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Ottawa to speed up approval process for pot producers

The federal government is getting ready to drastically speed up its licensing process to increase the numbers of companies that are authorized to produce marijuana for the recreational market that will open up in the first half of 2018, sources said.

A senior federal official said that in addition to tabling legislation to legalize marijuana on Thursday, the federal government will announce a push to authorize new producers of marijuana. At this point, there are 42 companies that have the necessary authorizations from Health Canada to produce marijuana for medical purposes across the country.

The official said the current holders of licences will have a head start once the market is opened up to recreational users, but added that the federal government will add staff and resources at Health Canada to speed up the approval process for new producers

A key concern is ensuring that the supply of marijuana will meet the demand for the drug once it is legalized by the unofficial deadline of July 1, 2018. As Ottawa works toward squeezing out illegal producers of marijuana, federal officials are worried that a shortage of cannabis would hurt their plans in the initial stages of legalization.

Another priority for the government will be to ensure that there is a broad variety of producers of marijuana serving the recreational market, and not just the existing network that includes many large-scale facilities.

“It’s obvious that the producers who are already licensed have an advantage going in. But there is also a clear desire on the government’s part to have a mix of big and small producers,” said the federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of the tabling of the legislation.

“There is a great deal of awareness to the needs of smaller producers in the government,” the official added.

Federal officials said the government will table its legislation on Thursday, but that a number of key issues will only be addressed in the rules and regulations that will be unveiled at a later date.

Ottawa will give itself broad powers to oversee the production of marijuana and to design rules on the marketing of the product, which are expected to be similar to the ones that govern Canada’s tobacco industry.

The federal government will leave the provinces and territories entirely in charge of overseeing the distribution and sale of marijuana, in line with Canada’s alcohol regime.

“We are going to let them make their own choices on the sales side,” the federal official said. “It’s going to be similar to the situation with alcohol. In Alberta, it’s in the hands of the private sector, whereas in Quebec and Ontario, it’s run by the state.”

After it is tabled in the House, the legislation to legalize marijuana will be studied in committee. At the same time, the provinces will be expected to develop their own plans to distribute and sell the product.

The federal government will also be working to develop an “interim system” by which marijuana would be available across Canada even if some provinces do not develop their own distribution mechanisms quickly enough. Sources said the project remains in development, although Canada Post could deliver recreational marijuana by mail, as it currently does with medical marijuana.

The federal legislation will be inspired in large part by a task force led by former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan, which proposed a complete legalization model in a well-received report last year.

The task force urged the government to allow Canadians to buy or carry 30 grams of marijuana for personal use, and to grow up to four plants at home. The task force also recommended a system that would feature storefront sales and mail-order distribution, and allow a wide range of producers to operate legally, including “craft” growers and the current producers of medical marijuana.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has already endorsed one of its key recommendations: that marijuana should be legal for people who are of legal drinking age – 18 or 19 years old, depending on the province they live in.

Original Article: DANIEL LEBLANC, Ottawa — The Globe and Mail, Published Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017 12:31PM EDT

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Invest In MJ News (#IMJ) Update for March 15 2017

As we mentioned a few days ago, we are in a healthy correction in the Cannabis sector for stock price and valuations.  In Canada, the valuations of the licensed producers have gotten way ahead of itself over the last few months; they should start to build a base during the summer before moving higher going into fall and winter of 2018.

Looks like the sector will move sideways for some time, this creates a good trading opportunity, new entry points for new positions or adding to existing positions.  Sign up for our newsletter to get more ideas on investing and trading the MJ Stocks.

One of the companies we provide coverage on is Emblem Cannabis, the chart below is some initial technical analysis we provide as part of our research.  You can view price charts and company info on Emblem from our company directory.  Our latest news letter provides more details on Emblem, investment and trading strategies. 

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Our company directory listing provides detailed information on various publicly traded companies including price charts.  You are welcome to use the charting tool and perform your own technical analysis to the price action of the company’s stock. 

