The legal cannabis industry requires a sophisticated logistics system. This is especially true in the world’s largest legal cannabis market, California.
On top of the inherent challenges that come with transporting any agricultural product from seed to sale, cannabis comes with its own considerable set of regulations and barriers owing to its complicated legal status. However, the complications and confusion pose an opportunity. California and other legal cannabis markets have a clear need for logistics and technology companies that can navigate regulatory frameworks to provide efficient logistics and supply chain management services.
California’s growing cannabis market
It’s hard to overstate the sheer scale of the California cannabis market. Legal cannabis sales in the Golden State reached US$2.5 billion in the first year of legalization, even as the industry grappled with a difficult regulatory transition period and strong competition from the remaining black market. As the industry steadies itself, sales in the state are projected to hit US$3.1 billion in 2019 and US$7.2 billion in 2024, according to data by Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics. California’s legal cannabis market on its own is 253 percent larger than Colorado, 40 percent larger than the Canadian market and worth more than the rest of the legal US states combined.
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Despite its size, cannabis companies operating in the state are facing plenty of challenges. California is one of the most stringently-regulated cannabis markets today. There are three different authorities with jurisdiction over cannabis businesses in the state: the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC), the Department of Public Health’s Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch and CalCannabis, which is managed by the Department of Food and Agriculture. Between these three agencies, there are 47 different types of licenses covering each part of the cannabis supply chain. Each individual municipality can require its own licensing as well.
California cannabis supply chain management
Cannabis transport and distribution falls under the BCC. In addition to imposing strict rules on how distributors can handle the product, the BCC has developed a comprehensive and stringent system for tracking cannabis logistics. Introduced in January 2019, the California Cannabis Track-and-Trace (CCTT) system, which is powered by Metrc, has been designed to establish a record of the production and movement of every legal cannabis product in the state. All cannabis producers with licenses in the state are provided with unique identification tags and are required to attach these tags to each product. The tags are then scanned at each stage of the supply chain by licensed manufacturers, distributors, test labs and retailers in order to create a complete seed-to-sale record of the product. In theory, this system should help eliminate fraud and illegal sales by licensed businesses.
The implementation of the CCTT system has not been flawless. As of July 2019, many legal cannabis businesses operating on temporary business permits had not yet implemented the tracking system. Some businesses handling a particular product have not been using the system and this has led to frequent occurrences of incomplete records. The system and its users have had difficulty accounting for the resulting gaps in data. In some cases, CCTT-compliant companies have tried to scan in received products only to find that they were not scanned in at the last stop along the supply chain, forcing them to “invent” previous data in order to proceed. As of September 2019, the BCC was hopeful that nearly all cannabis businesses would be compliant within the next couple of months. However, the rollout has been marred by other sources of confusion and red tape.
California cannabis logistics and distribution
Companies are seeing the market need for better logistics and supply chain management services in California’s cannabis industry. The unique challenges in cannabis logistics and supply chain management require services that are specifically equipped to manage these challenges. Specialized cannabis distributors that can stay up to date with the evolving regulatory landscape and reliably transport cannabis products from growers and manufacturers to retailers are in high demand, particularly in stringent environments like California. Additionally, the necessary licenses to handle and distribute cannabis are valuable assets.
Cannabis product manufacturer TILT Holdings (CSE:TILT,OTCQB:SVVTF) has developed a comprehensive technology platform in order to provide distribution services through its Baker subsidiary. The platform manages inventory at retailers across the state and allows the company’s Blackbird subsidiary to track inventory needs and customer orders to distribute accordingly. Baker and Blackbird each work with more than 250 wholesale and retail cannabis operators in Nevada and California and have completed over 100,000 deliveries.
TransCanna Holdings (CSE:TCAN) is working to establish a comprehensive cannabis distribution network throughout the state of California. Through its subsidiary Lyfted Farms, TransCanna recently won a unanimous recommendation from the Stanislaus County Planning Commission to recommend to the Board Of Supervisors the approval of the Daly Project, a 196,000 square foot cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and distribution facility in Modesto, California.
