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Cannabis Briefs for March 30, 2021

March 30, 2021

•Cannabis producers in Ontario have a new option to open retail locations at or near their cultivation sites, creating an analogous model to visiting a vineyard and winery to taste or purchase its products. The new practice is part of a pilot program from the state-run Ontario Cannabis Store. At least two producers, Thrive Cannabis and Level Up Infusions, have solidified plans to open new retail near their grow-houses. Canopy Growth is another of the six companies approved for the pilot, but it paused work on the project due to the pandemic.

•Green Thumb Industries is opening two new retail outlets, bringing its total to 56 nationwide. Green Thumb will open its ninth Rise location in Illinois on March 31. It’s the first cannabis outlet in McHenry County, Illinois’ sixth most populous county. Green Thumb is also opening a new Rise dispensary in Meadville, Pennsylvania, the 15th Rise location in the state. Rise Meadville will offer a “Roll-Thru” service allowing Pennsylvania medical cannabis cardholders to make reservations in advance and pick up via a drive-through style window.

•The New Mexico legislature convenes today for a special session devoted entirely to getting cannabis legalization over the finish line. The issue has been a priority for governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. New Mexico’s House of Representatives passed a legalization bill two years ago but it died in the Senate amid uncertain support. The House has again already passed the bill in question this session and it just needs to clear the Senate to make it to the governor’s desk. New Mexico’s market would be far from the largest in the U.S. but could still be an economic engine in the state.

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