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22nd Century Group Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:XXII) To Be Added To The Various Russell Indexes

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Anytime from now FTSE Russell (Russell) will reconstitute its equity indexes, an undertaking that will have 22nd Century Group Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:XXII)  added to the Russell 2000, Russell 3000, and Russell Global Indexes.

One of the top officials working with 22nd Century has disclosed that the company has in the recent times witnessed its market capitalization grow by a significant margin and that has resulted in it earning its placement on the more selective Russell Indexes.

The turn of events

The Chief Executive Henry Sicignano opined, “22nd Century’s increasing market value reflects the importance of our technology portfolio and the promise that our VLN™ tobacco represents in reducing the harm caused by smoking. What’s more, Russell’s inclusion of 22nd Century in its benchmark indexes will serve to generate further interest in our Company.”

To determine which companies to include in its equity indexes, Russell considers the style attributes and the market-capitalization rankings.  Institutional investors and investment managers are the ones that use the Russell indexes a huge deal.

They use them either as benchmarks for active investment strategies or as index funds and it is worth noting that almost $8.6 trillion in assets have already been benchmarked against the U.S. indexes of Russell.

Recent developments

FTSE Russell is one of the top index providers around the globe and it has been focusing in the creation as well as the management of a wide range of data, indexes and analytic solutions in a bid to meet up to client needs across strategies, asset classes and style.

The other thing is that the business guru recently initiated three short-term studies whose objective was to investigate the biochemical and the behavioral responses to the proprietary Very Low Nicotine Content tobacco of 22nd Century Group, Inc.

It is expected that anytime soon the scientists of company will be submitting the data collected from the studies to the FDA. Consumer will soon be able to enjoy Very Low Nicotine Content cigarettes and this is a major step forward for the company since it will help provide a major lift to its revenues.

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CV Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:CVSI) Navigates Market Storms

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Any company that faces the campaign of short sellers experiences hard times; especially the shareholders. In the recent months, CV Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:CVSI) had a rough battle with the investors which badly bruised the share price. In an Aug. 30, 2018 press statement, the company gave an update to shareholders regarding the situation.

In the update, CV Sciences acknowledges the “malicious” intent of the short sellers. The company CEO, Joseph Dowling further explains that they are victims of “campaigns run by short sellers in order to depress our stock price, so they could make financial windfalls.”

Manipulations

The CEO further details that: “We are also aware that at least one such group has boasted on social media platforms about its financial returns since their release of misleading information regarding the Company’s patent prosecution and drug development efforts.”

In rebuttal, the CEO affirms that the company presents strong financial numbers and that this will go on in future. He adds that there is nothing different with the business model since it is solid. Joseph speaks out so strongly about the “manipulations” and offers his sympathy for the shareholders.

“We will continue to do everything in our control to bring this activity to a halt. In the months ahead, we look forward to reporting our operating results in this fast-growing industry and providing updates on our drug development efforts,” he says.

A product milestone for CV Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:CVSI)

The run in with the short sellers did not dampen the company’s spirits. In under two weeks, the company announced a great milestone for one of its products. The PlusCBD Oil™ Gold Formula product line acquired the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status. The status implies successful performance on the safety front. Further, the GRAS status implies the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves of the production and supply of PlusCBD Oil™.

Such a status is important to product sales and consumer confidence in the company. Concurring with the assessment, the CEO says:

“We are committed to building consumer confidence and trust in the safety and quality of our products, supported by scientific evidence.

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Tilray (TLRY) Joins Cannabis Sector’s Pause, Which Is Good News For People Who Missed Its July IPO

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With the high-flying cannabis sector taking a pause, now is the time for investors to reassess their positions.

A good place to start would be by taking a moment to examine who is guiding cannabis-focused companies. In other words, who is it that is forming a company’s reputation.

Take, for example, high-flying Tilray, Inc. (TLRY). It’s a pioneer in medical cannabis research, cultivation, processing, and distribution. Now it is rapidly staking a strong place in Canada’s soon-to-be legal adult marijuana market.

Looking beyond its world-class research teams, investors will discover Tilray has one of the sector’s most prestigious board of directors.

