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Video StaffVideo StaffApril 12, 2019


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Vape distribution company Greenlane Holdings, Inc. filed for an IPO of 5.3 million shares with a price ranging between $14 and $16 per share. The company said that it hopes to list on NASDAQ on  April 18th. The IPO is valued at $80 million and the symbol is expected to GNLN.

In earnings this week, Green Thumb Industries (GTII.CN) or GTI reported its the fourth quarter results with an increase in revenue by 237% to $20.8 million. For the year, GTI made $62.5 million in revenue. The company experienced a net loss of $3.1 million for the quarter and $7.7 million for the whole year.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) reported its fourth quarter and 2018 full-year results with revenue rising 172% to $35.9 million from last year’s $28.3 million for the same time period. The company’s net income grew a whopping 3,467% in the fourth quarter to $10.7 million from last year’s $0.3 million for the same time period.

Following the taping of Marijuana Money, KushCo Holdings (OTCQB: KSHB) announced the release of their financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2019, which ended on February 28, 2019. Quarter-over-quarter, the company’s revenue rose by 39% to $35.2 million. The net loss for the quarter was $8.9 million. Adjusted EBITDA was $5.2 million. As of February 28, the company had $17.9 million in cash. “Our focus remains the build-out of a scalable, sustainable business, as we cement our presence as the primary supply chain partner to the cannabis, CBD and related industries,” said KushCo CEO Nick Kovacevich. “As a result of a strong first half of the year, including the signing of a number of long-term supply arrangements-in-principle with several new large, well-known customers, we are raising our revenue guidance from between $­110 million and $120 million for fiscal year 2019 to between $140 million and $150 million.”

Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (CSE: HARV, OTCQX: HRVSF) is acquiring CannaPharmacy, Inc. in a deal with undisclosed value. CannaPharmacy owns or operates cannabis licenses in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Maryland. Harvest recently announced the private placement of $500 million in convertible debentures to continue to finance acquisitions and corporate growth.

U.S. based investment fund Northern Swan Holdings has completed $58 million in Series D financing, bringing the total amount of capital raised to date to $96 million. The company will be using the funds to expand its existing Latin American operations including Clever Leaves, a licensed producer of medical cannabis in Colombia.

MPX International Corporation  (CSE: MPXI; OTC: MPXOF) entered into a definitive agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of HolyWorld SA for roughly C$13 million.  

Cultivator and producer  1933 Industries Inc. signed a licensing agreement with House of Hawk, which is famous skateboarder Tony Hawk’s company and the company’s subsidiary, Infused MFG for the launch of several co-branded CBD wellness products f

Seattle-based fintech company, POSaBIT began trading on the CSE under the ticker PBIT.  The company that serves cannabis retailers by delivering bitcoin-enabled payment processing and point-of-sale systems, with built-in compliance features customized to the state each retailer operates in.  

Video StaffVideo StaffApril 5, 2019


The biggest news this week was the announcement that Cresco Labs is acquiring Origin House, formerly known as CannaRoyalty in a $1.1 billion deal. The combined company would make Cresco one of the largest multi-state operators in the U.S. Cresco would be in 11 states with 23 facilities and licenses to operate 51 dispensaries. Cresco Labs brands will eventually be sold in over 725 dispensaries across the country. The combined company will be one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the U. S.; a leading North American cannabis company, by footprint; and one of the largest cannabis brand distributors.

Aurora Cannabis (ACB) filed a prospectus to raise $750 million although the company stressed that it wasn’t immediately going to tap into using that money. “Although we have no immediate intention of drawing capital against this Shelf Prospectus, we have introduced this option as a prudent and long-term strategic measure to provide us with flexibility in access to growth capital, if or when required, to continue executing on our global expansion and partnering strategy,” said Michael Singer, Executive Chairman.

