GW Pharmaceuticals Archives - Green Market Report

Video StaffVideo StaffJanuary 17, 2020

3min5220

There’s just one more week until our first Psychedelic Investing event. After that, our next cannabis conference will also be held in NYC on April 3. You can get all the information at www.greenmarketsummit.com.

GW Pharmaceuticals plc said that it expects total net product sales to be approximately $108 million for the fourth quarter and approximately $309 million for the year ending December 31, 2019. The bulk of the fourth quarter sales comes from the epileptic drug Epidiolex, which is expected to be roughly $104 million for the fourth quarter and approximately $296 million for the full year.

Organigram Holdings Inc. reported that its first-quarter 2020 revenue rose by 102% over last year to $25.15 million, which beat analyst estimates by $10.24 million. The company cautioned that it is pumping the rakes on cultivation as Canada is moving at a much slower pace on store openings.

Aphria Inc. reported revenue for adult-use cannabis increased 46% sequentially to $29 million. Total net revenue decreased sequentially by 4% to $120.6 million but jumped 457% over last year’s second quarter. Aphria delivered a net loss of $7.9 million

This week High Times announced that it was getting into the dispensary business. The company has plans for 2 flagship locations in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. In addition to that, High Times named Paul Henderson as its new CFO. This will be the third CFO for the company in just one year.

ManifestSeven (formerly known as MJIC) has acquired San Francisco-based legal cannabis delivery service company Lady Chatterley Health, which is focused on high-end women’s products for an undisclosed amount.

Rogue Station Companies, Inc. (OTC Pink: RGST) has acquired Brahman LLC, d/b/a Terpp Extractors, a Fort Collins, Colorado-based manufacturer of cannabis processing equipment in an all-stock transaction. 

Carlos Santana announced his partnership with Left Coast Ventures to develop premium cannabis and hemp CBD brands. 

And finally, Cultivar Holdings said its shares have been listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange using the symbol CULT.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtJanuary 13, 2020
epidiolex-medical-marijuana-1280x800-1280x800.jpg

3min5680

GW Pharmaceuticals plc (GWPH) reported preliminary, unaudited net product sales for the fourth quarter and full-year 2019 and key priorities for 2020. The cannabis-based biotech firm said that it expects total net product sales to be approximately $108 million for the fourth quarter and approximately $309 million for the year ending December 31, 2019.

The bulk of the fourth quarter sales for GW Pharmaceuticals comes from the epileptic drug Epidiolex, which are expected to be roughly $104 million for the fourth quarter and approximately $296 million for the full year. The company said that official results were expected to be posted on February 25th. Cash and cash equivalents on December 31, 2019, were approximately $536 million.

“Our fourth quarter and full year results for 2019 reflect an exceptional launch year for Epidiolex. We are proud of the positive impact this medicine has already had on thousands of patients and believe that this past year provides a compelling foundation for continued success in 2020,” said Justin Gover, GW’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal in 2020 is not only to continue to drive Epidiolex growth but also to leverage our world leadership in cannabinoid science to advance our pipeline. In particular, we see significant market opportunity for nabiximols in several indications in the US and will be progressing multiple late stage clinical programs in 2020.”

Looking Ahead

GW Pharmaceuticals said that looking ahead it would work towards broadening the prescriber base for Epidiolex and work with insurance companies to reduce restrictions to the drug.

Build on positive experiences from existing physicians to increase prescribing to appropriate patients. It will also submit and try to obtain approval of the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex indication in both the U.S. and Europe, which would significantly expand the target population. Launches are also planned for five major European countries (Germany, France, UK, Spain, and Italy).

Pipeline

The company also outlined the following items planned for the year:

  • Commence Phase 2b study of a cannabidiol formulation for the treatment of schizophrenia
  • Continue to explore CBDV in autism through a combination of open-label and investigator-led placebo controlled clinical trials with data from one or more of these programs in 2020
  • Execute NHIE clinical program utilizing an intravenous formulation of cannabidiol

 


William SumnerWilliam SumnerSeptember 25, 2019
daily_hit004-1280x533.png

4min4340

It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for September 25, 2019.

On the Site

WeedMD

WeedMD Inc. (TSX-V: WMD) (OTCQX: WDDMF) has closed its previously-announced bought-deal short-form prospectus offering of convertible debenture units at a price of $1,000 per Convertible Debenture Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $13,115,000, which includes proceeds from the over-allotment option. The Offering for WeedMD was led by Mackie Research Capital Corporation and included Haywood Securities Inc.

