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Cannabis Hubs Push for Growth (CNFA, GTBIF, TCNNF, LHSIF)

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Expansion continues in the cannabis patch, with organic footprint growth among many of the leaders in the space, even as the pandemic rages on. That expansion takes different forms for different leading names. But the overall picture remains one of high-ROI assumptions.

We look at several of the most active names in the space here, including: Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF), Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF), and Liberty Health Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:LHSIF). Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) just announced it will open Rise Duncansville, its 47th retail location, on June 30. According to the release, profits from the first day of sales will be donated to Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives, and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry. Green Thumb also donated the first day of profits to the Last Prisoners Project when Rise Chambersburg opened in Pennsylvania earlier this month. “We are grateful to create jobs throughout the state as we continue expanding our retail footprint in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Green Thumb Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. “The team is also honored to partner with the Last Prisoner Project on the important work of redressing the past and continuing harms of unjust laws and policies so that victimless cannabis prisoners can walk free.”

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) bills itself as a company that manufactures and sells various cannabis products in the United States. The company’s cannabis products include flower, concentrates for dabbing and vaporizing, edibles, and topicals. The company markets its products through third-party retailers. It also owns and operates a chain of 50 retail stores under the RISE dispensaries name. The company was actually also named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business. It will be interesting to see if the stock can break out of its recent sideways action. Over the past week, the stock is net flat, and looking for something new to spark things. Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) pulled in sales of $138M in its last reported quarterly financials, representing top line growth of 271.9%. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($101.8M against $182.5M, respectively).

One key name in the group that deserves some attention is CanaFarma Hemp Products Corp. (CSE:CNFA.CN), a full-service company operating in the hemp industry offering a full range of hemp-related products and services to the consumer wellness market. CanaFarma’s flagship brand is “Yooforic” – ie, like “euphoric”, but with unique spelling – a line of hemp-based CBD-infused products for sale, meeting the highest standards for performance and purity, including gums, tinctures, and creams. 

Even more importantly, the company’s model is driven by a unique marketing model that appears to be growing in terms of traction. Trailing sales and growth are quite strong, and CBD segment is increasingly attractive. We would also note that the hemp-sourced CBD market is growing at an 18.4% Compound Annual Growth Rate (2018-2022), which means it is now outpacing medical and recreational marijuana. This makes sense given that CBD has a much larger total addressable market than does marijuana given that it is not an intoxicant and has the potential to become a mainstream household industry.

 

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) just announced the doors of a record 50th location within the State of Florida opened on Friday, June 26th. In other words, one of the fastest expanding distribution forces in the cannabis space is still powering along on a rapid curve.

According to the release, the Ocala location is Trulieve’s 52nd location in the United States, 50 of which are located in the Company’s home state of Florida. Near downtown Ocala, the dispensary supports the Company’s mission to expand and ensure safe, reliable patient access statewide. It also joins Trulieve’s 49 other dispensaries statewide, including in nearby Gainesville, Lady Lake, and Daytona Beach. At approximately 4,400 square feet and with 10 point-of-sale stations, the dispensary will be the Company’s first in Marion County.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) promulgates itself as a company that, through its subsidiary, Trulieve, Inc., engages in the cultivation, possession, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis in the United States.

It offers a suite of Trulieve branded products with approximately 125 SKUs, including nasal sprays, capsules, concentrates, syringes, and cannabis flower in tamper-proof containers for vaporizers, topical creams, tinctures, and vape cartridges.  The company distributes its products to Trulieve branded stores (dispensaries) in Florida, as well as takes orders online and by phone for delivery. As of November 20, 2018, the company operated 21 dispensaries. Trulieve Cannabis Corp. is headquartered in Quincy, Florida. If you’re long this stock, then you’re liking how the stock has responded to the announcement. TCNNF shares have been moving higher over the past week overall, pushing about 4% to the upside on above average trading volume. Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) managed to rope in revenues totaling $129.2M in overall sales during the company’s most recently reported quarterly financial data — a figure that represents a rate of top line growth of 118.5%, as compared to year-ago data in comparable terms. In addition, the company has a strong balance sheet, with cash levels far exceeding current liabilities ($143.5M against $104.7M).