“We are very pleased with the unanimous vote of approval by the County Planning Commission,” said TransCanna President and CEO Steve Giblin. “Our team in Modesto has worked diligently to meet all the criteria required by the county. Our goal is to operate a successful business that will add jobs and contribute to the local community.” Once fully permitted, the vertically integrated Modesto facility will be one of the largest in the state, with manufacturing, cultivation, extraction, transportation and distribution capabilities. TransCanna is currently operating out of their Lyfted Farms Facility where the company holds licenses for cultivation (nursery), cultivation (grow) and distribution.
While there are many challenges unique to the cannabis supply chain, it involves many of the same obstacles faced in other agricultural industries. Whether distributing cannabis buds to retailers or onions to grocery stores, the job is about getting the right amount of perishable product from the farm to the retailer while it is still fresh and intact. Problems arise when outside factors cause transportation delays, and it’s the job of the distributor to anticipate, manage and work around these challenges. By integrating cultivation, manufacturing and distribution operations all under one facility, TransCanna has the potential to streamline its production and distribution throughout the state.
On top of the standard agricultural distribution difficulties and responsibilities, cannabis brings a world of extra regulatory and oversight considerations. Nobody is overly concerned about a crate of misplaced cucumbers falling into the wrong hands, but regulatory bodies are extremely concerned about legal cannabis products potentially finding their way into the black market or becoming tainted and unsafe. Under the BCC’s licensing, the distributor must be the sole connection between the grower and the retailer. The job of California cannabis distributors involves much more than simply moving product from point A to point B. Distributors are also responsible for conducting quality assurance, which involves coordinating third-party product testing, ensuring that packaging and labeling meet requirements and collecting/remitting cultivation and excise taxes.
Whereas traditional agricultural distribution faces no issues crossing state lines, cannabis remains federally illegal, making it unlawful to transport cannabis between states. Because of this, it is legally impossible at this time to set up a multi-state distribution network. The fragmented marketplace means that cannabis companies may need to form relationships to set up complete, fully functional supply chains within the borders of the states in which they operate.
“One can argue the most critical component of a successful business is its employees. This is especially true for a start-up and holds true for us at TransCanna. While it can be difficult to find the right staff and form business relationships, many employees have an unparalleled passion and dedication to the industry. Our teams at Lyfted Farms and Soldaze Snacks are highly knowledgeable and dedicated to their craft with a focus on consumer satisfaction,” said Giblin.
The massive California cannabis market is still working to gain ground on the black market. As legal cannabis continues to grab market share, there are opportunities for consolidation all along the supply chain. The cannabis distribution and supply management space, in particular, has created an opportunity for companies with the skills and qualifications necessary to navigate the stringent regulatory landscape while overcoming logistical challenges. Cannabis companies with integrated operations throughout the supply chain could be best positioned to capitalize on this opportunity.
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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.
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Love Hemp Group PLC (AQSE:LIFE)(OTCQB:WRHLF), one of the UK’s leading CBD and hemp product suppliers, announces that Charles Lamb will be stepping down as a Non-Executive Independent Director of the Company, with effect from April 16, 2021, to focus on his other business interests
Charles has been an integral part of the Board’s efforts to grow the Company since its inception and has played a key role in the Company’s shift in strategy to focus on growing the Love Hemp brand globally.
Love Hemp will continue to develop the team over the coming months, focussing on maximising the significant business opportunities available to the Company as well as preparing it for its upcoming move to the London Stock Exchange’s Main List as announced on 8 April 2021.
Andrew Male, Chairman of Love Hemp Group, commented: “Charles has made a significant contribution to the Company over a period of successful growth and refocussing. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank him for all his efforts and support and wish him the best with future endeavours.
“As we move towards a listing on the Main Market, we will be looking to strengthen our Board with those who are able to provide experience and guidance to support our future growth.”
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The Company, previously World High Life Plc, was incorporated on 30 January 2019 as an Investment Vehicle. Originally intended to identify opportunities in the CBD and Medicinal Cannabis space, it quickly acquired Love Hemp Ltd., the UK’s most recognisable CBD brand. The listed company recently changed its name to Love Hemp Group PLC as part of its evolving strategy to purely focus on supporting the “best in class” CBD brand as it embarks on a wider expansion of its core business and offering.
