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Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtOctober 24, 2019
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Akerna Corp. (NASDAQ: KERN), a leading cannabis compliance technology company, has made a strategic investment for an undisclosed amount in ZolTrain, a training platform built for the mobile world. ZolTrain was founded 10 years ago by Jan Cole who recognized that an educated budtender delivered a measurable boost to sales. It is an online, on-demand training platform that gets budtenders the knowledge they need to sell cannabis products.

“Our strategy at Akerna is to accelerate our organic growth with strategic acquisitions and investments that are complementary to our business and drive recurring revenue. ZolTrain is the first of these investments,” said Jessica Billingsley, chief executive officer, Akerna. “ZolTrain is important to the maturation of the industry, enabling greater consumer, product, and public safety through education. MJ Platform is the only technology solution that can address tracking and compliance and, through our investment in ZolTrain, improve the customer experience by pairing education with product information at the point of sale.”

By integrating ZolTrain with the MJ Freeway platform, Akerna said that its customers can educate budtenders, track their training and have a resource at the point of sale. MJ Platform users can sign up for Zoltrain now and the integration with MJ Platform will be completed in December.

“As a dispensary owner, I was struck by the challenges of not only keeping my budtenders and staff up to date on brand information but also engaged with the content. Depending on the dispensary, a budtender can be working with anywhere from 200 to 1,000 products. It would be impossible to maintain that much product information,” said Jan Cole, founder, ZolTrain. “Now, with this integrated solution, a budtender can take a tutorial in less than sixty seconds on their smartphone and have access to product information through MJ Platform at the point of sale. In my experience, an educated budtender, making the right recommendations to customers, facilitates compliance and drives loyalty.”


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJuly 18, 2019
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It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for July 18, 2019.

On the Site

Aurora Cannabis

Italy has chosen Canadian-based Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB) as the sole winner of the Italian government’s public tender to supply medical cannabis in Italy. The contract is expected to be signed in September 2019… It will be a two-year contract in which Aurora will provide 400 kg of medical marijuana from its Canadian facilities.

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While it would be wonderful to have the luxury of starting over again, rebooting is not an option for California. The past cannot be changed. Those who are interested in addressing the chaos in the regulation of California’s cannabis industry must go forward from where we are today.

 In Other News

Neptune Wellness Solutions

Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: NEPT) (TSX: NEPT) announced that it has closed a private placement offering of 9,415,910 common shares of the company, at a price of $4.40 per share, for $41.4 million. The offering was led by Perceptive Advisors. The proceeds of the offering will go towards working capital, general corporate purposes, and the acquisition of the assets of SugarLeaf Labs LLC and Forest Remedies LLC. The SugarLeaf acquisition is expected to close on or around July 31, 2019.

MediPharm Labs

MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSXV: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) announced that it has received conditional approval to trade it shares on the Toronto Venture Exchange and list its common shares on the TSX under the symbol “LABS”. “We are thrilled to have qualified to uplist to the TSX. This is an important step for the MediPharm Labs team and our shareholders,” said MediPharm Labs CEO, Patrick McCutcheon.

Origin House

Origin House (CSE: OH) (OTCQX: ORHOF) announced that its preliminary unaudited revenue for the second quarter, ending on June 30, 2019, was $21 million, representing an approximate gross margin, excluding fair value items, of 17%. The company plans on releasing its full financial results for the quarter during the second half of August. “Origin House has continued to gain momentum as our team leveraged the California-focused platform we have built over the past two years to drive another quarter of record revenue along with steady progress on gross margin. As expressed previously, we strongly believe that 2019 will mark an inflection point both for the California market and Origin House as a whole and the numbers are proving this out,” said Marc Lustig, Chairman and CEO of Origin House.

Akerna Corp.

Akerna Corp. (Nasdaq: KERN) announced today that it has partnered with Leafly to integrate its seed-to-sale compliance software, MJ Platform, with Leafly.com. With the integration, MJ Platform users will be able to view their inventory and menus automatically update on Leafly. “MJ Platform is the cannabis industry’s first ERP software and through partnerships, such as the one with Leafly, we provide a leading compliance, technology platform across the entire supply chain that connects almost every data point,” said Akerna CEO, Jessica Billingsley. “The partnership with Leafly provides a seamless integration for MJ Platform users, which is good business practice as it eliminates manual updates and delayed information.”


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Today MTech Acquisition Corp. and MJ Freeway LLC announced the completion of their merger to form the Akerna Corp. MTech Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: MTEC), the first US-listed Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) focused on acquiring a business ancillary to the cannabis industry, and MJ Freeway, a leading seed-to-sale regulatory compliance technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform, has now become the first compliance technology company in the cannabis space to be traded on Nasdaq. Jessica Billingsley also becomes the first female CEO from the cannabis industry to lead a company that will trade on the exchange.

“As legalization of cannabis expands across the world, we believe it is imperative that businesses, patients, consumers, and governments have the tracking and compliance technology they need to make informed decisions and comply with applicable regulations. We believe Akerna is well suited to meet these needs with the ability to scale rapidly across the world and offer a robust and innovative platform for growing industry demands,” stated MJ Freeway Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer Jessica Billingsley.

In addition to her role as CEO, Billingsley also serves on the Akerna Board of Directors and is joined by senior leadership from MTech: Scott Sozio, Tahira Rehmatullah and Douglas Rothschild. The Board of Directors of Akerna also includes Emery Huang, Matt Kane, and Mark D. Iwanowski, who were formerly members of MJ Freeway’s Board of Directors. Roger McNamee, who served as senior advisor to MJ Freeway’s Board of Directors, will act as Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of Akerna.

The business combination between the two companies was approved at a meeting of MTech stockholders today. In connection with the transaction, MTech and MJ Freeway combined to form Akerna Corp. (“Akerna”). The shares of common stock and warrants of Akerna will begin trading on The Nasdaq Stock Market tomorrow, June 18, 2019, under the symbols “KERN” and “KERNW,” respectively. The company also announced raising $9.2 million prior to this closing.

“We are very pleased to close this transaction and look forward to capitalizing on the substantial operating and financial benefits we believe the combination will create. From here, we believe we are well positioned to pursue our acquisition strategy to drive transformation for future growth in the regulatory technology sector,” commented Scott Sozio, CEO of MTech. “We believe comprehensive, compliant, scalable technology solutions will underpin the industry’s rapid growth, and serve as a backbone for sustained success.”

Roger McNamee, Senior Advisor to the Akerna Board of Directors added, “Cannabis companies that want to be leaders are adopting MJ Platform, because it is the only ERP product with the technical foundation to support multi-line and multi-location operations. This transaction will enable MJ to better support customers manage high growth and complexity as the industry transitions from local to a global scale.”

Upon the closing of the transaction, the former MJ Freeway equity holders exchanged their securities of MJ Freeway for securities of Akerna, and the former equity holders of MTech exchanged their securities of MTech for securities of Akerna. As a result of the former MJ Freeway equity holders beneficially own approximately 62.7% of Akerna’s outstanding shares of common stock (including the shares held in escrow and unvested restricted shares); the former MTech stockholders beneficially own approximately 27.7% of Akerna’s outstanding common stock; and the investors in MTech’s previously-announced private placement that closed concurrently with the business combination beneficially own approximately 9.6% of Akerna’s outstanding shares of common stock. Legal counsel for the business combination was provided by Graubard Miller (MJ Freeway) and Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP (MTech).

 



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