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Cannacurio #61: Privately Held MSOs – Who Are They & Where Can You Find Them?

Cannacurio #61: Privately Held MSOs – Who Are They & Where Can You Find Them?

Our research team is constantly scrutinizing licenses and the companies that own them. While many of the cannacurious industry watchers focus on the publicly held companies; there is a whole other tier of private companies that have been quietly acquiring licenses across state lines. We think this is where the cannaserious observers are spending their time. These companies are harder to track due to the lack of public filings, but the license information can tell an interesting story.

Cannabiz Media Wins 2022 Cannabis Technology Award for Best Platform Design from Green Market Report

Cannabiz Media Wins 2022 Cannabis Technology Award for Best Platform Design from Green Market Report

Cannabiz Media won Green Market Report’s 2022 Cannabis Technology Award for Best Platform Design! This is the first year that Green Market Report, a Crain’s Communications brand, has held the Cannabis Technology Awards program. The goal of the awards is to recognize companies that have developed unique and innovative solutions to the challenges facing the cannabis industry. 

Cannacurio #60: Midyear Cultivation Leaderboards

Cannacurio #60: Midyear Cultivation Leaderboards

Periodically, we review new licenses added and total license counts by state. These census snapshots, derived from our Cannabiz Business Intelligence platform, show where new licenses are being created and where the balance of power is from market to market. Our customers use this information for go-to-market strategies as it may inform their sales territories, trade show planning, and marketing spend. Here is the key data about numbers of cultivation licenses added by month and state in 2022 to date, top five states that added new cultivation licenses, and more.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 45 with Ben Walters of Pioneer Intelligence

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 45 with Ben Walters of Pioneer Intelligence

Pioneer Intelligence founder, Ben Walters, joins Ed Keating on the Cannacurio podcast to talk about how his company leverages data to benchmark and explore marketing performance of consumer-facing cannabis brands.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 44 with Jason Kikel of Cannabiz Media

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 44 with Jason Kikel of Cannabiz Media

Cannabiz Media Director of Regulatory Research, Jason Kikel, joins Ed Keating on the Cannacurio podcast to talk about microbusiness licenses in the cannabis industry today and what we can expect to see in the future.

Cannacurio #59: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard June 2022

Cannacurio #59: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard June 2022

Periodically, this blog checks in on new license counts throughout the value chain. For this post, we will evaluate what has been happening with dispensaries and retailers. According to the Cannabiz Media License Database, states have added 1,066 licenses in the first five months of 2022. Four states have issued 100 or more licenses with Oklahoma in the lead.

Cannabis Cultivator Survey

Cannabis Cultivator Survey

Cannabiz Media worked with Wells Fargo’s Equity Research team to conduct one of the most comprehensive outreach programs to cannabis cultivators. We reached out to thousands of growers to develop a list of ~500 licensed cannabis cultivators across six states. They were reached via email and telephone surveys. The key takeaway for Wells Fargo is that “this recovery will take longer” and it has implications for the hydroponic sector for the second half of 2022. Wells Fargo has downgraded shares of Scotts Miracle Grow to Equal weight and lowered price targets on Grow Generation and Hydrofarm Holdings Group.

Cannacurio #58: Who are the Go-To Advisors for Cannabis M&A?

Cannacurio #58: Who are the Go-To Advisors for Cannabis M&A?

In 2020, Cannabiz Media started researching cannabis mergers and acquisitions as a byproduct of license tracking. M&A is a key transaction because licenses change ownership in these deals. Recently, we wrote about which MSO’s led in buying versus building cannabis stores. For this post, we want to share what we found about who advised them. This data was obtained from our Cannabiz Intelligence™ Advisor Leaderboard.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 43 with Michael Piermont of Leaf Trade

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 43 with Michael Piermont of Leaf Trade

Leaf Trade President Michael Piermont joins Ed Keating to talk about how his company powers the cannabis industry's leading wholesale cannabis marketplace and digital payment infrastructure as well as how the Leaf Trade team uses the Cannabiz Media License Database for research and business development.

Cannacurio #57:  Do Public MSOs Build or Buy Their Cannabis Stores?

