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Cannabis Briefs for January 17, 2023

January 17, 2023

•Seattle, Washington-based Jones Soda Co. is bringing its Mary Jones line of cannabis-infused drinks to its home state. The move follows the successful launch of Mary Jones in California last June. The brand will launch in Washington early this year with a full portfolio of products across beverages and edibles in both low- and high-dose options. The first flavors will include Root Beer, Berry Lemonade, Green Apple, and Orange & Cream, available in 10mg and 100mg of THC options. Washington manufacturing will be handled by CompCanna, which developed Ray’s Infused Lemonade, the No.-1 cannabis drink in the state. Dogtown Pioneers will handle distribution, with penetration into 95% of dispensaries there.

•Recreational cannabis sales in Maine totaled $158.9 million in 2022, nearly doubling 2021’s sales figures, according to data from the state’s Office of Cannabis Policy. Monthly sales climbed above $10 million in April and held there for the rest of the year, peaking in August when the state sold $17 million of cannabis. With December’s haul of $15.2 million, only one month–November–has dipped below $15 million since July. In August, Maine consumers spent just over $10 million on “usable cannabis,” which is to say flower, $3.9 million on concentrates, and $3.1 million on infused products.

•Irvine, California-based Petalfast, a cannabis distribution and marketing company, has partnered with cannabis beverage brand Sip Elixirs in California and Arizona. Sip Elixirs specializes in high-dose (100mg of THC), low-volume drinks in flavors like Passionfruit and Orange, Watermelon, Pineapple Lime Cherry, Wild Berry, and Electric Lemon. Petalfast recently announced its push into Arizona, Massachusetts, and Michigan.

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