Earnings season is upon us.

iAnthus (IAN.CN) delivered fourth-quarter revenue of $2.2 million, the pro forma was $14.8 million and the net loss was $15.9 million.  iAnthus reported full-year fiscal 2018 revenue and other income of $4.5 million (an increase of 88% over 2017) and a pro forma revenue* of $49.3 million for the full year fiscal 2018. The full year fiscal 2018 net loss of approximately $62.0 million included $44.1 million of non-cash charges used to derive adjusted EBITDA primarily due to accretion expense, fair market value adjustments, depreciation, and share-based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA loss was $17.9 million for the full year fiscal 2018.

GrowGeneration (GRWG) reported revenue of $29 million an increase of 102% over last year. The company’s same-store sales increased by 12.4% in the fourth quarter. The company delivered a net loss of $5 million for 2018 a big increase over 2017’s net loss of $2.5 million. Gross profits were $6.4 million for 2018, as compared to $3.3 million for 2017, an increase of approximately $3.1 million or 97%.

Nutritional High reported revenue of $6.1 million for the second quarter, but a net loss of $6.8 million. The company also reported a gross profit of $1.5 million, but a net loss of $6.8 million. At the end of January 31, 2019, the company has now recognized a trailing-twelve-month revenue from Cannabis sales of approximately $17.6 million.

1933 Industries delivered revenue of $3.7 million for the second quarter with a net loss of $2.9 million.

Vertical Companies raised $58 million in a Series A round.

Ionic Brands began trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange using the symbol IONC.

Vibe Bioscience Ltd. Announced that its common shares began trading on the CSE as well  under the symbol “VIBE.” Vibe also executed a purchase agreement to acquire all of the membership interests in the outstanding securities of EVR Managers, LLC, which holds a license for an adult use cannabis retail operation located in Redding, California.

Video StaffVideo StaffMarch 29, 2019


This interview was taped at the Accelerate Cannabis event in Newark, NJ.

Debra Borchardt, Editor-in-Chief, GMR

If you don’t know AON, AON plc (NYSE: AON) is a really mainstream professional services firm and insurance company, but now they’ve gotten in cannabis. What is it that brought AON to step over into cannabis?

James Jackson, Aon Insurance

I think the main thing in the cannabis space is it has to be recognized as one of the fastest growing sectors in business, period. AON being one of the larger, I guess, brokers in the global market, we’re on the forefront of life science as we’re on the forefront of manufacturing. We’re on the forefront of technology. Just recognizing, I guess, a fast growing industry like cannabis itself and creating its own sector makes enough sense for AON to be able to jump in the game and insure and help insure and transfer the risk of a lot these cannabis companies.


What exactly are you doing for cannabis companies?

James Jackson

We’re doing a lot of the same coverages that you would do for any normal company. We’re doing general liability. We’re doing product liability. Specifically, that’s one of the things that is more unique in the cannabis space is that to be able to find the coverages that are going to cover your product once it’s complete, whether it be flour, whether it be concentrate, or edibles itself. Another specific thing we’re doing is we’re doing a lot of the D&O insurance for private and public. We’re doing specifically pre-IPO work for a lot of the teams that we see going public in Canada. There’s a number of ways. We’re pretty much able to help cannabis companies all the way from seed to sale and everything in between.


What about IP? Because IP sounds like it’s becoming the new thing that everybody is concerned about.

James Jackson

I guess when you talk about intellectual property, it’s a different conversation than the cannabis game. Right? Where it’s like what is the intellectual property within the cannabis industry and what we’re seeing a lot is actual plants or actually the process that folks are taking to either cure or to finish their cultivation process. A number of the different things that I guess you can differentiate as unique to one group or another are the things that we’re able to help as far as IP.


Really interesting that we’re starting to see more of these mainstream companies jump into cannabis. Thank you so much.

