Friday, 28 February 2020

Investor Ideas #Potcasts; #Cannabis News and #Stocks on the Move; (OTCQB: $PBIO), (TSX: $TRST.TO) (NYSE: $CTST) (TSXV: $NDVA.V) (TSXV: $JWCA.V)



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Delta, Kelowna, BC, February 28, 2020 (Investorideas.com Newswire) www.Investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors including marijuana and hemp stocks and its potcast site, www.potcasts.ca  release today’s podcast edition of  cannabis news and stocks to watch plus insight from thought leaders and experts.

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Good afternoon and welcome to another episode of Investorideas.com "Potcast" featuring cannabis news, stocks to watch as well as insights from thought leaders and experts.

In today’s podcast we look at a few public announcements.

Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTCQB: PBIO), a leader in the development and sale of broadly enabling, pressure-based instruments, consumables, and platform technology solutions to the worldwide biotechnology, biotherapeutics, and other industries, announced the official opening of its new Ultra Shear Technology™ ("UST™") Demonstration Laboratory.  The UST Demo Lab is located in the Company's South Easton, Massachusetts facility.

A major purpose of the UST Demo Lab is to showcase the ability of the Company's revolutionary UST Platform to process CBD oil into true, high quality, water-soluble nanoemulsions. It is expected that nanoemulsions of CBD will be more stable, have superior aesthetic quality, and offer higher bioavailability than the standard macro/microemulsions used in most CBD products today (Nanoemulsions, in Handbook of Nanomaterials in Industrial Applications, Ghodake and Patravale, 2018).  A second purpose is to invite potential purchasers of the Company's UST-based BaroShear Systems (initial release expected Q4 2020) to evaluate how their CBD and other product formulations work with the Company's revolutionary UST platform.

This Company today released a new short video demonstrating how CBD oil from an independent manufacturer was processed into a clear, water-soluble nanoemulsion using a UST-based, first generation BaroShear system. The video shows the CBD oil and water mixture prior to and after UST processing.

Link to new short video showcasing the UST Demonstration Lab: PBI UST CBD Video

Kenneth F. Micciche, Director of PBI's UST Program, said: "We processed samples of CBD oil formulations from several highly interested companies over the past two months, in an effort to optimize the service we announced today.  The results speak for themselves: one group (Vegas CBD Factory) ordered six BaroShear K45 systems (for Q4 2020 delivery and installation).  We believe several more companies who participated in the early evaluation process are close to giving us their purchase orders.  The ability to showcase the UST platform in real life, and see the final product first-hand, has been shown to be vital to our marketing efforts.  As has been said in the past: 'build it and they will come'. The opening of the UST Demo Lab is a critical accomplishment in our UST sales and marketing strategy."

Richard T. Schumacher, President and CEO of PBI commented: "The initial reactions from manufacturers of topical and ingestible cannabidiol products processed in our lab during the trial period have been extremely positive. They quickly saw how they could realize substantial cost reductions while eliminating the overloading of poorly water-soluble CBD and other cannabinoids into products to achieve targeted dosing levels. We believe our breakthrough technology platform provides them with a new-found ability to provide safe and effective dosing for their customers, which in turn should stimulate greater growth in the market for CBD-based products overall, and strong sales of our BaroShear product line when it is released to the market later this year."

CannTrust Holdings Inc. (TSX: TRST) (NYSE: CTST) announced that on February 27, 2020 the Company received written notification from the New York Stock Exchange that CannTrust is no longer in compliance with the NYSE's continued listing standard rules because the per share trading price of the Company's common shares has fallen below the NYSE's share price rule.  The NYSE requires the average closing price of a listed company's common shares to be at least US $1.00 per share over a consecutive 30 trading-day period. As of February 25, 2020, the 30 trading-day average closing price of the Company's common shares was US $0.99.

In accordance with the NYSE's rules, CannTrust has six months from the receipt of the notice to regain compliance. During this time period, the Company's common shares will continue to be listed and trade on the NYSE as usual.

Under NYSE rules, CannTrust can regain compliance at any time during the six-month period if its common shares have a closing price of at least US $1.00 on the last trading day of any calendar month during the period and also have an average closing price of at least US $1.00 over the 30 trading-day period ending on the last trading day of that month or on the last day of the cure period.

