During the past trading week (September 30 to October 4), a technology payment company announced it would begin making its popular services available to the US cannabidiol (CBD) market.

Also making headlines was the latest acquisition from a Canadian cannabis giant, as well as the way the Canadian marijuana industry is impacting the overall gross domestic product (GDP) of the country.


Here’s a closer look at some of the biggest cannabis news over the last week.

 

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Novelty payment platform adopts cannabis stance

Last Thursday (October 4), Square began accepting cannabis business in the US by way of payment services, payment tracking and inventory management.

A report from Bloomberg indicated the technology company is only making these services available to operations selling CBD products.

“We saw this as an opportunity to make our tools available to (CBD) sellers,” Square said.

Canopy makes sports brand acquisition

Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC,TSX:WEED) will acquire a majority stake in BioSteel Sports Nutrition to begin the development of CBD-infused sports-themed items.

The Canadian marijuana firm did not disclose the specifics of the transaction but did indicate it represented an all cash deal. After it’s completed, Canopy Growth will own 72 percent of the sports company. BioSteel holds endorsement deals with Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Canadian pro golfer Eugenie Bouchard and National Hockey League (NHL) hall-of-famer Wayne Gretzky.

“We view the adoption of CBD in future BioSteel offerings as a potentially significant and disruptive growth driver for our business,” Canopy Growth CEO Mark Zekulin said.

In related Canopy Growth news, its biggest shareholder, alcohol maker Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), issued its latest earnings report and shifted its sentiment on the cannabis investment. The firm expressed excitement for the upcoming launch of edible and infused products in Canada.

 

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“Overall, we’re pleased with the progress of the Canopy team and what they have done in the last few months,” Bill Newlands, CEO of Constellation Brands, told analysts and investors during a quarterly call, according to a report from Canadian Press.

However, the results from Constellation Brands took a hit due to Canopy Growth’s recent performance. The beer maker recognized a US$839 million loss in fair value of its investment of the Canadian firm.

Market updates

On Monday (September 30), the Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) confirmed it would soon stop accepting positions or trading activities from investors regarding marijuana stocks operating in the US.

“BNY Mellon continues to monitor trends in CRB (cannabis-related business) transactions and may impose additional restrictions or require additional information in the future,” the bank said in its note.

According to new data from Statistics Canada, the marijuana industry has added a significant C$8.26 billion to the country’s GDP for July.

Fire & Flower Holdings (TSX:FAF) credited its retail expansion across Western Canada for its uptick in revenue for its latest earnings report. The Canadian cannabis retailer recently obtained an investment deal from Alimentation Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.A) for the development of its global expansion plans.

This past trading week, Canopy Rivers (TSX:RIV,OTC Pink:CNPOF), the venture capital investment arm of Canopy Growth, told Canadian Press it is planning an investment for biosynthetic development of cannabis.

This synthetic production of cannabis derivatives is being developed by a variety of players in the market looking to refine the production of standardized cannabinoids.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Bryan Mc Govern, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

 

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Ability to test the taste, smell, feel and visual appeal of beverages in development will provide a significant advantage for BevCanna and its white-label clients

Emerging leader in innovative health and wellness beverages and products, BevCanna Enterprises Inc. ( CSE:BEV , Q:BVNNF , FSE:7BC ) (“ BevCanna ” or the “ Company ”) announces today that it has been granted an amendment to its Health Canada-authorized Cannabis Research License to include sensory evaluations of cannabis beverages in its product development trials. This update to the License will allow BevCanna to conduct on-site human assessments of the taste, smell, feel and visual appeal of its products in development.

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Zelira TherapeuticsLtd (ASX:ZLD,OTCQB:ZLDAF), a global leader in the research and development of clinically validated cannabinoid medicines, is pleased to announce that it has raised a total of US$5 million from Quincy Street Capital LLC (Quincy Street), a US-based family office fund, comprising:

  • US$3.5 million (A$4.79 million) via a placement of 79,908,676 Zelira fully paid ordinary shares at A$0.06 per share (Placement), a 54% premium to the stock’s last closing price
  • 1 unlisted option for every 2 ordinary shares issued, expiring 2 years from the date of issue with an exercise price of A$0.09 per option, with 39,954,338 total unlisted options to be issued
  • US$1.5 million (A$2.05 million) via an equity investment in Ilera Derm LLC (ZeliraDermatology) for a 3% shareholding in that company, valuing Zelira Dermatology at US$50 million.
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Avicanna Inc. (” Avicanna ” or the ” Company “) (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of organic and sustainable plant-derived cannabinoid-based products, is pleased to announce that it has closed a non-brokered private placement (the ” Offering “). Under the Offering, the Company has issued an aggregate of 4,587,022 units (the ” Units “) at a price of CAD$0.85 per Unit for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately CAD$3.9 million.

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Nextleaf Solutions Ltd. (CSE: OILS) (OTCQB: OILFF) (FSE: L0MA) (“Nextleaf”, “OILS”, or the “Company”), a federally regulated producer of cannabis oil that owns one of the largest portfolios of U.S. patents for the extraction and distillation of cannabinoids, is pleased to announce the Company has entered into a supply agreement with Quebec-based licensed producer Medicibis (“Mendo”) to supply its medical platform www.Mendocannabis.ca with Glacial Gold™ branded products.

Mendo operates an online portal for medical patients that ships nationwide through www.Mendocannabis.ca. Glacial Gold™ CBD and THC vapes and distilled oils will be distributed by Mendo to their medical cannabis clients in Quebec and across Canada.

Quebec is the third-largest cannabis market in Canada, representing approximately 15%[1] of Canadian cannabis retail sales in the country, and approximately 22% of the Canadian population[2].