Video StaffVideo StaffMarch 22, 2019


Tilray Inc. (TLRY) delivered its earnings on Monday with Revenue increasing to $15.5 million, up 203.8% versus the fourth quarter of last year and beating the Yahoo! Finance estimate for $14.15 million. Net loss for the quarter was $31.0 million or $0.33 per share compared to $3.0 million or $0.04 per share for the prior year period. Net loss includes non-cash stock-based compensation charges of $4.1 million compared to $34 thousand in the prior year period.

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTC: CURLF) reported its results for The fourth quarter with total revenue of $32 million increasing 49% sequentially and 408% over the 2017 fourth quarter. Curaleaf delivered a net loss of $16.5 million, but this was a steep drop from the previous quarter’s loss of $33 million. The company also said it was acquiring Nevada-based Acres Cannabis in a deal valued at $70 million that is expected to close in 2019.

TerrAscend Corp. (CSE: TER; OTCQX: TRSSF) reported its fourth-quarter revenue that increased to C$4.8 million and full-year revenue for 2018 C$6.6 million.

Grassroots launched its convertible note financing round back in December with the plan to raise at least $40 million in proceeds. However, due to strong demand, the financing round was ultimately increased to accommodate $90 million.

California-based  MJIC, Inc. successfully closed a private round of financing resulting in gross proceeds of U.S. $15 million.

Valens GroWorks Corp. (CSE: VGW)  entered into an agreement with AltaCorp Capital Inc. under which AltaCorp has agreed to purchase shares valued at $30 million.

Lots of stock moves this week

Vireo Health International, Inc., a multi-state cannabis company, listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the stock symbol.

Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX: ALEF) (OTC: ALEAF)  said that its common shares began trading today on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The common shares will continue to trade under the symbol “ALEF.”


Vape distributor Greenlane Holdings, Inc., a filed to go public. The company wants to list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol “GNLN.” But so far the Nasdaq has turned almost every cannabis company down.

Video StaffVideo StaffMarch 15, 2019


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Lawmakers and regulators in Alaska have signed off on new regulations explicitly permitting adults to consume cannabis at specially licensed retailers. “When these rules go into effect, Alaska will be the first state to finalize and approve statewide rules for on-site consumption.”

Harvest Health & Recreation, Inc. (CSE: HARVOTCQX: HRVSF) has entered into an agreement to buy  VeranoHoldings, LLC in an all-stock deal valued at approximately USD $850 million based on a share price of C$8.79. Harvest Health stock jumped over 15% on the news to lately trade at C$9.56. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2019.

We are in the midst of earnings season, so let’s jump in.

Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTCQX: ACRGF) delivered fourth-quarter revenue of $10.5 million for an increase of 380% over the previous year’s $2.1 million. The fourth-quarter net loss of $217.6 million. The pro forma revenue* for the fourth quarter was $22.9 million and the pro forma adjusted net loss*, was $10.8 million. The company has been on a tear with its expansion During the fourth quarter of 2018, Acreage opened two dispensaries under its The Botanist brand in Buffalo, NY and Worcester, MA, and acquired one dispensary in Thames Valley, CT, ending the year with 19 dispensaries (as of today, Acreage has 24 operational dispensaries).

HEXO Corp (TSX: HEXO; NYSE: HEXO) delivered its financial results for the second quarter of the 2019 fiscal year with gross revenue of $16.2 million an increase of 1,269% versus the same time period for last year. Revenues increased by 114% sequentially. The company reported a net loss for the quarter of $4.3 million, which was a big improvement over last year’s net loss of $8.9 million for the same time period. This week the company also said it was acquiring Newstrike Brands in an all-stock deal valued at approximately $263 million.

Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE: IIPR) announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018. IIPR generated rental revenues of approximately $4.7 million in the quarter, representing a 111% increase from the prior year’s quarter and in line with the Yahoo! Finance analyst estimate.

Zynerba (ZYNE)  reported a net loss for the fourth quarter of 2018 of $7.8 million with a basic and diluted net loss per share of $(0.44). That beat analyst estimates by $0.21 cents.

