Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”) May Be the Future of Cannabis and Hemp Business Growth, and Industry Consolidation

the Future of Cannabis and Hemp Business Growth

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies, commonly referred to as “SPACs”, have garnered significant public attention and investment capital in the past year and have made investments into a number of different industries, including cannabis. It is estimated that SPACs raised over $82 billion in 2020, which was a six-fold increase from 2019. Several SPACs have made […]

Managing Distressed Assets – Lessons Learned From MedMen, Ignite, and Acreage Holdings

Managing Distressed Assets

The global pandemic and resulting economic turmoil have caused many businesses in the cannabis industry to teeter on the edge of insolvency. Although Governor Newsom was quick to declare cannabis businesses as “essential,” many of these companies have suffered huge losses, defaulted on their loan obligations and leases, and lack the capital to pay for […]

Cannabis Deals: Unregistered Broker-Dealers

Unregistered Broker-Dealers

Written by: Galen Pham, J.D. Candidate 2022 Using an unregistered broker-dealer to help raise money for your cannabis startup or to help find and facilitate a purchase or sale can have serious legal consequences for your business, including potentially providing the investor or buyer/seller the right to rescind the deal. Before engaging with a broker-dealer, […]

The Art of Selling a Cannabis Business: Top 3 Tips on How to Prepare

The Art of Selling a Cannabis Business

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  Benjamin Franklin Selling a licensed cannabis business is by no means a simple feat – it’s a science and an art.  Due to the industry’s legal and regulatory baggage, the process of selling a cannabis business can be difficult and challenging, so preparation is critical. If […]