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Cannabis Briefs for August 20, 2019

August 20, 2019

•Beverage industry veterans Rebecca Running and Sommer Walker have released the first wave of products for their new brand, Grateful Sparkling Hemp-Infused Water. The initial lineup consists of Passion Fruit, Coconut, Key Lime, and Blood Orange, all containing 20-mg. of CBD a 12-ounce can. Running and Walker have previously held senior roles at Bacardi USA, Infinium Spirits, Moët Hennessy, and Santo Mezquila, and they count Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar as a partner on Grateful. A 12-pack from Grateful’s website costs $72, with single cans available at preliminary retailers in California and Nevada for $6.

•Bellaire, Michigan-based Short’s Brewing Company has partnered with Green Peak Innovations, a medical cannabis company in the state, to license the brewery’s brand for a line of cannabis edibles and beverages. Some of the first products will include gummies that taste like Short’s fruit rye ale Soft Parade and vaping fluid flavored after Huma Lupa Licious IPA. The companies have formed a joint venture for the infused beverage category that will see Short’s develop infused cold brew coffee, sparkling water, tonics, teas, and lemonade, among others. Michigan voters legalized adult-use cannabis last November; dispensaries are expected to begin opening early next year.

•Oakland, California-based cannabis brand Nug is diversifying into CBD formulations with a new matcha white chocolate bar. In a first for the brand, the bar contains equal parts THC and CBD—100 mg. of each, with the bar divided into 16 break-off squares containing 6.25 mg. apiece. The matcha bar is the brand’s first edible to depart from traditional chocolate flavors and is available across California in dispensaries including Nug’s own store in Sacramento, retailing for around $25.

•San Diego, California-based High Style Brewing recently released Grapefruit Haze, its third dealcoholized, THC-infused beer. Founded last winter, the company also produces Pale Haze and Blood Orange Haze (all 10-mg. of THC a bottle) and distributes to around 40 dispensaries in the state.

•After Health Canada found a second CannTrust facility out of compliance last week, the company announced yesterday that the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), the state-run enterprise in charge of wholesale cannabis distribution in the province and operator of its online store, had deemed its holdings of CannTrust products “Non-Conforming” and would be returning them at CannTrust’s expense. The products listed “constitute all or substantially all of the company’s products currently held at the OCS and are valued at approximately C$2.9 million ($2.2m) in the aggregate,” according a release. Any cannabis grown illegally is automatically considered non-conforming.

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