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CRB Monitor | Weekly Update | February 18 - 24, 2023
Published on March 7, 2023

Week of February 18 - 24, 2023

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Tier 1 Marijuana-Related Business Counts

Weekly Summary (February 18 - 24, 2023):  

  65,706 1A MRBs +  3,642 1B MRBs =  69,348 total


Tier 1A defined: Businesses in this tier literally touch the cannabis plant at some point along the supply chain from "seed to sale," and are generally licensed by a government agency or regulator. Effectively all of their actual or expected revenue is derived from the cultivation, production, testing or sale of cannabis.

1B MRBs 

Tier 1B defined: Businesses that have a financial or controlling interest in a Tier 1A CRB. CRB Monitor generally considers 1B businesses as seemingly unrelated businesses highlighted as red flags by FinCEN in its marijuana banking guidance and are similar in nature to individual beneficial owners. 

Marijuana Business Licenses

Note: Inactive licenses, unlicensed, and unknown licenses have been excluded.

Beneficial Owners Count

Beneficial owners defined: For beneficial owners, each economic owner or controlling person is classified into one or more categories based on their relationship to the linked CRB including: (1) Owner/Investor, (2) Board Member, (3) Corporate Officer, (4) Executive, (5) Non-commercial Registered Agent or (6) Senior Manager.

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News of Note

A selection of relevant cannabis-related news.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Vertically integrated cannabis operators TPCO and Gold Flora to merge
Alleaves, Leafly ink partnership to expand marijuana product offerings

Negative News

Michigan suspends marijuana processor, warns products were made with illicit THC oil
Lehigh County man charged after 300 pounds of marijuana seized in raid of storage facility near Hamburg
Sacramento officials deny request to boot cannabis dispensary retailer
Scotts Miracle-Gro unit, TerrAscend chair settle dispute over NY marijuana firm

Legalization & Regulation

Virginia Republicans move to defund state marijuana regulator
Delta-8 brouhaha creates marijuana opportunity in next federal Farm Bill
Texas localities could legalize adult-use marijuana under reintroduced bill
Iowa House Democrats introduce recreational marijuana legalization bill
North Carolina Medical Marijuana Bill Approved By Third Senate Committee In Three Days, Heading To Floor
New Hampshire House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill That’s Sponsored By Top Republican And Democratic Lawmakers

Licensing Related

Mendocino growers ask California to address county’s cannabis licensing
New York Governor Visits State’s First Legal Marijuana Retailer Outside Manhattan—But Doesn’t Buy Anything


Government expands access to medical cannabis through authorization of master formulas
Canadian adult-use cannabis sales jump nearly 18% in 2022, hitting CA$4.5 billion

Other News

Budtenders at California cannabis retailer join Teamsters
Local Control 'Cannot Work' in California Cannabis System
California’s annual cannabis sales fell in 2022 for the first time since adult-use launch
Marijuana fintech firm Green Check Verified raises $6 million
Cannabis firm Canopy raising $95 million in convertible debt offering
Marijuana MSO MedMen evaluating sale of assets in three states
Michigan regulators published a bulletin on marijuana business compliance best practices
Oregon economists predict bigger revenues than expected but urge caution in budgeting
IDFPR Warns Individuals of Social Equity Criteria License Lottery Scams
Indigenous cannabis entrepreneurs underrepresented in Canada, data suggests
Cannabis businesses make push to showcase Black-owned brands
Cannabis firm Canopy raising $95 million in convertible debt offering
Arizona Retailers Sold More Than $1.4 Billion In Marijuana Products In 2022, With December Seeing Record Recreational Sales
Alaska Supreme Court Orders Marijuana Records To Be Removed From Conviction Database
Federal Health Agency Issues CBD Warning, While Noting Dispensary Products May Be Safer Than Those Purchased Elsewhere


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