The global legal medical cannabis market is expanding, and the markets of the Asia-Pacific region are rapidly taking shape.
Over the past several years, the international community has reached a tipping point regarding the liberalization of cannabis across the globe. The number of legal jurisdictions that are making progress towards improving cannabis access at this very moment is truly unprecedented. Cannabis reform has become a global phenomenon. The wave of legalization that began in North America has been followed by Europe and South America, and now it’s happening in the Asia-Pacific markets. From Oceania to Southeast Asia, the ripple effect is evident as consumers and governments realize the potential that medical cannabis presents both socially and economically.
Established North American cannabis companies have a clear opportunity in new emerging markets. With an effective market entry strategy, established companies can leverage their operational experience to their advantage, strategically partnering with local players while establishing themselves as cornerstones of these international cannabis spaces. The process of entering a new national market is not without risk, however the benefits of first-mover advantage can be significant, providing a unique opportunity for major international companies.
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There are currently dozens of countries with active cannabis legalization efforts. So far, nearly all of these legislative efforts have focused on highly restrictive access to cannabis for medical purposes. However, as we’ve seen in many of the earliest legal cannabis markets, medical legislation in these new markets could serve as a precursor for further legal cannabis reform. As more medical cannabis markets open up around the world, the global medical cannabis industry could reach US$146.4 billion by the end of 2025, according to an April 2018 report by Grand View Research.
Emerging Asia-Pacific cannabis markets
The first country in the Asia-Pacific region to see legislative movement on the cannabis front was Australia. After legalizing medical cannabis in February 2016, Australia’s medical cannabis landscape is still developing. Lawmakers are still in the process of building a regulatory system for production and access to cannabis, but medical cannabis is increasingly becoming available to Australian patients who need it. While approximately seven people per day are being approved for medical cannabis in Australia, long-term projections suggest the Oceanic cannabis market is expected to boom.
According to Prohibition Partners’ Oceania Cannabis Report, the combined Australia-New Zealand market could reach US$8.7 billion by 2028. The early days of the Australian cannabis market could still offer plenty of early stage growth opportunities for established companies moving into the land down under.
New Zealand’s cannabis reform is moving at a remarkably fast pace. The New Zealand parliament voted to legalize medical cannabis in late 2018, and already recreational legalization could be within sight. Along with medical cannabis legislation, the New Zealand federal government announced that a referendum will be held alongside the 2020 federal election regarding adult-use recreational cannabis legalization. According to the NZ Drug Foundation, the country’s cannabis market could bring in an estimated $240 million yearly in tax revenue.
Medical legalization in Australia and New Zealand could help pave the way for both countries to become cannabis production hubs for international markets. Oceania’s proximity to Southeast Asia puts cannabis producers operating in these countries in a unique position to serve emerging Asian markets.
In late 2018, Thailand became the first of those. Thailand is a country with a rich cannabis cultural history. For centuries, Thailand was known for its unique cannabis strains and cannabis was an integral part of traditional Thai medicine and cuisine. As was the case for cannabis in most countries, Thailand’s legal cannabis market was previously hindered due to pressure from western political influences. In December 2018, the Thai military government unanimously voted to legalize medical cannabis use, becoming the first Southeast Asian country to do so.
In recent years, the ruling party in the Philippines has stepped up its involvement in the war on drugs. However, there is hope that soon medical cannabis may not be included in this harsh policy; its use is supported by President Rodrigo Duterte. A bill to legalize and regulate medical cannabis was approved in the Philippine House of Representatives in January 2019. The measure also calls for the creation of a Medical Cannabis Compassionate Center, which would serve as the starting point for the creation of a legal cannabis industry.
Cannabis laws are being reformed in unexpected and economically important jurisdictions as well. Certain medical cannabis treatments became legal in South Korea in March 2019, a noteworthy development considering that the country has historically been very conservative in regards to drug policy. Imports of medical cannabis products are tightly restricted by the South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, allowing specific treatments that have been approved and marketed in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, including Sativex, Epidiolex, Marinol and Cesamet. Despite these restrictions, South Korea’s progressive attitude towards cannabis has been seen as a significant step forward.