Indiva Limited (TSXV:NDVA) (OTCQX:NDVAF) and Lift & Co. Corp. (TSXV:LIFT) (OTCQB:LFCOF) announced the release of Indiva’s CannSell branded education module. The CannSell certification program, created by Lift & Co., in exclusive partnership with MADD Canada, is currently utilized in eight Canadian jurisdictions. CannSell also serves as the provincially-mandated training program for all cannabis retail workers in Ontario. These frontline staff members are responsible for educating consumers on the safe use of cannabis where it is sold. The Indiva education experience on the CannSell platform offers an overview of the Company, its product portfolio, and its commitment to quality, innovation and sustainability.

“We are proud to partner with Lift & Co. in educating this important community about Indiva and our products,” Niel Marotta, Indiva’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “Many consumers do not know what to purchase prior to entering a store. Budtenders are a great first point of contact for those interested in learning more about cannabis. Their guidance makes cannabis more accessible and helps Canadians make informed decisions. We look forward to staying connected to the budtender community and working in partnership with organizations like Lift & Co. to educate the public about cannabis, cannabis products and responsible use.”

“Through the CannSell platform, Lift & Co. is able to support brands like Indiva to deliver brand education directly to Canadian budtenders who are critical to consumers’ cannabis education and eventual purchase decisions,” Matei Olaru, CEO of Lift & Co., said. “Whether it’s through this platform, lift.co or Cohesion, Lift & Co.’s entire platform connects brands like Indiva to consumers through several key touchpoints.”

James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation (TSXV: JWCA.V) (OTCQX: JWCAF) announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with CannNext BV, a company based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, pursuant to which JWC will assist CannNext with its tender to the Government of the Netherlands for a licence to produce medical cannabis in the Netherlands.

In support of CannNext’s Tender, JWC has provided certain necessary commitments and attestations required by the Government of the Netherlands. In addition, in connection with the Tender process and, if the Tender is successful, the resulting anticipated production of medical cannabis in the Netherlands, JWC will provide CannNext with industry knowledge and experience related to the cultivation and production of medical cannabis for a consumer market.

The MOU outlines the parties’ intention to collaborate in developing cannabis cultivation best-practices. This will involve research and development related to strains, grow methods and lighting practices. JWC and CannNext also intend to negotiate a definitive agreement pursuant to which CannNext will agree to represent JWC in the Netherlands and the European Union for licensing of JWC’s GrowthSTORM™ technology. JWC will also acquire a minority equity position in CannNext.

CannNext is  focused on the research and development related to improving yields for controlled medical cannabis cultivation both for and with its own clients. CannNext’s state-of-the-art government licensed, research facility is also located in the Netherlands, and can be immediately converted to production.

“We believe that shaping alliances with companies that focus on high-end medical cannabis will benefit both parties to realize a global reach and leverage combined knowledge”, says Eric Uleman, managing director of CannNext. “Combining the long-standing cultivation knowledge of JWC and our focus on light and grow strategies, will result in increasing our chances of becoming a winner in the Dutch tender. We visited the JWC site at 530 Manitou Drive, Kitchener, Ontario, and found that it aligns with our view of how a best-in-class indoor facility would look. JWC delivers the best medical product for patients driven by personal passion and its advanced cultivation technology.”

“Our proprietary GrowthSTORM™ technology is the foundation for our success here in Canada,” says Nathan Woodworth, CEO and President of JWC. We believe by sharing our technology and knowledge with CannNext, we will establish an important gateway to the European Union Market. The Netherlands has reputation for being a frontrunner in medical cannabis and represents one of the largest recreational markets in the world.”

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Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Investor Ideas #Potcasts; #Cannabis News and #Stocks on the Move; (TSXV: $VLNS.V) (TSX: $VFF.TO) (NASDAQ: $VFF) (CSE: $HOLL.C) (CSE: $AUSA.C)



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Delta, Kelowna, BC, February 26, 2020 (Investorideas.com Newswire) www.Investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors including marijuana and hemp stocks and its potcast site, www.potcasts.ca  release today’s podcast edition of  cannabis news and stocks to watch plus insight from thought leaders and experts.