Developing An Authentic Celebrity Cannabis Brand

Many celebrities are joining the cannabis industry. Some are involved in the critical details, while others just license their name. Hear from Grammy award-winning Melissa Etheridge of Etheridge farms as she joins a panel to discuss this topic. Kevin Bell, the COO of Tyson Ranch (Mike Tyson) and Jason Rhude, Founder of Ronin Content Services also weighs in, along with cannabis consultant company MMLG’s CEO Aaron Lachant.

In Other News

MediPharm Labs

MediPharm Labs Corp. (TSX: LABS) (OTCQX: MEDIF) (FSE: MLZ) announced that it has entered into a multi-year supply agreement with TerrAscend Canada Inc. Under the agreement, MediPharm will supply TerrAscend with $27 million of cannabis distillate over a course of two years. The agreement is subject to certain renewal and purchase options, potentially up to $192 million over 36-months to September 2022.   “As Canada prepares for the next stage of legalization, we are thrilled to be collaborating with a leading global company like TerrAscend focused on creating new and innovative product formulations and brands that enhance the consumer experience,” said Patrick McCutcheon, MediPharm Labs CEO.

GW Pharmaceuticals

GW Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: GWPH) announced that its flagship drug, Epidyolex, has been approved by the European Commission for use as adjunctive therapy of seizures associated with Lennox‑Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome, in conjunction with clobazam, for patients 2 years of age and older. The regulatory path is now clear for GW to start selling Epidyolex in European markets. “The approval of EPIDYOLEX® marks a significant milestone, offering patients and their families the first in a new class of epilepsy medicines and the first and only EMA-approved CBD medicine to treat two severe and life-threatening forms of childhood-onset epilepsy,” said GW CEO Justin Gover.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerAugust 7, 2019
daily_hit004-1280x533.png

6min5620

It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for August 7, 2019.

On the Site

LeafLink

Online cannabis wholesale marketplace, LeafLink announced the completion of a $35M Series B round of funding. The round was led by Thrive Capital. Current investors Nosara Capital, Lerer Hippeau, Wisdom VC, and Thought Into Action Ventures also participated in the round alongside L2 Ventures.

Columbia Care

Columbia Care Inc. (NEO: CCHW) (OTCQX: CCHWF) reported financial results for its second quarter ending June 30, 2019, with revenue increasing 102% to $19.3 million and 50% sequentially. The net losses grew to $33.7 million versus $4.2 million for the same time period in the previous year. The company blamed the losses on the “recognition of listing fee and share-based compensation expense, as well as higher operating expenses related to the company’s expansion in both new and existing markets.”

The Green Organic Dutchman

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TGOD)  (TSX: TGOD) (US: TGODF) has submitted an application to list its common shares on the NASDAQ according to a statement from the company. “This is an important step in the growth of TGOD, one that will broaden our investor base and increase access for international investors as we build the leading global organic cannabis brand”, commented Brian Athaide, CEO of TGOD.

Guest Post: The Legal Status of CBD Oil in Italy

The issue of legalisation of cannabis and its derived products has been under discussion for decades in Italy. However, with each passing year, the legal status of cannabis and CBD products only gets murkier.

In Other News

Pasha Brands

Pasha Brands Ltd. (CSE: CRFT) (OTC:CRFTF) (FSE:ZZD) announced that it has secured eligibility from the Depository Trust Company (DTC) to list its shares on the OTC Markets. “We are very pleased to have obtained DTC eligibility,” said Patrick Brauckmann , Executive Chairman of Pasha Brands. “This status will make the process of trading our stock in the United States much easier. We expect that this will make our shares available to a larger percentage of the investment market, which should improve the liquidity of our shares and therefore benefit Pasha and our shareholders.”

GW Pharmaceuticals

After the market close yesterday, GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH) announced that it has released its financial results for the second quarter, ending on June 30, 2019. Revenue for the quarter was $72 million, the vast majority of which was generated from sales of CBD-based drug Epidiolex ($68.4 million). Net income was $79.7 million, up from a net loss of $84 million in the same period of the previous year. “We are pleased to report a strong second quarter of sales of Epidiolex in the US, reflecting high demand by US patients, increased prescribing by healthcare providers, and ongoing progress in payor coverage determinations,” said GW CEO Justin Gover. “In Europe, we are pleased to have recently received the positive opinion from the CHMP which clears the way for an expected approval in October.”

