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Cannabis Briefs for June 23, 2020

June 23, 2020

•Napa Valley-based House of Saka is adding a Chardonnay to its line of cannabis wines. Called Saka White, it joins Saka Pink, which is made from rosé of Pinot Noir. Like its predecessor, Saka White delivers approximately 5mg of THC per glass, and is made with Napa Valley appellation and varietal-specific fruit. Now available in dispensaries throughout California, Saka White retails at $45 on House of Saka’s website.

•Acreage Holdings subsidiary Wellness Connection of Maine is suing the city of Portland, Maine over its residency requirement for cannabis businesses. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, alleges that the city’s adult-use licensing preference for residents violates the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause. The city awards its licenses—capped at 20—using a scoring system that gives extra points to companies that demonstrate five years of residency. The state was also recently sued on similar grounds, which resulted in the state waiving the requirement.

•Millis, Massachusetts-based CommCan announced the planned opening of its expanded cultivation facility. The expansion comprises the second floor of the company’s 60,000-square-foot facility in Medway, Massachusetts and will triple its output. CommCan, which operates one medical dispensary and one recreational retail location in addition to its production operation, currently employs around 90 people; the company expects this expansion to create 50 new jobs.

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