Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC) has acquired all of the remaining outstanding shares of its Chilean in-market entity, Spectrum Cannabis Chile SpA . According to the statement, in exchange for Cannagrow SpA’s 15 percent interest in Spectrum Cannabis Chile SpA, Canopy Growth paid cash of US$750,000. Prior to the acquisition, the Company controlled 85 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of Spectrum Cannabis Chile SpA.
“Chile is an important part of our strategy for this region and completing this acquisition marks another successful step forward in our plan,” said Mark Zekulin, President, and Co-CEO, Canopy Growth. “Spectrum Cannabis Chile, working closely with the team at Canopy Health Innovations in Canada, will continue to lead regional research activities with a focus on developing additional evidence to support the use of cannabis-based medicines across Latin America and the world.”
With this deal, Spectrum Cannabis Chile is now fully owned by Canopy Growth and directly supports Canopy’s plans for development within the Latin American region. Due to the progressive regulations and Government support, Chile is known throughout Latin America as an ideal location for medical and pharmaceutical research. The country has more clinical studies per resident than any other in Latin America.
The Canopy statement said that Chile will continue as its LATAM’s regional research and development hub. Currently, Spectrum Cannabis Chile has a pain management focused clinical trial underway. The trial which has been approved at both Phase I and Phase II was designed by Dr. Serio Sánchez, a Chilean doctor, medical cannabis pioneer, and the founder of Cannabis Chile, one of the country’s leading cannabis advocacy groups.
The statement also noted that in addition to advancing this clinical trial, Dr. Sánchez has joined the leadership team of Spectrum Cannabis Chile and will bring his extensive experience to the organization by serving as the Chilean medical lead. He will also serve on the Medical Board for Canopy LATAM, the company’s regional headquarters. Having treated over 5000 patients with medical cannabis, Dr. Sánchez has a wealth of experience in evaluating and advancing the recognition as well as use of cannabis-based medicines.
Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names including cannabis icon Snoop Dogg, breeding legends DNA Genetics and Green House seeds, and Fortune 500 alcohol leader Constellation Brands, to name but a few. Canopy Growth operates ten licensed cannabis production sites with over 2.4 million square feet of production capacity, including over 500,000 square feet of GMP-certified production space. The Company has operations in 11 countries across five continents.