CV Sciences

CV Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB:CVSI) announced the release of its financial results for the second quarter, ending on June 30, 2019. Revenue for the quarter was $16.9 million, representing an increase of 36% over the same period in the previous year. The gross margin improved slightly, rising from 70.8% to 70.9%. Operating income was $1.3 million. “We remain highly confident in the long-term growth of hemp-based CBD and will continue to lead the industry in quality, innovation and both regulatory adherence and support as the market develops,” commented CV Sciences CEO Joseph Dowling.


StaffStaffAugust 6, 2019
daily_hit004-1280x533.png

8min6880

It’s time for your Daily Hit of cannabis financial news for August 6, 2019.

On The Site

GW Pharmaceuticals

British biotech firm GW Pharmaceuticals pls (NASDAQ: GWPH) second-quarter net sales of $68.4 million of the company’s cannabis-related drug Epidiolex, which is prescribed for children with rare epilepsy diseases. For the first half of 2019, GW Pharmaceuticals has sold $109 million of the drug. The good news sent the stock higher by over 10% in aftermarket trading to lately trade near $170.

The company delivered $72.0 million in revenue for the quarter ending June 30, 2019 versus $3.3 million for last year’s quarter for the same time period. Net income for the quarter was $79.7 million versus a net loss of $84.0 million for last year’s quarter. The cash and cash equivalents on June 30, 2019, were $583.7 million.

Zynerba

Australian-based Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ZYNE) delivered second-quarter results and updates on the company’s drugs including its CBD (cannabidiol) gel. The general and administrative expenses for Zynerba during the second quarter of 2019 were $3.3 million, including stock-based compensation expense of $0.8 million. The net loss for the second quarter of 2019 was $11.1 million with a basic and diluted net loss per share of $(0.50).

The company announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 10,314,792 titled “Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder with Cannabidiol” which includes claims directed to methods of treating autism spectrum disorder by administering a therapeutically effective amount of synthetic cannabidiol. This new patent expires in 2038 and is part of an expanding intellectual property portfolio covering Zygel.

Aurora Cannabis

Aurora Cannabis Inc.  (NYSE | TSX: ACB) gave an update on selected financial metrics for the fourth quarter of the company’s fiscal 2019 period ending June 30, 2019. While the information is selectively limited, Aurora said it feels it is being transparent by releasing the data and that the full results will be published prior to September 15, 2019. The company did not report any expense figures or any data relating to net profits or losses. The stock seemed to get a boost as the price was lifted by 5% in premarket trading.

Credit Unions

Last week Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill that will allow credit unions and other financial institutions to service businesses that cultivate hemp and sell cannabidiol products as long as there is no more than 0.3% of THC. This week, NCUA (National Credit Union Association) Chairman Rodney Hood said that credit unions won’t be sanctioned for servicing cannabis-related accounts as long as they adhere to money laundering rules.

“It’s a business decision for the credit unions if they want to take the deposits,” Hood told the Credit Union Times. He added, “We don’t get involved with micro-managing credit unions.” Hood also told the CU Times that Congress could remove all ambiguity if it enacted legislation to declassify marijuana.

In Other News

CV Sciences

CV Sciences’ Q2 earnings release: https://ir.cvsciences.com/press-releases/detail/124/cv-sciences-inc-reports-second-quarter-2019-financial. The company reported revenue of $16.9 million for the second quarter of 2019, an increase of 36% over the same quarter in 2018. 14 consecutive quarters of sequential revenue growth. Gross margin improved to 70.9% from 70.8% in the first quarter of 2019. Retail distribution increased to 4,591 stores as of June 30, 2019, a 39% increase from March 31, 2019.

Broadened retail presence into the food, drug and mass channel and in active discussions for further expansion of the PlusCBD™ Oil brand. Generated $2.7 million of cash from operations, with total cash balance increasing to $15.7 million at quarter-end. Dismissal of class action suit which was originally filed in 2014. Announced planned 500% increase in production capacity with the addition of new 45,500 square foot facility. Initiated domestic sourcing efforts, committing to more than 500 acres of U.S. Hemp Production to support future sales.

TerrAscend

TerrAscend Corp. (CSE: TER; OTCQX: TRSSF) signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ilera Healthcare, one of five vertically-integrated cannabis cultivator, processor, and dispensary operators in Pennsylvania, with such vertically-integrated licenses, also referred to as “Super Licenses” in the state.

