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CEO of MariMed dies suddenly

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CANNABIS

CEO of MariMed dies suddenly

The chief executive of MariMed Inc., one of the state’s largest cannabis operators, has died unexpectedly. The Norwood-based company reported that CEO and cofounder Robert Fireman died on Sunday, but the company said it was not yet ready to provide information on its succession plan and did not disclose the cause of his death. At the time of the company’s last proxy filing in September, Fireman was 74. Fireman, a practicing attorney for 30 years, had been chief executive of MariMed since 2017 and helped grow the company’s presence across several states with cannabis cultivation, production, and retail facilities. As of the end of 2021, the company employed 326 people, including 260 full-timers, and reported $121.5 million in revenue for the year. “Bob Fireman worked tirelessly and passionately until his last day as Chairman and CEO of MariMed to fulfill our mission of improving people’s lives, much as he did as a philanthropist who cared so deeply about the people and community around him,” MariMed president Jon Levine said. — JON CHESTO

FINANCE

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SOCIAL MEDIA

Twitter tries to launch premium service again

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FINANCE

Microsoft buys a stake in the London Stock Exchange

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AUTOMOTIVE

AutoNation buys mobile car repair business

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GRILLING

Weber to be taken private

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AUTOMOTIVE

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FINANCE

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