As more states legalize marijuana, investors and marketers line up

As more states legalize marijuana, investors and marketers line up

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO

"Support for legal cannabis was one of the few mandates voters in both red and blue states delivered" Nov. 8, said Brendan Kennedy, CEO of the marijuana-focused private equity firm Privateer Holdings.

America’s cannabis industry prepares for new highs

America’s cannabis industry prepares for new highs

THE ECONOMIST

More than 32m Americans already use cannabis. As the business becomes more normalised, it is sure to attract new customers. “It’s not often that you see an industry and you know the inevitability of it,” says Brendan Kennedy of Privateer Holdings, a private-equity firm that specialises in cannabis.

Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health: Study

Marijuana Appears to Benefit Mental Health: Study

TIME

“I think people will derive more benefit if they can speak more openly with providers about whether they are using cannabis and why,” says Walsh. Walsh is a lead investigator on a clinical trial of cannabis that is being funded by a medical cannabis producer called Tilray.

One Love

One Love

VANITY FAIR

Clearly good beauty runs in the family, as all of the treatments (as well as the in-room amenities) come from Marley Natural, a hemp-seed-oil-based apothecary line started up in partnership with the Marley family that features botanicals and essential oils native to Jamaica. A portion of the proceeds from the range also goes toward Rise Up, a nonprofit that supports Jamaican culture and sustainability, among other community-oriented initiatives. 

Marijuana Industry About to Go Global

 Marijuana Industry About to Go Global

INC

Brendan Kennedy, the cofounder of Privateer Holdings, which owns various marijuana companies like Marley Natural and Canadian pharmaceutical-grade cannabis producer Tilray, explains how Tilray is already exporting marijuana to countries like Croatia and Australia for use in clinical trials.

Donald Trump presidency will give Canadian pot firms a ‘head start’

Donald Trump presidency will give Canadian pot firms a ‘head start’

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Privateer Holdings, a Seattle-based private-equity firm that has several cannabis companies, said he sees opportunities for Canadian firms to license their brand to local American producers. He added that Tilray, a Nanaimo, B.C.-based medical grower owned by Privateer, will continue to pursue export and partnership opportunities in Australia and European countries, where medical marijuana is closer to becoming legalized nationally.

Canadian marijuana producers eye U.S. market to have their weed and smoke it too

Canadian marijuana producers eye U.S. market to have their weed and smoke it too

FINANCIAL POST

As legalization takes hold south of the border, Canadian companies have a massive opportunity to export their knowledge — if not their product — to the U.S., said Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Privateer Holdings, which holds a portfolio of marijuana-related companies including Vancouver Island-based Tilray.

Canada could thrive from marijuana legalization in U.S. states

Canada could thrive from marijuana legalization in U.S. states

THE TORONTO STAR

Canada’s marijuana industry could benefit after at least six states representing twice the population of Canada voted in favour of legalizing the drug, either recreationally or medically. “I think you’ll see Canadian companies jump at the opportunity to expand their operations and brands into the United States,” says Brendan Kennedy, whose firm owns Nanaimo, B.C.-based licensed producer Tilray.

Legalization marches ahead

Legalization marches ahead

SEATTLE TIMES

“We never imagined the velocity with which this industry and the political landscape would change,” said Privateer CEO Kennedy, whose firm markets the Marley Natural brand of cannabis products in California, Oregon and soon in Washington. Privateer also owns Leafly, a marijuana information and news service.

California voters vote to legalize recreational marijuana in nation's largest market

California voters vote to legalize recreational marijuana in nation's largest market

POLITICO

Privateer’s portfolio “includes Leafly, a leading cannabis information platform, Marley Naturals, a product company branded under license from Bob Marley’s estate, and Tilray, a leading cultivation company."

With 4 more states on board, marijuana industry seen shifting focus to federal level

With 4 more states on board, marijuana industry seen shifting focus to federal level

MARKETWATCH

“Neither candidate was ever asked to make a definitive statement on marijuana legalization despite it being on the ballot in nine states,” said Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy.

How the 2016 Election Became a Watershed for Weed

How the 2016 Election Became a Watershed for Weed

TIME

Individual angel investors and family funds are already cutting million-dollar checks to firms like Privateer Holdings, a private equity outfit that specializes in the space. CEO Brendan Kennedy says that California is one of “three big milestones” he has been anticipating, along with Canada looking to legalize recreational marijuana next year and Germany planning to legalize medical.

Cannabis Corp.: Big pot's e-retail empire

Cannabis Corp.: Big pot's e-retail empire

CBS NEWS

“People can already grow cannabis and people are already willing to buy it,” says Kennedy. “All we’re seeing is a transition from $200 billion worth of illicit purchases to $200 billion worth of fully legal purchases. And there are a number of public companies that will be created in the middle of that transition."

Cannabis firm Privateer raises $40 million for legal pot business

Cannabis firm Privateer raises $40 million for legal pot business

SFGATE

“I tell our employees every day that this is day one,” said Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy. “While the last six years have been fascinating and the pace of change has been faster than even we ever imagined, the next 10 years are going to move even more quickly.”