Edibles Products Popularity is Helping to Grow the U.S Medical Marijuana Market
Published: Oct 12, 2018
NEW YORK, /PRNewswire/ --
Despite the bear market that has been upon us in recent days, marijuana companies haven't shown weakness and have remained at a relatively strong stock price levels. Below are five companies in this growing industry worth researching, but first some data on the industry. According to a report published by Hexa Research, the U.S. medical cannabis market is expected to grow significantly to reach USD 19.48 Billion by 2024. Increasing signs of medical benefits received from the use of cannabis has been one of the key drivers to fuel the U.S. medical market. Additionally, the number of states legalizing cannabis for medical consumption continues to increase due to its greater consumer acceptance as well as the increasing number of companies entering the market. Cannabis infused products are expected to gain popularity in the U.S. as the cannabis-infused solid-edibles segment dominated the U.S market in 2016 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.8% over the forecast period. CLS Holdings USA Inc. (OTC: CLSH) TerrAscend Corp. (OTC: TRSSF), MariMed Inc. (OTC: MRMD), Cannabis Sativa, Inc. (OTC: CBDS), The Supreme Cannabis Company (OTC: SPRWF)
Mainstream brands continue to gain interest in CBD-infused products. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants and is considered to have significant medical benefits. According to Bloomberg, Cowen & Co. analyst, Vivien Azer, "Health and wellness consumers are beginning to find value and use cases from CBD-based oil extracts, tinctures, topicals and capsules to improve everyday life…We expect to see CBD used as a functional ingredient in non-alcoholic beverages."
CLS Holdings USA Inc. (OTCQB: CLSH) announced earlier this week that, "it has entered into an agreement with a Canadian agent (the "Agent"), whereby the Agent will assist the Company in selling on a commercially reasonable efforts private placement basis, up to US$40 million aggregate principal amount of senior unsecured debentures ("Debentures") with an issue price of US$1,000 per Debenture, convertible into units of the Company (the "Units") at the option of the holder at a conversion price of US$0.80 per Unit (the "Conversion Price") at any time prior to the close of business on the earlier of: (i) the last business day immediately preceding the maturity date of the Debentures, being the date that is three (3) years from the closing date of the Offering (the "Closing Date"), and (ii) the date fixed for redemption (as set out in the Debentures (the "Offering").
Each Unit shall be comprised of one common share of the Company (a "Common Share") and one-half of one common share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a "Warrant"). Each Warrant shall be exercisable into one Common Share at a price of US$1.10 per Warrant (the "Exercise Price") for a period of 36 months from the Closing Date. The Debentures will be unsecured obligations of the Company and will rank pari passu in right of payment of principal and interest and will be issued pursuant to the terms of a debenture indenture to be entered into between the Company and a debenture trustee to be determined. The Debentures shall bear interest at a rate of 8% per annum from the Closing Date, payable on the last business day of each calendar quarter. For a period of 18 months from the Closing Date, any interest payable shall automatically accrue and be capitalized to the principal amount of the Debenture and shall thereafter be deemed to be part of the principal amount of the Convertible Debenture.
Beginning on the date that is four (4) months plus one (1) day following the Closing Date, the Company may force the conversion of all of the principal amount of the then outstanding Debentures at the Conversion Price on not less than 30 days notice should the daily volume weighted average trading price of the common shares be greater than US$1.20 per common share for the preceding 10 consecutive trading days. Upon a Change of Control (as defined in the Debentures) of the Company, holders of the Debentures will have the right to require the Company to repurchase their Debentures, in whole or in part on the date that is 30 days following notice of the Change of Control, at a price equal to 105% of the principal amount of the Debentures then outstanding plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon (the "Offer Price"). If 90% or more of the principal amount of the Debentures outstanding on the date of the notice of the Change of Control have been tendered for redemption, the Company will have the right to redeem all of the remaining Convertible Debentures at the Offer Price. The Debentures will also contain standard anti-dilution provisions. Closing of the Offering is expected to occur in tranches on such dates as the Agent and the Company may agree and is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals of the securities regulatory authorities. Pursuant to the terms of the Offering, the Agent has been granted an option to increase the Offering by 15%, which option is exercisable by the Agents at any time up until the Closing Date.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to fund the upfront loan payment to In Good Health Inc., to fund construction activities at the Leicester facility, to complete improvements to the North Las Vegas cultivation facility and for general working capital purposes."
