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CannTrust affirms its commitment to regulatory compliance and restoring trust

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CannTrust Holdings Inc. (“CannTrust” or the “Company”) (TSX: TRST, NYSE: CTST) announced today that both the Special Committee of its Board and its new executive leadership team continue to make progress on bringing CannTrust’s operations and procedures into full regulatory compliance and ensuring the Company’s future. As part of these efforts, the Company is reducing its workforce.

“We have made the extremely difficult decision to restructure our workforce to reflect the current requirements of our business,” said Mr. Robert Marcovitch, CannTrust’s interim Chief Executive Officer.  “These changes also position the Company to better serve our patients and customers with high quality, innovative products in the future.”

CannTrust reduced its workforce by approximately 180 people, or 20%. This action is expected to result in annual cash savings of about $9 million, as well as the Company recording approximately $2 million in severance costs.  The majority of the affected employees were in cultivation and customer service support roles.

“Over the past two months, we have moved swiftly to assess and address the Health Canada report indicating areas of non-compliance in our operations, as well as the findings of the Special Committee’s independent investigation,” continued Mr. Marcovitch. “We remain fully committed to building the organization we need for future success and rebuilding the trust of all of our stakeholders.”

Since CannTrust’s announcement in July of Health Canada identifying non-compliance in certain aspects of the Company’s operations, the Company has:

  • Appointed a Special Committee of the board to investigate the causes and extent of the Company’s non-compliance and to provide oversight and direction to the Company’s remediation efforts and strategic review
  • Retained independent advisors to investigate and remediate the Company’s non-compliance under the supervision of the Special Committee
  • Terminated Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Peter Aceto for cause and demanded the resignation of Chair, Mr. Eric Paul
  • Appointed Mr. Robert Marcovitch as interim Chief Executive Officer
  • Placed a voluntary hold on the sale and shipment of all cannabis products
  • Developed a comprehensive remediation strategy to achieve full compliance with Health Canada’s regulations
  • Commenced a review of the Company’s strategy and business plan

“CannTrust is committed to acting decisively on the findings from the Special Committee’s investigation and on executing its Remediation Plan in a timely manner,” concluded Mr. Marcovitch.   “Furthermore, we are currently developing a comprehensive go-forward business strategy. I look forward to sharing our vision for CannTrust’s successful future over the weeks and months to come.”

 

SOURCE CannTrust Holdings Inc.

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Sunniva Announces Closing Of Third Tranche Of Short Term Bridge Financing For Proceeds Of Cad $325,000

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Sunniva Inc. (“Sunniva”, the “Company”, “we”, “our” or “us”) (CSE:SNN) (OTCQB:SNNVF), a North American provider of cannabis products and services, is pleased to announce that it has closed the third tranche of the Company’s non-brokered private placement (the “Offering“), previously announced on August 1, 2019 of CAD $325,000 for a total of 325,000 units of the Company (“Units“). In aggregate the total gross proceeds raised by the Offering was CAD $7.57 million and 7.57 million Units issued. Each Unit consists of a principal amount of unsecured promissory notes of the Company (“Promissory Notes“) and common share purchase warrants of the Company (“Warrants“).

As previously disclosed, proceeds of the Offering will be used to provide short term working capital for operations in California, capital costs at the Sunniva California Campus and general corporate purposes.

The Units issued under the Offering have the following terms:

Promissory Notes  

     Maturity: 

6 months from the closing date.

     Interest Rate:

10% (annual rate).

Warrants 

     Number of Warrants:   

0.40 Warrants per Unit (each Warrant entitles the holder to acquire one common

share of the Company at the Warrant Exercise Price).

     Warrant Exercise Price:  

CAD $2.50 per Warrant.

     Warrant Term:         

24 months from closing.

A finder’s fee of 5% payable in cash will be paid to certain investment advisors for introducing certain purchasers of Units to the Company.

