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Recreational Cannabis Legalized In Canada

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The Canadian parliament has passed a law that legalizes the use of cannabis for recreation. The legislation has sparked heated debate and headlines around the world. Some of the media houses that first reported the news of the bill were BBC and CNN among others.

Comparison of the new law with other countries

Many of the global media houses were comparing Canada’s law with those in their countries. Additionally, many people are speculating about many countries around the world adopting a similar step.

The Cannabis Act was passed with a 52-29 vote in the Senate. The bill will control and regulate the manner in which marijuana is grown, distributed and sold in the country. People in Canada will now be able to buy and use cannabis legally starting September this year.

Following the way of Uruguay

Canada becomes the second country to legalize the countrywide use of cannabis in the world. In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the sale and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Additionally, several states in the United States have also taken similar steps.

Possession of cannabis in Canada has been criminal since 1923. However, it was legalized for medical use in 2001.

After it was passed in the Senate, the bill is expected to receive the Royal Assent this week. From there, the government will give a timeline on when the law will become effective.

Prime Minister’s comments on the bill

In a tweet, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauded the move by Senate saying that legalizing marijuana will make it hard for children to access it. He added that the new law will make it possible and easy to prevent criminal elements from reaping huge profits from the sale of cannabis.

Dissenting voices

Controversial as it is, the bill has not been without opposition. A number of groups have raised their opposition towards the bill. Among them are the opposition Conservative politicians plus other indigenous groups. Following the passage of the bills, provinces and territories will be given between eight and 12 weeks to put in place new marijuana market places.

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Lexaria Bioscience Corp (NASDAQ: LEXX) Announces Expansion Of Its Intellectual Property Portfolio

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Lexaria Bioscience Corp (NASDAQ: LEXX) announced an expansion of its intellectual property portfolio. The news comes after the global innovator in drug delivery platforms was granted its debut patent in Japan.

According to sources, this is the 20th patent granted to the company. With the patent titled “Stable ready-to-drink beverage compositions comprising lipophilic active agents, Lexaria Bioscience Corp is granted patent protection in Japan.

CEO comments on the 20th patent granted to the company

“With our 20th patent granted worldwide, Lexaria continues to demonstrate the versatility of our DehydraTECH drug delivery platform, encouraging innovation in the consumable liquid category around the world,” said Chris Bunka, CEO of Lexaria. “This new patent adds to our existing suite of granted patents spanning the EU, the U.S., India and Australia, and continues to build value for Lexaria shareholders and clients.”

Information about the patent

From the third patent family, this is the third patent granted. As many as 13 patent families have made it to Lexaria’s patent application suite. According to sources, non-psychoactive cannabinoids and NSAIDS are the active ingredients permitted for use under the new patent.

Patent applications progressing at a global level

According to reports, Lexaria Bioscience Corp currently has ongoing patent applications in countries across the globe. News about developments and progress about the patent status will be made available by the company as information becomes available.

DehydraTECH™ is a drug delivery technology that is reportedly used to enhance active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) enter the bloodstream. Formulated by Lexaria Bioscience Corp, it enhances the effectiveness of fat-soluble active molecules by reducing the overall dosing. The technology that the company develops can be used in a range of ingestible product formats like foods, beverages, oral suspensions, tablets, and capsules.

According to reports, the introduction of DehydraTECH, with cannabinoids and nicotine, has increased bio-absorption is by up to 5-10x. Additionally, this has also brought down the time of onset from 1-2 hours to minutes.

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OrganiGram Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: OGI) Reports Gross Revenue Of $29.1 Million For 3Q 2021

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OrganiGram Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: OGI) recently declared its third-quarter earnings. The company reported gross revenue of $29.1 million for the third quarter of 2021. The corporate house recorded an increase in earnings 39% sequentially to $20.3 million in Q3 this year, from Q2 2021, and 13% from the same prior-year period. The company is a leading licensed producer of cannabis.

Chief Strategy Officer comments on the growth in revenue

“We are pleased with the growth in revenue in Q3 as we were better staffed to fulfill the demand for our revitalized product portfolio, which continues to resonate well with consumers,” said Paolo De Luca, Chief Strategy Officer. “The ongoing investment in our genetics and cultivation program has yielded some exciting new dried flower products with more genetics and derivative product launches planned for the near term. Sales are trending higher to date in Q4 supported by a strong outlook for the industry as the number of cannabis retail stores continues to grow and existing stores are permitted to re-open their doors to customers.”

A plethora of new products launched this year

This year, various products were launched. Starting with March 2021, OrganiGram Holdings Inc introduced its Edison Black Cherry Punch, I.C.C.and Slurricane strains. They were introduced in a package of three half-gram pre-rolls.

In the following month in the same year, GMO Cookies and MAC-1, which are high potency Edison dried flower strains, were introduced by the company. The products contain 20-26% THC range and are available in the market in 3.5g format. They can also be purchased as packages of three half-gram pre-rolls.

Another product was made available in the market in March this year. As part of the Indi portfolio, Skyway Kush, the debut strain which offers a 20% to 23% THC range, was introduced. In June 2021, in 3.5g formats, two Indi dried flower strains were made available at quarter-end. While Biscotti Gelato has a THC range of 20-26%, Gelato #33 has a THC range of 17-23%.

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Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: NEPT) Reported Net Loss of $60.3 Million In Fourth Quarter 2021

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Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: NEPT) a fully integrated wellness company, reported the financial performance for the fourth quarter of 2021 and the year ended 2021. During the fourth quarter, the company reported a loss of $60.3 million, which was higher than the corresponding period last year.

In Red for the second consecutive year: 2021 was the challenging year for the company and industry due to pandemic and transformation activities undertaken by the company. The company reported revenue of $6.8 million for the fourth quarter, and the year ended 2021, the revenue stood at $46.8 million, a 56% growth compared to the revenue in 2020. However, due to pandemic and transformation activities, the cost increased year on year. As a result, the company reported a loss of $24.8 million during the quarter, and for the whole year, the gross loss stood at $36.2 million.

Given the increase in cost, the adjusted EBITDA came in at a negative $24.7 million in the fourth quarter, and for the entire year, it was negative $52.7 million. Loss ad adjusted EBITDA level coupled with an increase in depreciation and interest outgo, the company reported a loss in Q4 2021 and for 2021. The loss at the end of the year stood at $52.7 million. During the quarter, the company raised $55 million by placing the equity with investors.

Guidance:  The company indicated the guidance for the revenue in the range of $10 to $12 million, and the company is well place to achieve top-line growth. Management further indicated, given the cost initiatives taken by Neptune Wellness in the last year, the benefit of the same is expected to come in 2022. In addition, Neptune will continue to drive the growth in its organic brand through innovation and extensive distribution of its products. Further, the company is also looking at acquisitions (acquired majority stake in Sprout Food, baby food brand in the U.S. in Q4 2021), which will drive the earnings immediately. Both these factors should result in higher margins in the medium to long term and ultimately enhanced value for its shareholders.

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