Series E funding round from private investors, the New York-based company said Monday. Including the latest round, Acreage has raised about $225 million in invested capital. 

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Marijuana cultivator Acreage Holdings raises $119 million and eyes Canada listing

Source: Cheddar, Jacqueline Corba

Cannabis operator Acreage Holdings closed a $119 million financing round from private investors, the largest ever in the U.S. marijuana industry.

"We tried to go after institutional investors and had a fair amount of traction," Acreage Holdings President George Allen told Cheddar on Monday. "But for the most part they were very slow to move onto this opportunity relative to people who have had some personal connection to it. And frankly until they figure out banking reform for cannabis it's very hard for institutional investors to participate."

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CEO discusses taking Acreage Holdings public in Canada

Source: Midas Letter Live

Kevin Murphy, the CEO of Acreage Holdings, one of the largest private, vertically and horizontally integrated cannabis investment company’s in the USA, discusses their history and expansion across the nation, already operating in 11 states nationwide. The company has future plans to become a publicly traded and owned entity in Canada, due to the new legality of cannabis since the passing of bill C-45 in Ottawa. Kevin outlines the company’s growing operations, extraction product manufacturing and retail profile, as well as how they are looking to continuously grow its already established footprint to create a leading national and global brand.

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