 

Liberty Health Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:LHSIF) just announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with licensed California adult use and medicinal cannabis company HONEY, one of California’s largest full service companies, to supply all of Liberty’s dispensaries with the company’s full assortment of branded products. According to the release, in 2012, HONEY revolutionized the cannabis industry by becoming the first producer in the world to market distilled cannabis oil in vape cartridges. Today, they provide authentic, full spectrum oil in vape cartridges, applicators, and caps to legal dispensaries and delivery services.

Liberty Health Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:LHSIF) frames itself as a company that engages in the production and distribution of medical cannabis primarily in the State of Florida. It has a strategic partnership with Veterans Cannabis Project to support various research projects focused on the treatment of service related trauma with cannabis derived products; and partnership with AdaViv Inc. to enhance production of cannabis. 

The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Liberty Health Sciences was established to own and operate medical marijuana licenses in the United States. To date, the company owns one of 14 licenses issued in the state of Florida as well as 50.1% interest in a provisional processing license and a provisional dispensary license, both in Ohio. Liberty has also made an investment in a provisional medical license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The stock has suffered a bit of late, with shares of LHSIF taking a hit in recent action, down about -11% over the past week. Over the past month, shares of the stock have suffered from clear selling pressure, dropping by roughly -11%.  Liberty Health Sciences Inc (OTCMKTS:LHSIF) generated sales of $17.8M, according to information released in the company’s most recent quarterly financial report. That adds up to a sequential quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 10.4% on the top line. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($25M against $25.5M, respectively).

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Trade Creditors Of Nutritional High International Inc (OTCMKTS:SPLIF) Agrees To Convert Payables Into Shares And Warrants

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Nutritional High International Inc (OTCMKTS:SPLIF) entered a settlement agreement with trade creditors. As per the pact terms, the company will convert trade creditors of CAD 1.159 million into 44.253 million units at $0.025/ unit.

4 months holding period

The unitholders are entitled to receive one share and one SPW (share purchase warrant), which can be exercised on or before December 31, 2020, at $0.05/share.

The holding period for acquired shares is 4 months. CEO of Nutritional High, John Durfy, said the company is excited to complete payables’ settlement. It will help the company to enhance its capital structure.

Kruzo established PSC

Kruzo incorporated Psychedelic Science Corp (PSC) to develop and commercialize products manufactured from naturally available psychedelic compounds. Its products are targeted to treat mental ailments like addiction, depression, anxiety, and obesity.

Dr. Duke Fu joined as president of PSC. He is one of the BCNP (Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacists) in Nevada. As part of the doctorate program, he has experimented cultivation of thirty varieties of fungi. Duke is the CEO and co-founder of a premier manufacturing and cultivation company – Green Therapeutics. Nutritional High agreed to acquire a stake of 75% in Green Therapeutics.  PSC is also on the lookout for a chairman to head its medical advisory board.

PSC raises $1.035 million

PSC raised funds of $1.035 million through a private placement of 34.522 million units at $0.03/ unit.

Each unit comprises one common SPW and one common share. The share purchase warrant holder can acquire a common share at $0.05 within two years from closing this offering.

Gross proceeds for cacti-infused beverage

Commenting on the private placement, John said the deal marks an important milestone for PSC because the commercialization of psychedelics will help the company to satisfy the wellness and health goals of a wide gamut of consumers. He said the gross proceeds of this private placement shall be used to develop flagship product cacti infused and water-based functional beverage and grow business.

Nutritional High will complete the takeover of PSC soon. The science team of Nutritional High is working with Rangsit University and PSC to develop a whole plant study to identify the efficacy of psychedelic cacti micro-dosing.

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Heritage Cannabis Holdings Corp (OTCMKTS:HERTF) Inks A Pact To Takeover Opticann Inc For CAD 5 Million

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Heritage Cannabis Holdings Corp (OTCMKTS:HERTF) signed an agreement to clinch all outstanding and issued Opticann Inc shares for an initial sum of CAD 5 million.

