Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, but despite the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, international regulators ultimately deemed the plant unsafe for the public due to its marijuana derivative. The marijuana plant, which is part of the cannabis family, is linked to containing the majority of THC cannabinoids, which cause the psychoactive effects that cannabis is generally associated with. However, extensive research and studies have uncovered that marijuana can be effectively used to treat a variety of medical conditions. For instance, researchers suggested that marijuana can effectively be used as an alternative to traditional opioids to treat moderate to severe pain. A study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs evaluated over 1,000 subjects taking legal marijuana. Among the participants, 65% of the people said they were taking cannabis for pain treatment and 80% of the group found it very or extremely helpful. As a result, this led to 82% of the group reducing or eliminating their over the counter (OTC) medication intake. Notably, 88% of the group mentioned that they were able to completely stop taking opioid painkillers. Furthermore, 74% of the subjects said that marijuana helped them sleep better. Chronic pain and insomnia are two of the most prevalent medical conditions that adults suffer from and Dr. Gwen Wurm, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, highlighted that 20% of American adults suffer from chronic pain and one in three do not get enough sleep in general. However, in regions where marijuana is legal for medical treatment, patients can obtain a prescription from their doctor to treat their ailments. Furthermore, as research and studies continue to better develop our collective understanding of the plant, scientists are debunking the misconceptions revolving around marijuana. This, in turn, is driving the large influx of first time users. According to data compiled by Zion Market Research, the global legal marijuana market was valued at USD 16.71 Billionin 2017. By 2024, the market is projected to reach USD 62.96 Billion, registering a CAGR of 21% during the forecasted period between 2018 and 2024. Canopy Rivers Inc. (OTC: CNPOF) (TSX-V: RIV), TerrAscend Corp. (OTC: TRSSF) (CSE: TER), Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA) (TSX: APHA), Cresco Labs Inc. (OTC: CRLBF) (CSE: CL), Origin House (OTC: ORHOF) (CSE: OH).
Prior to the emergence of the legal cannabis industry, many adults purchased OTC medications or obtained prescriptions. And while OTC drugs were more common, there was still a significant number of adults on prescription drugs. According to a WedMD, citing a study by Consumer Report, nearly 55% of Americans were taking prescription medicines regularly. Moreover, those who use prescription drugs were taking on average about four doses each day on top of other OTC drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements. Consequently, consumers often developed a tolerance towards the prescriptions, causing them to purchase more each time. Subsequently, many consumers decided to venture into the cannabis marketplace and explore their options. Typically, most consumers smoke cannabis to treat their conditions. However, with the development of the industry, a variety of additional products were introduced into the market. For instance, cannabis extracts became highly popular within the marketspace because of their potency and effectiveness. Consumers can intake these extracts in multiple ways, such as vapor pens, joints, pipes, and pills. Moreover, extracts can be turned into edibles or be applied onto the skin in forms of topicals, lotions, or patches. Overall, the immediate and potent effects of extracts are ideal for medical patients because it can treat their needs on the spot. “Cannabis extracts are a growing segment of the cannabis market as consumers begin to discover their versatility and health benefits when compared to traditional form of cannabis consumption,” said Jeffrey Stamberger, Founder of OC Weed Review.
Canopy Rivers Inc. (OTC: CNPOF) (TSX-V: RIV) is also listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker (TSX-V: RIV). Yesterday, the Company congratulated, “its portfolio company TerrAscend Corp. (“TerrAscend”) (CSE: TER) (OTCQX: TRSSF) on its announcement today that it has received an amendment to its licence from Health Canada allowing for the sale of cannabis oils from its facility in Mississauga, Ontario. Sales of TerrAscend’s cannabis oils are set to begin immediately through its medical marketplace, Solace Health. This news comes two months following TerrAscend’s announcement that it had been issued a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certificate in accordance with the rules governing medical products in the European Union, in conjunction with establishing a sales and distribution agreement with iuvo Therapeutics GmbH, a German pharmaceutical wholesaler.
‘With another key milestone achieved by TerrAscend in a matter of a few short months, the company continues to demonstrate its ambition to become a global provider of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products,’ said Narbe Alexandrian, President and CEO of Canopy Rivers. “Cannabis oil is gaining popularity in Canada, the US and in other emerging global medical markets, and this sales licence enables TerrAscend to meet growing demand for non-combustible cannabis products.’