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Good afternoon and welcome to another episode of Investorideas.com "Potcast" featuring cannabis news, stocks to watch as well as insights from thought leaders and experts.

In today’s podcast we look at a few public announcements.

But first, With momentum building for the use of psychedelic substances in the treatment of mental illness, addiction and trauma, Vancouver-based Numinus Wellness Inc. is now one of the first in-market, fully integrated companies in the psychedelic space in North America.

Numinus is an operating company at the forefront of the transformative change in treating the growing prevalence of mental health issues and desire for greater wellness. The company was created from the merger of Salvation Botanicals and Numinus Wellness Inc. and aims to go public via an RTO with Rojo Resources in Q1 2020, subject to exchange approval. Psychedelic therapies have been designated breakthrough therapy status by the FDA due to their promising therapeutic potential.

"While we are excited about the future of psychedelics, these substances will not be approved for recreational use; this is not cannabis," says Numinus CEO and Founder Payton Nyquvest. "Psychedelics are therapeutic, where the application of these substances will only happen in safe, controlled treatment environments."

Through Salvation Labs (a Numinus subsidiary), Numinus has a dealer's licence which allows Numinus to test, possess, buy and sell MDMA, psilocybin, psilocin, DMT and mescaline. Numinus is seeking to expand the licence to include activities such as import/export, testing and R&D. The expanded licence will allow Numinus to support the growing number of studies on the potential benefits of psychedelic therapies through the supply and distribution of these substances.

Numinus is currently operating a stand-alone centre offering patients integrative health solutions to help heal, connect and grow. A purpose-built facility is planned for Vancouver in 2020.

The company's goal is to create and operate a network of wellness centres offering a unique set of treatments that can be specifically developed for each individual. In future and when approved for use by appropriate regulatory bodies, Numinus aims to guide suitable candidates in the use of psychedelics. Numinus would conduct these therapies working in partnership with various health and research organizations.

Numinus is led by Payton Nyquvest and Stacey Wallin, proven entrepreneurs and business leaders who have benefitted from transformative therapies in their own lives. The pair has built a strong network of executives, advisors and partners to take Numinus to the market.
"The societal costs of mental illness, addictions, trauma and unmet human potential are much too high," Nyquvest says. "New approaches, new treatments and new ways of thinking are required — solutions where the world of health care and technology collide — to help individuals and communities heal, discover meaning and make deeper connections."

Valens GroWorks Corp. (TSXV: VLNS) (OTCQX: VLNCF) reported its financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended November 30, 2019.

Key Financial Highlights of the Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2019
     Revenue increased to $58.1 million for the fiscal year 2019. For the fourth quarter of 2019 revenue increased to $30.6 million, an 86.0% increase over the third quarter and above the high-end of the guidance range announced on December 16, 2019.
     Revenue of $1.25 per gram of input in the fourth quarter of 2019, compared to $0.61 per gram of input in the third quarter of 2019.
     Gross profit increased to $41.4 million, or 71.2% of revenue for the fiscal year 2019. For the fourth quarter of 2019, gross profit increased to $22.6 million, or 73.8% of revenue, compared to $12.8 million, or 77.8% of revenue for the third quarter of 2019.
     Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $27.4 million for the fiscal year 2019. For the fourth quarter of 2019, adjusted EBITDA was $17.7 million, or 57.7% of revenue, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $9.8 million, or 59.4% of revenue, in the third quarter.
     Strong balance sheet with $58.7 million in cash and short-term investments and a net working capital position of $88.2 million as at November 30, 2019.

"In Fiscal 2019 we added significant scale to our operations and became the largest white label product development, manufacturing and third-party extraction company in Canada," said Tyler Robson, CEO of Valens. "Our multi-year extraction contracts with industry leading players positioned us as the partner of choice in the industry and drove significant revenue, gross profit and adjusted EBITDA growth. In the second half of 2019, we broadened our offering to include white label product development and we now produce a broad portfolio of safe, consistent and innovative products to help our partners build brands and differentiate themselves in the market. These white label product development initiatives contributed to record revenues in the fourth quarter of 2019 as new and existing customers pushed to roll out Cannabis 2.0 oil-based products into the market. Our margins in the fourth quarter also remained strong and were only slightly lower than our Q3 results.  However, we do expect this type of margin contraction to continue in the coming quarters as we build out our infrastructure and execute on our strategic shift towards becoming a next generation product company which offers increased opportunity and greater EBITDA per input gram but a more conservative margin profile.  This strategic shift is now well underway and our white label contracts now outnumber our extraction contracts, and include top-tier names such as BRNT, Shoppers Drug Mart and Iconic Brewing."