Colorado-based topical and oral cannabinoid company – Opticann holds exclusive rights to sell CBG and CBD products manufactured using VESIsorb drug delivery system. VESIsorb is optimized for stability and better absorption.

Additional CAD 30 million

Heritage will also pay additional CAD 30 million in the next five years up on Opticann, achieving certain enterprise and financial milestones. MedReleaf Corp’s former executives established Opticann.

Supply and distribution accord

Opticann holds a supply and distribution pact with Geocann LLC, which holds sole rights to VESIsorb technology for flavonoid formulations, terpenes, and cannabinoids. Opticann will own the brand’s sole distribution rights and sell VESIsorb formulated topical and oral cannabigerol and cannabidiol products to prominent retailers in the US.

What is VESIsorb?

It is an innovative drug delivery system to ensure the bioavailability and stability of natural ingredients such as CBD. The results obtained from a cross-over and double-blind trial show that CBD absorption formulated using VESIsorb is significantly improved compared to cannabidiol extracts formulated using MCT oil.

Chairman of Opticann, Neil Closner, said the patented VESIsorb technology allows creating innovative CBD and cannabidiol products that excel in performance compared to other market products. The company manufactures these innovative products in its GMP certified and scalable supply chain to build brands targeting large retailers in the US. Neil is excited to welcome the team at Opticann along with its patented technology to its fold and execute the plan.

Clint Sharples said the takeover of Opticann is a prudent step because it expands the expertise and improves its presence in the US. The takeover helps the company to capture a significant share of the multi-billion CBD market in the US. He further said the company is pleased to accept Opticann into its family and embrace proven and talented team members and cannabis executives from earlier MedReleaf. Heritage will also benefit from the relationships established and experience gained in the international space because it plans to expand its presence worldwide.

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Zelira Therapeutics Ltd (OTCMKTS:ZLDAF) Inks A Pact With CSCM To Develop Products To Treat Health Risks And Symptoms In Patients With Diabetes And Cardiovascular Disease

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Zelira Therapeutics Ltd (OTCMKTS:ZLDAF) signed a deal with Cardiovascular Solutions of Central Mississippi (CSCM) to help patients with cardiovascular diseases and diabetes by offering innovative products. The new products developed using CBD derived from hemp and other cannabinoids exclusively for CSCM will address therapeutics needs related to patients with DPN (Diabetic Neuropathies) and PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease).

Upfront license fee payment to Zelira

CSCM will pay an upfront license fee to Zelira. It will also pay royalties to Zelira on the commercialization of the products developed under this agreement. The company will also bear all the expenses related to marketing, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of US products.

CSCM holds exclusive marketing rights for all the products developed by Zelira as per this deal in the US markets. However, Zelira retains marketing rights for developed products in other markets across the world.

Several people are suffering from lower-limb amputations, adult blindness, and kidney failure in the US because of diabetes. According to CDC, of the 30 million Americans who have diabetes in the US, one among the three adults aged above 50 years develops PAD.

Peripheral Arterial Disease is the chief cause of non-traumatic amputations in the US. DPN, which is the most common health condition related to diabetes, is the chief cause of disability, mainly due to fall risks and foot ulcerations. If it is not cured in time, it could lead to limb amputation and infection as well.

The annual spending on diabetic treatment is $326 billion in the US. According to a recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control) projection, one in three people in the US will suffer from diabetes by the year 2050. Ethnic and racial minorities in the US usually suffer from higher health care costs.

CEO of CSCM, Dr. Foluso Fakorede, said the company is excited to enter a deal with Zelira to develop effective and innovative treatment options for patients suffering from PAD. This partnership’s main target is to develop and promote the treatment for cardiovascular disease and address unmet needs for marginalized communities.

Zelira will also focus on unveiling its HOPE Products and proprietary Zenivol in the international markets.

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