Love Hemp produces and supplies more than 40 product lines, comprising of oils, sprays and tinctures and a variety of edible and water-based CBD products. Love Hemp has established relationships with over 2,000 stores in the UK, including leading retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Boots, Ocado and Holland & Barrett.
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Matica Enterprises Inc. (CSE: MMJ) (FSE: 39N) (OTCQB: MMJFF) (“Matica” or the “Company”) today announced that, as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic measures, it will not be in a position to file its audited annual financial statements, the related management’s discussion and analysis and related CEO and CFO certificates (the “Annual Filings”) before the required deadline of April 30, 2021 (the “Specified Requirements”).
The Company is working closely with its auditor and expects to file the Annual Filings on or before May 31, 2021. The Company does not anticipate any delay in filing its interim financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis, and the related officer certifications for the financial period ended March 31, 2021.
Matica has applied to the OSC, as principal regulator for the Company, for the imposition of a management cease trade order under National Policy 12-203 – Management Cease Trade Orders (“NP 12-203”) over the duration of the default. If a management cease trade order is issued, it will generally not affect the ability of persons who have not been directors, officers or insiders of Matica to trade in their securities.
The Company is providing this press release in accordance with National Policy 12-203 Management Cease Trade Orders (“NP 12-203”). The Company intends to follow the provisions of the Alternative Information Guidelines set out in NP 12-203, including the issuance of bi-weekly default status reports in the form of news releases, for as long as the Company remains in default. The Company confirms as of the date of this news release that there is no other material information concerning the affairs of the Company that has not been generally disclosed.
Matica is a multi-faceted, innovative company in the Quebec cannabis space. Its subsidiary, RoyalMax Biotechnology Canada Inc. is a Dorval, Quebec based Health Canada Licence Holder. RoyalMax has been granted a standard cultivation licence, standard processing and medical sales licences by Health Canada.
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So far there are no clear indicators as to when or if Australia could legalise recreational cannabis, but attitudes seem to be changing. Public support is growing, and there’s even some political acceptance.
Read on to learn more about when Australia may legalise recreational cannabis.
Public support for legalisation growing
Australians are no strangers to cannabis — a recently updated report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that marijuana is the most extensively used illicit substance in the country.
With that in mind, it’s perhaps unsurprising that views on cannabis are changing in the country. In 2019, Australia’s National Drug Strategy Household Survey found that 41 percent of Australians are in favour of legalising cannabis — that’s close to double the support seen when the survey was done in 2007.
Aside from that, legalisation has been recommended by a number of government inquiries, including a 2019 Queensland Productivity Commission report on imprisonment and recidivism.
Several states have decriminalised personal use of cannabis on private property, including the ACT, the Northern Territory (NT) and South Australia. Most other states have a discretionary almost de facto decriminalisation in place through police diversion programs.
Those arrested for small amounts of under 50 grams of cannabis can be diverted to drug counselling or education, or issued a fine rather than a criminal conviction.
Economic opportunities lie in legalisation
Although Australia’s economy ended 2020 on a high note after facing COVID-19-related setbacks, some experts believe cannabis legalisation could assist even further with economic growth.
The climate of the NT and its accessibility to Asia makes the likelihood of legalised marijuana a possible gold mine for the NT, according to economist Rolf Gerritsen.
“The Government, if it licensed the system and appointed official sales points, could actually set up a nice little industry with the possibility of future exports,” Gerritsen told ABC News.
In 2020, Australia’s economy plunged into its first recession in three decades due to fallout from the coronavirus, which came mere months after devastating bushfires that ravaged over 12 million hectares.
A Twitter campaign from the Australian Greens political party is pushing for legalisation to help pull the nation out of recession, declaring cannabis a “multi-billion dollar industry.”
Federal cannabis legalisation unlikely
Although exciting, it seems unlikely that the Australian government will legalise marijuana at this stage.
Outside the Twitter campaign mentioned above, legalisation of cannabis has been a big part of the platform for the Greens, which are seeking the establishment of a controlled market for the sale of cannabis and would allow members of the public to grow up to six plants.