International cannabis companies looking to Asia-Pacific
The international cannabis market is a logical next step for many North American cannabis producers. Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED) has already set its sights on the early South Korean cannabis market. As a first step, the company has begun the process of hiring a country manager for South Korea to help build the company’s strategy for entering the brand new market.
Cannabis producers with international aspirations have recognized the opportunity presented by these emerging Asia-Pacific markets. Canadian cannabis producer MYM Nutraceuticals (CSE:MYM) is positioning itself to take full advantage of the opportunity. The company has established its MYM Australia division, which includes a head office on Australia’s Gold Coast and 400 hectares of outdoor medical cannabis cultivation in the country. The move gives MYM a foothold in the Asia-Pacific region, positioning the company to serve Australia’s emerging medical cannabis market and to export product to the Thai and Filipino markets.
2018 was a huge year for cannabis legalization efforts around the world, and so far 2019 is shaping up to be even bigger. As more jurisdictions around the world begin to legalize cannabis, established North American cannabis companies are being given a unique opportunity to expand into new markets.
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Ayurcann Holdings Corp. (CSE: AYUR) (the “Company” or “Ayurcann”) an integrated Canadian extraction company specializing in the processing of cannabis and hemp for the production of oils and various derivative products, announces the granting of stock options and restricted share units.
The Company has announced that it has granted incentive stock options to directors, officers, employees and consultants of the Company to purchase an aggregate of 1,000,100 common shares under the Company’s Stock Option Plan. Each option is exercisable at a price of $0.16 per common share, expires three years from the date of grant and vest six months from the date of the grant.
The Company has also granted restricted share unit grants, pursuant to the Company’s Restricted Share Unit plan, dated April 1, 2021, totaling 1,548,875 to certain eligible participants.
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Igal Sudman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Secretary
Ayurcann Holdings Corp.
About Ayurcann Holdings Corp.:
Ayurcann is a leading post-harvest solution provider with a focus on providing and creating custom processes and pharma grade products for the adult use and medical cannabis industry in Canada. Ayurcann is focused on becoming the partner of choice for leading Canadian cannabis brands by providing best-in-class, proprietary services including ethanol extraction, formulation, product development and custom manufacturing.
Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider have reviewed or accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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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.
Keep reading to find out more cannabis highlights from the past five days.
Tilray delays critical shareholder meeting
On Thursday (April 15), Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) announced it will be postponing its shareholder vote on the fate of its merger with Aphria (NASDAQ:APHA,TSX:APHA). It will take place on April 30 instead of April 16.
Neither cannabis company offered an explanation for the change. Tilray has asked shareholders to participate in this vote regardless of how many shares they may hold. “Tilray stockholders who have not already voted, or wish to change their vote, are strongly encouraged to do so,” the company said.
This news came days after Aphria shareholders overwhelmingly voted in favor of the business transaction, with a total of 99.38 percent of shareholders voting for the deal to continue. Confirmation from Aphria Chairman and CEO Irwin Simon indicated the partnership was en route to being complete.
This past week Aphria also released financial results for the third quarter of its 2021 fiscal year, in which the firm highlights the overall direction of the company with the Tilray deal.
“We expect to have a tremendous runway for long-term sustainable growth as we build upon our existing foundation in Canada and internationally by increasing the scale of our global operations,” Simon said in a statement.
Cannabis retailer celebrates digital trend
Bidding for the piece, named “Non-Fungible Toke“ started at a price of C$4.20. The retailer plans to donate the proceeds to two charities, Second Harvest and Less.
The latter is designed to counter the carbon footprint of blockchain technology, a common criticism drawn against the rise of NFTs and other novel technologies.
As of 11:00 a.m. EST on Friday (April 16), the NFT bid was up to C$169.11.