Hollister Biosciences Inc. (CSE: HOLL) (OTC: HSTRF), a vertically integrated cannabis branding company with products in 220 dispensaries throughout California, announced that the Company signed a Letter of Intent on February 20th, 2020 to acquire Venom Extracts, one of Arizona's premier extract brands and one of the state's largest producers of award-winning medical cannabis distillate and related products.

For the year ended December 31, 2019, Venom Extracts reports having generated CDN$ 16.4 million in revenue and CDN$ 2.48 million in EBIDTA from its product line of Cannabis Concentrates, P.H.O Concentrates and Cartridges. Hollister cautions that revenue and EBITDA figures have not yet been audited and are based on reports prepared by Venom management. Though Hollister believes the figures to be highly reliable, their audit will be part of the due diligence before closing.   
  
The all stock purchase price is anticipated to be CDN$ 20,000,000, with 70% to be paid upfront and 30% to be paid upon milestone achievements. The acquisition is expected to close by March 31, 2020 subject to normal course due diligence.

 "Venom has established itself as a leading extraction operation with a prominent brand in the Arizona marketplace", said Carl Saling, Founder and CEO of Hollister Biosciences Inc.  "We feel this acquisition will present a great deal of opportunity for synergy between Hollister and Venom, providing avenues for both companies into the Arizona, California and additional marketplaces for cannabis products.  Venom Extracts has a highly skilled and experienced management team with a track record for operational excellence.  This transaction is highly accretive and represents a fundamental part of the future growth of both companies."

Village Farms International, Inc. (TSX: VFF) (NASDAQ: VFF) announced its majority-owned joint venture for large-scale, low-cost, high-quality cannabis production, Pure Sunfarms, has begun shipping branded, packaged dried cannabis products to Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis ("AGLC"), the provincial wholesaler of recreational adult-use cannabis products to private retailers in Alberta and the only authorized online retailer in Alberta (AlbertaCannabis.org). Pure Sunfarms expects its products to be available to retail customers in Alberta beginning next week.

With the launch of Pure Sunfarms' products in Alberta, Pure Sunfarms' products will be available in three of Canada's four most populous provinces (Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta) and accessible to nearly two-thirds of the Canadian recreational cannabis market1.
Alberta represents approximately 12% of Canada's population, however with a network of more than 400 retail stores (by far the largest retail store network of any Canadian province) generated  22% of total retail trade cannabis sales (dollars) in Canada for the 12-month period ended December 31, 20192, making it the second largest provincial market for cannabis products in Canada.  As a result, Alberta has by far the highest per capita sales of legal recreational cannabis amongst the four most populous Canadian provinces during that same period.

"At Pure Sunfarms, we aim to bring high-quality cannabis at an accessible price to recreational consumers across Canada – that's why we are so excited to expand our footprint into Alberta," said Mandesh Dosanjh, President and CEO, Pure Sunfarms. "With the province's extensive network of licensed retail outlets and strong retail sales, the Alberta cannabis market presents a substantial opportunity for Pure Sunfarms as we continue to share our high-quality BC bud with even more Canadians."

Pure Sunfarms continues to advance discussions with other provincial distributors for potential supply agreements to further expand its presence in the Canadian cannabis market.

Pure Sunfarms was also the top performing brand of dried flower by both kilograms sold and dollar sales with the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) for the three-month period ended December 31, 2019, achieving 13% market share (by kilograms sold). For the same period, Pure Sunfarms' Afghan Kush was the top selling dried flower product (by dollar sales) with the OCS and two of the top five selling dried flower products (by dollar sales) with the OCS were Pure Sunfarms products (Afghan Kush and White Rhino).