TerrAscend has agreed to acquire 100% of the equity of Ilera for total consideration of between US$125-$225 million, paid in a combination of cash and TerrAscend shares. On closing, TerrAscend will pay to the sellers US$25 million in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments, and an additional US$25 million worth of proportionate voting shares in the equity of TerrAscend equivalent to approximately 5,059.102 proportionate voting shares (which are each exchangeable for 1,000 TerrAscend common shares, being issued at an issuance price of US$ 4.94 per share, based on the 45 day volume-weighted average trading price of TerrAscend’s common shares as of Monday, July 29, 2019 of C$6.5307 and an exchange rate of C$1.3216 per US$1.00). The additional cash consideration of up to US$175 million2 in aggregate may be paid to the sellers based on Ilera achieving certain specified revenue and profitability targets, with staged payments being made in 2020 and 2021. The transaction is expected to close in the 4th quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as well as certain customary closing conditions.

Louisiana

Medical marijuana is now legally available to Louisiana patients, with Baton Rouge’s Capitol Wellness Solutions recording the state’s first-ever regulated medical-cannabis sales transaction at the dispensary’s grand opening today. Three patients were the first to benefit from the state’s new regulated medical program, including two cancer patients and the first veteran in the state to be able to utilize medical marijuana to treat symptoms of PTSD.


Debra BorchardtDebra BorchardtAugust 6, 2019
epidiolex-medical-marijuana-1280x800-1280x800.jpg

3min7000

British biotech firm GW Pharmaceuticals pls (NASDAQ: GWPH) second-quarter net sales of $68.4 million of the company’s cannabis-related drug Epidiolex, which is prescribed for children with rare epilepsy diseases. For the first half of 2019, GW Pharmaceuticals has sold $109 million of the drug. The good news sent the stock higher by over 10% in aftermarket trading to lately trade near $170.

“We are pleased to report a strong second quarter of sales of Epidiolex in the US, reflecting high demand by US patients, increased prescribing by healthcare providers, and ongoing progress in payor coverage determinations. With the recent positive Phase 3 trial in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, we expect to submit an sNDA by the end of 2019 with the goal of expanding the Epidiolex label and market opportunity to include both children and adult patients with TSC, a highly treatment-resistant condition,” stated Justin Gover, GW’s Chief Executive Officer. “In Europe, we are pleased to have recently received the positive opinion from the CHMP which clears the way for an expected approval in October. Our European commercial organization is in place and will be ready to launch in the first European markets upon approval, making this important new treatment option available to deserving European patients.”

The company delivered $72.0 million in revenue for the quarter ending June 30, 2019 versus $3.3 million for last year’s quarter for the same time period. Net income for the quarter was $79.7 million versus a net loss of $84.0 million for last year’s quarter. The cash and cash equivalents on June 30, 2019, were $583.7 million.

GW Pharma also reported that over 12,000 patients have received Epidiolex prescriptions since launch and over 2,500 physicians have generated dispensed prescriptions. It is taking approximately two weeks for pharmacies to fill the prescription for a first time user. The company also said that the vast majority of patients who have received Epdiolex remain on therapy and that 900 patients had transitioned in expanded access programs. 93% of the patients had insurance coverage.

The company said that they expect fourth-quarter launches in France, Germany, and the UK for Epidiolex. Spain and Italy launches will follow in 2020. The Early Access Program in Europe for Dravet syndrome and LGS patients now includes over 800 patients registered across 5 major EU countries.

 


StaffStaffJuly 19, 2018
shutterstock_513689059-1280x854.jpg

5min19880

Part 2 of 8 of the Cannabis Trends for 2018: U.S. companies run north of the border and IPOs are on the rise.

Over the next year expect an increase of cannabis companies to start going public in Canada instead of the United States. Although the U.S. market has great potential in the long run, there are a lot of short term advantages to going public in Canada.

The first, and most obvious reason, is that Canada has legalized recreational cannabis sales.

Sure, nine states have legalized recreational cannabis, but it’s still federally illegal. US cannabis companies continuously have to look over their shoulders, hoping that the federal government isn’t about to kick down their door and make their business close its doors for good. Not to mention the fact that the entire U.S. market still  operates as cash-only, with extremely limited access to banking services.

