Everything That’s Wrong About “Big Cannabis” Sits In The Following Headline. “Canadian cannabis firm Tilray becomes 5th biggest craft beer company in U.S.”

Here at CLR we have no particular problem with cannabis companies becoming alcohol companies, if they so desire, but denying reality and saying they are a cannabis company seems a little odd to this market follower..

Time, we’d suggest, to make the move and declare who they really are.

Also , if it is the case that they are now a craft beer company we are interested to understand better how this sits with regulators and legislators across the states.

It is all somewhat of a tangled web  and not one that I suggest bodes well.

Obviously the long term plan is to shove THC into beer at some point.

Do they plan to dose beer with an alcohol percentage with a frisson of extra  THC or have THC flavored beer like soda products?

Either plan is a health risk for young people and state houses and their regulators should be following very closely what Tilray intend to do, along with other mass market alcohol purveyors.

Most cannabis users will know that mixing THC and alcohol does not create a healthy outcome and creating mass market products on that basis should, I suggest, be severely limited if not outright banned.

 

Here’s a report from Greenstate .com

Canadian cannabis company Tilray is expanding its alcohol portfolio. Tilray announced this week it would be acquiring eight brands from beverage behemoth Anheuser-Busch, effectively making them the 5th biggest craft beer company in the United States.

Tilray now owns Shock Top, Breckenridge Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Company, 10 Barrel Brewing Company, Redhook Brewery, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Square Mile Cider Company, and HiBall Energy. The Canadian company paid a rough total $85 million for the brands.

The company previously acquired Sweetwater Brewing Company after its merger with fellow cannabis company Aphria. They later took control of Montauk Brewing Company, Alpine Beer Company and Green Flash Brewing Company. Tilray also owns Breckenridge Distillery and Happy Flower, a line of sparkling CBD mocktails.

Tilray stock got a major boost after the recent announcement, climbing over 16%. The company, along with other Canadian players Canopy Growth and Aurora, had been faltering over the last few years after the cannabis bubble burst in 2019.

Tilray moved into the alcohol space in 2020. Leadership hoped to boost revenue after the Canadian market struggled, while at the same time planning ahead for federal marijuana legalization in the U.S.

Irwin D. Simon, Chairman and CEO of Tilray, reiterated his plan in a press release obtained by GreenState.

“Upon federal cannabis legalization, we expect to leverage our leadership position, wide distribution network and portfolio of beloved beverage and wellness brands to include THC-based products and maximize all commercial opportunities,” Simon said.

With the explosion of alcohol-free THC drinks in Minnesota, craft brewers have seen a major uptick in sales. It’s possible Tilray had their eyes on the state when negotiating the deal, realizing the market potential if federal officials shift toward reform. 

The Biden administration continues to debate the Schedule I status of cannabis. If the plant is descheduled completely, it could be regulated and distributed the same way as alcohol. This would pave the way for companies like Tilray to segue into the THC beverage space.

Source https://www.greenstate.com/news/canadian-cannabis-firm-tilray-becomes-5th-biggest-craft-beer-company/

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