CV Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB: CVSI) reported its financial results for 2018. The company delivered revenue of $48.2 million for an increase of 133% over 2017. The company also reported net income of $10.0 million, or $0.09 per fully diluted share.

“The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (US: TGODF) has entered into a multi-year extraction services contract with Valens GroWorks Corp. (CSE: VGW) (OTC: VGWCF).


Video StaffVideo StaffMarch 12, 2019


This interview was conducted at Accelerate Cannabis in Newark NJ on February 19.

Debra Borchardt, Green Market Market

Michael Markarian’s company Contempo Specialty Packaging is based in Rhode Island. How did you get into cannabis?

Michael Markarian, Contempo Specialty Packaging

Well that’s a great question. So we’re in Rhode Island because our roots are in the jewelry and fashion business and back in the ’70s and ’80s Rhode Island was the jewelry capital of the world for the costume and bridge sides. So we started in Rhode Island, our roots have always been in Rhode Island and we work for with 40 years with the biggest fashion brands. And we started getting calls a little over two years ago from cannabis companies saying, “Hey the same way you brand some of the greatest fashion brands, can you brand us? We don’t wanna settle for generic average looking packaging.” And when we heard that a few times the light bulb really went off and we’ve been full steam ahead building out a separate division within Contempo.


So when you mention that most people think packaging’s they think, “Well you probably just do child resistant caps or things like that.” But you go another step beyond that and you’re really doing branding. So how important is branding now to these cannabis companies?


Branding is a huge part for cannabis companies particularly as markets mature. So I think early on with the markets initially just by being one of the first you can have success. But then what happens is competition comes in and that can creep up on some of the first movers where they lose their advantage. So competitors come in with better branding that connects with consumers and those early people lose their edge. So as the market matures branding becomes far more important. And our goal is just to make that process super simple for people to get beautiful packaging and also compliant packaging because compliance always comes first. Because these people have so many things on their plate so it’s about the standard of excellence in cannabis packaging and making it super simple is the reason that we’ve been having success.


You know one thing that a lot of people are talking about now in the cannabis industry is too much packaging. They come out and it’s just it feels wasteful. What can you do to combat that?


So establish that fine line because there is a perspective where you can do too much and it becomes wasteful. So I’ve been traveling all over the country and talking to different dispensary owners and there’s certain concepts that they look cool and people appreciate on the first stop into the dispensary. But then when they’re making that purchase over and over again it’s like I don’t want all this packaging. So there’s ways to get around that. But something to be conscious of is over packaging and there is a point where you can go a little bit too far with your packaging.


So you’re out of Rhode Island obviously the east coast is coming on fairly strong rather quickly, are you mostly working with clients on the east coast or are you also branched out across the country?


All over the country. All over North America. We do something called the Cannabis Packaging Show on YouTube and we got someone from Nigeria and South Africa saying, “Hey we watched the show and we want to work with you.” So our focus is definitely the northeast but as we launch these novel child resistant products that are also eco friendly, we’re stating to get inquiries from all over the country and that’s probably the most exciting part of what we’re doing.


Video StaffVideo StaffMarch 8, 2019


Namaste Technologies Inc. continues to see its troubles compounded following the recent scandal involving the company’s founder and former CEO Sean Dollinger. On Wednesday the company confirmed that its auditor PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP resigned and will no longer be acting as the company’s auditor and the company will miss filing its financial documents. In addition to that, the company ran afoul of advertising restrictions in Brazil and separately, decided to stop several company initiatives. Oh, and it bought a company called Choklat.

MedMen Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMEN) (OTCQX: MMNFF) made a statement claiming it wasn’t aware of stock promotion activity by a company it hired for public relations. MedMen acknowledged that the OTC Markets had made inquiries about promotional activity relating to promotional materials encouraging investors to buy the company’s Class B Subordinate Voting Shares. MedMen said it thinks that an announcement about earnings that sparked the trading activity, either way, it had the offending article removed.

CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX: TRST) (NYSE: CTST) filed and a prospectus to offer up to C$700,000,000 of debt securities, warrants, subscription receipts, units or common shares.

Flower One Holdings Inc. (FLOOF) is offering up to 50,000 convertible debentures for an offering size of up to $50,000,000

Cannex Capital Holdings Inc. (CSE: CNNX)(OTCQX: CNXXF) moved beyond the interim agreement from November and as of March 1, 2019 officially agreed with 4Front Holdings, LLC to merge the two companies. The new company will initially trade under Cannex’s symbol “CNNX”, although the company said it expected to receive a new ticker in connection with the transaction.

High Tide Inc. (HTDEF) filed its year-end 2018 financial results. Revenue for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2018, was $8,7 million down from last year and mostly due to the loss of a wholesale customer in the Famous Brandz business.

Harvest One Cannabis Inc. (TSXV: HVT) (OTCQX: HRVOF) and Delivra Corp. (TSXV: DVA) entered into a definitive arrangement agreement pursuant to which Harvest One will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Delivra.

CB2 Insights (CSE:CBII) has commenced trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) under the symbol “CBII”.

Village Farms had its shares halted from trading because it turns out it was not DTC eligible yet and that of course is a requirement on Nasdaq.

Video StaffVideo StaffMarch 5, 2019


Recorded at the Accelerate Cannabis event in Newark NJ.

Debra Borchardt, Editor, GMR

Slang and Organa Brands just recently did a merger/acquisition. How is it?

Chris Driessen, President, Organa Brands

Oh, it’s been great. It’s been great. It’s been an absolute dream come true. So Slang acquired Organa Brands, so now we’re part of Slang, and it’s been awesome. Our partners, Billy Levy and Peter Miller are great capital markets guys, a lot of experience coming out of Canada, plugged in with us, obviously on the cannabis distribution side, and so far it’s been a match made in heaven.

Borchardt: Now, Organa was already killing it. You guys did over $100 million in sales since 2014, so already a really strong company. What is Slang going to do for you at this point?

Driessen: You know, the ultimate reason we decided to go public and move forward with the transaction, when you looked at what was happening in Canada, and the multiples on these businesses, we really had an honest conversation between myself and my partners to say, “Gosh, we could run the best cannabis business in the world, and you’re just not going to be able to keep up with what’s happening in the public markets.” It was also something that gave us a lot of trepidation, because it’s something we knew little, if nothing, about. So we wanted to identify who was likely going to give us the best opportunity at success in that world. We were very confident, obviously, in what we do, and getting merged up with the partners we did, and Peter and Billy, as I said, it’s just been … it’s been great. It just allowed us really to capitalize yourself to execute on a strategic growth plan and continue expanding our empire.

Borchardt: And, you just signed a deal with Trulieve which is going to get you guys into Florida. So, this seems like a really great combination, because Trulieve already their flag planted in Florida, and you guys have the product, so …

Driessen: Yeah. They are the 800-pound gorilla in the room in Florida. They have, according to the Department of Health, a 60+% market share. And as you know, we go and we really do a lot of due diligence in vetting on our partners when we want to enter into a relationship, and over time it was just clear that their culture, their vision for the Florida market, the infrastructure, just the passion they share for bringing products to the patients in Florida really aligned with what we were trying to create. So it just seemed like a great fit, and over time I think that’s going to bear itself out.

Borchardt: So, do you have any new products on the pipeline, for Organa?

Driessen: We do. We’ve got a lot of fun stuff lined up for this year. One of the newest things that we’re going to be releasing is actually the week after next is the new reiteration of our reserve line. It’s a botanical and terpene-based value-based cartridge. Craft Reserve does great cannabis-derived dominant market share in pretty much every market we’re in. What we’ve identified is that there’s a huge section of the population out there that, you know, wants a quality product at a great price. So being able to provide that to patients and consumers everywhere is something we hold near and dear to us, and I feel really good about it. It’s a winner of a product.