Cannabis company news
- The Valens Company (TSX:VLNS,OTCQX:VLNCF) issued its financial report for the first quarter of its 2021 fiscal year. In its results, the company highlights a net revenue uptick of 24.7 percent from the previous quarter, resulting in C$20 million for the period.
- Trulieve Cannabis (CSE:TRUL,OTCQX:TCNNF) closed a public offering of 5 million subordinate voting shares at a price of C$50 each for total gross proceeds of C$287.5 million. The company celebrated its financial position after an offering in January, which will lead to the pursuit of merger and acquisition targets.
- Australis Capital (CSE:AUSA,OTCQB:AUSAF) appointed Jason Dyck as its new chief science officer and chairman of the firm’s scientific advisory board. Dyck previously served as an executive at Aurora Cannabis (NASDAQ:ACB,TSX:ACB), leading the scientific efforts for the cannabis producer. “I look forward to providing AUSA with advice and direction in its scientific efforts towards bringing innovations to market with immediate and significant commercial appeal,” Dyck said.
- Truss Beverage, a cannabis drinks venture co-owned by Molson Coors Beverage Company (NYSE:TAP,TSX:TPX) and HEXO (NYSE:HEXO,TSX:HEXO), released the details of its new lineup of infused beverages. Six new drinks will become available around the summer and are intended to pair with the season.
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Securities Disclosure: I, Bryan Mc Govern, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.
Partnerships with Minardi Law , Minorities for Medical Marijuana, CultivatED, and the Georgia Justice Project will include clinics and virtual events across Florida , Georgia , and Massachusetts
Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (CSE: TRUL) (OTCQX: TCNNF) (“Trulieve” or “the Company”), a leading and top-performing cannabis company based in the United States announced today a series of expungment clinics located throughout south and central Florida as well as virtual events in Georgia and Massachusetts . The clinics are part of the Company’s celebration of the 50 th anniversary of 420.
During the month of April, Minardi Law has hosted expungment clinics and will be hosting two more as follows:
- Releaf Patient Appreciation Day, April 17 th ( Valrico )
- First Annual 4/20 Event ( St. Petersburg Beach )
At these clinics, an attorney will be present to review records and see if someone is eligible for a sealing or expungment of their records. As part of the events, Trulieve will be helping cover the costs for finger prints, legal fees, and court costs.
Trulieve is working with Minorities for Medical Marijuana (“M4MM”) to host a 4/20 Expungement Clinic, part of M4MM’s Project Clean Slate. This event will take place on Saturday, April 24, 2021 , from 9:30am – 4:30pm at Riviera Beach City Hall. Anyone seeking to take place in this event is required to register in advance at http://trulieve.cc/expungementpreregistration .
In addition, Trulieve is sponsoring the First Friday Series , a weekly virtual event from the Georgia Justice Project to help Georgia citizens with record restrictions, and is also sponsoring the Fellowship Presentation and Expungement Clinic being offered through CultivateEd and GBLS on Friday, April 23 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm . You can register for the Massachusetts expungement clinic in advance here: HTTPS://BIT.LY/2Q655KK
“Our mission as a company has always been to improve people’s lives,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers . “We’ve always been dedicated to improving the communities we call home. Partnering with Minardi Law , Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Georgia Justice Project and CultivatED on these clinics was a simple decision for us; we encourage anyone seeking help with the expungement process to attend one of these clinics in your own state to start the process.”
For more information about Trulieve and the April expungment clinics, please visit www.Trulieve.com .
Trulieve is primarily a vertically integrated “seed-to-sale” company in the U.S. and is the first and largest fully licensed medical cannabis company in the State of Florida . Trulieve cultivates and produces all of its products in-house and distributes those products to Trulieve-branded stores (dispensaries) throughout the State of Florida , as well as directly to patients via home delivery. Trulieve also has operations in California , Massachusetts , Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Trulieve is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol TRUL and trades on the OTCQX market under the symbol TCNNF.
