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Maricann Group Inc (OTCMKTS:MRRCF) Reveals Details Of Malta Enterprise, Management Expansion & Clinical Trials

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Maricann Group Inc (OTCMKTS:MRRCF) recently revealed details about the Letter Of Intent (LOI) for acquiring license from the authorities in Malta. The company also revealed updates related to its latest clinical trials and the decision to expand its management.

Maricann hoping to receive approval for license

As per the reports, after discussing things with Malta Enterprise, the government authority that supervises the issuance of such license, Maricann has now applied for the license. Simultaneously, the company has also terminated the Letter Of Intent for acquiring Medican Holdings. Prior to these developments, Medican was the first to receive the initial approval whereas Maricann had received confirmation for it.

Later on Malta Enterprise communicated with Maricann and asked the company to request Medican to file its own application as they wanted to work with Maricann instead of Medican. That is why Maricann has now decided to submit its own application and now Malta Enterprise has even acknowledged it by giving the receipt. The company is hoping that the application will be reviewed in a period of one month and the decision will be in its favor.

Maricann aspires to expand medical testing in Europe

The Medical Cannabis Market in Europe has been expanding rapidly which is why Maricann has decided to focus its attention on the European cannabis market. Recently, the company announced that it is expanding its management team in the Europe with the intention to expand its ability to fulfill medical testing in the continent. According to reports, Maricann is planning to divert its focus of medical marijuana research and development in Germany.

As a part of its expansion process, the company recently appointed Morten Lars Brandt as the General Manager for Maricann in Europe. Morten has a vast experience as a pharmaceutical executive and have worked at senior positions at different life sciences companies. Apart from Mr. Brandt, the company has also appointed Dr. Thoralf Schlosser as the Qualified Person for the company’s European Medical Division. The company’s pharmacokinetic study also recently received the European Union Drug Regulating Authority Clinical Trial (EudraCT) number and Protocol Code Number.

The study examines the potential increase in cannabinoids bioavailability using the company’s exclusive VesiSort patented Technology.

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Hexo Corp (NYSE:HEXO) Enters A Definitive Agreement To Takeover Zenabis Global Inc (OTCMKTS:ZBISF) For $235 Million

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Hexo Corp (NYSE:HEXO) signed a deal to acquire Zenabis Global Inc (OTCMKTS:ZBISF) for $235 million. It is an all-stock deal as per the court-approved plan under the BC business corporations act. As per the pact, Zenabis investors will receive 0.01772 common share of Hexo for each of their shares.

The board of directors approves amalgamation

The board of directors of both Zenabis and Hexo approved the transaction on receiving the shareholders’ nod. Following the transaction, Hexo will get immediate access to the medical cannabis market in Europe through a local partner of Zenabis.

Zenabis’s local partner supplies pharmaceutical products in Europe using its established facility. The products manufactured at Atholville Facility of Zenabis can be packaged and distributed through this facility.

The combined entity will realize synergies of $20 million in a year of concluding the deal through economies in the manufacture and utilizing the additional capacity of Hexo’s Belleville Centre of Excellence.

Hexo will gain access to licensed manufacturing capacity to produce 111,200 kg premium quality cannabis per annum. The company will also acquire 2.735 million sq. Ft. cultivation space for diversified production and growing needs.

CEO of Hexo, Sebastien St-Louis, said the company is excited to welcome the team of Zenabis into its family. Zenabis can use its established relationships to share the vision of Hexo in introducing a premium quality cannabis experience to adults in the overseas and domestic markets.

The deal is beneficial to the shareholders of Hexo. It also supports the growth of Hexo in the global and domestic markets utilizing additional licensed capacity. CEO of Zenabis, Shai Altman, said the brands and strains of the combined entity will gain strength in Canada. Its sophisticated high quality, and economical cultivation facilities, along with its global presence, complement the business of Hexo. The transaction improves flexibility and financial position to satisfy the growing international and domestic demand.

Charles Bowman heads US operations

Hexo recruited Charles Bowman as General Manager (US Operations). Charles will contribute his extensive experience in operations and commercial growth and improves its presence in the US.

Hexo inducted Rose Marie Gage to the director board. Chair of the Director Board at Hexo, Michael Munzar, said Rose will contribute experience gained in large multinational companies to expand its US operations and boost market share in Canada.