In October 2018, to accommodate TerrAscend’s strategic pursuits internationally, including select opportunities in the United States, Canopy Rivers agreed to restructure its investment and waive certain restrictive covenants that were granted by TerrAscend, in connection with its original investment. For more information regarding Canopy Rivers’ investment in TerrAscend, please refer to the final prospectus of the Company dated February 21, 2019, filed with Canadian securities regulators and available on the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. For additional information about TerrAscend, please refer to TerrAscend’s profile on SEDAR or their website at www.terrascend.com.
About Canopy Rivers: Canopy Rivers is a unique investment and operating platform structured to pursue investment opportunities in the emerging global cannabis sector. Canopy Rivers works collaboratively with Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED, NYSE: CGC) to identify strategic counterparties seeking financial and/or operating support. Canopy Rivers has developed an investment ecosystem of complementary cannabis operating companies that represent various segments of the value chain across the emerging cannabis sector. As the portfolio continues to develop, constituents will be provided with opportunities to work with Canopy Growth and collaborate among themselves, which Canopy Rivers believes will maximize value for its shareholders and foster an environment of innovation, synergy and value creation for the entire ecosystem. For more information, please visit www.canopyrivers.com.”
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TerrAscend Corp. (OTCQX: TRSSF) (CSE: TER) provides quality products, brands, and services to the global cannabinoid market. TerrAscend Corp. recently announced that its subsidiary, TerrAscend Canada, has received an amendment to its license from Health Canada to allow it to sell cannabis oils from its EU-GMP certified facility in Mississauga, Ontario. Sales of TerrAscend’s cannabis oils will begin immediately through its medical marketplace, Solace Health, and to the Canadian adult use market in the coming weeks. The Company is also pursuing export of its oils to international medical markets and will share news of these milestones as it achieves them. “The addition of oils to our product line enables us to better meet the needs of our patients and customers, who demand safe, standardized products,” said Michael Nashat, TerrAscend’s Chief Executive Officer. “It also helps us meet the growing demand for non-combustible cannabis products. As with every product, we make our oils with a relentless, pharmaceutical-grade focus on quality, safety and consistency. Today is an important milestone in our journey to be the world’s most trusted provider of top quality cannabinoid products.”
Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA) (TSX: APHA) is a leading global cannabis company driven by an unrelenting commitment to our people, the planet, product quality and innovation. Aphria Inc. recently announced that its German subsidiary Aphria Deutschland GmbH (“Aphria Germany”) had been awarded a fifth lot for the cultivation of medical cannabis in Germany as part of the Company’s previously awarded license from the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (“BfArM”). The additional lot was provisionally awarded to Aphria Germany in April and was secured following a review by a German court, which affirmed the original decision by the BfArM. With this decision, Aphria Germany won the maximum output from the German tender process – a total of five lots – and stands as the only licensed producer in Germany with the permission to grow all three strains of medical cannabis approved by the BfArM. Aphria Germany is building its over 8,000 square meter indoor growing facility in Neumünster and is completing work on a state-of-the-art GMP-certified cannabis vault in Bad Bramstedt for the import of cannabis flowers and oil from Canada, Australia and Denmark. Aphria Germany also holds a 25.1% interest in Berlin-based Schöneberg Hospital, which provides access to both doctors and patients for education on the benefits of medical cannabinoids. The company also recently introduced CannRelief, a CBD-based nutraceutical and cosmetics product line for the German market, produced in the EU and distributed by CC Pharma, a subsidiary of Aphria with access to more than 13,000 pharmacies throughout Germany. “We are thrilled about our successful conclusion to the German tender process, which has awarded Aphria with the most comprehensive license in the country,” said Hendrik Knopp, Managing Director of Aphria Germany. “This award affirms Aphria’s leading position in the German medical cannabis market. Construction on our indoor cultivation facility continues to progress rapidly and we look forward to supplying Germany’s first domestically-grown medical cannabis in early calendar 2020.”
