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Four takeaways as Big Alcohol makes another foray into Canada’s cannabis market

Industry observers have predicted more moves by Big Alcohol into the Canadian marijuana market. And that business forecast continues to prove on point with the groundbreaking announcement that North America’s largest wine and spirits distribution company signed an agreement to become the exclusive product distributor for one of Canada’s largest licensed cannabis producers. Under the agreement, […]

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What Canada’s top CEOs say about cannabis ‘commoditization’

While a shortage of marijuana is expected to precede any glut by a number of years, the potential for cannabis commoditization is already a consideration for many licensed cultivators in Canada. Greg Engel, CEO of New Brunswick-based Organigram, said commoditization, at least as it relates to cannabis, boils down to two things: Excess supply over […]

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Four marijuana firms to form multinational company, continuing industry consolidation

Consolidation continued in the cannabis industry Tuesday, with four major marijuana businesses from the United States and Canada merging to launch a multinational company with combined revenue forecast to total more than $200 million next year.

Operating under the name Tilt Holdings, the new companies will include the combined operations of Baker Technologies, Sea Hunter, Briteside and Santa Veritas Therapeutics, according to a news release.

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Aurora Cannabis to acquire Canadian rival MedReleaf for CA$3.2B in industry’s biggest deal

Aurora Cannabis has agreed to acquire rival Canadian cannabis producer MedReleaf in a deal valued at $3.2 billion Canadian dollars ($2.5 billion) that would create the largest marijuana company in the world. The transaction, announced Monday, marks the largest deal inked in the cannabis sector to date, giving the combined company a footprint that will […]

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Canopy seeks to become first marijuana producer traded on New York Stock Exchange

Canada’s market leader in medical marijuana has applied to trade its shares on the New York Stock Exchange, a move that would make it the first cannabis-producing company to list on the world’s largest stock market.

Smiths Falls, Ontario-based Canopy Growth said in a news release it expects its shares to begin trading on the NYSE “before the end of May” under the symbol CGC.

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How India can become a global cannabis leader: Q&A with Bombay Hemp’s Avnish Pandya

India’s medical marijuana industry will blossom if companies use science to convince regulators that MMJ is an effective medicine. That’s the view of the country’s only licensed medical cannabis cultivator. Avnish Pandya, co-founder of Bombay Hemp Company, said the best way to develop India’s medical marijuana industry is for companies to work with regulators to […]

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Kevin O’Leary of ‘Shark Tank’: Institutional investors want to wager on cannabis – just not yet

Big institutional investors are sitting on billions of dollars they’d like to pump into the marijuana industry, but that’s not likely to happen as long as cannabis remains illegal in the eyes of Uncle Sam, according to investment mogul Kevin O’Leary. “The amount of capital that wants to come into this space is unprecedented,” said […]

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