"Pure Sunfarms' reputation for quality products that customers want at the right price point is resonating well with Canadian consumers," said Michael DeGiglio, CEO, Village Farms.  "2020 promises to be a year of significant growth for retail cannabis sales across Canada, and now, with access to nearly two-thirds of the Canadian population and a thriving brand, Pure Sunfarms is well positioned to participate in this market growth based on its leading market share performance."

Australis Capital Inc. (CSE: AUSA) (OTC: AUSAF) announced that Cocoon Technology, LLC is in the final phase of development and completing testing for the platform's deployment and initial launch with Thrive Cannabis Marketplace, Nevada's largest independently owned Cannabis Retailer, in April 2020. THRIVE has ordered 32 CocoonPod™ kiosks for their eight locations in Nevada, starting with the pilot location at 2755 W. Cheyenne Ave. #103, North Las Vegas, Nevada and will roll out to the other locations over the following six months. Cocoon expects to generate $1.4 million in annual recurring net revenue year one with net revenues exceeding $7.1 million over the four-year exclusive term with THRIVE.

"Our customers expect an elevated and streamlined experience when shopping at THRIVE," said Mitch Britten, CEO of THRIVE. "A self-service option provides customers an opportunity to experience the dispensary in an interactive and innovative way while streamlining operations. Customers are offered privacy, product education, recommendations, and loyalty offerings while completing their transaction at their leisure."

"We're excited to launch the Cocoon platform in Las Vegas," said Max Aceituno, SVP, Marketing & Product Development at AUSA. "As the world's most robust Platform-as-a-Service specifically designed for dispensaries, Cocoon enables customers to research products, place orders, and make payments directly through their desired point-of-interaction. THRIVE's high-traffic locations are the perfect environment for the initial launch of this platform and we're happy to collaborate with Mitch and team in crafting this unique feature set."
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Monday, 24 February 2020

Investor Ideas #Potcasts; #Cannabis News and #Stocks on the Move; (CSE: $JUSH.C) (OTCXQ: $JUSHF) (CSE: $CURA.C) (OTCQX: $CURLF), (TSXV: $JWCA.V) (OTCQX: $JWCAF)



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Delta, Kelowna, BC, February 24, 2020 (Investorideas.com Newswire) www.Investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors including marijuana and hemp stocks and its potcast site, www.potcasts.ca  release today’s podcast edition of  cannabis news and stocks to watch plus insight from thought leaders and experts.

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Good afternoon and welcome to another episode of Investorideas.com "Potcast" featuring cannabis news, stocks to watch as well as insights from thought leaders and experts.

In today’s podcast we look at a few public announcements.

But first, Cannabis Benchmarks®, a division of New Leaf Data Services, LLC, announced the listing of three Canada Cannabis Spot Indexes (CBMKCCSI, CBMKCNLP, and CBMKETAX), the first cannabis indexes that benchmark the wholesale price of cannabis paid to Canadian Licensed Producers, supporting price discovery and ultimately enabling the creation of tradable financial instruments.

The indexes are calculated weekly using a proprietary cannabis index methodology developed by Cannabis Benchmarks®.

     Value is determined by the simple average of assessed wholesale transactions for non-medical dry cannabis flower.
     The indexes are a representation of the average wholesale price paid across all provinces, both including and excluding all excise taxes.
     Cannabis Benchmarks' methodology includes working directly with market participants from both the supply and demand sides, including analysis of public and private data, to assess the average wholesale price paid each week.

These reference price benchmarks provide critical pricing data that support decision making
related to buying and selling at fair market price, asset and equity valuation, compliance with accounting standards, and commodity hedging and risk management.

Cannabis Benchmarks® is disseminating this index data through Nasdaq's GIDS service to aid in providing maximum transparency to the marketplace. GIDS provides data recipients, either directly or through a third-party distributor, the opportunity to reduce network, administrative and data center costs by taking one data feed, rather than many.

"Since the Canadian adult use market opened in October 2018, industry participants - including cultivators, processors, retailers, investors and debt and equity analysts - have been seeking price transparency to analyze and navigate a dynamic market currently characterized by swiftly changing market fundamentals," said Jonathan Rubin, CEO of NLDS. "We are pleased to be using Nasdaq's GIDS to offer the market an independent reference benchmark to support strategic, operational and investment related decisions."