Put yourself in the position of a cannabis business owner: Would you rather operate in a market that has the *potential* of being more profitable but has no access to banking services and puts you at risk of being arrested? Or would you want to operate in a market that carries little legal risk and you can actually open a bank account? For many entrepreneurs, it’s a pretty simply choice.

One company that is not afraid to do business in both the United States and Canada is Sunniva. Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, Sunniva is on the fast track to becoming one of the first cannabis companies to be licensed in both Canada and California, which is one of the world’s largest cannabis markets.

Legality aside, there’s also the issue listing requirements in the U.S. Companies have to be meet very strict requirements in order to become listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or NASDAQ. For example, in order to become listed on the NYSE you need to have publicly held securities that are valued at a minimum of $100 million. Likewise, companies hoping to go on NASDAQ need a pre-tax income of $11 million for an aggregate of three years.

Contrast that with the Canadian exchanges, where companies on the TSX only need a pre-tax income from the previous year totaling $300,000. Those are not the only requirements, of course, but from there you can get a pretty clear idea of how difficult it is to make it on the NYSE or NASDAQ compared to the CSE or TSX.

The vast majority of “cannabis companies” listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ are biopharmaceutical companies, like GW Pharmaceuticals, that aren’t primarily cannabis companies. The only two companies that are purely cannabis companies that are publicly listed in the United States is Cronos Group and Canopy Growth.

With fewer barriers and fewer risks, numerous companies that previously started as U.S. based companies have begun moving operations north of the border and are making preparations to go public. Some of those companies include Acreage Holdings, Dixie Brands Inc., and MJIC Inc.

In the short term, expect an exodus of cannabis companies either going public or completely moving their operations to Canada and expect them to stay there until the United States finally decides to tackle federal cannabis reform.


StaffStaffMay 8, 2018
daily_hit004-1280x533.png

6min9210

It’s time for your Daily Hit on May 8, 2018

On The Site

GW Pharmaceuticals

GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH) reported mixed second-quarter results on Tuesday after the market close, as revenue came in ahead of consensus but earnings expectations missed the mark by a wide margin. U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals said it lost $3.12 a share on $3.35 million in sales, though the company mentioned the positive outcome of the Epidioled FDA Advisory Committee meeting during the quarter as one of the highlights. GW’s CEO Justin Gover said that the company’s clinical data demonstrate a bright future for the company.

 Aurora Cannabis 

Aurora Cannabis reported its earnings for the third quarter. Revenue for the quarter was $16.1 million, representing a 37.6% increase compared to the previous quarter. Sales from cannabis rose by 11% to $10.8 million, with the majority of the coming from the Canadian market ($6.3 million). As of March 31, 2018, the company has approximately $338.5 million in working capital, compared to $170.1 million on June 30, 2017. Despite the increase in revenue, losses for the company were quite high. The company reported a net loss of $20.8 million.

Insys Therapeutics  Inc.

Beleaguered biotech company Insys Therapeutics  Inc. (INSY) reported a loss of $20.4 million in the first quarter for a loss of $0.28 cents per share. Adjusted those losses ended up being $0.19 cents per share, meeting analyst expectations.

The pharmaceutical company is known for its kickback scheme on painkillers still managed to post revenue of $23.9 million, which missed the estimates for revenues of $24.7 million. Gross revenue was $38.5 million, a decrease of 26% versus last year. The drop was attributed to the decline in sales of Subsys.

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (ZYNE) also reported its first-quarter earnings on Tuesday with a loss of $12.3 for a loss of $0.91 cents per share versus last year’s loss of $7 million for the same time period or $0.60 cents per share. Analysts have estimated the company would report a loss of $0.64 cents per share.

Research and development expenses for the quarter were $8.9 million versus last year’s $5.4 million. The company has cash and cash equivalents of $52.1 million, which Zynerba says is enough to fund operations through 2019.

 Strainprint

Toronto-based cannabis data and analytics company Strainprint closed a $3 Million (Cdn.$3.8 Million) Series A private placement deal. The round was led by strategic industry investor, Cesare Fazari, Chairman of Molecular Science Corp and seed investor of leading cannabis companies, Ample Organics, and Hydropothecary.

The round also includes a significant follow-on investment from NY-based, Core Strain Ltd., as well as participation from a number of Toronto-based capital funds. The company will use the proceeds for talent acquisition and to rapidly expand sales and marketing of its web platform across North America and into key international markets like Australia and Germany.