To learn more about Trulieve, visit www.Trulieve.com .
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Seth Rogen’s New Cannabis Brand are Now Available at Apothecarium Dispensaries in San Francisco , Berkeley and Capitola
The Apothecarium is offering cannabis from Houseplant, the cannabis lifestyle brand founded by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg at its five California dispensaries. The Apothecarium has three San Francisco locations (Castro, SOMA and Marina ) and one each in Berkeley and Capitola (outside of Santa Cruz ).
“With the vast number of dispensaries in California , we put a lot of effort into identifying the right ones that align with Houseplant’s values,” said Seth Rogen , Co-Founder of Houseplant. “The Apothecarium shares the same commitment to creating a strong consumer experience that we pride ourselves on and we are thrilled to bring our three initial strains to their stores in the Bay Area.”
Houseplant is launching with three flower strains, all of which will be available at The Apothecarium, including: Diablo Wind (sativa), Pancake Ice (sativa) and Pink Moon (indica). Like their founder’s groundbreaking film “Pineapple Express”, Houseplant strains are named after weather phenomena. Each strain will be sold in a custom tin.
“We are so proud to be one of the very first dispensaries in California to offer Houseplant to our customers,” said Ryan Hudson , CEO and co-founder of The Apothecarium. “Seth, Evan and everyone at Houseplant love and respect cannabis as much as we do. We simply cannot wait to share their beautiful and delicious flowers with our guests.”
“We’ve been working with the Houseplant team for more than a year and are grateful to have a partner that shares so many of our values, including an emphasis on cannabis education, quality, reform of cannabis laws and beautifully designed, recyclable packaging.”
“Seth has been hands-on during the process, spending time with our store managers to make sure they know the products and how much care has gone into vetting and selecting the best strains. We think our guests are going to love Houseplant.”
About The Apothecarium
The Apothecarium is recognized as one of the nation’s premier cannabis dispensaries, with an emphasis on education via in-depth one-on-one consultations from highly trained cannabis consultants. The company was founded by three first cousins and two family friends in 2011. Our dispensaries are known for providing educational events that are open to the public at no cost — and for welcoming seniors, first-time dispensary visitors, and people with serious medical conditions. The Apothecarium’s flagship San Francisco dispensary was named the best-designed dispensary in the country by Architectural Digest . Patients and customers may order at our dispensaries or online for pickup or delivery at apothecarium.com [apothecarium.com] .
The Apothecarium is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. We have donated more than $400,000 in cash to community groups and nonprofits — plus more than $300,000 worth of in-kind donations.
All Apothecarium dispensaries continue to implement safety measures to protect guests and team members. Protocols include strict social distancing inside and outside the dispensaries, a mask requirement for everyone inside the dispensaries, no contact check-in procedures and ongoing sanitizing throughout the day.
CA Licenses: C10-0000523-LIC; C10-0000522-LIC; C10-0000515-LIC, C10-0000738-LIC, C10-0000706-LIC
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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario TheNewswire – April 16, 2021 Sire Bioscience Inc. (CSE:SIRE) (OTC:BLLXF) (FSE:BR1B) (CNSX:SIRE.CN) (“SIRE” or the “Company”) announces that Brian Nugent has resigned as a member of the Company’s board of directors (the “ Board ”). It has been a pleasure and a blessing to have worked with Brian Nugent over the past few years, his business acumen and tremendous experience will certainly be missed, SIRE wishes him nothing but the best in all his future endeavors.
About Sire Bioscience
SIRE is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario with its wholly owned subsidiary PLANTFUEL® based in Denver, Colorado. SIRE is managed by a group of successful entrepreneurs who have extensive experience in the areas of consumer-packaged goods, manufacturing, logistics, and distribution. SIRE is a CPG life science company focused on the plant-based foods and supplements industry.
For additional information contact:
Sire Bioscience Inc.
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