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A renowned global bank with wealth management options has elected to block some cannabis trades from clients as part of its de-risking efforts after recent issues.

Also this week, a Canadian cannabis producer announced its intention to buy a retail operator managing nearly 100 stores in the country.

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The company behind Marlboro cigarettes told the market this week that it has a particular interest in the cannabis industry. 

Meanwhile, a Canadian cannabis company confirmed an entry point for the US market via a stock uplisting on the NASDAQ.

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One major cannabis analyst gave her top stock pick this week as industry attention continues to converge on the path ahead for the US market.

Also this week, the CEO of Aphria (NASDAQ:APHA,TSX:APHA) gave an update on a critical merger and spoke about who holds the edge in the US in terms of American and Canadian cannabis operators.

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BevCanna Enterprises (CSE:BEV,OTCQQ:BVNNF,FWB:7BC) CEO Marcello Leone shared how the company is scaling up its products to forge partnerships and explore opportunities across Canada, the US and Western Europe. 

“Getting your standard processing license and being fully compliant at a federal level is critical in Canada, and we were successful in getting that done. Now we’re getting ready to launch our Keef line of beverages within the next 45 days,” Leone said. 

As a young company, Leone said BevCanna has only started, but it took a four-pronged approach to make sure that it is a revenue-generating company prepared for the opening of many jurisdictions for CBD-based products.

“We are blessed that we have a beautiful infrastructure of our own, a state-of-the-art bottling facility with a capacity of almost 200 million bottles per annum and a strong balance sheet of $55 million. We are in a strong position to scale and grow this company.”

BevCanna has received a Standard Processing License from Health Canada and is now fully authorized to begin production at its full-service, high-capacity beverage manufacturing facility. The company will begin production of its white-label products, number one US cannabis beverage brand Keef and its in-house beverages through licensed Canadian retailers, positioning the company to fully capitalize on the burgeoning Canadian cannabis-infused beverage sector.

Watch the full interview with CEO Marcello Leone above.

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US-based multi-state operators (MSOs) performed well during Q1, but one fund manager believes that hasn’t been reflected in their share prices.

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A planned business merger between two leading cannabis producers hit a small delay this week as a critical vote got moved.

Meanwhile, a cannabis retail operator elected to celebrate 420 by auctioning a cannabis-themed digital art piece using blockchain technology.

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