"The Cannabis Benchmarks® Indexes are a breakthrough for market participants in need of fair and transparent price benchmarks to better understand this emerging commodity" said Rubin. "These indexes will become increasingly important to physical and financial industry participants as legal cannabis markets expand the need for trading and risk management."


Jushi Holdings Inc. (CSE: JUSH) (OTCXQ: JUSHF) a globally-focused, multi-state cannabis and hemp operator, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Jushi Inc, has closed on its previously announced acquisition of the remaining 25% interest in TGS Illinois Holdings, LLC ("TGSIH"). Jushi Inc now owns 100% of TGSIH, which through its operating subsidiary, TGS Illinois, LLC, owns and operates two cannabis dispensaries – one in Sauget, IL and one in Normal, IL. Each dispensary is eligible to seek approval from the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation ("IDFPR") to become an adult-use dispensary and to open a second retail location.

"We remain encouraged by the strength of demand in Illinois as evidenced by the State's announcement that total cannabis adult-use sales during its first month of legalization generated nearly $40 million in revenue. The recent adult-use legalization in Illinois has brought increased consumer demand to this previously medical only state. We believe that the Illinois market is at an inflection point, and that this acquisition positions Jushi for significant growth and market share gains," commented Jim Cacioppo, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jushi. "Jushi remains focused on expanding and building out its footprint in limited license states such as Illinois and Pennsylvania, two states in which we have confidence in their sustained market growth opportunity."

The two existing dispensary locations currently operate as The Green Solution but will transition to BEYOND/HELLO branding during the year, and are located at 2021 Goose Lake Road, Sauget, IL 62206 and 501 West Northtown Road, Normal, IL 61761.

Since Illinois's adult-use legalization went into effect January 1, 2020, the Sauget, IL dispensary was approved by the IDFPR to conduct adult-use sales. The Normal, IL dispensary is eligible and will seek similar IDFPR approval for adult-use sales. The Company also plans to exercise its option to expand from two to four dispensaries, subject to regulatory approval. The Company plans to commence adult-use sales at both locations following pre-commencement preparations and completion of outstanding regulatory approval.

