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Tilray (TLRY) Joins Cannabis Sector’s Pause, Which Is Good News For People Who Missed Its July IPO

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With the high-flying cannabis sector taking a pause, now is the time for investors to reassess their positions.

A good place to start would be by taking a moment to examine who is guiding cannabis-focused companies. In other words, who is it that is forming a company’s reputation.

Take, for example, high-flying Tilray, Inc. (TLRY). It’s a pioneer in medical cannabis research, cultivation, processing, and distribution. Now it is rapidly staking a strong place in Canada’s soon-to-be legal adult marijuana market.

Looking beyond its world-class research teams, investors will discover Tilray has one of the sector’s most prestigious board of directors.

Tilray’s board includes Rebekah Doop, who is a principal at Google. Then there’s Scotty Greenwood, who was chief of staff sat the U.S. Embassy in Canada, and is now the CEO of the Canadian American Business Council.

Of course, the board itself is not solely responsible for the 400 percent run up since Tilray’s July IPO. Still, it should comfort investors to know Tilray is in such good hands.

Doop and Greenwood are joined on the board by other corporate heavyweights, such as Christine St. Claire, who was a principal and lead audit partner at KPMG; Michael Auerbach, a risk expert who has held senior positions at the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation, where he concentrated on issues related to U.S. Foreign Policy, National Security, and Conflict Resolution.

Rapid Expansion Into Legalized Pot

Based in British Columbia, Canada, Tilray is global concern. It is the only GMP-certified medical cannabis producer to supply cannabis flower and extract products to tens of thousands of patients, physicians, pharmacies, hospitals, governments, and researchers in 11 countries on five continents.

It’s also perfectly positioned in the heart of Canada’s legalized cannabis industry.

The Prince Edward Island Cannabis Management Corporation recently selected a Tilray subsidiary to supply its adult-use cannabis.

The purchase order will allow its wholly owned affiliate, The High Park Company, to supply PEI’s four cannabis stores and online channels with cannabis products. It’s all in anticipation of the launch of the adult-use market on October 17, 2018.

In all, Tilray has signed agreements to supply adult-use cannabis to consumers in seven Canadian provinces and territories, including British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, the Yukon territory, and the Northwest Territories

Its subsidiary, High Park, is Toronto-based, and is led by a team with deep experience in cannabis and global consumer brands.

Tilray established High Park in order to develop, sell, and distribute a broad-based portfolio of adult-use cannabis brands and products. Its portfolio is uniquely crafted and grown by master horticulturists dedicated to sustainable growing practices.

Tilray’s shares were downgraded Northland Capital, which gave “complex valuations” as the basis of its esoteric reasoning. Tilray’s share price shed nearly 11 percent on the news.

But Tilray is a strong company.

It has a partnership to develop medical products with Sandoz Canada, a division of Novartis (NVS). Tilray also has a relationship with Privateer Holdings and marijuana information website Leafly, along with distribution deals with Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmasave and various Canadian provinces.
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Trade Creditors Of Nutritional High International Inc (OTCMKTS:SPLIF) Agrees To Convert Payables Into Shares And Warrants

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Nutritional High International Inc (OTCMKTS:SPLIF) entered a settlement agreement with trade creditors. As per the pact terms, the company will convert trade creditors of CAD 1.159 million into 44.253 million units at $0.025/ unit.

4 months holding period

The unitholders are entitled to receive one share and one SPW (share purchase warrant), which can be exercised on or before December 31, 2020, at $0.05/share.

The holding period for acquired shares is 4 months. CEO of Nutritional High, John Durfy, said the company is excited to complete payables’ settlement. It will help the company to enhance its capital structure.

Kruzo established PSC

Kruzo incorporated Psychedelic Science Corp (PSC) to develop and commercialize products manufactured from naturally available psychedelic compounds. Its products are targeted to treat mental ailments like addiction, depression, anxiety, and obesity.

Dr. Duke Fu joined as president of PSC. He is one of the BCNP (Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacists) in Nevada. As part of the doctorate program, he has experimented cultivation of thirty varieties of fungi. Duke is the CEO and co-founder of a premier manufacturing and cultivation company – Green Therapeutics. Nutritional High agreed to acquire a stake of 75% in Green Therapeutics.  PSC is also on the lookout for a chairman to head its medical advisory board.

PSC raises $1.035 million

PSC raised funds of $1.035 million through a private placement of 34.522 million units at $0.03/ unit.

Each unit comprises one common SPW and one common share. The share purchase warrant holder can acquire a common share at $0.05 within two years from closing this offering.