But the Greens are currently the only political party pushing for legalisation of recreational cannabis.
Both the Liberal National Party and Australian Labor Party have only shown support for medicinal cannabis at a federal level. In fact, Australian Attorney-General Christian Porter has been vocally opposed to the legalisation in Canberra, declaring the laws “terrible” and saying state- and territory-level laws conflict with federal laws on possession.
Many were looking towards the outcome of a New Zealand referendum on legalisation that failed as 50.7 percent voted “no” to the 48.4 percent “yes” votes.
What could legalisation do to the market?
A report from cannabis researcher Prohibition Partners hypothesizes great potential for Australia to significantly increase value through cannabis exports, while a focus on buying local could see more domestic cannabis revenue than ever before.
Success could encourage more regions to look closely at their own reform measures, particularly after watching the ACT’s adoption of restricted cannabis legalisation, the study argues.
“Both Victoria and Tasmania are also making moves towards more lenient cannabis laws and could be following in the ACT’s footsteps,” said the report’s authors.
“The Victorian government invested in R&D of the local industry, and is said to have ambitions to be the ‘cannabis bowl of Australia’ with a target of 500 local jobs.
The report predicts the Australian cannabis market will break a total market value of US$1.5 billion by the year 2025, which would make it the largest legal cannabis market in Oceania. Eagle-eyed investors will be watching the market closely.
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Kelowna, British Columbia TheNewswire – April 15, 2021 Lexaria Bioscience Corp. (Nasdaq:LEXX) (Nasdaq:LEXXW) (CSE:LXX) (CNSX:LXX.CN) (the “Company” or “Lexaria”), a global innovator in drug delivery platforms, announces the appointment of a new Chief Financial Officer and the issuance of share purchase warrants to third party consultants.
Lexaria is pleased to announce that effective April 15, 2021, Gregory Downey will be assuming the role of Chief Financial Officer of the Company. During the past two years, Mr. Downey has been engaged by the Company as its Controller and has intimate knowledge regarding the Company’s business and finances. Mr. Downey brings a wealth of experience to Lexaria, having served as the Chief Financial Officer of several public companies during the past ten years. Mr. Downey holds a Certified Management Accountant designation and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.
In the position as Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Downey will be compensated with a base annual salary of CDN$144,000, with an annual increase of 10%, an option grant for the issuance of up to 12,000 common shares, and other customary incentives.
The Company is grateful to outgoing CFO, Mr. Allan Spissinger, for his many contributions and wishes him continued success in his future endeavours.
The Company also announces that effective on April 16, 2021, it will be issuing share purchase warrants (the “ Warrants ”) for the issuance of up to an aggregate 300,000 common shares to three unrelated third party consultants. The Warrants will be exercisable for a period of three years ending on April 16, 2024 at an exercise price of US$9.00 per share. The shares issuable upon exercise of the Warrants will be restricted securities pursuant to US securities laws.
About Lexaria Bioscience Corp.
Lexaria Bioscience Corp.’s proprietary drug delivery technology, DehydraTECH™, improves the way active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) enter the bloodstream by promoting healthier oral ingestion methods and increasing the effectiveness of fat-soluble active molecules, thereby lowering overall dosing. The Company’s technology can be applied to many different ingestible product formats, including foods, beverages, oral suspensions, tablets, and capsules. DehydraTECH has repeatedly demonstrated since 2016 with cannabinoids and nicotine the ability to increase bio-absorption by up to 5-10x, reduce time of onset from 1 – 2 hours to minutes, and mask unwanted tastes; and is planned to be further evaluated for orally administered bioactive molecules, including anti-virals, cannabinoids, vitamins, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and nicotine. Lexaria has licensed DehydraTECH to multiple companies including a world-leading tobacco producer for the development of smokeless, oral-based nicotine products and for use in industries that produce cannabinoid beverages, edibles, and oral products. Lexaria operates a licensed in-house research laboratory and holds a robust intellectual property portfolio with 18 patents granted and approximately 60 patents pending worldwide. For more information, please visit www.lexariabioscience.com .
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