Latest Company Financing News:

Organigram Announces Issuance of Stock Options

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - March 14, 2017) - Organigram Holdings Inc. (TSX VENTURE:OGI)(OTCQB:OGRMF) ("Organigram" or the "Company") announces that it has issued an aggregate of 1,500,000 incentive stock options to Greg Engel, a director of the Company and the Company's Chief Executive Officer, at an exercise price of $2.36 per share. View Company Directory Listing on #IMJ

Kitrinor Metals Inc. and Scythian Biosciences Inc. Announce Closing of Subscription Receipt Financing of $13,085,000 With Strategic Lead Investment From Aphria Inc.
Scythian Biosciences Inc. is developing a proprietary Cannabinoid combination therapy for the prevention and treatment of concussions and traumatic brain injury

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 14, 2017) - NOT FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES OR FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES

Further to the press release dated February 21, 2017, Kitrinor Metals Inc. (TSX VENTURE:KIT) (the "Company") and Scythian Biosciences Inc. ("Scythian"), a company incorporated under the federal laws of Canada, are pleased to announce that Scythian completed an initial tranche of a brokered private placement offering of subscription receipts ("Subscription Receipts") led by Clarus Securities Inc. (the "Lead Agent"), together with Haywood Securities Inc. and Canaccord Genuity Corp. (collectively, the "Agents"), for gross proceeds of C$13,085,000 (the "Offering"). 

GrowGeneration Secures $1,650,000 in Capital From Merida Capital Partners to Continue to Fuel Growth
DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - March 14, 2017) - GrowGeneration Corp. (OTCQB: GRWG)

METATRON (OTC PINK: MRNJ) Announces $1,000,000 Reg A Capital Raise to fund Cannabis & Vaporize, a Secure Chat App
DOVER, DE--(Marketwired - Mar 14, 2017)

 

 

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As investors flock to Canada’s burgeoning marijuana sector, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government is signaling recreational pot sales aren’t imminent.

Lawmaker Bill Blair -- the former Toronto police chief leading Trudeau’s legalization effort -- confirmed a bill is due in parliament this spring, but it won’t be the last hurdle as ample regulatory work remains. The federal government will take its time and work with provinces, territories and cities to build a framework and develop specific regulations, he said.

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The government is also looking for ways to control production, distribution and consumption of legalized marijuana, while testing it for quality and keeping it out of the hands of minors, Mr. Blair said.

“We will take as much time as it takes to do it right,” Mr. Blair, the parliamentary secretary to Canada’s justice minister, said in an interview Monday. “I’m pretty reluctant to suggest a specific time frame, frankly, because I don’t know how long this will take in each of our 10 provinces and three territories.”

Mr. Blair’s comments come as Canada’s nascent marijuana industry balloons, with investor optimism being fueled by analyst estimates that recreational sales could start as early as 2018.

The government’s plan to introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 “could pave the way for the legal sale of recreational cannabis by 2018,” Canaccord Genuity analysts Matt Bottomley and Neil Maruoka said in a November research note. Canada’s recreational pot industry has the potential to reach $6-billion in sales by 2021 if legalization occurs along “expected timelines,” according to the note.

Canopy Growth Corp. became the first marijuana unicorn in 2016 and had a valuation of $1.9-billion on Monday. Other producers, including Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Aphria Inc.Inc., have seen their share prices surge more than 400 per cent in the past 12 months.

Canopy shares fell as much as 7.5 per cent in Toronto while Aurora tumbled 5.1 per cent and Aphria slid 3 per cent.

Dampened Buzz

“If they delay, there’s going to be a lot of eggs that are going to break in this business,” Chris Damas, an analyst at BCMI Research in Barrie, Ont., said by phone Monday. “The valuations are extreme.”

Licensed marijuana producers are in the midst of expanding their capacity and there will be a “huge amount” of excess cannabis if Canada delays legalization, Damas said. The analyst said Mr. Blair’s previous comments suggest it’s unlikely the government will introduce a bill by June and companies with huge valuations “won’t have any serious business” if the recreational market takes longer to come to fruition.

“There could be a lot of disappointment,” he said.

In a separate interview Monday with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., Mr. Blair said the government was going to design a legalized marijuana system that included measurement and testing of products, as well as enforcement. While the proposed legislation is due this spring, “it’s not sufficient to simply come forward with a bill,” he said.

The government may also explore ways to direct revenue from marijuana sales to funding additional drug treatment, including for fentanyl as Canada grapples with an opioid crisis, he added.

Since taking a position on legalization ahead of the 2015 election, Trudeau has gradually turned toward emphasizing safety, saying regularly it shouldn’t be easier for youth to buy marijuana than to buy beer. Putting the file in the hands of a prominent law-enforcement veteran is another signal the government is approaching legalization with an eye to tight regulation.

Blair declined to comment on whether the regulations could be finalized by 2018 -- an expected election year in Ontario, home to Canopy and other companies -- or 2019, when the next federal election is scheduled.