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Innovative Industrial Properties Inc (NYSE:IIPR) Will Construct Additional Two Buildings On 3.5 Acres Of Land By Expanding Its Long-Time Association With Kings Garden Inc

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Innovative Industrial Properties Inc (NYSE:IIPR) acquired 3.5 acres of land in Southern California close to its properties leased to KGI (Kings Garden Inc) for $1.4 million. In alliance with KGI, the company will construct two buildings on this land with an industrial space of 180,000 sq. Ft.

KGI receives payment of $51.4 million

Following the completion of two new buildings, KGI will operate for licensed cannabis cultivation. KGI will receive $51.4 million from Innovative Industrial to engage in the development of these new buildings. The company received six properties that account for an industrial space of 544,000 sq. Ft. on lease from Innovative Industrial, which commits a total of $147.7 million towards the purchase, development, and redevelopment, and tenant improvements.

The CEO of Innovative Industrial, Paul Smithers, said the company is pleased to partner with a true innovator in the cannabis market – KGI and expand its presence and capacity in California. KGI has a talented team, which gained expertise in processing and growing cannabis and the start of the manufacturing facilities. Paul said the prospects of KGI are bright, and the company is proud to support its growth strategies.

Innovative Industrial engages in supporting experienced medical partners. It acquires the properties and leases back to the partners besides providing funding support. CEO of KGI, Michael King, said the company gives value to the long-term relationship it established with leading industrial partners at Innovative Industrial over a while.

Michael said the company will receive a total of $76 million towards construction from Innovative Industrial for this deal, and the deal concluded in November 2020. This initiative will ensure indoor operations on 665,000 Sq. Ft. and earn revenues of more than $300 million in the year 2023.  As a result, the annual production of cannabis products at KGI will reach 140,000 pounds. KGI will gain market share in the regulated worldwide cannabis market.

The regulated cannabis sales in the Californian market are reported at $5.6 billion in 2020. In 2025, the sales of regulated cannabis in the US will reach $41.5 billion, and California will command a market share of 20% ($8.2 billion).

COO of KGI, Charlie Kieley, said the company significantly expands its cannabis cultivation operations indoors. It improves operational efficiencies by employing the best practices and embracing the latest technologies.

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Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:JAZZ) Agrees To Acquire Marijuana Derived Epilepsy Drug From GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ: GWPH) In Stock And Cash Deal

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Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ:JAZZ) agreed to pay $7.2 billion in stock and cash for Marijuana Derived Epilepsy Drug – Epidiolex developed by GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ: GWPH). The deal will be closed in Q2.

As per the pact terms, GW Pharmaceuticals investors will receive American depositary shares, each at $220. The deal includes Jazz stock worth $20 and cash of $200 for each share.

Cures rare forms of the disease

GW Pharmaceuticals Epilepsy drug – Epidiolex, which is based on marijuana, is used to treat rare forms of the disease. According to a communiqué from the companies on Wednesday, Epilepsy drug garnered $510 million in 2020. GW Pharmaceuticals collected $32,500 from each patient as annualized charge in the US in 2018.

Strengthens neuroscience drug pipeline 

Jazz strengthens its neuroscience drug pipeline through this deal. Bruce Cozadd, CEO of Jazz, said Epidiolex expects to generate annual sales of $1 billion soon. The cannabinoid-based drugs of GW Pharmaceuticals are tested to treat schizophrenia, autism, and other medical conditions.

Jazz, which is based in Dublin, engages in the manufacture of drugs to treat rare diseases. These drugs generated sales of $1.7 billion in Q3 2020 (up 7.5% YoY). Xyrem, its best-selling drug, helps to cure narcolepsy.

Following the deal, Jazz’s shares declined by 5.1% on Wednesday on concerns that the company pays a higher premium to analysts estimates of GW Pharmaceuticals financial performance. An SVB Leerink LLC analyst, Ami Fadia, said the pact is a strategic fit for Jazz, which focuses on neuroscience.

With this deal, Jazz added cannabinoid-based products to its product line. It is an aggressive move for Jazz to takeover GW Pharmaceuticals at a higher price. The shares of GW Pharmaceuticals trade higher at $214.77 (up 46.85%) on March 2, 2021, whereas Jazz, is also rebounding.

Jazz posted revenues of $665 million (up 14.4% YoY) in Q4 2020, exceeding the analysts’ forecasts. As per analysts’ estimates, the company expects to post sales of $2.7 billion in 2021. Jazz offers treatments for indications in hematology-oncology, indications in neuroscience, and sleep disorders. Its promising drug Zepzelca offers a cure for small lung cancer.

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