With a long standing office on the mainland it’d make sense that they’d be able to comment on this and actually make sense of what’s going on.

The piece has been published  in Cannabis Business Executive

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from China in U.S. Cannabis Businesses
By Jonathan Bench, Attorney @ Harris Bricken

If you think your Chinese investor will be able to get your cannabis venture the promised investment funds any time soon, you are in for a long slog. Most companies do not care who provides their investment capital (as long as the investors are content being passive investors), and Chinese households have typically been lauded as excellent savers, much more so than we in the U.S., leaving money available to invest at home and abroad.

Recently I spoke with a client in the California Cannabis Industry who had invested several million dollars into an integrated cannabis operation (cultivation, processing/manufacturing, and distribution). In conducting due diligence about his investment, I was interested to see that he was the only person involved in the business who was non-Chinese. He wanted to get his investment dollars out to put into a new venture, and he said, “The other owners tell me that they have friends in China who can put in enough money into the company that they can buy me out. But they are having trouble getting their money out of China right now. Do you think they will be able to get their money from China to the U.S. in the next few weeks?” Read More