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Abner Kurtin

If Abner Kurtin, founder, CEO and chair of cannabis multistate operator Ascend Wellness Holdings. is known for anything, it’s being outspoken.

In January, after MedMen Enterprises failed to close Ascend’s acquisition of its New York license, prompting a lawsuit, Kurtin posted a series of tweets taking aim at the Los Angeles-based company.

“As New York and other states adopt adult-use cannabis, MedMen’s actions send the worst message – namely, that certain cannabis companies cannot be trusted to keep their word,” Kurtin wrote on Jan. 3.

“MedMen has chosen to disregard the authority of New York regulators.”

In March, he called MedMen management “criminals,” telling Business Insider that “this is an attempt to extort Ascend for a higher price. They want to make a buck.”


A MedMen lawyer said, “… we won’t be responding to nonsense,” according to Business Insider.

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