During the past trading week (July 22 to 26), a maligned Canadian cannabis firm removed executives from leadership positions at the company.
A plan from Quebec to ban most edible cannabis products made headlines, and the launch of a new cannabis exchange-traded fund (ETF) also caught attention.
Here’s a closer look at some of the biggest news during last week’s trading period.
CannTrust sacks CEO
Shares of CannTrust Holdings (NYSE:CTST,TSX:TRST) received a brief boost following the dismissal of the company’s leadership team. The firm has been embroiled in a scandal since Health Canada found illegitimate growing at CannTrust’s facility in Pelham, Ontario.
New reports indicate that several executives at the company, including CEO Peter Aceto, were aware of the improper growing operations and encouraged a continued cover up. Additionally, the company shot a promotional video in which the unlicensed rooms can be seen.
After the new revelations in the CannTrust scandal, an internal investigation of the company came to the conclusion that a management change was needed.
On Thursday (July 25), the firm informed market watchers that Aceto had been terminated effective immediately. The board of directors also requested the resignation of Eric Paul, former CEO, co-founder and chair of the company.
Robert Marcovitch, who was appointed by CannTrust’s board to lead an investigation into the non-compliance issues, has been appointed interim CEO. Marcovitch previously acted as CEO of winter sports equipment company K2 Sports.
Shares of CannTrust in New York immediately jumped 12.82 percent during after-hours trading on Thursday. Once Friday’s trading session started, shares of the firm opened at US$2.20. As of 11:26 a.m. EDT, CannTrust’s NYSE shares were up 15.38 percent.
Similarly, in Toronto the company was trading up 13.95 percent at C$2.94 at 11:31 a.m. EDT on Friday.
British tobacco company gets cannabis exposure
“The shared ability to rapidly innovate as the Canadian market evolves is key to future growth and Auxly will work closely with a small dedicated team from Nerudia in developing a portfolio of new and enhanced brands and products,” Imperial said in a statement.
As part of the agreement, Auxly will become the exclusive cannabis partner for Imperial on a global scale. Auxly will also get access to the licenses for vaporizer technology from Imperial’s subsidiary Nerudia.
Quebec moves forward with ban on cannabis edibles
On Wednesday (July 24), Quebec announced regulations to block the sale of cannabis edibles that would directly appeal to minors, such as desserts and chocolate edible products. These products are set to become legal in Canada later this year.
The province is also looking to prevent the sale of cannabis topical items.
The Cannabis Council of Canada, a group representing the interests of licensed producers, called the decision by Quebec a win for the black market.
“(The) decision by the Quebec government to issue draft regulation with respect to edible cannabis products and cannabis extracts is extremely disappointing. If implemented, the efforts of the legal cannabis industry to replace the illicit market and keep cannabis out of the hands of minors will be severely hindered,” Megan McCrae, board chair of the council and vice president of marketing at Aphria (NYSE:APHA,TSX:APHA), said in a statement.
On Tuesday (July 23), a new marijuana-centric ETF that will be actively managed by Tim Seymour, CIO of Seymour Asset Management and co-host CNBC’s Fast Money, reached the public market.
The Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF (ARCA:CNBS) gives investors exposure to 25 marijuana holdings, with the top five holdings representing some of the biggest firms in the space.
Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB,TSX:ACB), GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) and Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC,TSX:WEED) are the top three holdings by weightage in the fund. The total net asset value for the Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF is US$2.47 million.
“The global legal cannabis industry is still very much in its infancy and presents an attractive growth opportunity for investors looking to capitalize on this emerging frontier,” said Seymour.
As interest in edibles and the ingestible market in Canada rises, the Tinley Beverage Company (CSE:TNY,OTCQX:TNYBF) confirmed it is inching closer to a deal with a Canadian company in order to bring its cannabis-infused line of drinks north of the border.
“Health Canada hasn’t finalized the manufacturing licenses yet. As soon as those types of licenses are awarded to our intended partner, we’re ready to go,” Jeff Maser told Yahoo Finance Canada. The executive did not disclose the potential partner for his company.
Cannabis-infused drinks will become legal in Canada as part of the second phase of legalization taking effect on October 17. However, Health Canada, the regulatory agency tasked with overseeing the cannabis industry, confirmed the launch of these products will take time and has said that actual sales will start in December.
