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Harborside (HBOR.C) adds to San Francisco dispensary portfolio

On October 19, 2020 Harborside (HBOR.C) announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire 50.1% of FGW Haight – a California co. that has the “conditional-use approval” to operate a cannabis dispensary and related businesses in the iconic Haight Ashbury area of San Francisco, Calif.

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Isracann’s (IPOT.C) export strategy just got a green light

October 14, 2020 Isracann announced that “the government of Israel has officially enacted the legislation for the export of medical cannabis, clearing the way for sales abroad that the government expects could generate more than 1 billion shekels ($273 million) in annual revenue.”

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Folks are shocked – SHOCKED – that Canopy Growth (WEED.T) lost the money it told you it was going to lose

Far be it for me to stand up for Canopy Growth Corp (WEED.T), a company that has only succeeded in one thing in its entire existence; convincing folks to buy its stock despite never having done anything else right. In recent quarters, and through three CEOs, Canopy has been pretty darn forthright that it was going to lose money for a while because it was broken. 

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Fair trade: Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD.T) does the hard, sensible things required to reset

Because this story is about The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD.T) and cannabis investors bear grudges, the vast majority of people reading it will already be saying the words, “Fuck Parry, you’ll pump anything for money.”

So let’s get some things out of the way before we start. 1) TGOD isn’t paying for this story, and haven’t been a client for well over a year. 2) TGOD might not be a fan of this story

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Tilray (TLRY.Q) financials are nightmare fuel: Quarterly net loss down 16% to ‘just’ $184m

If Tilray (TLRY.Q) will leave any sort of legacy on the Canadian cannabis landscape, it will be that, for a short time and by virtue of a well-timed and paper-lined public listing, the CEO was the highest paid CEO in North America. For a hot minute, Americans bought in by the truckload and drove the shareprice up like DryShips (DRYS), making the boss a very paper rich man. Everything else the company has managed to achieve has been downhill from there.

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The case that Supreme Cannabis (FIRE.T) is about to shake its demons and go on a rip

Supreme Cannabis (FIRE.T) got a new President and CEO today in Beena Goldenberg, former chief executive officer of Hain-Celestial Canada, and a bona fide pro in the natural and plant-based consumer packaged goods business. This would appear to be a good hire for a company that already has a great reputation for quality products in an industry where the only way to differentiate yourself is being absurdly cheap or absurdly good. She’s picked a fine time to jump in; the company has already done some hard work in turning its fortunes around, and (to me) looks like its found a nice bottom to launch off.

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European office supplies manufacturer takes Wayland Group (WAYL.C) weed grow for $12.3m

The Wayland Group (WAYL.C) announced Thursday Austria-based Ring Holding International AG will purchase their Maricann assets, which essentially make up their entire business, for the bargain price of $12.3 million as part of ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. The purchaser of the Maricann assets is a family office with a core focus on the manufacturing of lever arches used in ring binders. Yes, ring binders.

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Aurora (ACB.NYSE) rolls back, Gaia Grow (GAIA.V) rolls on

“The simple fact of the matter is ACB is getting around a THIRD of their product returned in real dollar terms,” wrote Equity Guru’s Chris Parry two months ago, “That means they either REALLY suck at growing weed, or they really sucked at figuring out what the market was going to look like when planning their business.”

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GTEC Holdings (GTEC.C) CEO locks down the future, thumps chest on Twitter

GTEC Holdings (GTEC.C) is a company we’ve written about a lot, a BC-based cannabis grower that laid out a business model of multiple small licensed grow facilities, hitting the premium artisan weed market. Their products are great, their costs are low, and they’ve never yet benefited from the irrational weed booms of the ’15, ’16, and ’17 years because they were late to get those licenses.
This means, they’ve experienced all the weed industry dives, but none of the runs. Their stock price: $0.09, good for a market cap of just $11 million.

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Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD.T) drops fat quarterly loss, underwhelming revenues

No company in the Canadian cannabis space polarizes people like Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD.T), which roared to the public markets on perhaps the biggest promote yet seen, raised nine-digit totals along the way, swept in more first time private placement participants than any company before them, and then did… well… nothing, for a long time. With top brass having been walked recently and plans to super-size the company grow facilities shelved in the wake of underwhelming need for more weed, TGOD has made no secret it is at a moment of recalibration, but investors will have expected to see more than this.

