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Cannabis Legalization To Bring Workplace Safety Risk And Canadian Coalition Seeking Solutions

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The expected increased use of cannabis in the workplace highlights a critical safety danger in Canada after the passing of Bill C-45 (Legalization of Cannabis) and Bill C-46 (Impaired Driving) on June 28, 2018.

To defend against this, a coalition of employers and employer associations from across the country had urged the federal government to legislate alcohol and drug testing for safety-sensitive positions.

Employers have told the government that alcohol and drug use in workplaces is a concern that will be generated when cannabis is legalized. For instance adult cannabis usage increased by 71% after it was legalized in Colorado. The few laws that do exist for dealing with this clear safety risk rely almost exclusively on case law interpretation that is fact-specific, unclear and at times contradictory.

How the cannabis legalization will apply

Cannabis is not a new arrival in the work environment because over the last ten years, the legalization of medical marijuana has already made cannabis a more frequent job-related issue.

However, full legalization is expected to boost the number of  consumers. Employers will have to review and amend existing workplace policies and procedures once the Cannabis Act comes into force. This legal shift may also need a social shift away from traditional views on the recreational use of cannabis. One key change will include removal of any express regulation references to cannabis usage as an illicit off-duty activity. While such action will no longer be illegal, employers can still restrict the use and possession of cannabis in the workplace.

The coalition’s cannabis legalization concerns                         

The coalition said that they are searching for a legislated approach, as in other jurisdictions. The coalition members employ air traffic controllers, pilots, train conductors and crane operators, just to name a few.

When the evidence demonstrates cannabis usage is going to increase, there are still no clear rules that exist in the nation to justify that cannabis usage will be a serious concern in workplaces and on public safety.

The coalition calls upon the government to create a regulatory structure for alcohol and drug testing in safety-sensitive positions. This structure would develop clear rules throughout Canada aimed at preventing workplace alcohol and drug use. Government could do this in consultation with all key stakeholders to ensure everyone is heard on this important topic.

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Dosecann Inc, A Subsidiary Of Auxly Cannabis Group Inc (OTCMKTS:CBWTF), Enters A Pact With Lonza Group AG (OTCMKTS:LZAGF) For LEMS Machine And Capsule Filling And LEMS Technology

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Auxly Cannabis Group Inc (OTCMKTS:CBWTF)’s subsidiary Dosecann Inc has signed a pact with Lonza Group AG (OTCMKTS:LZAGF)’s subsidiary Capsugel Inc. As per the terms of the accord, Dosecann receives rights to use sealing LEMS and capsule filling LEMS technology. The company also gets equipment for capsule sealing and filling besides proprietary liquid filled Licaps capsules of Lonza. Dosecann collaborates with Lonza for new formulations to produce Cannabis capsules.

Lonza’s technology in health applications

Lonza’s technology is used in functional improvements such as odor and taste masking, bioavailability enhancement, controlled/ delayed release, and combination products in nutritional and health applications.

Annual capacity for 200 million capsules

Dosecann will equip its PEI facility with a complete production line having an annual capacity to fill/ seal 200 million Capsugel Licaps capsules. It can provide new compounds having improved functionality.

Dosecann will improve its production and product development capabilities by getting access to patented technologies of Lonza. The company will also use the patented technology to support the differentiated product offerings via possibilities of color and branding and multiple delivery systems. The new technologies of Lonza will enable Dosecann to introduce differentiated and innovative capsule products in different dosages.

President of Auxly, Hugo Alves said the company is thrilled to work with an international leader in encapsulation technology and capsules. He looks forward to develop a fruitful and creative long-term relationship with Capsugel and Lonza. It is the right time for the deal because Auxly is preparing to market derivative products with expected legalization by end of this year.

Auxly focuses marijuana derivatives

Auxly is focusing on marijuana derivatives expansion by end of this year despite widening its net loss. The company has reported revenues of $817,000 CAD in Q1 2019. The company has derived sales of $525,000 CAD from deferred service contracts contributed by KGK Sciences. It has generated balance sales of $292,000 CAD from cannabis flower. The company is holding back the dried flower to produce concentrates, edibles, and topicals expecting legalization by Health Canada by October 2019. Its net loss has widened to $13.8 million CAD in Q1 2019 from $10.5 million CAD in Q1 2018.

