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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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WeedMD Inc (OTCMKTS:WDDMF) Signs A Pact With Fire & Flower To Manufacture CBD Cannabis Products: Will Announce Q2 2020 Revenues On September 24, 2020

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WeedMD Inc (OTCMKTS:WDDMF) will submit the financial statements for Q2 2020 on September 24, 2020, within the 45 days window offered by the regulator. The auditors of WeedMD requested additional time to prepare and submit the results because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Signs a commercial arrangement with Fire & Flower

WeedMD entered a commercial pact with Fire & Flower for the manufacture of CBD cannabis products. As per the terms of the pact, WeedMD will produce, package, and transport Revity CBD products of Fire & Flower to the Saskatchewan provinces. The new products will hit the shelves of the retailer on August 14, 2020.

WeedMD will produce Revity CBD products at its most sophisticated extraction center – CX Industries, using its biomass. CEO of WeedMD, Angelo Tsebelis, said the company is excited to bag the contract order from Fire & Flower to produce Revity CBD products. It is the first commercial arrangement in Canada, and the company looks forward to working on this prestigious contract with Fire & Flower in its endeavor to introduce new products and enter strategic markets.

Angelo said the company intends to maintain a healthy longterm relationship with Fire & Flower by producing high-quality products using trichome rich biomass at its CX extraction hub. CEO of Fire & Flower, Trevor Fencott, said the company is excited to introduce its wellness-focused products to the underserved CBD markets.

Angelo further said WeedMD has an excellent track record in the production of high-quality products and leading innovation. After the initial launch in Saskatchewan, the Revity brand will be expanded nationwide.

Exclusive license accord to manufacture wellness products

WeedMD inked an exclusive license accord to manufacture Mary’s Medicinals wellness products. Under the terms of the deal with MM Technology Holdings, LLC, which holds Mary’s Medicinals product line and Mary’s brand, WeedMD will work as an exclusive partner for the production of Mary’s Medicinals products using its biomass at CX extraction center.

WeedMD will engage in the sale and distribution of Mary’s Medicinals’ products in Canada for medical use and adult use. CEO of Mary’s Brands, Jacques Panis, said the company is excited to partner with WeedMD to expand its Medicinals brands into Canada.

WeedMD posted revenues of $12 million in Q1 2020. It is driven by customer acquisition initiatives, Color Cannabis Brand recognition, and significant sales of biomass cultivated outdoors.

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Planet 13 Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:PLNHF) Reports A Drop Of 34.9% In Q2 2020 Revenues

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Planet 13 Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:PLNHF) posted a decline of 34.9% YoY to $10.8 million in Q2 2020. It also reported a drop of 51.54% in gross profits to $4.7 million in Q2 2020. The company reduced the operational expenses by 18.5% to $5.8 million.

Preserves capital and adds new customers

Co-CEO of Planet 13, Larry Scheffler, said all the Nevada businesses faced challenges in Q2 2020. Despite the challenges, the Planet 13 put in significant efforts to preserve the capital and add new clients in Q2 2020.  After the states are reopened, Planet 13 gained momentum and reported better sales in July and August 2020.

Brands sales at superstores

Co-CEO of Planet 13, Bob Groesbeck, said its brands are performing well and posted a 28.5% increase in sales at superstores in Q2 2020 compared to 14% in Q2 2019. The company expects to post higher sales of brands going forward because it has expanded the cultivation to supply its popular Medizin line.

Planet 13 is also enjoying success in the wholesale space after it commenced the supply in June 2020. The customers can buy its products across 33 Nevada based dispensaries. Its top-performing SKUs include concentrates, edibles, and beverages.

Begins upward journey

Planet 13 posted monthly revenues of $7 million in July and August 2020. The company will soon inaugurate Medizin dispensary and Santa Ana next year.

Planet 13 implemented operational enhancement in Las Vegas. It is helping the company for higher conversion of visitors into potential customers. The company also made improvements at the Superstore to attract residents in Las Vegas.

Planet 13 generated revenues of $1.7 million in July 2020 from curbside pickup and delivery. It represents 17% of the overall sales.

Planet 13 also strengthened its cash balance to $22.7 million. Its total assets also increased to $81.9 million. The company acquired Santa Ana on May 21, 2020. It also mobilized CAD 11.5 million through bought deal offering on July 13, 2020.

Planet 13 took over 45,000 Sq.Ft. indoor cultivation on July 17, 2020. It also received a dispensary license in Nevada on August 10, 2020.

The vertically integrated cannabis company based in Nevada – Planet 13 engages in manufacturing, cultivation, and dispensary operations, mainly in Las Vegas.

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Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) Sells Over 1.6 Billion Hemp Derived Cannabidiol As Consumers Prefer CBD Oil

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Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) achieved a significant milestone of selling over $1.6 billion mg of CBD. It is on the backdrop of an increased percentage of consumers preferring CBD oil during the ongoing coronavirus. Around 15% of consumers intend to use a higher dosage of cannabidiol.

Real Scientific Hemp Oil

Dr. Stuart Titus, CEO of Medical Marijuana, said the company supplied Real Scientific Hemp Oil, an oral version of high potency cannabidiol, for 10 years. According to the global media coverage, several customers across the world demonstrated positive experiences in using its products for almost 5 years.

Satisfies high consumer demand for CBD oil

Stuart further said several other products that are sold as hemp-based products do not contain cannabidiol. They are just a CBD isolate. Medical Marijuana is committed to delivering high-quality cannabidiol oil and satisfying consumer demand.

CBD products are popular among Americans. Around 33% of people in the US have used cannabidiol products at least once in their life. Blake Schroeder, COO of Medical Marijuana, said CBD derived products and cannabidiol products are now part of everyone’s life in the US to maintain wellness.

Stuart features in Reuters

Stuart featured in Reuters, a global financial news hub, on August 11, 2020, and discussed the present landscape of M&A (mergers and acquisitions) in the cannabis space.

An article in Reuters provided an insight into how the cannabis companies fare after the coronavirus, which boosted demand for cannabis. According to Stuart, the cannabis industries celebrate financial success at these difficult times. The same trend expects to continue for some more months before M&A takes place in the industry.

On the expectation of legalization of cannabis in the US after November 2020, the presidential election, the cannabis retailers are busy finalizing the deals. A cautious approach is expected in spending the funds in the aftermath.

Stuart further stated the company engages in developing sales strategies to maintain profitability and exploring new opportunities for enhancing its product line.

Promotions of top-level executives

Medical Marijuana promoted Todd Morrow as CFIO (Chief Financial and Information Officer). It also improved morale by promoting Michelle Sides, Esq. as CLO.

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