It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for October 5, 2020.
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In December of 2019, Michigan became the tenth state in the U.S. to legalize adult-use cannabis. Less than a year in, it’s already outpaced Nevada to become the fifth highest-grossing state for cannabis sales and is on track to surpass $1 billion in sales, according to data from Headset. In addition to its fast-growing new adult-use market, Michigan’s medical market is ranked #2 in the country, second only to California. Now, all eyes are on The Great Lake State as cannabis operators and investors across the U.S. seek to claim their share of this high-potential market.
A Strong Medical Market Paved the Way
Though Michigan’s recreational market is still less than a year old, medical cannabis has been legal in the state since 2008.
“Michigan has historically boasted the second-largest medical cannabis program in the country, and therefore, the adult-use market has a phenomenal base of consumers to grow from,” explains Fabian Monaco, President of Gage Cannabis Co, a Michigan-based cultivator and dispensary operator.
Toronto-based Slang Worldwide Inc. (OTCQB: SLGWF) has been actively acquiring companies over the past months. Most of the acquisitions have been in Colorado as the company sought to bring in members of its supply chain as part of the larger company. At the close of last week, Slang announced it completed the purchase of Oregon-based LBA Global Corporation and its Lunchbox Alchemy brand portfolio and its subsidiary Lunchbox Distribution.
The company said this will improve its position in Oregon by adding a complementary portfolio of top-selling products, as well as increased cannabis extraction, manufacturing, and distribution capabilities. Oregon, in addition to Colorado, is a core market for SLANG. By establishing an integrated operation, the company hopes to see increased revenues and gross profits. The