Cresco Labs Inc. (OTCQX: CRLBF) (CSE: CL), based in Chicago, is a leading U.S. cannabis company with experienced management, access to capital and a demonstrated growth strategy. Cresco Labs Inc. recently announced that its Mindy’s Kitchen brand has been ranked the top selling edible in Nevada according to Headset, the first real-time data analytics and business intelligence platform for the cannabis industry. In partnership with Cresco Labs, James BeardAward-winning chef Mindy Segal created the industry’s first culinary-backed, cannabis-infused edibles, with a six-state distribution planned for 2019. In Nevada, Mindy’s Pink Lemonade Gummies, Strawberry Sparkling Wine Hard Sweets and Wild Cherry Gummies, ranked first, ninth and tenth, respectively, by Headset, for edible sales in the state. Mindy’s Artisanal Edibles include a line of decadent chocolate brittle bars and homespun baked goods infused with clear distillate allowing the best ingredients to shine through. The Mindy’s Kitchen brand – a collaboration between Mindy and her talented group of chefs – offers fun, fruity confections for everyday enjoyability and effectiveness. The confections are infused with RSO and winterized sativa, indica and hybrid oil that complement the approachable flavors. Mindy’s Edibles are produced and distributed in partnership with Silver State Wellness in Nevada. “We launched Mindy’s Edibles in Nevada in mid-August and, in less than six months, our products are now carried in 62 out of 67 dispensaries in the state,” said Cresco Labs Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Charles Bachtell. “Our proven ability to create brands that resonate with each consumer segment and establish a dominant retail market position is a key differentiator for Cresco Labs.”
Origin House (OTCQX: ORHOF) (CSE: OH) is a growing cannabis products and brands company operating across key markets in the U.S. and Canada, with a strategic focus on becoming a preeminent global house of cannabis brands. CannaRoyalty Corp. d/b/a Origin House, a leading North American cannabis products and brands company, recently announced that the Company has signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) to take over the exclusive distribution of Kurvana products across Northern California, thus terminating Kurvana’s distribution arrangements with other third-party distributors in that region. As part of the MOU, the parties have also agreed to explore the transition of distribution in Southern California, subject to fulfilment of mutually acceptable conditions. Kurvana is the #1 premium vape pen brand in California. The company currently offers 3 distinct lines of cannabis oils that deliver multiple options for connoisseurs and beginners, including the flagship Kurvana ASCND line of high-potency vape pens. “Through its unique approach of creative engineering, scientific discovery, and manufacturing excellence, Kurvana has established itself as the leading premium California cannabis brand with impressive revenue growth, year over year,” said Afzal Hasan, President and General Counsel at Origin House. “As an existing distributor of Kurvana-branded products in Northern California, we have first-hand insight into the brand’s popularity and potential for future success. Through this arrangement, we are excited to reinforce our relationship with Kurvana and support its mission of delivering best-in-class cannabis products to California’s discerning consumers. We are confident that our partnership will form a solid foundation for Kurvana’s growth trajectory, while offering significant benefits to Origin House shareholders.”
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On the first anniversary of Canadian cannabis legalization, “Legalization 2.0” or “Cannabis 2.0” will allow popular cannabis derivatives like edibles, infused beverages, and vapes to legally be bought and sold nationwide. Demand for these products is incredibly high, and most analysts believe that cannabis derivatives will allow companies to deliver on ambitious revenue projections for the still-growing pot industry. Because this market is so important, companies that are prepared to capitalize on cannabis-derived consumables—like BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (CSE:BEV) (OTCPK:BVNNF), MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX:LABS) (OTCQX:MEDIF), Cronos Group (TSX:CRON) (NASDAQ:CRON), Valens GroWorks (TSXV:VGW) (OTCQX:VGWCF), and IAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (CSE:IAN) (OTCQX:ITHUF)—are likely to ride the new wave of legalization and become the major industry players of tomorrow.
According to a comprehensive report from Deloitte called Nurturing New Growth: Canada Gets Ready for Cannabis 2.0, the Canadian market for edibles and alternative cannabis products will be worth $2.7 billion annually. $1.6 billion of that will be from edibles alone, and $529 million will be from beverages.