James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation (TSXV: JWCA) (OTCQX: JWCAF), a premium cannabis brand focused on producing clean, consistent cannabis grown using its advanced and proprietary GrowthSTORM™ aeroponic platform, reported financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2019. Dollar amounts are in Canadian dollars.
Fiscal Q1 2020 Corporate Highlights
     Received licensing amendment from Health Canada to double JWC2’s licensed production capacity to 44,500 square feet, which would be an annualized production capacity of more than 9,000 kilos of dried cannabis.
     Average yield per plant increased to 262 grams in the first quarter of 2020, versus the average yield of 210 in the same year-ago period.
     Launched plans to open a 2,000 square farm gate retail store adjoining the company’s JWC2 flagship facility, representing a new direct-to-consumer sales channel for the company. The store is anticipated to be the Waterloo region’s first retail cannabis store located on a licensed cultivation site, and will serve the area’s 500,000 inhabitants. In January, the company submitted a cannabis retail operator license application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
     Received a license amendment from Health Canada for the sale and production of cannabis extracts, edibles and topicals at the company’s JWC1 facility, allowing JWC to add kief, rosins, and pre-rolls in various quantity formats to its product portfolio.
     Introduced four new cannabis strains grown using the company’s advanced GrowthSTORM™ aeroponic platform: King Tut, Dark Helmet, West Coast Sour Diesel, and Hash Plant.
     Engaged Kindred Partners to serve as the exclusive broker for JWC adult-use cannabis products in Canada.
     Entered a supply and manufacturing agreement with CannaCure Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heritage Cannabis Holdings, whereby CannaCure formulates and fills JWC’s vape cartridges, for both recreational and medical cannabis markets.
     Began collaboration and research trial with Fluence Bioengineering for the performance testing of Fluence’s VYPR 2p Broad Spectrum LED lighting solution. The trial will assess if the lighting solution can further improve JWC’s already high level of energy efficiency and help to further optimize cultivation performance.
Financial Highlights
     Revenues totaled $264,000 in fiscal Q1 2020, down 74% sequentially from $1,025,000 in fiscal Q4 2019, and compared to $550,000 in fiscal Q1 2019. The decline in revenue was due primarily to management’s response to market conditions and the strategic decision to defer sales to the second quarter to maximize the revenue potential and gross margin of produced goods. This decision was reflected in Unrealized Fair Value on Finished Goods in the amount of $2.4 million, as compared to none at the end of the previous quarter.
     Loss and comprehensive loss for fiscal Q1 reduced 48% to $1.2 million or $(0.01) per share.
     Gross margin totaled $1.8 million, compared to $3,000 in in the same year-ago quarter.
     Operating expenses in fiscal Q1 2020 were $2.5 million, a 46% decrease from fiscal Q4 2019, and a 5% increase from fiscal Q1 2019.
     Received private placement equity funding of approximately $1 million.
     Secured a $4 million loan facility available in two tranches, with $2,850,000 received during the first quarter and the remaining portion received in the subsequent quarter.
     Obtained convertible security funding for up to $10 million available in two tranches, with $2 million drawn in the subsequent quarter and the remainder available subject to mutual agreement with the lender.
Management Commentary:
“During our first fiscal quarter of 2020 we made tremendous strides in many areas of our business designed to better position JWC for success in the new year.  We focused our efforts on deriving the maximum value from all available resources and avenues, including our biological assets, branded products, key partnerships, proprietary technologies and newly established sales channels.”
“Our financial results for the quarter demonstrated that despite our strengthening platform, we were not immune to the challenges of an industry that is still evolving and striving for balance. While revenue declined substantially, this was largely purposeful, reflecting what we see as temporary conditions that are now set to pivot and launch in the opposite direction in the current quarter.”
“During fiscal Q1, we implemented a strategic response to the market. A combination of number of factors, primarily oversupply and the lack of legal sales outlets continued to drive the illicit market. As a result, our wholesale partners were unable to buy our products at historical prices, driving gross margins into the negative territory. So, we made the strategic decision to hold back on sales and preserve our biological assets until the oversupply subsided and the recreational market opened.”
“Our ability to attract various sources of capital even in this challenging environment demonstrated our strong value proposition and gave us the flexibility to pursue our strategy. We dedicated our resources to the development of our Cannabis 2.0 products, positioning ourselves to capture the anticipated growth in the recreational market in the current quarter. This has also included the formation of a variety of new partnerships and obtaining key regulatory approvals.”
“Experts are now predicting a three times growth in industry-wide sales in 2020, as the number of retail stores steadily increase as a result of eased regulations and the oversupply subsides. We expect this to support the sale of significant volumes of our products in Q2 and beyond.
“Our primary focus will remain on becoming a highly successful cultivator and seller of clean, consistent cannabis. Our financial outlook is unchanged for fiscal Q2 and Q3, as we reiterate below. Combined with our industry-leading yields and lower cost of production due to our unique GrowthSTORM™ system, we believe we can achieve and sustain highly favorable margins and strong growth over the long term.”

Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (CSE: CURA) (OTCQX: CURLF), a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the United States, has been approved as a Clinical Registrant in Pennsylvania by the Commonwealth's Department of Health, Office of Medical Marijuana. Under this designation, the Company will be permitted to open a cultivation and processing facility and up to six dispensaries, under the Commonwealth's medical marijuana research program.

As a Clinical Registrant, Curaleaf will support research initiatives into the potential medical benefits of cannabis by providing medical cannabis, expertise and distribution to patients participating in studies.

In announcing the awards of the clinical registrant licenses, Dr. Rachel Levine of the Pennsylvania Department of Health remarked; "Pennsylvania remains on the forefront for clinical research on medical marijuana. This research is essential to providing physicians with more evidence-based research to make clinical decisions for their patients. It is the cornerstone of our program and the key to our clinically based, patient-focused program for those suffering with cancer, PTSD and other serious medical conditions."

Joe Lusardi, Chief Executive Officer of Curaleaf, said, "We thank the Pennsylvania Department of Health for approving Curaleaf to participate in this vital research program. The Pennsylvania State Legislature mandated research as a component of its medical cannabis program, setting it apart from the rest of the nation. Curaleaf has always been focused on high-quality cannabis products, as well as superior patient care and education. We look forward to contributing to medical research that will ultimately benefit not only the residents of the Commonwealth, but the entire country."

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