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Canadian spending on medical cannabis totaled $587 million in 2020[3]. Medical cannabis has become an important component of Canadian healthcare, with $119 million of medical cannabis purchases reimbursed by the Federal Government through Veterans Affairs Canada in 2020[4]. Despite Canada’s progressive cannabis regulation, price is still a major barrier for many medical patients.

Nextleaf leverages its patented high-efficiency ingredient processing technology to gain a competitive advantage and improve cannabis oil economics through the low-cost production of cannabis distillate standardized for potency and purity.

“Launching accessibly priced Glacial Gold™ vapes and distilled oils in Canada’s medical market and in Quebec have been important milestones for Nextleaf. We believe Mendo and their Quebec-based medical platform is positioned to become one of the leading suppliers of medical cannabis to patients and veterans in this country,” said Paul Pedersen, co-founder and CEO of Nextleaf Solutions. “Our innovative technology enables us to produce high purity ingredients at a low cost per molecule to offer patients quality CBD and THC products.”

“We are delighted to work with Nextleaf to offer Glacial Gold™ products through our recently expanded national portal, accessible by medical patients Canada-wide,” said Jay Schwartz, Director of Mendo Medical. “We are excited to feature the seven Glacial Gold™ SKUs that launched last month in British Columbia and to help them launch two new CBD SKUs that we think patients will be eager to experience.”

Nextleaf launched its award-winning, prohibition-era brand Glacial Gold™ in British Columbia last month, receiving national attention for quality products at disruptive price points. Included in the initial launch of Glacial Gold™ were seven total SKUs, consisting of four 1-gram vape SKUs and three distilled oil SKUs.

Glacial GoldDistilled CBD 50 Oil, Distilled THC 30 Oil, and Distilled 30:30 Blend feature high-purity distillate in a base of organic coconut MCT oil for a premium consumption experience, without premium pricing. A clean tasting and neutral oil allows for the greatest flexibility in use and consumption occasions.

The initial vape lineup from Glacial Gold is offered in two potency levels to match the consumer’s tolerance level or consumption occasion. The Session THC Vape features a full potency THC profile for cannabis enthusiasts who seek a more elevated experience and connection. The Anytime 1:1 Vape is formulated with a balanced THC and CBD profile for consumers looking for a more moderate, go-to vape.

About Medicibis

Medicibis is a federally licensed producer of dried cannabis and distributes its products under the brand name ENDO. Medicibis operates out of its 20,000 sq.ft. facility located 15 minutes from downtown Montreal in St Jean Sur Richelieu. Medicibis operates an online portal for medical patients that ships nationwide through their website mendocannabis.ca. Mendo’s menu has been carefully curated to offer a variety of products from licensed producers from all over Canada. Mendo is positioned to become one of the leading suppliers of medical cannabis to patients and veterans in the country.

About Nextleaf®

Nextleaf is a federally regulated producer of cannabis oil that owns one of the largest portfolios of U.S. patents for the extraction and distillation of cannabinoids. Nextleaf distributes cannabis vapes and distilled oils under its award-winning prohibition-era brand, Glacial Gold™, and supplies cannabis distillate to its wholesale customers. Nextleaf’s proprietary closed-loop automated extraction plant in Metro Vancouver efficiently transforms cannabis and hemp grown in B.C. and throughout Canada into high-purity cannabis distillate at an industrial scale. Nextleaf is developing delivery technology and differentiated cannabinoid-based formulations through its Health Canada Research Licence with sensory evaluation of cannabis via human testing. The Company owns 17 U.S. patents and has been issued 95 patents globally.

Nextleaf Solutions trades as OILS on the Canadian Securities Exchange, OILFF on the OTCQB Market in the United States, and L0MA on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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For more information please contact:
Jason McBride, Corporate Development
604-283-2301 (ext. 219)
jason@nextleafsolutions.com

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,
Paul Pedersen, CEO

Certain statements contained in this press release constitute “forward-looking statements”. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including, without limitation, those regarding the Company’s ability to capitalize on its IP portfolio, the Company’s strategy, plans, objectives, goals and targets, and any statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “believe”, “expect”, “aim”, “intend”, “plan”, “continue”, “will”, “may”, “would”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “forecast”, “predict”, “project”, “seek”, “should” or similar expressions or the negative thereof, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only the Company’s expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from what is expressed, implied or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially include, but are not limited to the risk factors discussed in the Company’s MD&A for the most recent fiscal period. Management provides forward-looking statements because it believes they provide useful information to investors when considering their investment objectives and cautions investors not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information. Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements or factors contained herein, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except as required by law. The CSE has not reviewed or approved the contents of this press release.

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Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd. (“Naturally Splendid“, “NSE” or “the Company”) (FRANKFURT:50N) (TSXV:NSP) (OTC:NSPDF) is pleased to announce the latest shipping container of NATERA Plant Based Foods from Australia has been received

In this shipment, we are excited to receive new SKUs including plant-based “Chick-Un Wings & Drumettes’ and a new Plant Based “Spicy Chick-Un Burger” that will be introduced to the Canadian Consumer. We also continue to receive more of our existing NATERA Plant Based Foods Breaded Cutlets (Schnitzel), Stuffed Chick-Un Breast (Garlic & Butter Flavoured), Sweet Chili Chick-Un Tenders, Seasoned Chick-Un Tenders, Chick-Un Nuggets, Chick-Un Patties, Crispy Fish-Un Fillets, Garlic Chick-Un Bites (Garlic & Butter Flavoured) and Cheesy Chick-Un Bites.

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