2020 Gravitas Securities Growth Conference lines up seriously interesting deals, even in weed

Respect where it's due, I haven't been to an investor conference in a long time where I came away interested in most of what I saw, let alone *everything* I saw, but this year's Gravitas Securities Growth Conference lineup absolutely hit it out of the park. The GSGC isn't the biggest show around, but they know how to turn out the playahs, and the only way you keep big money showing up is to be a little bit picky with what you offer them. Don't waste anyone's time and they'll know it's cool to return.

If the cannabis industry is desperate for capital, time to bet on the guys with capital

With a little over and hour left in the year 2019, past 10PM on December 31, I saw a news release from James E. Wagner Cultivation (JWCA.V) about a small $2 million loan they'd taken out. The timing of the announcement of their loan was surely not coincidental. Actually, thinking about it, 'payday loan' might be the more appropriate term to have used. JVCA took out a debenture financing of $2 million at an interest rate of 25% annually. That's just the first tranche of the deal; there's another $8 million out there if they want it. My credit card, abused as it has been, costs me less interest to maintain than JWCA's loan.

1933 Industries (TGIF.C) blows up, jumps 35% preceding California harvest announcement

You've gotta love it when a plan comes together: 1933 Industries (TGIF.C), which has been banging the same 'we're grownups, we're doing it right, hang tight' drum for several years now, dropped news this February 14 that will make any Valentine's heart swell with joy. "Following the completion of a combined 20,000-square-foot expanded cultivation, extraction, manufacturing and distribution facility in the Los Angeles area, the company began harvesting its first cannabis crop this week to be utilized for both its proprietary brand Alternative Medicine Association (AMA), as well as for its licensing partner luxury brand Blonde cannabis, with products earmarked for dispensaries for the first time outside of Nevada."

Your Monday morning cannabis market roundup with Flower One (FONE.C), Canada House Wellness (CHV.C), Pure Global Global (PURE.V) and C21 Investments (CXXI.C)

In 2017, the going logic of legalization was that everyone would be either smoking, vaping or ingesting cannabis in some way once it became legal, and that promise hasn’t been fulfilled. There’s been growth and retraction over the past year, but the same people you’d normally see with a joint between their lips on a Friday night remained and they mostly got it from the same sources they always did: the guy at work instead of the dispensary offering big name LP weed.

Xphyto (XPHY.C) blowing the weed sector out of the water with true 2.0 plan

Xphyto (XPHY.C) is dominating the cannabis sector like Sean Kemp used to dominate the Seattle buffet scene. It’s a legit beast right now, jumping from fat new high to fat new high. We’ve sat with their team several times over the past year and on each occasion have been impressed with their plans, but perhaps the greatest plan they’ve executed has been achieved over the past month, when their share price has elevated from $1.00 to $1.85.