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Real Brands Inc (OTCMKTS:RLBD) Signs An LOI To Purchase Proprietary CBD Formulas From Florida Based Integrative Medicine US

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Real Brands Inc (OTCMKTS:RLBD) has signed an LOI to buy proprietary CBD formulas of Integrative Medicine US. The formulas comprise ancient Chinese Medicine and Herbal Remedies that are blended CBD, nutrients, and endocannabinoid systems. Following the acquisition, Real Brands will use the formulas in its CBD Pharmacy brand. The company will use the new logo with a Chinese Symbol of healing.

CBD Pharmacy products

The initial product launch of CBD Pharmacy comprise salves, tinctures, balms, powders, and capsules developed to treat pain and promote relaxation, and boost immunity and energy.

Jerry Pearring, Chief Executive Officer of Real Brands, said medicinal herbs, CBD, and vitamins are blended using a proprietary formula to develop innovative medicine by Jonathan M. Fields, the founder of Integrative Medicine. The new products will help to keep the Real Brands in the driver’s seat to create a strong brand for CBD Pharmacy.

According to Pearring, CBD Pharmacy is expected to satisfy the growing consumer demand for hemp derived cannabidiol products. Consumers will also enjoy the benefits of eastern medical therapies.

Jonathan said the recent technological advances helped the company to develop superior medicinal products. Its features include Vegan, 100% Non-GMO, and tested in a third-party lab using cannabidiol. The company developed delivery mechanisms so that customers can get CBD and other ingredients in the right dosage to provide the desired effect for long-time.

Partners with Scot Piercy

Real Brands has partnered with Scot Piercy, a professional athlete, in April 2019. He will act as an ambassador for Real Brands Team and invested in the company last month. Pearring commenting the partnership said the company is excited to announce Scot as an ambassador. The investment shows the belief in the business model of the company and the long-term prospects. Pearring is pleased to welcome Scot on board Real Brands.

Piercy said he is proud to join the team of Real Brands. He studied about Real Brands and provides the support to grow hemp derived cannabidiol brands. Piercy further said it is looking forward to work with the company to introduce unique brands of Real Brands through e-commerce sites and retail channels.

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Hexo Corp (NYSEAMERICAN:HEXO) Acquisition Of Newstrike Brands Finalized

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Acquisition now Finalized

Hexo Corp (NYSEAMERICAN:HEXO) has announced that it has completed the acquisition of all of Newstrike Brands’ issued and outstanding securities totaling 558,971, 064 marking the finalization of the acquisition process. The company has also received regulatory approval from relevant authorities including the high court further stamping the deal.

Reportedly, Newstrike Brands’ board of directors voted enthusiastically in favor of the acquisition that saw each of Newstrike’s stock exchanged for 0.06332 of Hexo’s share. Following the completion of the acquisition process, is expected to be delisted from TSX exchange platform as it will now operate under its new owner- Hexo.

Increased Production Space and Capacity

Popular voices in the industry believe that the $263 million acquisition sets Hexo among the industry’s elite. Among the several befits Hexo stands to gain from the acquisition includes additional production space estimated at 470,000 sqft. This is a significant addition to the company’s existing 1.3 million sqft.

With additional growing space comes increased production capacity. It is estimated that Hexo’s annual production capacity will surge from the current 110,000 kilos annually to a whopping 150,000 kilos annually which obviously translates to revenue influx.

Hexo’s CEO, Sebastien St-Louis said that “The combination of these two talented teams, both pioneers in the cannabis industry, will accelerate Hexo’s vision of creating the best cannabis technology company.” He adds that the Hexo is now commencing journey on the next phase of its progress.

The acquisition enhances the company’s solid position in the Canadian cannabis space and opening it up to countless possibilities abroad. The company already announced plans to set up operation in Greece as it seeks to seize the upcoming European market. Plans are also underway to set up operations in South America, the U.S (which is expected to open up fully by 2020), and more other locations.

The company already adjusted its 2020 revenue outlook to an optimistic $400 million. This projection factors in the company’s now bigger size in terms of production capacity and market access considering Hexo now assumes Newstrike’s distribution agreements with strategic partners across 8 Canadian provinces.

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