Curaleaf Holdings (CSE:CURA,OTCQX:CURLF) was issued a warning on Monday (July 22) from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for unsubstantiated claims regarding some of its hemp-derived products.
The FDA highlighted four CBD-based products sold online by the multi-state operator (MSO) that are making improper medical claims. The federal agency also said that several elements of the MSO’s website need to be updated.
“We can affirm that nothing in the letter raises any issues concerning the quality and consistency of any Curaleaf product or calls into question the high safety standards of the company’s cultivation and manufacturing processes,” the firm said. It plans to respond to the agency about its requests.
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Securities Disclosure: I, Bryan Mc Govern, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.
CanBud Distribution Corporation Closes 2M Second and Final Tranche of its Oversubscribed Private Placement Offering
CanBud Distribution Corporation (CSE: CBDX) (FSE: CD0) (“CanBud” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has closed the final tranche of its oversubscribed non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $4,730,000 (the “Offering”).
The Corporation issued a combined total of 39,409,346 units (each a “Unit“) at price of $0.12 per Unit, with each Unit comprised of one common share in the capital of the Corporation (each a “Common Share“) and one common share purchase warrant (each a “Warrant“). Each Warrant entitles the holder to purchase one additional Common Share at an exercise price of $0.22 within 24 months of the closing of the Offering (the “Warrant Term“), provided, however that if the closing price of the Common Shares on the Canadian Securities Exchange (the “CSE“) (or any such other stock exchange in Canada as the Common Shares may trade at the applicable time) is $0.25 or greater per Common Share for a period of five (5) consecutive trading days at any time after the closing date of the Offering, the Corporation may accelerate the Warrant Term such that the Warrants shall expire on the date which is 30 days following the date a press release is issued by the Corporation announcing the reduced warrant terms.
Thoughtful Brands Inc. (CSE:TBI)(FSE:1WZ1)(OTCQB:PEMTF) (the “Company” or “Thoughtful Brands) announces that the letter of intent with Franchise Cannabis Corp. (“FCC”), previously announced in January, has been terminated. The previously announced European joint venture with FCC will continue and allow the Company to launch and tailor its products to European consumer demands
In connection with termination of the merger transaction with FCC, the Company has agreed to pay FCC $100,000 in cash and to issue FCC 5,000,000 common shares of the Company at a deemed value of $0.05 per share. The common shares will be subject to a four-month-and-one-day statutory hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws.
Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in cannabis space have helped boost the industry to new levels.
Strategic sale of non-core assets by Lobe adds non-dilutive capital and shareholder value
Lobe Sciences Ltd. (CSE: LOBE) (OTC Pink: GTSIF) (“Lobe” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce, further to its press release dated February 23, 2021, that it has completed the sale to Ionic Brands Corp. (“Ionic Brands”) of Lobe’s non-core cannabis assets relating to Washington-based Cowlitz County Cannabis Cultivation Inc. (“Cowlitz”) held by Lobe’s subsidiary vendor, Green Star Biosciences Inc. (the “Transaction”).
Seattle Area Grocery Chain Metropolitan Market to Begin Carrying KOIOS and Fit Soda on March 22, 2021
Adding to its existing presence on the west coast of the United States, all five KOIOS™ flavours and all four Fit Soda™ flavours will be carried in Metropolitan Market stores beginning on Monday, March 22, 2021. Serving the Seattle-Tacoma area (population 3.87 million), Metropolitan Market is one of five chains under its parent firm Good Food Holdings, which has a total of 51 stores in California, Oregon, and Washington State.
Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV; OTC: KBEVF) (the “Company” or “Koios”) is pleased to announce that beginning on Monday, March 22, 2021, Koios’ entire line of canned beverage products will be sold at all locations of Metropolitan Market, an urban format supermarket chain in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington State. In Q1 2021, the Company announced multiple placements of its beverage products with regional grocers in markets on the west coast of the United States including Market of Choice in Oregon Jensen’s in Southern California and major natural grocery chain Sprouts Farmers Market which has a substantial west coast presence with over one third of its locations (360+ stores across 23 states) in California as well as Washington State 1 . The Company has also recently announced other developments relating to its expansion efforts being undertaken in 2021 such as an in-house beverage canning facility and distribution agreements with regional and national wholesale partners.