Acquisition of the Year: Canopy

7ACRES, started by lawyer, activist and cannabis-lover John Fowler, has deep respect in the Canadian legal weed market. Behind local master grower Mel Carruthers, the Kincardine-based licensed producer makes strains like Jean Guy, Jack Haze and Wapa 49 that routinely earn high ranks from budtenders across the country. So when Canopy, just before 4/20 on April 14, acquired the premium cannabis brand, it was seen as a move to delight legal Canadian cannabis fans and infuse the company with something special. More than most companies, Canopy represents the mothership of the legal weed movement. And by committing to quality and values, this acquisition showed that CEO David Klein's company had their eyes both on increased market share, and local, Canadian, really, really good weed.