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BMO first major bank to lead marijuana equity financing with Canopy Growth Corp

Editors Notes: This is exciting news to see a major bank in Canada finally participate in the Cannabis industry and start financing larger cannabis licensed producers, the fact that Canopy has a $7 Billion dollar market cap and now big banks are investing in the space gives credibility to the Canadian cannabis sector.

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Bank of Montreal became the first major Canadian bank to lead an equity financing for a public company in the medical marijuana sector, underwriting a $175-million stock sale for Canopy Growth Corp.

The bank's capital-markets arm and GMP Capital Inc. will be the co-lead underwriters on the bought deal financing, which was announced after the markets closed Wednesday. The deal was done at a price of $34.60 per share, or 8 percent below the company's closing share price on Wednesday.

Pot stocks have whipsawed in recent weeks, climbing sharply at the start of 2018 before selling off amid concerns about regulatory changes in the United States. Canopy, the largest Canadian public company in the cannabis sector with a market capitalization of $7.2-billion, has seen its shares climb 26 percent since the start of the year – yet they have fallen more than 10 percent since Jan. 9.

Canada's big banks have been hesitant to get involved in a visible way in the burgeoning marijuana sector because they have significant operations in the United States, where there is considerable conflict and uncertainty surrounding marijuana laws. The drug is legal in many U.S. states, at least for medical use, and on Jan. 1 California became the largest state to legalize it for recreational use for adults. Yet it is still illegal under U.S. federal law.

Since Canopy is one of the Canadian-headquartered cannabis companies that has no operations in the United States, it is considered a safer one for banks to do business with.

BMO was "very grueling about the fact that they are not looking to work with companies that break American law," said Bruce Linton, chief executive officer at Canopy.

Canopy's size and inclusion in the S&P/TSX composite index also means that it has a broader following among institutional investors.

"I think this signals a new normal," Mr. Linton added, referring to BMO entering the sector. "What I think is going to happen is the institutional buyers who've said we don't really do this because banks don't do this are going to say 'shoot, we really should do this.'"

Canopy is raising funds at a particularly tumultuous moment for the industry.

Days ago, U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions revoked Obama-era guidelines, referred to as the Cole Memo, that limited how federal prosecutors could investigate and prosecute state-licensed marijuana production and distribution.

At the same time, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has said it is rethinking existing rules that allow marijuana firms with U.S. operations to go public on the stock market and raise money in Canada, as long as they disclose the legal risks they face south of the border.

Bank of Montreal has a relatively new CEO -- 46-year-old Darryl White took the top job last November -- who is a former investment banker. The bank has an extensive retail network in the U.S., along with significant U.S. capital markets operations. However, this deal doesn't indicate that the bank would be willing to support deals with cross-border cannabis companies.

Executives at Canada's other bank-owned investment dealers are expected to re-visit their policies on taking part in cannabis financings in the wake of BMO's participation in the Canopy Growth offering. An executive at a rival bank said late Wednesday: "We are reviewing our interpretation of the rules as we speak, and I imagine every other bank is doing the same."

The deal comes amid a hot market for financings related to marijuana stocks. Already, the amount raised in equity deals since the start of 2018 is closing in on $700-million in Canada. Until now, deals have largely been led by independent investment dealers such as GMP Capital Inc., Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. and Eight Capital, with the capital-markets arms of the Big Six banks on the sidelines.

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The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. Increases Financing to $36,000,000 to Accommodate Retail Demand

The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. Increases Financing to $36,000,000 to Accommodate Retail Demand - October 31, 2017

Further to the press release dated October 5th, 2017, The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (the “Company” or “TGOD”) is pleased to announce a further increase to its non-brokered offering (the “Offering”) of 3,636,050 units (“Units”) at the price of $1.65 per Unit, for total aggregate gross cash proceeds of $36,000,112 from both the Offering and the concurrent brokered offering.

The Company will provide investors with an offering memorandum (the “OM”), which will allow non-accredited investors across Canada and international jurisdictions to participate in the Offering.

“From day one we have implemented an inclusive ‘retail first’ approach at TGOD, and this financing is a continuation of that effort. This OM allows non-accredited retail investors the unique opportunity to become shareholders of our Company before our Initial Public Offering,” stated Danny Brody, Vice President of Investor Relations.

The terms of the Offering remain unchanged, with each Unit consisting of one common share of the Company (a "Common Share") and one-half common share purchase warrant of the Company (a "Warrant"). Each whole Warrant is exercisable into one Common Share (the "Warrant Share") at the exercise price of $3.00 per Warrant Share and has an expiry date that is the earlier of (a) 36 months from the date the Common Shares commence trading on a recognized stock exchange (the "Listing Date"), and (b) February 28, 2021. The Company will make all reasonable efforts to ensure the Warrants are listed on the same exchange on which the Common Shares are listed.

The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to advance the Company’s cannabis facilities in Ontario and Quebec and for general working capital purposes.

Investors looking to learn more about TGOD may visit the Company’s Investor Centre at or contact the Company at, and patients may now register for the Company’s beta patient program at

Best Regards,

The Green Organic Dutchman Team

T: 1 (905) 304-4201



Admin Notes: Visit The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd Company Directory Listing on Invest In MJ.

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Transaction Unites Canada’s Two Strongest Cannabis Brands, and Establishes World’s Largest Publicly-Traded Cannabis Producer

June 24, 2015 – Toronto and Smiths Falls, Canada – Tweed Marijuana Inc. (“TMI” or “Tweed”) (TSXV: TWD), operator of licensed cannabis producers Tweed Inc. and Tweed Farms Inc., and Bedrocan Cannabis Corp. (“Bedrocan Canada”) (TSXV: BED) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a definitive arrangement agreement, pursuant to which TMI will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of Bedrocan Canada. TMI will be renamed at its annual meeting of shareholders to reflect its evolution as a multi-brand holding company. This acquisition marks the beginning of the structured evolution of the Canadian cannabis sector, and it is intended that TMI’s portfolio of technologies, brands and geographies will continue to expand.

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SAN DIEGO, May 18, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cannabis has been illegal in Brazil – regardless of whether the origin is from marijuana or hemp. That has all changed thanks to two mothers, one in the United States and one in Brazil – and Real Scientific Hemp Oil™ (RSHO™), a Medical Marijuana, Inc.-marketed hemp product via its partnership with HempMeds Brasil™.

Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC Pink:MJNA) is proud to announce to shareholders and the public that HempMeds Brasil's™ RSHO™ product has been written into world history as the first cannabis product to be approved for import by Brazil's federal government and used as a prescription for approved medical indications within Brazil including epilepsy (CDKL5 and Dravet Syndrome). HempMeds Brasil™ is providing the RSHO™ exclusively for the Brazilian marketplace while under temporary broad approval for additional medical indications, subject to clinical trials within the country.

Today, any resident of Brazil who has a government-approved medical indication can have access to RSHO™ hemp oil products and may do so with both a doctor's prescription and government-approved import documentation. ANVISA has issued a statement on the agency's website, featuring a photo of a tube of RSHO™ from HempMeds Brasil™, and explains how to apply for an import certificate. Currently the product is approved via direct registration from an individual consumer, HempMeds Brasil™ has been working for over a year on its formal product drug application and submission. The company expects this to take through 2015 to complete.

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