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MicroSectors Launches First Leveraged Cannabis-Linked Exchange Traded Product in the U.S.

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REX Shares, LLC (REX) today added to its MicroSectors™ lineup with the launch of MJO, the first leveraged exchange-traded product in the U.S. linked to the cannabis industry. MJO, an Exchange-Traded Note (ETN), is linked to MSMJ, the Indxx MicroSectors™ North American Cannabis Index, and will seek to provide 2x leveraged exposure to the Index.

In addition, REX announced the launch of MJJ, a 1x version of the Exchange Traded Notes linked to the Index. The MicroSectors Cannabis 2x Leveraged ETN (symbol: MJO) and MicroSectors Cannabis Index ETN (symbol: MJJ) started trading today on NYSE Arca. The ETNs are senior, unsecured obligations issued by the Bank of Montreal.

The Index provides a quarterly IPO review for new issuances and a quarterly review for stocks facing potential regulatory bars to engaging in the cannabis industry. The Index selects U.S. and Canadian constituents from five key sub-themes: Cultivator, Pharmaceuticals, Testing & Analytics, Industrial Hemp, and Ancillary. Companies are screened as either pure play or quasi play depending on the percentage of revenue that is derived from Cannabis.

REX sees large demand for ETNs in this sector. “We created the MicroSectors lineup to innovate the ETP landscape and launch ‘first of’ products like this first 2x Cannabis ETN in the United States,” said Scott Acheychek, President of REX. “The Bank of Montreal has been a great partner and we enjoyed working with Indxx for the first time on this index. We are all thrilled to launch these ETNs. They represent a tremendous step forward for cannabis stock investing and trading, and we believe they are providing many U.S. investors with the targeted North American cannabis industry exposure they’re looking for.”

As the first leveraged exchange-traded cannabis product available in the U.S., MJO opens up new trading possibilities for sophisticated investors. “We’re particularly excited about providing U.S. tactical investors with daily 2x leveraged exposure to the cannabis industry,” Acheychek continued. “We think it will serve as a valuable additional tool in investors’ trading toolkits.”

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Investment suitability must be determined individually for each investor, and the ETNs may not be suitable for all investors. This information is not intended to provide and should not be relied upon as providing accounting, legal, regulatory or tax advice.  Investors should consult with their own financial advisors as to these matters. Investors should read the applicable offering documents described below, and in particular, the risk factors set forth therein, prior to making an investment decision.

The 2x ETNs are intended to be daily trading tools for sophisticated investors to manage daily trading risks as part of an overall diversified portfolio. They are designed to achieve their stated investment objectives on a daily basis, as described in the applicable pricing supplement.

Bank of Montreal, the issuer of the ETNs, has filed a registration statement (including certain pricing supplements, product supplements, a prospectus supplement and a prospectus) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) about each of the offerings to which this press release relates. Please read those documents and the other documents relating to these offerings that Bank of Montreal has filed with the SEC for more complete information about Bank of Montreal and these offerings. These documents may be obtained without cost by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Alternatively, Bank of Montreal, any agent or any dealer participating in these offerings will arrange to send the applicable pricing supplement, product supplement, prospectus supplement and prospectus if so requested by calling toll-free at 1-877-369-5412.

 

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Canada’s Legal Cannabis Industry Advocates for Equitable Financial Treatment

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Toronto, Ontario–(Newsfile Corp. – March 27, 2020) – The regulated cannabis industry has recently united to address a critical issue it has faced since its inception: a lack of equitable access to banking services and financial support. The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need to fix this while demonstrating that cannabis is an essential product.

We commend the individuals and organizations that have been vocal in their support for the cause: Don Davies (MP), Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (MP), Scott Reid (MP), Dan Sutton (Tantalus Labs), The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and the Cannabis Council of Canada. Their lobby efforts have been directed towards the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Bill Morneau P.C., M.P. (Minister of Finance), and Navdeep Bains P.C., M.P. (Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry), in an attempt to influence federal decision makers.