Gross proceeds for cacti-infused beverage

Commenting on the private placement, John said the deal marks an important milestone for PSC because the commercialization of psychedelics will help the company to satisfy the wellness and health goals of a wide gamut of consumers. He said the gross proceeds of this private placement shall be used to develop flagship product cacti infused and water-based functional beverage and grow business.

Nutritional High will complete the takeover of PSC soon. The science team of Nutritional High is working with Rangsit University and PSC to develop a whole plant study to identify the efficacy of psychedelic cacti micro-dosing.

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Heritage Cannabis Holdings Corp (OTCMKTS:HERTF) Inks A Pact To Takeover Opticann Inc For CAD 5 Million

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Heritage Cannabis Holdings Corp (OTCMKTS:HERTF) signed an agreement to clinch all outstanding and issued Opticann Inc shares for an initial sum of CAD 5 million.

Colorado-based topical and oral cannabinoid company – Opticann holds exclusive rights to sell CBG and CBD products manufactured using VESIsorb drug delivery system. VESIsorb is optimized for stability and better absorption.

Additional CAD 30 million

Heritage will also pay additional CAD 30 million in the next five years up on Opticann, achieving certain enterprise and financial milestones. MedReleaf Corp’s former executives established Opticann.

Supply and distribution accord

Opticann holds a supply and distribution pact with Geocann LLC, which holds sole rights to VESIsorb technology for flavonoid formulations, terpenes, and cannabinoids. Opticann will own the brand’s sole distribution rights and sell VESIsorb formulated topical and oral cannabigerol and cannabidiol products to prominent retailers in the US.

What is VESIsorb?

It is an innovative drug delivery system to ensure the bioavailability and stability of natural ingredients such as CBD. The results obtained from a cross-over and double-blind trial show that CBD absorption formulated using VESIsorb is significantly improved compared to cannabidiol extracts formulated using MCT oil.

Chairman of Opticann, Neil Closner, said the patented VESIsorb technology allows creating innovative CBD and cannabidiol products that excel in performance compared to other market products. The company manufactures these innovative products in its GMP certified and scalable supply chain to build brands targeting large retailers in the US. Neil is excited to welcome the team at Opticann along with its patented technology to its fold and execute the plan.

Clint Sharples said the takeover of Opticann is a prudent step because it expands the expertise and improves its presence in the US. The takeover helps the company to capture a significant share of the multi-billion CBD market in the US. He further said the company is pleased to accept Opticann into its family and embrace proven and talented team members and cannabis executives from earlier MedReleaf. Heritage will also benefit from the relationships established and experience gained in the international space because it plans to expand its presence worldwide.

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Zelira Therapeutics Ltd (OTCMKTS:ZLDAF) Inks A Pact With CSCM To Develop Products To Treat Health Risks And Symptoms In Patients With Diabetes And Cardiovascular Disease

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Zelira Therapeutics Ltd (OTCMKTS:ZLDAF) signed a deal with Cardiovascular Solutions of Central Mississippi (CSCM) to help patients with cardiovascular diseases and diabetes by offering innovative products. The new products developed using CBD derived from hemp and other cannabinoids exclusively for CSCM will address therapeutics needs related to patients with DPN (Diabetic Neuropathies) and PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease).

Upfront license fee payment to Zelira

CSCM will pay an upfront license fee to Zelira. It will also pay royalties to Zelira on the commercialization of the products developed under this agreement. The company will also bear all the expenses related to marketing, manufacturing, distribution, and sale of US products.

CSCM holds exclusive marketing rights for all the products developed by Zelira as per this deal in the US markets. However, Zelira retains marketing rights for developed products in other markets across the world.

Several people are suffering from lower-limb amputations, adult blindness, and kidney failure in the US because of diabetes. According to CDC, of the 30 million Americans who have diabetes in the US, one among the three adults aged above 50 years develops PAD.

Peripheral Arterial Disease is the chief cause of non-traumatic amputations in the US. DPN, which is the most common health condition related to diabetes, is the chief cause of disability, mainly due to fall risks and foot ulcerations. If it is not cured in time, it could lead to limb amputation and infection as well.

The annual spending on diabetic treatment is $326 billion in the US. According to a recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control) projection, one in three people in the US will suffer from diabetes by the year 2050. Ethnic and racial minorities in the US usually suffer from higher health care costs.

CEO of CSCM, Dr. Foluso Fakorede, said the company is excited to enter a deal with Zelira to develop effective and innovative treatment options for patients suffering from PAD. This partnership’s main target is to develop and promote the treatment for cardiovascular disease and address unmet needs for marginalized communities.

Zelira will also focus on unveiling its HOPE Products and proprietary Zenivol in the international markets.

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