The Promissory Notes and Warrants have not been registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of the Promissory Notes or Warrants in the United States or in any other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

For more information please visit: www.sunniva.com.

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Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

 

SOURCE Sunniva Inc.

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Prairie Records Tops the Charts: Named Top Cannabis Retailer in Canada at Grow UP

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Westleaf Inc. (the “Company” or “Westleaf“) (TSX-V:WL) (OTCQB:WSLFF) is proud to announce its Prairie Records retail stores have been named top cannabis retailer in Canada at the GrowUP Conference & Expo. Singing a different tune in cannabis retail, the award win is a testament to how Prairie Records is offering Canadian’s a truly unprecedented purchasing experience.

“It is extremely gratifying to have Prairie Records be recognized at one of the industry’s largest events and to be able to stand out amongst a field of very worthy retail competitors,” says Adam Coates, Chief Commercial Officer at Westleaf and Retail Brand Strategist for Prairie Records. “We set out to make waves in a sea of sameness by creating an immersive experience like no other in the marketplace, and we are pleased and honoured to receive this, the first Grow UP Conference retail award.”

Ten companies were nominated in the Grow UP retail category at this year’s event, the first for the industry. Among the nominees were independent stores and well-known national chains. Prairie Records was recognized based on delivering an unparalleled consumer purchasing experience and creating a welcoming brand for cannabis consumers.

Westleaf has four Prairie Records stores open, three in the Saskatoon region and one in Calgary, which is hosting its grand opening tomorrow, September 14. The concept combines the tactile and immersive feel of a vinyl record store with a cannabis purchasing experience. Information about the cannabis strains and strengths are presented on album covers and the customer is enveloped in a warm and welcoming retail experience. The staff are well versed on the product offering and provide educational opportunities for both the experienced cannabis connoisseur as well as the novice consumer.

 

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INTERCURE: CANNDOC signs strategic distribution agreement with S.L.E. of TEVA Pharmaceuticals

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InterCure (TASE: INCR), announced that subsidiary Canndoc has entered into a strategic distribution agreement with Salomon, Levin, Elstein (S.L.E.,) which is owned by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries (NYSE: and TASE: TEVA).

Under terms of the agreement, S.L.E. will distribute Canndoc’s GMP products to pharma clients, including hospitals, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and all pharmacies in Israel, including pharmacy chains. In the future, as regulatory approvals allow, S.L.E. will provide logistics capability for exporting Canndoc’s products to countries that support regulations for the sale and distribution of cannabis products for medical use.

S.L.E. is one of Israel’s leading companies for providing health logistics services and distributes products from dozens of local and international companies. S.L.E. is licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Health, and also holds a GDP distribution license.

“Our agreement with S.L.E., Israel’s leading company in distributing medical products, creates a complete supporting platform for supplying Canndoc’s GMP products to any location in Israel and for countries with similar regulations,” said Canndoc’s Chairman Ehud BarakThrough its S.L.E. partnership, Canndoc has aligned itself with one of the most prominent pharmaceutical companies in the world, for the distribution of cannabis-based medical treatments to countries that recognize the value of these medicines for people in need.”

S.L.E. CEO Aviad Bossi adds, “The agreement brings together our well-established pharmaceutical distribution network with Canndoc’s high quality medical cannabis industry presence and market leadership. Beyond the operations in Israel, this agreement will provide Canndoc significant logistical capabilities that can support Canndoc’s exporting operations from Israel.”

The distribution agreement is set for a 3-year term and includes a mechanism for automatic extension periods of two years each.

Canndoc is one of the first licensed producers, with its GMP-approved medical cannabis Rx products being sold in pharmacies. The engagement in this distribution agreement will broaden Canndoc’s ability to distribute GMP products to its patients within the S.L.E. pharmacy network throughout Israel. In addition, S.L.E. will provide Canndoc significant logistical capabilities in the future supporting Canndoc’s ability to export its products to countries with consistent regulation for the sale and distribution of cannabis products for medical use.

 

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