BevCanna is Best Positioned to Deliver Cannabis Beverages
BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (CSE:BEV) (OTCPK:BVNNF) understands better than perhaps any other company what kind of opportunity “legalization 2.0” provides for the cannabis industry. With its goal to become the global leader in cannabis-infused drinks, BevCanna has done an exceptionally good job of preparing itself for the new consumables market.
The last few months have seen a bevvy of activity for BevCanna. The company recently completed independent lab testing on its proprietary powder ingredient, Deeper Green, which allows for a full range of cannabinoid inputs, including THC, CBD, full-spectrum extracts and hemp-based CBD. The company also has an exclusive supply agreement with Nextleaf Solutions to employ its water-soluble cannabinoids for development and manufacturing, as well as a research license allowing BevCanna to look into the stability and homogeneity of water-soluble cannabinoid infusions in water-based beverages.
All this means that BevCanna has the technology and the permits in place to deliver cannabis drinks that are both high-quality and reliable. Accomplishing just one of these tasks is a monumental achievement, but having both in place in time for “legalization 2.0” puts the company in an industry-leading position.
BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (BEV-BVNNF)‘s two announced products lines, Anarchist Mountain Beverages and Grüv Beverages provide the company with brands that are broadly appealing for consumers interested in cannabis drinks. Anarchist Mountain is a line of THC-dominant sparkling spring water beverages with botanical flavor profiles inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Grüv is a wide range of easy-drinking cannabis-infused iced tea drinks with a balanced CBD and THC profile. Additionally, BevCanna is in “the final development stage for a third product line that will be the catalyst for the launch of the company’s water-soluble powder beverage line in California,” according to its corporate update.
At the beginning of October, the company entered into a definitive agreement with Higharchy Ventures to manufacture and launch a portfolio of cannabis-infused beverage brands for the Canadian market. The brands will be distributed throughout Canada via Higharchy’s retail cannabis network, and as part of the rollout, BevCanna plans to establish a retail education and training program. This program will focus on educating store staff on the infused beverage category and responsible consumption.
Also, in its recent corporate update, BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (CSE:BEV) (OTC:BVNNF) laid out its objects for the next six months, which mostly center on forming relationships with LPs looking to enter the infused products market in Canada, as well as forming strategic relationships with companies and brands that offer complimentary products.
Already, 11% of Canadians consume cannabis products like edibles and infused beverages, and according to the Deloitte report, another 13% are expected to start buying them when they become legal. With nearly one in four citizens in Canada currently or likely to consume cannabis edibles and alternative products, Deloitte says that “legalizing these products should clearly create valuable new growth opportunities for Canada’s cannabis sector.”
Other Companies That Can Deliver Products to a Hungry Market
BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (BEV-BVNNF) won’t be the only company to benefit from “Legalization 2.0.” Many of its contemporaries are working hard to establish themselves in the newly legal markets.
In preparing for the new legislation governing cannabis derivatives, MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX:LABS) (OTCQX:MEDIF) VP of investor relations & communications Laura Lepore says that her company is building “the largest vape pen platform in all of Canada.” A big part of that is the company’s white label agreement with Ace Valley, which in signed in June, to launch a premium line of approximately 2 million Ace Valley-branded cannabis extract-based vape pens to Canadian consumers.
MediPharms has also signed a manufacturing agreement with Cronos Group (TSX:CRON) (NASDAQ:CRON), which will see the company produce high-quality cannabis concentrate filled vapes for Cronos Group’s COVE brand. Vape pens have been called the key to Cronos Group’s success, and its Cronos Device Labs in Israel—which is focused on developing vape products for cannabis applications—could just be the driving force to make Cronos a leader in the vape pen category.
Not to be outdone, Valens GroWorks (TSXV:VGW) (OTCQX:VGWCF) is making sure it remains the go-to cannabis extraction company as legalization 2.0 impacts the industry. Valens already lists major market players such as Canopy Growth, HEXO, and The Green Organic Dutchman among its clientele, and to make sure that it can meet the demand for cannabis extracts once edibles can be produced and sold, it has increased its annual extraction capacity to 425,000 kgs of dried cannabis and hemp biomass.
Like MediPharm and BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (BEV-BVNNF), Valens also entered a white-label contract that will see it produce a minimum of 2.5 million THC and CBD infused beverages over five years for Iconic Brewing.