In Other News

 Emblem Corp. announced the appointment of e.vestor Communications Inc. as the company’s capital markets and investor relations advisor through EVC’s principal, Cory Pala. The appointment of EVC remains subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. According to a company statement, EVC’s mandate will focus on providing capital markets guidance and support for Emblem through coordinated efforts to navigate the capital markets and support the Corporation’s continued listing on the Exchange. EVC will provide the Corporation with additional capital markets access, investor relations advisory services and broaden awareness of Emblem generally among the investment community.
Bahamas Development Corporation

Bahamas Development Corporation (BDCI) subsidiary company Global Consortium, Inc. DBA Cannabis Consortium reached an agreement to purchase an operating cannabis distillate and brand manufactured and marketed in California. According to a company statement, the cannabis distillate has been servicing the cannabis market for the past 2 years and has quickly become a household name. The acquisition allows Cannabis’s Partners to begin servicing the cannabis distillate market immediately and manufacture a steady supply of premium oil to infuse its’ edibles with.

Green Spirit Industries Inc.

Green Spirit Industries Inc. (GSRX) announced that it has completed construction on another of its five previously announced medicinal cannabis dispensary locations in Puerto Rico.  Located in the Hato Rey district of San Juan, this dispensary will commence operations upon receipt of the requisite establishment license from the DHPR. The new location is in a heavily trafficked area that is in close proximity to a large concentration of medical facilities, most notably Clinica las Americas Medical Center and El Maestro Hospital.


Jack SmithJack SmithMay 8, 2018
epidiolex-medical-marijuana-1280x800-1280x800.jpg

5min8110

GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH) reported mixed second-quarter results on Tuesday after the market close, as revenue came in ahead of consensus but earnings expectations missed the mark by a wide margin.

U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals said it lost $3.12 a share on $3.35 million in sales, though the company mentioned the positive outcome of the Epidioled FDA Advisory Committee meeting during the quarter as one of the highlights.

GW’s CEO Justin Gover said that the company’s clinical data demonstrate a bright future for the company.

“The strength and consistency of the clinical data, together with the public presentations that featured very moving personal stories of the challenges associated with managing these difficult forms of epilepsy, led to a unanimous vote in support of approval,” Gover said in a statement. “With our late June FDA decision date nearing, our commercial team is busy preparing to launch Epidiolex in the second half of this year.”

Analysts compiled by Seeking Alpha expected the company to lose $2.48 a share on $3.03 million in revenue during the quarter.

Shares were falling 0.9 percent in after-hours trading to $143.25.

Epidiolex is the company’s pending drug for a number of health issues, including Dravet syndrome, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and infantile spasms (IS).

Gover noted that if Epidiolex is approved, it would be a huge boon for the company’s cannabinoid platform.

“Should Epidiolex be approved, we believe that this will signal a major vote of confidence in GW’s cannabinoid platform to discover and develop prescription medicines that meet exacting regulatory standards and will serve us to accelerate a number of important pipeline programs that have the potential to offer additional value,” he added.

GW, with a market cap approaching $4 billion, is one of the largest pure-play publicly traded cannabis companies. The company said it ended the quarter with $487.2 million in cash.

The company describes itself as “a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and commercializing novel therapeutics from its proprietary cannabinoid product platform.”

In addition to the financial results, GW said it had submitted Eipidiolex to the European Medicines Agency during the quarter and expects a decision in the first quarter of 2019.

It also received pre-approval from the DA for its cGMP inspection and did not receive any 483 citations. GW also submitted the second Phase 3 LGS trial for publication, with a paper expected to be released “shortly.” The phase 3 trial for the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex is expected to have data in the first half of 2019.

Shares of GW have bucked the broader downturn in cannabis-related equities in recent months. The Green Market Report Cannabis Company Index fell 21.9 percent in the first quarter, as regulatory concerns, especially in the U.S., weighed on investors’ minds.

GW shares have gained roughly 8 percent since the start of the year and more than 35 percent over the past year, outpacing the gain seen in the broader NASDAQ and S&P 500.


StaffStaffApril 19, 2018
daily_hit004-1280x533.png

7min9170

Here is your Daily Hit of cannabis news for April 19, 2018:

On The Site:

GW Pharmaceuticals Inc.

GW Pharmaceuticals Inc. (GWPH) continues to get closer and closer to FDA approval of its drug Epidiolex for the rare forms of epilepsy Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet Syndrome. Epidiolex is GW’s lead cannabinoid product candidate and is a pharmaceutical formulation of purified cannabidiol or CBD.