Tilray’s board includes Rebekah Doop, who is a principal at Google. Then there’s Scotty Greenwood, who was chief of staff sat the U.S. Embassy in Canada, and is now the CEO of the Canadian American Business Council.

Of course, the board itself is not solely responsible for the 400 percent run up since Tilray’s July IPO. Still, it should comfort investors to know Tilray is in such good hands.

Doop and Greenwood are joined on the board by other corporate heavyweights, such as Christine St. Claire, who was a principal and lead audit partner at KPMG; Michael Auerbach, a risk expert who has held senior positions at the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation, where he concentrated on issues related to U.S. Foreign Policy, National Security, and Conflict Resolution.

Rapid Expansion Into Legalized Pot

Based in British Columbia, Canada, Tilray is global concern. It is the only GMP-certified medical cannabis producer to supply cannabis flower and extract products to tens of thousands of patients, physicians, pharmacies, hospitals, governments, and researchers in 11 countries on five continents.

It’s also perfectly positioned in the heart of Canada’s legalized cannabis industry.

The Prince Edward Island Cannabis Management Corporation recently selected a Tilray subsidiary to supply its adult-use cannabis.

The purchase order will allow its wholly owned affiliate, The High Park Company, to supply PEI’s four cannabis stores and online channels with cannabis products. It’s all in anticipation of the launch of the adult-use market on October 17, 2018.

In all, Tilray has signed agreements to supply adult-use cannabis to consumers in seven Canadian provinces and territories, including British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, the Yukon territory, and the Northwest Territories

Its subsidiary, High Park, is Toronto-based, and is led by a team with deep experience in cannabis and global consumer brands.

Tilray established High Park in order to develop, sell, and distribute a broad-based portfolio of adult-use cannabis brands and products. Its portfolio is uniquely crafted and grown by master horticulturists dedicated to sustainable growing practices.

Tilray’s shares were downgraded Northland Capital, which gave “complex valuations” as the basis of its esoteric reasoning. Tilray’s share price shed nearly 11 percent on the news.

But Tilray is a strong company.

It has a partnership to develop medical products with Sandoz Canada, a division of Novartis (NVS). Tilray also has a relationship with Privateer Holdings and marijuana information website Leafly, along with distribution deals with Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmasave and various Canadian provinces.
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PotNetwork Holdings Inc. (OTCMKTS:POTN) Firing On Products Sales Despite Stock Underperformance

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PotNetwork Holdings Inc. (OTCMKTS:POTN) has underperformed the industry, depicted by the stock shedding more than 60% in market value.  However, the poor run in the market cannot in any way be attributed’ to deteriorating business performance. The company appears to be firing on all cylinders more so on product sales.

$2 Million Record Sales

The company’s wholly owned subsidiary Diamond CBD Inc. is fresh from announcing revenues of over $2 million, which represents an 80% year-over-year growth. The increase also underscores a continued trend that has seen it reach record heights each quarter.

Diamond CBD record-breaking trend continued at the just concluded Las Vegas Champs Show that saw the company generate $300,000 worth of purchase orders.  At the event, the company was able to showcase its product line made up of Vape Additives, Liquid Gold Vape Juice and CBD Gummies among many more.

“Diamond CBD has a highly successful history of sales from these key trade shows.  Key among them are the CHAMPS Trade Shows which strive to provide the best trade show experience possible by matching exhibitors with buyers from throughout the world,” company in a statement.

PotNetwork Holdings attributes the stellar performance to the unit’s expansion drive that has seen it launch innovative product lines that continue to elicit strong demand in the market.  Innovative sales strategies, as well as market diversification, have also worked to the unit’s advantage in generating new sales.

In a bid to protect market share already accrued, PotNetwork Holdings has engaged the services of two national law firms that are to handle intellectual property and regulatory guidance.  The law firms should help the company explore trademarks essential for solidifying existing and forthcoming market positions.

Price Action

Despite the stellar performance on the business execution front, PotNetwork Holdings remains under pressure depicted by share price action. The stock is currently trading near a critical support level at the $0.20 level, below which it could drop further.  It remains to be seen if Diamond CBD achievements will help strengthen, investor sentiments in the stock thereby trigger a bounce back from the current lows.

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