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Heritage Cannabis (CANN.C) loses $2.3 million in Q4, finds extra year of runway as revenues kick in

A quick scan of headlines today would tell a harrowing story that Heritage Cannabis (CANN.C) was in big trouble and had lost $13 million and pandemonium had broken loose, and dogs and cats were going to be living together any time now. That’s because the company led their Q4 financials news release today with their yearly metrics filling the headlines, while their not-so-rough quarterly numbers were largely and inexplicably hidden from view.

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Invictus MD Strategies (GENE.V) kicked off Venture Exchange after screwing up everything for three years straight

Invictus MD Strategies (GENE.V) announced tonight that, in accordance with its efforts to work through creditor protection proceedings, it has been kicked off the Venture Exchange. On the upside, if Invictus’ history of going back on news releases is anything to go by, we’ll receive another release inside ten days that the bankruptcy proceedings have been cancelled and they’ll continue on as usual. Because that’s how it’s always been for Invictus, which has the worst track record in Canada’s cannabis space for announcing things, only to un-announce them very shortly after.

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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.

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Wayland Group (WAYL.C) selling once hyped foreign assets for pennies on the dollar

As part of an ongoing process to deal with its bankruptcy, Wayland Group (WAYL.C) is dispensing with several foreign assets that were once touted as being amazing international opportunities, and it’s doing so at prices you can afford. The courts have granted approval for WAYL to get rid of its Colombian subsidiary, Colmed Pharmaceuticals, which was purchased in an all paper deal for 11 million shares a little over a year ago. Who’s buying it? It turns out, one of the companies that originally sold it to them, RG5 Investments.

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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.

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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.”

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Fire in the hole: Supreme Cannabis (FIRE.T) drops rough financials as expected, transition afoot

Ontario-based Supreme Cannabis (FIRE.T) released its Q2 2020 financials today and there were few surprises contained in its pages, bar perhaps the size of the quarterly loss. At a $17.3 million net loss after taxes (and a $10.4 million loss in adjusted EBITDA terms), FIRE shares fell in value below the $0.40 mark it’s been hovering around for some time, a 5% drop in real terms. Previous quarters had seen smaller losses, even come close to break even. But even the rosiest-eyed fanboy would have expected these numbers to be rough, considering the CEO change and staff layoffs announced earlier in the year.  We predicted as much a week ago.

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Hold your FIRE: Supreme Cannabis (FIRE.T) lays off staff in bid for balance sheet superiority

Large Canadian cannabis licensed producer Supreme Cannabis (FIRE.T) told the markets they’re laying off around 30% of their staff today, days before their next quarterly financials are released and with the dust still settling after their recent CEO change. To the casual observer, this might appear to be a sign of desperation, that the sky is falling in Kincardine, Ontario, and the owner of the esteemed 7 Acres brand was making some sort of last ditch effort to stave off Armageddon. It ain’t that.

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Vext Science (VEXT.C) cannabis chart defies gravity

“The core business, which is derived from an Arizona licensed vertically integrated model, generated USD $13 million in revenues during the first two quarters of 2019,” confirmed Equity Guru’s Sam Bourgi last October.

Ironically, VEXT is a healthy cannabis business, and investors are quickly gaining confidence in it.

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1933 Industries (TGIF.C) 2019 sales were 20% of its current market cap

Cannabis investors exhibit the same psychological characteristics as Dutch teenagers, a “volatile mix of anxiety, irritability, exuberance and despair.”

With teenagers, the irrational mood swings are due to “stress points around the uneasy transition toward adulthood.”

Cannabis investors don’t have this excuse.

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2019 weed wrap: The end of the cannabis cycle of cannabis cycles

Like the old Twilight Zone episode where helpful aliens leave behind a book called ‘To Serve Man’, only for us to find out later it’s a cookbook, investors have been welcomed and fattened up nicely by alpha predators as they unwittingly await their slaughter, not realizing that, they’re at the predator’s table because they’re the main course.

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