Following a live hearing on Thursday, the company announced that the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) unanimously recommended supporting the approval of the New Drug Application (NDA) for the investigational cannabidiol oral solution (CBD) for treatment in patients two years old and up.

MassRoots

MassRoots filed its annual report on Tuesday but didn’t get around to the company’s financials in the filing until page 24. Gross revenue for the year fell 54% to $319,242, while the net losses ballooned 146% to $44 million. The net loss per share for 2017 was 46 cents. CEO Isaac Dietrich awarded himself a bonus of $190,659 on top of his salary of $96,971. While Mr. Dietrich’s monthly salary was decreased from 2016, his total compensation jumped from $107,917 in 2016 to $287,630 in 2017.

Payroll and related expenses increased $991,528 to $3,104,407 during fiscal year 2017 from $2,112,879 during fiscal year 2016. MassRoots said that the increase was mainly a result of added personnel in 2017. However, the company actually slashed personnel and currently only has five full-time employees, two part-time and one full-time independent contractor. MassRoots also hasn’t paid its taxes. The company has payroll tax liabilities of approximately $1,599,489.

In Other News:

CannaRoyalty Corp.

CannaRoyalty Corp. (CNNRF) entered into an agreement to acquire FloraCal Farms  a licensed ultra-premium craft cannabis producer located in Sonoma County, California for total purchase considerations of $1 million in cash and 3,508,772 CannaRoyalty shares on close, as well as up to an additional US$3 million in cash and 3,508,772 shares to be paid over 3 years, based on completion of certain milestones.

According to the company statement, FloraCal is building its Sonoma County facility in three Phases and has been designed to comply with cGMP* (Current Good Manufacturing Process) standards. Phase I is licensed and in commercial production, with 15,000 square feet of purpose-built indoor growing in a 64,200 square foot facility. Phase II has been licensed and will increase the facility size to 42,200 square feet and targeted annual production of 3,700 kg, with construction expected to commence in Q2 2018 and be completed by Q1 2019. Phase III is under option and would allow further expansion to the full facility size of 64,200 square feet facility with a targeted annual production of 5,500 kg. FloraCal has a temporary medium indoor cultivation license from the state of California, as well a Type 6 non-volatile manufacturing permit in Sonoma County.

EVIO, Inc. 

EVIO (EVIO) announced the establishment of a new and wholly-owned subsidiary, EVIO Canada, which will serve as the parent company for the Company’s Canadian operations. Concurrently, EVIO Canada announced today that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 50% of Keystone Labs Inc., a privately-held, independent contract-testing laboratory specializing in quality testing for regulated industries located in Edmonton, Alberta.

Kona Gold Solutions, Inc.

Kona Gold Solutions (KGKG), a hemp lifestyle brand focused on product development in the functional beverage sector, is pleased to announce the retirement of One Hundred and Sixty Million (160,000,000) shares of common stock by the company’s management team. Kona Gold’s management team was able to negotiate the retirement of One Hundred and Sixty Million (160,000,000) shares of common stock.  The current Issued and Outstanding as of April 19th, 2018 is 486,465,449.

High Park Company 

High Park Farms,  an affiliate of High Park Company received a federal license from Health Canada to cultivate cannabis under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR). The High Park Farms facility, which is anticipated to represent an investment of up to $30 million, features 13 acres of a greenhouse on 100 acres of property in Enniskillen, Ontario.
NJ law firm Pashman Stein Walder Hayden has filed a brief in direct response to New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs solicitation for public comment on how marijuana is classified under state law and whether any change in its classification status is warranted. The brief argues that cannabis does not meet the definition of a controlled dangerous substance – and never has, and is in favor of de-scheduling cannabis completely. If marijuana is de-scheduled, it could have a significant impact on how it is regulated in New Jersey, and it may be the first step towards legalization.

 

 



About Us

The Green Market Report focuses on the financial news of the rapidly growing cannabis industry. Our target approach filters out the daily noise and does a deep dive into the financial, business and economic side of the cannabis industry. Our team is cultivating the industry’s critical news into one source and providing open source insights and data analysis


READ MORE



Recent Tweets

@GreenMarketRpt – 1 day

RT : ICR was recently ranked in the 2020 List of the Top 11 Most Effective PR Firms. Learn more about th…

Back to Top

You have Successfully Subscribed!