Cannacurio #57: Do Public MSOs Build or Buy Their Cannabis Stores?

Cannabiz Media has been tracking cannabis and hemp licenses globally since 2015. Over those seven years, we have aggregated a mass of data on licenses, companies, and transactions that result in change of license ownership. After compiling 500 transactions in our Cannabiz Intelligence™ platform, we wanted to take a closer look at how key publicly traded MSOs were adding to their store footprints. Our goal was to determine which stores were “built” versus those that were “bought”.

Cannacurio #56: New Jersey’s 68 Conditional Licenses

Cannacurio #56: New Jersey’s 68 Conditional Licenses

On Thursday March 24th, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Board recommended approval on 68 applications for conditional licenses. This cohort includes 50 Class 1 Cultivator applications and 18 Class 2 Manufacturer applications.

Cannacurio #55: Manufacturing Licenses

Cannacurio #55: Manufacturing Licenses

Cannabis manufacturing licenses are issued at a slower pace than cultivation or retail licenses. However, they serve as important assets for companies because the products are often powerful brands. These brands, unlike license assets, can cross state lines and will undoubtedly help well established companies thrive and build market share.

Cannacurio #54: Cultivation License Leaderboard

Cannacurio #54: Cultivation License Leaderboard

Since Oklahoma started issuing cannabis cultivation licenses, the leaderboard has always been dominated by either Oklahoma or California. They are the only states with a double digit percentage of licenses. Here's what the leaderboard looks like across the U.S. today.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 42 with Jim Thomas of ASTM International

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 42 with Jim Thomas of ASTM International

ASTM International Vice President of Sales and Marketing Jim Thomas joins Ed Keating to talk about how ASTM works to develop cannabis industry standards as well as how his team uses the Cannabiz Media License Database for research, sales, and business development.

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 41 with Chris Cohen of Square Grouper 360

Cannacurio Podcast Episode 41 with Chris Cohen of Square Grouper 360

Square Grouper 360 President Chris Cohen is a strategiest for large mainstream media companies helping them streamline advertising sales for the cannabis and hemp industries. Recently, Chris joined Ed Keating to talk about his work with MNI Targeted Media and how he uses the Cannabiz Media database to support their sales and business development initiatives.

Cannacurio #53: Hemp License Trends in 2021

Cannacurio #53: Hemp License Trends in 2021

Cannabiz Media tracks every cannabis and hemp license that we can find. What’s been unique about hemp is how different states build out their licensing schemes. Trends to keep an eye on in 2022 include licensing at the retail hemp level as well as the growing role and influence of the Department of Agriculture.

Cannacurio #52: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard 2021 Wrap-up

Cannacurio #52: Dispensary & Retailer Leaderboard 2021 Wrap-up

Dispensaries and retailers have continued to come throughout 2021. 1,846 licenses were issued through August 2021, and the year ended with 2,602 licenses. Seven states issued a hundred or more licenses with Oklahoma keeping the crown for issuing the most dispensary licenses.

Cannacurio #51 - Who Applied for Ohio’s New Dispensary Licenses?

Cannacurio #51 - Who Applied for Ohio’s New Dispensary Licenses?

At the very end of 2021, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy received 1,462 applications for 73 dispensary licenses. The winners will be chosen by lottery in January 2022. Ohio is a limited license state and currently has 61 dispensaries around the state, so the addition of these news stores is significant and will assuredly be welcomed by the 231,165 registered patients in the state.

POS Dashboards Now Available in the Cannabiz Media License Database

POS Dashboards Now Available in the Cannabiz Media License Database

POS Dashboards are built directly into the Cannabiz Media License Database. They provide access to all of the information from the most current Point-of-Sale Software in the Cannabis Industry Report, which makes it easy to conduct your own analyses of the POS software data and use it to make strategic business decisions.

Cannacurio #50 - Is Cannabis Having Its Romaine Lettuce Moment?

Cannacurio #50 - Is Cannabis Having Its Romaine Lettuce Moment?

At Cannabiz Media we have a unique view as to what is happening at the state level and across state lines. One trend we have spotted in the last quarter is the increase in product recalls, often tied to testing results.