Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) announced in late June that it had plans to open its 6th retail store in Pennsylvania, called Rise Mechanicsburg.
The launch of the Rise Mechanicsburg store was scheduled to take place on July 27, with an open house scheduled for June 25 to allow the community to experience the new store. The open house also allowed members of the community to meet the team behind the new store, including the company’s market president for Pennsylvania and the General Manager.
“We are thrilled to open the sixth Rise™ location in Pennsylvania and to create additional jobs in the Harrisburg-Carlisle metropolitan area,” stated Green Thumb Industries Founder and CEO Ben .
The CEO also noted that the company looks forward to offering exceptional service to customers while also making it easier for people to pursue wellness. GTI has so far opened Rise locations in Latrobe, York, Carlisle, Steelton, and Erie. The company launched its operations in Pennsylvania in 2017 and has so far set up a manufacturing plant in Danville through which it produces products such as flower and Rythm vape cartridges.
GTI secures second retail license in California
Green Thumb Industries also announced earlier last month that it received a delivery and retail dispensary license from Pasadena city. This means that GTI is now one of the six businesses that have received such a license in Pasadena. It is also the second retail license that GTI has so far secured in California.
The license will allow the company to further expand its operations within the state which it also expects to contribute significantly to business growth. So far GTI has been experiencing rapid growth courtesy of the cannabis legalization.
So far GTI has 23 stores distributed across California and a total of 89 retail outlets throughout the U.S. This means that the company has doubled down on California as one of its biggest growth market in the U.S. believes that the recently awarded license will allow the company to secure more shareholder value as the company continues with its expansion plan. The company also wants to maintain the same momentum as it expands across the country.
Wanderport Corp. (OTCMKTS:WDRP) Targets The Skincare Market With Its CBD-based Hempova Skincare Products
Wanderport Corp. (OTCMKTS:WDRP) has announced the launch of its CBD-infused Hempova skincare facial serums through which it plans to tap into the skincare market.
This is an interesting step for the company considering that it previously dabbled mainly in the food and beverage industry with products infused with CBD derived from hemp. However, the company is now leveraging its manufacturing prowess and CBD knowledge to expand into the skincare market with the CBD-infused Hempova skincare line.
“Growth in the global skincare industry in general and in the anti-aging segment, in particular, has been staggering and we are excited to introduce our line of CBD serums,” stated Wanderport’s interim CEO, Liliana Vo.
The CEO also noted that her company also wants to introduce new products in the future as part of its campaign for people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The company will announce the additional pipeline products in the future. For now, the launch of the Hempova skincare facial serums will allow the company to assess the market and see how things go.
The Hempova skincare product line consists of Collagen Cream, Eye Serum, and Anti-aging Face and Neck Cream for Men. All of the above products are developed using high-quality ingredients such as CBD, collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. These ingredients are supposed to help rehydrate the skin and at the same time helping the skin to appear youthful.
Wanderport cannot afford to ignore the lucrative skincare market
Wanderport has also entered the skincare market at an opportune time when the demand is shifting. Skincare products were in the past mostly purchased by older consumers but now there is a wave of younger consumers that are adopting the trend.
One particular segment of the skin care category that has seen significant growth in the anti-aging skin care segment. The segment was valued at $250 billion globally in 2016 and analysts estimate that it will be worth $331 billion by 2021.
Wanderport does not intent on being left behind by the anti-aging product wave. It has its Hempova anti-aging skincare product line that will allow it to secure a piece of the pie. The product line will target spas, wellness centers, and boutiques.
Harvest Health & Recreation Inc (OTCMKTS:HRVSF) Stakeholders Give Go-ahead For Business Combination With Verano Holdings LLC
Harvest Health & Recreation Inc (OTCMKTS:HRVSF) announced a few days ago that its shareholders together with those of Verano Holdings LLC approved a business combination between the two firms.
The idea of a Business Combination Agreement between the two companies was introduced in April this year. Once the agreement is in motion, Verano and Harvest Health shareholders will get to own stake in the merger which will handle the business operations of both firms.
An overwhelming number of Harvest Health investors voted in favor of the merger and the same case for Verano investors who unanimously agreed that it was the best way forward. The voting took place during a special meeting that was held towards the end of June.
Harvest shareholders and Verano shareholders will exchange their ownership stake on a 1:1 basis as part of the agreement. This means that Verano shareholders will receive Harvest Health shares while Harvest shares will receive Verano shares.
Harvest Health buys out Leaf Life dispensary
More recently, Harvest Health announced that it acquired Leaf Life, the only medical cannabis dispensary that is licensed in Casa Grande, Arizona. The strategic acquisition adds to the company’s growing portfolio of acquisitions in Arizona. It previously acquired a company called Devine Hunter, Inc., and that gave it access to six licenses.
Harvest Health’s acquisition of Leaf Life means the company can now operate in about 18 facilities and dispensaries that are based in Arizona.
“Arizona is the third largest medicinal cannabis market in the United States, yet too many in our communities still do not have adequate access to dispensaries that offer the high-quality medicinal products,” stated Harvest Health’s Executive Chairman Jason Vedadi.
Harvest Health therefore targets Arizona as one of the underserved markets where it can potentially secure a strong footing. Ricky Hendrickson, the vice president of Leaf Life pointed out that his firm agreed to a buyout by Harvest because the company seems committed to achieving success in Arizona. He also revealed that the two businesses agreed to a 2-year stock option lockup. Leaf Life will now become part of Harvest Health following the transaction.
Crop Infrastructure Corp (OTCMKTS:CRXPF) Announces Definitive Agreement For World Farms Corp To Go Public
Crop Infrastructure Corp (OTCMKTS:CRXPF) announced towards the end of June that World Farms Corp, its investment holdings secured a definitive deal with Graphite Energy Corp to go public.
The deal will facilitate a reverse takeover and World Farms Corp will go public through the Canadian Securities Exchange. Crop Infrastructure currently owns a sizable stake in 10 World Farms Corp at 10 million shares. Crop divested its stake in Jamaican and Italian joint ventures in February so that it could purchase the 10 million World Farms Corp’s common shares at $0.20 per share.
“By divesting our Italian and Jamaican assets to World Farms, it has allowed CROP to focus and expand its operations in the USA, as well as gain a major investment,” stated Crop Investment Holding CEO Michael Yorke.
The CEO also noted that the reverse takeover will go on as planned and that it was pending regulatory greenlight by the CSE. Yorke also noted that World Farms already has 100,000 cannabis plants in cultivation, and it plans to grow an extra 500,000 plants in Croatia over the next few weeks.
Crop Infrastructure acquires license for its Emerald Heights brand in California
Crop Infrastructure also announced in June that its brand Emerald Heights was awarded a provisional license that will allow it to run retail operations, a smoking lounge and delivery services in Cathedral City. The company also hired a local real-estate broker to secure an ideal location for the company’s new location for Emerald Heights in California.
The company also revealed that it already paid a US$30,000 down payment on the new location in Cathedral City. The Emerald Heights brand will handle deliveries in key routes within Coachella Valley and the Bay Area. The brand is also looking for a partner that will assist with distribution in Southern California.
Crop Infrastructure also revealed that its extraction partner in California has already carried out the extraction process on the first harvest batch from 2018. The THC distillate oil extracted from the 2018 harvest will be incorporated into 30,000 vape cartridges. Some of the extract will also be used in pre-rolled joints and also to build up inventory.
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