In solidarity, Alan Aldous has created an educational website to highlight the positive contributions to the Canadian economy, www.LegalTender.ca. We have also organized a coalition of industry experts, associations, and companies to advocate for change, including the Cannabis Council of Canada, NORML Canada, the British Columbia Independent Cannabis Association, the Ontario Independent Cannabis Association, the Alberta Cannabis Micro Licence Association, and The Cannabis Conservatory.

“The cannabis industry is doing its best to provide Canadians with an uninterrupted supply of legal cannabis, but it is not immune to the effects of COVID-19. Cannabis businesses deserve access to the same financial support being made available to other industries. Cannabis sector jobs are just as worthy of protection as any other,” says Trina Fraser, a prominent cannabis industry lawyer at firm Brazeau Seller Law.

In just one day, hundreds of Canadians have signed this urgent petition (https://bit.ly/2QKvwTQ) advocating for equitable treatment by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Federal Government of Canada. We are thrilled by the response so far, and encourage hard-working Canadians to sign, share, and have their voices heard.

About Alan Aldous

Alan Aldous is a public relations agency for the emerging cannabis and psychedelics markets led by leading Canadian cannabis media professionals. The agency works with all the major newswire distribution services across North America, which makes transitioning to Alan Aldous easy for companies with existing PR efforts.

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REPEAT – AgraFlora Organics’ GTA Facility Receives Amendments Necessary to Launch CBD Business

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AgraFlora Organics International Inc.  (“AgraFlora” or the “Company”) (CSE: AGRA) (Frankfurt: PU31) (OTCPK: AGFAF) is pleased to announce its wholly owned subsidiary Sustainable Growth Strategic Capital Corp. (“SGSC”), a federally licensed cannabis company based in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), has received Health Canada approval to commence extraction at its licensed facility pursuant to an amendment to its Standard Processing License.  SGSC also holds Standard Cultivation and Medical Sales Licenses issued pursuant to the Cannabis Act.
SGSC has been actively engaged in the Canadian CBD business, working with partner farmers to optimize the harvest to hemp-crops to maximize the efficiency of subsequent CBD extraction.  In March, SGSC commenced a trial extraction (the “Trial”) of hemp-biomass which will be extracted using third-party extraction services and sold as a combination of CBD Crude Oil, CBD Distillate and CBD Isolate to Canadian purchasers.  If the Trial yields favourable results with respect to product quality, efficiency and margin SGSC intends to move quickly with a second production cycle of up to 1,300 KG of high-quality hemp biomass containing CBD concentrations over 8%.The current SGSC facility is designed to facility up to 250,000 kg of biomass extraction capacity utilizing chilled ethanol for primary extraction followed by distillation and/or isolation.   SGSC intends to use the Trial and subsequent third party extraction cycles to properly design and size its in-house extraction capacity to maximize the profitability and return on capital invested.   Once built, SGSC intends to improve its profitability by reducing the cost of extraction, purification and fulfilment by bringing those processes in-house. About AgraFlora Organics International Inc.AgraFlora Organics International Inc. is a growth oriented and diversified company focused on the international cannabis industry. It owns an indoor cultivation operation in London, ON and is a joint venture partner in Propagation Services Canada Inc. and its large-scale 2,200,000 sq. ft. greenhouse complex in Delta, BC. The Company is also retrofitting a 51,500-square-foot good manufacturing practice (“GMP”) edibles manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. AgraFlora has a successful record of creating shareholder value and is actively pursuing other opportunities within the cannabis industry. For more information please visit: www.agraflora.com.ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORSBrandon Boddy
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The CSE and Information Service Provider have not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this release.Forward-looking Information Cautionary StatementExcept for statements of historic fact, this news release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities law. Forward-looking information is frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate” and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements including, but not limited to delays or uncertainties with regulatory approvals, including that of the CSE. There are uncertainties inherent in forward-looking information, including factors beyond the Company’s control. There are no assurances that the business plans for AgraFlora Organics described in this news release will come into effect on the terms or time frame described herein. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change except as required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties that could affect financial results is contained in the Company’s filings with Canadian securities regulators, which are available at www.sedar.com.