TerrAscend Corp. (OTC: TRSSF) is a biopharmaceutical and wellness company that is committed to quality products, brands and services for the global cannabinoid market. TerrAscend Corp. recently announced that the Company intends to explore and pursue growth opportunities in the U.S., including potential acquisitions of operators in states that have legalized cannabis for therapeutic or adult-use. The Company has identified acquisition prospects with significant market share, strong brand recognition and substantial global potential. With an experienced management team, engaged board, and supportive shareholder base, TerrAscend's goal is to become the leading multi-state operator in the US cannabis industry while continuing to capitalize on sizable opportunities in Canada and the rest of the world. "We see a tremendous opportunity for TerrAscend shareholders to benefit from an early-mover strategy as we grow our business organically and through disciplined acquisitions in those states and countries that have legalized cannabis," said Michael Nashat, President and Chief Executive Officer of TerrAscend. "Thanks to the ongoing collective support from Canopy Growth, Canopy Rivers and JW Asset Management, our proposed capital reorganization will position TerrAscend to pursue value-generating growth on a global scale."
MariMed Inc. (OTCQB: MRMD) is a multi-state professional cannabis organization that develops, owns and manages cannabis facilities and branded products lines. MariMed, Inc. recently announced that it had consummated its strategic investment in Sprout, an all-in-one CRM and marketing software company for marijuana dispensaries and cannabis brands. This completes the previously announced MariMed LOI for investment in Cannabis Venture Partners, parent company of Sprout. Sprout's CRM and marketing automation software combines technology, data and content to help dispensaries and cannabis brands increase sales, improve customer loyalty and reach more customers. MariMed intends to accelerate the growth of Sprout's client base by marketing it to the top dispensaries and cannabis companies in the United States. "The cannabis industry needs a comprehensive software solution which integrates a full featured CRM engine and platform for marketing, education, and analysis for brands, dispensaries, educators, and researchers," said MariMed Chief Executive Officer Robert Fireman. "The Sprout platform has the foundation for these functions and more. MariMed will work with the Sprout team to make this software the best for the cannabis industry. This product enables MariMed to provide a bundled technology solution for its brands, facilities, and strategic partnerships incorporating both B2B and B2C communications."
Cannabis Sativa, Inc. (OTCQB: CBDS) is engaged in the licensing of cannabis-related intellectual property, marketing and branding for cannabis-based products and services, operation of cannabis-related technology services and ancillary business activities. Cannabis Sativa, Inc. subsidiary, PrestoDoctor, recently announced that it is currently providing online medical marijuana recommendations to Pennsylvania residents via its HIPPA compliant trusted online recommendation platform https://Prestodoctor.Com/ , offering residents a convenient online option when it comes to getting their Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Card. PrestoDoctor makes the process simple and seamless by providing the state required two doctor appointments completely online, allowing patients to speak to licensed compassionate physicians who specialize in Pennsylvania medical marijuana card / patient evaluations. "Easier access to alternative care is the driving mission at Presto Doctor, and has made PrestoDoctor the #1 rated online medical marijuana recommendation platform," said Chief Executive Officer Kyle Powers, "We are committed to serve patients in Pennsylvania with the integrity we have displayed in California, Nevada and New York."
The Supreme Cannabis Company (OTCQX: SPRWF) is a Canadian publicly traded company committed to providing premium brands and products that proudly reflect its consumers, people and uniquely innovative culture. The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc. recently announced that the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, 7ACRES, has entered into a supply agreement to provide dried cannabis to Tilray Canada Ltd., a subsidiary of Tilray Inc.®, a global leader in cannabis research, cultivation, processing and distribution currently serving tens of thousands of patients in 12 countries spanning 5 continents. "We are excited to be entering into this agreement with Tilray, an organization - like Supreme Cannabis - that focuses on the end user and demands leading quality assurance standards," said John Fowler, President of The Supreme Cannabis Company. "Tilray has built an industry-leading global medical distribution platform, which has resulted in robust demand for high quality cannabis products. We are happy to provide 7ACRES premium products alongside Tilray's well-regarded and existing lineup to support medical patients around the world."
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Company Codes: OTC-BB:CLSH, OTC-BB:TRSSF, OTC-BB:MRMD, OTC-BB:CBDS, OTC-BB:SPRWF