EDMONTON, Alberta, Nov. 22, 2021 – Press Release – Aurora Cannabis Inc., a Canadian company focused on defining the future of cannabinoids worldwide, announced a renewed sponsorship of Cannabis Amnesty in support of its advocacy work, calling for blanket pardons to all individuals for the offence of simple possession of cannabis. The sponsorship will support Cannabis Amnesty's campaign to right these historical wrongs—especially the impact on racialized communities.
Over half a million Canadians still have criminal records for simply possessing cannabis; creating barriers to meaningful work, volunteering and travel.
"As a proudly Canadian company, Aurora values our roots in advocating for cannabis record pardons with Cannabis Amnesty," Aurora CEO Miguel Martin said. "We have a responsibility to those communities who have been disproportionately impacted. Canadians, or anyone for that matter, shouldn't be burdened with a criminal record for a minor, non-harmful act that is no longer a crime."
The $50,000 contribution from Aurora will enable Cannabis Amnesty to enhance its operations, facilitating the non-profit advocacy group’s ability to directly engage with and support communities harmed by cannabis prohibition. A portion of the funds will go toward the hiring of Cannabis Amnesty's first full-time staff member, in collaboration with TOQi Technologies Ltd., to lead the next phase of cannabis advocacy. This includes calling for pardons and cannabis record expungement with a focus on the disproportionate criminal records still held by racialized communities in Canada and working in the community to provide pardon resources directly to individuals.
"Aurora's Cannabis Amnesty sponsorship demonstrates leadership within the cannabis industry, taking a step forward to address the social inequities of cannabis prohibition," Cannabis Amnesty Founder Annamaria Enenajor said. "Cannabis Amnesty looks forward to working with Aurora to help influence policy for the better and continue the call for cannabis record expungement here in Canada.”
MIAMI, Florida, November 22, 2021 - PRESS RELEASE - Ayr Wellness Inc. (Ayr), a vertically-integrated cannabis multistate operator, has agreed to acquire Gentle Ventures, LLC (Dispensary 33) and certain of its affiliates that collectively own and operate two licensed retail dispensaries in Chicago, Ill.
"In any market where we operate, our goal is to develop scale and meaningful presence," said Jonathan Sandelman, Ayr founder, chairman and CEO. "Today's announcement builds on our existing foundation in Illinois, which we began building just a few months ago with the proposed acquisition of two stores in Quincy, Illinois. Since then, we have sought opportunities to deepen our presence, beginning with our social equity partner, Land of Lincoln, which was selected for a dispensary license in Bloomington, and today's proposed acquisition of Dispensary 33 in Chicago, which, when completed, will give us a presence in two of Chicago's most desirable neighborhoods. We will continue to seek opportunities to expand in Illinois."
Dispensary 33 operates two locations in Chicago, one on the lively N Clark Street in Andersonville, and the other on W Randolph Street in West Loop, a former industrial meatpacking district that has become one of Chicago's most popular neighborhoods for restaurants, nightlife and hospitality.
Green Dragon, a multistate cannabis operator, opened its 16th dispensary location last week in Fort Collins, Colo., through purchasing the existing Choice Organics license.
The Fort Collins-based dispensary will offer medical and adult-use products and include brands like Fuel, Le Remedie, Magnus, Sugar High and Tropix, Cannabis Dispensary previously reported.
Alex Levine, Green Dragon chief development officer, told Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary that the company has wanted to expand to the northern Colorado area for a while, but an opportunity didn't present itself until now.
Below, Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary spoke with Levine about the company's expansion and the process of doing so through acquiring an existing license versus winning one through the application process.
Andriana Ruscitto: Can you talk a little bit about Green Dragon's recent expansion and the opening of its 16th retail location in Fort Collins? What are some of the different features the dispensary will have?
Alex Levine: So, we're super excited to be in Fort Collins. It's a market that we've been looking at for quite some time, [and] we're very happy to be a part of it finally. Basically, this store is recreational, and it also has medical. We're being super competitive with our pricing. We're [also doing] a lot of exciting design changes [to that] location. So, it's going to be a pretty cool-looking dispensary soon. We're kind of in the planning stages of that, but we're very excited for what that store [will] look like.
艾伯塔省埃德蒙顿，2021年11月22日--新闻稿--专注于定义全球大麻素未来的加拿大公司极光大麻公司（Aurora Cannabis Inc.）宣布再次赞助大麻大赦，以支持其宣传工作，呼吁全面赦免所有简单持有大麻的人。这项赞助将支持大麻大赦国际纠正这些历史错误的运动--特别是对种族主义社区的影响。
多州大麻运营商绿龙（Green Dragon）上周通过购买现有的Choice Organics许可证，在科罗拉多州柯林斯堡（Fort Collins）开设了第16家药房。
绿龙首席发展官亚历克斯·莱文（Alex Levine）告诉《大麻商业时报》(Cannabis Business Times）和《大麻药房》(Cannabis Pharmary)，该公司一段时间以来一直想向科罗拉多州北部地区扩张，但直到现在才出现机会。