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Cannabis Briefs for July 6, 2021

July 6, 2021

•Apple has updated the policies governing its App Store to now allow cannabis delivery services. The change still comes with restrictions—most notably that all delivery apps must use geo-location technology to limit their use to jurisdictions where cannabis is legal—but still represents a major step forward and a new opportunity for the industry to reach consumers. Android users are still out of luck, however. Google banned cannabis delivery services from its marketplace in 2019.

•Irvine, California-based cannabis brand accelerator Petalfast has added another company to its portfolio. Petalfast’s newest partnership is with Beezle, a specialist in extraction and concentrates. Founded in Sonoma County in 2012, Beezle produces a line of high-end concentrates including Black Label live resin, THCa sugar, live resin sauce, live batter, sauce vape pens, and THC distillate vape cartridges, among others. Beezle’s lineup is available in California.

•Santa Barbara, California-based Herbl, the state’s leading cannabis distributor, announced the retirement of COO Art Smuck. A veteran of CPG and logistics companies including Nestle and FedEx, Smuck oversaw Herbl’s product placement growth to over 850 retail locations; he will remain with the company in an advisory capacity. He is replaced by Robert Turner, who joins from Whole Foods, where he spent 12 years as vice president overseeing supply chains and logistics and the last four years as a regional president in addition to other roles across his 33 years with the company. Herbl recently acquired Nevada cannabis distributor Blackbird, marking its first expansion outside California.

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