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Israel Begins Cannabis Exports to Meet Unmet Medical Needs — CFN Media

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Seattle, Washington–(Newsfile Corp. – March 27, 2020) – CFN Media (OTCQB: CNFN), the leading agency and financial media network dedicated to the legalized North American cannabis industry announces publication of an article discussing how Israel has shipped the first cannabis export to the UK, marking a new era in Israeli cannabis.

Israel has long been an international center for cannabis research. THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, and CBD, the plant’s predominant non-psychoactive ingredient, were first isolated and defined by Israeli researcher Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in the early 1960s. Research continued there in the following decades, and the Israeli government has contributed greatly to the country’s prominence in the global cannabis industry.

In Israel, medical cannabis is legal while recreational use remains technically illegal, though the government decriminalized recreational use to some extent in 2017. Government agencies provide funding for cannabis research. In January 2019, the government passed a law to allow exports of medical cannabis, though the first export was announced a year later in January 2020. With that recent development, the table appears set for growth in the Israeli cannabis market.

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Unmet Need in Europe

BOL Pharma is the Israeli company that announced the first export from the country, with a shipment destined for centers that specialize in the treatment of children with epilepsy and autism in the United Kingdom. The company’s CEO, Dr. Tamir Gedo, stated, “This is truly welcome news and a real breakthrough for the Israeli medical cannabis market. The Israeli cannabis industry has a huge competitive edge in the global arena, compared to many countries trying to enter the cannabis sector… Further opening of the market to exports will enable Israel to become a world leader in the coming years.”

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The UK legalized medical cannabis in late 2018. Since then, patients have had a hard time getting prescribed treatments in a timely fashion, with most of the supply coming from foreign countries but facing restrictive regulations. As a result, in early March 2020, the UK government announced a change in import restrictions designed to increase the flow of timely medicinal products to registered patients.

This dynamic is common throughout Europe, with countries adopting medical programs without the infrastructure, both regulatory and physical, to provide supply to its own patients. Israel, with its strategic location combined with governmental commitment to the industry, is in prime position to pick up some of the slack.

Isracann Biosciences Poised to Move

Isracann Biosciences Inc. (CSE: IPOT) (OTC: ISCNF) is an Israeli-based cannabis company poised to enter both the Israeli domestic and the European export cannabis markets. The company is advancing its fully-funded 230,000 sq ft hybrid greenhouse cultivation project while also advancing a partnership with a late stage project consisting of approximately 200,000 sq ft of greenhouses located on over 880,000 sq ft of agricultural land. In conjunction with the cultivation projects, Isracann is developing European distribution channels while ensuring that all aspects of its business, from cultivation through processing and manufacturing, comply with European Union GMP regulations necessary for international trade.

While laying the groundwork for an extensive European export operation, the company is certainly not foregoing the burgeoning domestic opportunity in Israel. The country, as of late 2019, had about 46,000 registered patients. Isracann expects this number to roughly double by the end of 2020, by which time the company hopes to be harvesting and distributing products.

The company recently announced a joint venture agreement with two near-term farm operations in the Sharon Plain region of Israel. The IMC-compliant farms operate under preliminary cannabis nursery and cultivation licenses and are preparing to commence planting within weeks with 160,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse canopy on two million sq. ft. of private land. The move paves the way for the company to ramp up sales faster than it expected and could help drive near- and long-term shareholder value.

In a recent two-part interview with CFN Media, Isracann Biosciences CEO Darryl Jones outlined the company’s strategy, assets, and partnerships. He talked about some of the advantages inherent in the Israeli market (ideal climate for cultivation, regulatory environment, advanced research, widespread domestic use, proximity to Europe, etc.).

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Looking Ahead

The very first medical cannabis shipment from Israel to the UK marks a new era in the promising Israeli cannabis industry. With the country’s government backing research and development efforts, as well as implementing rules to encourage growth of the industry both domestically and internationally, Israel has cemented its place as a leader for the global cannabis market. The year ahead promises to be pivotal for both the industry in general, and for Isracann Biosciences in particular as the company executes its vision of a comprehensive farm-to-consumer cannabis company. Keep an eye out as the plan unfolds.

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