The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation issued a report in December that recommends the Canadian government regulate the production of marijuana while provinces control the distribution and retail sales, including through dedicated storefronts with well-trained staff or by mail.

Original Post: JEN SKERRITT AND JOSH WINGROVE

Bloomberg News, Published Tuesday, Mar. 07, 2017 2:10PM EST

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THE GREEN ORGANIC DUTCHMAN HOLDINGS LTD. PROVIDES SHAREHOLDER UPDATE AND ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION NON-BROKERED FINANCING

Dear Shareholders,
 
It is with great pleasure that I address you today as shareholders of our company, The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (“TGOD”).  Our Company has recently made major developments that I would like to report on. Additionally, I would like to announce a new financing.
 
Firstly, I would like to thank all of you who participated in our last financing, which I’m pleased to report was oversubscribed by 300%, allowing us to close on $13,200,000 with over 1,300 new shareholders.
 
Please always remember that we are a shareholder driven company, managed and directed by our shareholders.
 
UPDATE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The company successfully completed a heavily over-subscribed $13,200,000 initial financing
  • TGOD has secured an additional and contiguous 75-acre property bringing the incumbent land package to 100 acres,
  • The company has added significantly to both the corporate, operational and project management teams
  • Engineering and design for Phase 1 Expansion of 145,000 sq. ft. commenced in January. This expansion will increase the current annual productive capacity from 1,000KG’s to over 14,000KG’s.
  • Engaged Larssen Greenhouse Engineering, who specialises in the technical design and building of the most modern and sophisticated hybrid-greenhouses in the industry
  • Stratigic Partnership formed with Eaton, one of the worlds larget power management and energy optimization companies
  • Stratigic Partnership formed with Ledcor, one of Canadas largest construction management companies
  • TGOD announces it last planned financing prior to IPO
     

PROPERTY ACQUISITION
The Company secured 75-acres of contiguous land, directly adjoining the currently ACMPR licensed production facility. This additional land sets TGOD apart from much of its peers, allowing for large-scale and accelerated expansion plans.
 
PHASE 1 EXPANSION
Engineering and design for our Phase 1 expansion are well underway, and management anticipates construction to begin late in Q2, 2017. The Company has expedited its original plan and increased its size and scope, we will be executing on Phase 1, two-part expansion:
Hybrid Expansion:

  • A 125,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art, automated, hybrid facility
  • Additional annual capacity of ~11,000KG’s
  • Anticipated Q2 2018 initial harvest

Enclosed Expansion:

  • A 20,000 sq. ft. State of the art indoor facility
  • Additional annual capacity of ~2,000KG’s
  • Anticipated Q1 2018 initial harvest

Following the completion of the Phase 1 expansion, TGOD’s production capacity is expected to be ~14,000KG’s annually. The Company has built a team of highly experienced power, energy optimization and construction professionals to ensure this expansion is delivered not only on-time and on-budget but also completed to the highest possible standards, potentially setting a new standard for our industry.
 
OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT TEAM ADDITIONS (full bios can be found in presentation)
Amer Cheema, M.Sc. (Hons.): Agriculture and a PhD Candidate in Post-Harvest Biology

  • Award winning head grower with +20 years experience in production & management of high-tech commercial greenhouses

 
Lola Millerman, B.Sc. in Biology from UBC

  • Senior Microbiologis and Labratory Supervisor with Nestle Canada

 
Brandan Leroux, M. Sc. Candidate: Environmental & Life Science, Trent University

  • Developed and implemented a research thesis in plant genetics with emphasis on environmental resource allocations specifically related to vegetative and sexual propagation

 
Chad Rigby, BSc in Environmental Biology from the University of Guelph, minor in Plant Sciences and Plant Biochemistry

  • Previously worked with another licesed producer as production assistant

 
CORPORATE MANAGEMENT TEAM ADDITIONS: (full bios can be found in presentation)
Jim Shone, MBA Queens, CFA

  • 20 years in the Canadian financial services industry, focused on small to medium sized enterprises. 12 years commercial banking experience (BDC for 7 years and factoring company for 4 ½ years)

Stevan Perry

  • 20+ years as senior energy services and major projects business development executive. Successfully developed and delivered on business models and project plans for fortune 100 companies such as Honeywell and Eaton.

Matt Schmidt, MBA Laurier University

  • Previously Vice President, Investment Banking at Echelon Wealth Partners - responsible for the firm’s initiation into the Canadian Cannabis sector

Danny Brody

  • 10+ years’ experience in finance and holds a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation from the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI).  Previously Director of IR at Emblem Corp.