Borchardt: Absolutely. With taxation so high in so many places, it’s really important for the cannabis companies to recognize that for the consumers that are already going to have to have this added expense on top of their purchase.

Driessen: Yeah, no doubt about it. We spend a lot of time segmenting out our products into different tiers, and then obviously doing different pricing segmentation within those tiers. But it’s all about the business of how do I match you up with the best product for what your individual situation is, and we do a pretty good job of that.

Borchardt: Alright, well, I’m excited. I can’t wait to see this new reserve product.

Video StaffVideo StaffMarch 1, 2019


This week, Martha Stewart agree to work with Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) to create a CBD line of products for animals.

On the acquisition front, Curaleaf (CURA) bought Eureka Investment Partners in a deal valued at $30.5 million. Eureka operates a cultivation facility in the Salinas Valley and is developing three dispensaries across the state. The deal will be $10 million in cash, $20.5 million in Curaleaf stock, with a potential added bonus to be paid if certain goals are met. The deal is expected to close in March 2019.

SOL Global formed a new hemp subsidiary called Heavenly RX and its first investment was for $30 million into a  Tennessee-based company called Bluhen Botanicals.

Choom acquired Clarity Cannabis MD Holdings in a cash and stock deal valued at roughly $5.5 million. Clarity has 30 retail locations in Canada.

Cannex bought Pure Ratios Holdings as a way into the CBD market in a deal valued at $8 million.

It is certainly earnings season. We can’t cover them all here, but these are the major ones:

GW Pharmaceuticals(GWPH)  released its first earnings to include sales of its drug Epidiolex. Revenue for the quarter was $6.7 million, which beat analyst estimates and sales from Epidiolex whose sales began on November 1 were $4.7 million.

MedMen Enterprises (MMNFF) reported revenue of $29 million for its fiscal second quarter but net losses remained high at $64 million.  Most of the company’s revenue came from its Southern California stores.

In other news

Zynerba (ZYNE) received a patent for its CBD gel which covers the company’s ZYN002 drug.

CannTrust began trading on the NYSE using the symbol CTST. It will continue to trade on the Toronto Exchange using the symbol TRST.

Video StaffVideo StaffFebruary 22, 2019


New Jersey has made progress with regards to full legalization. The state’s leaders agreed to tax cannabis by the pound versus taxing according to sales. While the agreement still needs to have a majority of representatives vote in favor, it’s a big step since they have been negotiating for months without any progress.

Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) is buying the largest hemp-based food company Compass Group Diversified Holdings, LLC (NYSE: CODI) otherwise known as Manitoba Harvest. The company is paying $318 million in a cash and stock deal. It is Tilray’s sign that it plans on going big with hemp.

Ascend Wellness Holdings secured $37 million in a bridge round of preferred equity and $18 million in a senior secured cultivation note. The $55 million in raised funds will be used to build out market-leading operations in Massachusetts, as well as the continued expansion in limited license cannabis markets.

Canopy Growth Corp. (NYSE: CGC) restated its latest earnings and while the third quarter figures didn’t change, the nine months figures had to be restated. It seems the losses were actually double what the company previously reported. Instead of a C$69 million loss for the nine months ending in December, it was C$155 million. This was an C$86 million mistake that was blamed on a spreadsheet formula error. How did that even get past the audits? That’s not a little mistake folks.

Namaste Technologies Inc. reached a settlement with its founder and former CEO Sean Dollinger. Dollinger will end all his formal roles with the company, drop his lawsuit and vote with the board.

CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX: TRST) will begin trading the Company’s common shares on the NYSE on Monday, February 25, 2019, under the ticker symbol “CTST”. The Company’s common shares will continue to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “TRST”.

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