While those companies prepare to capture the burgeoning cannabis consumables market in Canada, IAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (CSE:IAN) (OTCQX:ITHUF) hopes to take a similar approach in the US market wherever it can. According to its Q2 financial earnings report, the company can sell extracts such as vape cartridges, edibles, waxes, and tinctures in the state of Arizona. IAnthus also increased its production by 30 percent in Q2 over the previous quarter and is planning to use this added capacity to fuel rollouts in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
The Growing Market for Cannabis Consumables and Extracts
A survey conducted by Ernst & Young found that once cannabis products like gummies and face creams become available, they will attract as many as 3 million new Canadian consumers to the market.
Outside of Canada, the market for cannabis consumables is growing exponentially. According to Zion Research, the global market for cannabis beverages is going to grow in value from 1.6 billion to $4.5 billion in 2025, at a CAGR of approximately 15%. Meanwhile, Arcview projects that the edibles market could be worth over $4.1 billion in just Canada and the United States by 2022.
BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (BEV-BVNNF) has made sure it can capitalize on the markets created by “Legalization 2.0.” It will do this through its multiple agreements to test, manufacture, and supply pot beverages, both for its own brands and for clients.
It will be joined in the new markets by MediPharm Labs Corp. and its partner Cronos Group, as well as Valens GroWorks
Sunniva Announces Amendment Of Performance Warrants
Sunniva Inc. (“Sunniva” or the “Company”) (CSE:SNN) (OTCQB:SNNVF), a North American provider of cannabis products and services, announces that it is amending the terms of the 718,249 performance warrants (the “Performance Warrants”) issued in conjunction with the acquisition of LTYR Logistics, LLC (“LTYR”) on December 31, 2018. The Performance Warrants are convertible into 718,249 common shares of the Company (“Performance Shares”) upon the satisfaction of certain operational milestones (the “Milestones”).
The Performance Warrants will be amended by replacing the original Milestone of opening a distribution business at the Company’s facility in Long Beach, California with the opening of a distribution business at the Company’s facility in Coachella, California. Upon amendment of the Performance Warrants, the Milestones will be satisfied and the Company will convert the Performance Warrants into Performance Shares.
The amendment of the 239,491 Performance Warrants held by Mr. Kevin Wilkerson, President of the Company and the former CEO of LTYR, is considered to be a “related party transaction” within the meaning of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”). The Company is relying on the exemptions from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101, as neither the fair market value of the subject matter of, nor the fair market value of the consideration from, the amendment of the Performance Warrants held by Mr. Wilkerson, exceeds 25% of the Company’s market capitalization.
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Employers still face cannabis-related challenges, a year after legalization
Employers are still facing challenges related to cannabis in the workplace a year into legalization, finds a new survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). In fact, nearly six in 10 business owners rank their provincial government’s efforts to educate them as poor or very poor.
“Cannabis legalization posed some major new challenges for employers, especially in industries where the safety of employees or customers is a concern. We warned governments in the lead-up to legalization that their education efforts were severely lacking. A year in, and as new products become available, it doesn’t look like it’s gotten much better,” said CFIB president Dan Kelly. “We’re finding that provincial governments still have not done a great job of informing employers of their responsibilities, relevant rules and regulations, as well as the resources available to them.”
Only 8 per cent of surveyed businesses had experienced a cannabis-related incident in the workplace since October 17, 2018, but that number rises to 22 per cent for businesses with 100 to 499 employees, according to the preliminary data. Businesses in hospitality were most likely to report having had an incident (16 per cent).
The survey also found that:
- Only a quarter of businesses list their provincial government as a primary source of information related to cannabis in the workplace.
- 32 per cent listed CFIB as a primary source of information, while 48 per cent did not have a primary source of information.
- 59 per cent of those who had a primary source of information felt better equipped to deal with cannabis in the workplace.
- 34 per cent of businesses do not have a drug and alcohol policy in place.
“Many small businesses don’t have an HR department or legal experts on staff so they need help and resources, but too often, their needs are treated as an afterthought when governments rush to introduce major new legislation,” added Kelly. “I advise any business owners that are looking for information to visit cfib.ca/cannabis for tools and resources, including a free workplace drug and alcohol policy template.”
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Independent Business
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