ADVISORS ADDITIONS: (full bios can be found in presentation)
Brian Ast, MBA, CFA, P.Eng

  • +20 years experience in project bid managemnt, contract and cost control for both the public and private sector. Curreently Director, Public & Private Partnerships with Honewell Building Solutions 

Harold Ruckpaul

  • 31 years of technical, operational and sales management experience with developing and implementing power systems solutions to primary mar­ket segments on a global scale.

Justin Fraser

  • 20+ years’ experience in team building, including the ability to select and implement strategic relationships for optimal business performance.  Currently Chairman & CEO of the Trades Labour Group.

We hope that you can appreciate the amount of work that has been accomplished in such a short period of time (just over 60 days), and we are not going to slow down, but rather pick-up the pace now that we have rounded out our operational, management and project construction teams. To keep you informed of our developments on a regular basis Danny Brody, VP IR will be sending out a monthly update and our IR department always welcomes your calls.

It is our belief that the foundation of this company is our shareholders and this is your company. As we the managing shareholders are hard at work we would like to call on all the other shareholders from time to time to help grow OUR business. This is one of those times, it is imperative to our business plan that we brand the TGOD name, create awareness of our upcoming product offerings from a grass roots level (all of you) and increase the number of shareholders. So, if you think you know someone that would like to learn about TGOD please take a moment and send a copy of our presentation to those interested parties.

This is the best way to grow any business and remember this is your Company.

In closing, we would like to announce the details of a proposed non-brokered equity financing to raise a minimum of $10,000,000.

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (“Company”) is pleased to announce that it is conducting a best efforts equity financing to raise aggregate gross proceeds of $10,000,000 (the “Offering”) through the issuance of common share units (the "Units") at a price of $1.15 per Unit.  Each Unit will consist of one common share of the Company (a "Common Share") and one common share purchase warrant of the Company (a "Warrant"). Each Warrant is exercisable into one Common Share (the "Warrant Share") at the exercise price of $2.15 per share for a period of 24 months from the closing date (“Closing Date”) of the Offering.  It is intended that the Warrants will be transferable and will be subject to acceleration in the event that the volume weighted average price of the Common Shares is equal to or greater than $2.80 over a period of ten consecutive days. The Common Shares and Warrants will be subject to a six-month contractual escrow period from the date the Company’s common shares (or derivative thereof) are listed on an exchange (“Listing Date”). The Warrant Shares will be subject to a twelve-month contractual escrow period from the Closing Date.
 
"This is a unique retail shareholder driven financing, that allows as many potential patients to participate as an investor, in the upside of our Company," states Rob Anderson, CEO of TGOD.
 
Please note that if you have an interest in the financing contact our IR department.
To view a copy of the Company’s full corporate presentation please visit:

http://greenorganicdutchman.com/dl/TGOD.pdf
 
CONTACT INFORMATION :
Brett Allan
Email:
ballan@tgod.ca
Phone: 905-304-4201
www.tgod.ca
 
ABOUT GREEN ORGANIC DUTCHMAN
The Green Organic Dutchman Ltd. Produces Farm Grown, Pharma Grade Organic Cannabis. The Company grows high quality, organically grown medical cannabis in small batches using craft growing, all natural principles.  The Green Organic Dutchman Ltd. is licensed under the access to cannabis for medical purposes regulations (ACMPR) to cultivate medical marijuana, and carries out its principal activities producing marijuana from its facilities in Ancaster, Ont., pursuant to the provisions of the ACMPR and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) and its regulations.
This update contains forward-looking information, which involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual events to differ materially from current expectation. Important factors -- including the availability of funds, the results of financing efforts and the parties' due diligence reviews, and general market conditions -- that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The company disclaims any intention or obligation, except to the extent required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking statements

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Germany Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Germany’s lower house of parliament passed a bill legalizing the production, sale and use of medical marijuana Thursday, Jan. 19 in Berlin.

The bill limits the sale and use of cannabis to those patients “in very limited exceptional cases,” such as with patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain, and lack of appetite or nausea related to cancer treatments. Those patients will not be allowed to grow their own medicine at home.

As restrictive as this program might sound, it is an improvement to what existed. Until this law was passed, medical cannabis was only available on a case-by-case basis, as allowed by German authorities. This bill allows patients to get a prescription from their doctor, which can be filled at local pharmacies.

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