Investor Ideas Potcasts, Cannabis News and Stocks on the Move: (NASDAQ: TLRY), Germany and Nova Scotia
Delta, Kelowna, BC - April 14, 2023 (Investorideas.com Newswire) investorideas.com, a global news source covering leading sectors including marijuana and hemp stocks and its potcast site release today's podcast edition of cannabis news and stocks to watch plus insight from thought leaders and experts.
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Investor Ideas Potcasts, Cannabis News and Stocks on the Move: (NASDAQ: TLRY), Germany and Nova Scotia
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In today's podcast we go over a quick industry announcement, Germany"s revised cannabis plan, news out of Nova Scotia regarding medical coverage, and THC potency.
Tilray Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: TLRY) (TSX: TLRY), reported its financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended February 28, 2023 earlier this week as well as announcing that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire HEXO Corp. (NASDAQ: HEXO) (TSX: HEXO) for an aggregate purchase price of approximately US$56 million, to be satisfied through the issuance of 0.4352 of Tilray Common Stock for each outstanding HEXO share. The acquisition, which is structured as an arrangement under applicable Canadian laws, builds on the successful strategic alliance between the two companies and positions Tilray for continued strong growth and market leadership in Canada, the largest federally legal cannabis market in the world.
The completion of the Arrangement is subject to customary and negotiated closing conditions, including HEXO shareholder approval and court approval, and is expected to close in June 2023.
Irwin D. Simon, Tilray Brands' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "During the quarter, we continued to focus on our highest priorities: sustaining and growing the top-line across core markets and geographies while optimizing the platform to achieve positive free cash flow on an accelerated timeline. We are executing on both fronts and delivered revenue growth despite challenging market dynamics across Canada, Europe, and the U.S, as well as our 16th consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA."
Mr. Simon continued, "Looking ahead, we are focused on being the leading, most diversified cannabis lifestyle and CPG company in the world. Our strategy to deliver on this vision is centered on pursuing targeted growth opportunities, as reflected in our opportunistic acquisitions of both Montauk Brewing Company and HEXO, which has made significant strides in driving operating efficiency and improving profitability while continuing to invest in industry-leading brands. We are incredibly excited about our combined prospects moving forward with HEXO and expect a seamless integration of HEXO's business into our efficient, built-to-last platform. At the same time, we will continue our relentless focus on cost and operational efficiencies and strengthening our industry-leading balance sheet to deliver sustained, profitable growth and shareholder value."
In news out of Germany, its government recently presented, what many have viewed as scaled-back plans to liberalise the country's rules on cannabis, including decriminalising possession of limited amounts and allowing members of nonprofit "cannabis clubs" to buy marijuana for recreational purposes.
The German government revised the plan following talks with the European Union's executive commission. Agriculture Minister Cem Ozdemir said EU law "sets us limits we must respect, but that I will also say we are pushing."
Lauterbach had cautioned all along that the government would only proceed with its original plan if it got the green light from the EU.
The proposed system would let German residents 18 and older join nonprofit "cannabis clubs" with a maximum of 500 members each, which would be allowed to grow cannabis for members' personal consumption. Individuals would be allowed to buy up to 25 grams per day, or up to 50 grams per month -- a figure that would be limited to 30 grams for adults under age 21.
Membership in multiple clubs wouldn't be allowed, and authorities could limit the number of clubs. The clubs' costs would be covered by membership fees, which would be staggered according to how much cannabis the members use.
The health minister argued that Germany's existing policies have failed. He said the government's aim is to offer greater safety, protect consumers against contaminated and toxic products, and reduce drug-related crime.
"We are not creating a problem," Lauterbach insisted. "We are trying to solve a problem."
He reiterated that Germany doesn't want to emulate the model of the neighbouring Netherlands, which combines decriminalisation with little market regulation.
The cannabis plan is one of several social reform projects that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's socially liberal three-party governing coalition agreed to embark on when it took office in December 2021.
As reported in the Star, out of Nova Scotia, Canada a six-year-old girl and her parents were at the Nova Scotia legislature Tuesday to lobby for the province to cover the cost of using cannabis oil to treat her seizures.
Kaylee and Nick Jones and their daughter Sophie were at the house of assembly to present a petition with 1,368 signatures in support of Nova Scotia covering the cost of CBD-based medicines for children with life-threatening conditions.
The little girl was born with a rare chromosome abnormality that causes epilepsy, ataxia, migraines, anxiety and low muscle tone.
Kaylee Jones, 29, says the family spends about $400 a month on the CBD oil - which she says has helped reduce her daughter's seizures dramatically compared to conventional medications.
The mother said the money going to pay for the cannabis oil - which is known as Charlotte's Angel and is produced by Nova Scotia-based Aqualitas - is roughly equivalent to the mortgage payment on their home.
"We've been sacrificing a lot of time and effort to fundraise," said Kaylee Jones. "If we could have a solution, we wouldn't have to worry about it. It would be a big financial burden off our shoulders and others."
"I know that others are going into debt for this," she added. "I think the government really needs to look at it."
Researchers at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children in 2018 reported reductions in seizures of children with Dravet syndrome, a rare genetic form of epilepsy, who received CBD oil with a small amount of THC.
Nova Scotia Health Minister Michelle Thompson says her department is awaiting the results of a review by Health Canada before approving funding of the medicine.
She said during an interview that while she's aware there is "real-life evidence that emerges," the department must take a standardised approach to approving medicines for funding.
"I think it's important we have a consistent way in which we add things to the formulary and there is a very rigorous process. We have a responsibility to ensure the things we cover are evidence-based. We want to continue to follow that process," she said.
Thompson said that if Health Canada provides an approval, "we'll reconsider then."
Kaylee Jones said Sophie's previous regime of anti-seizure medications had negative side-effects that led to regular hospital visits in the first three years of her life. The CBD-based medicines have controlled the frequency and duration of her seizures, she said, to the point where she no longer needs trips by ambulance and has fewer migraines, less anxiety and more mobility.
Lastly, multiple news outlets have cited a recent study regarding THC potency conducted by researchers at the University of Northern Colorado which tested samples of cannabis sold at several Colorado dispensaries. Overall, they found that the product labels promised a potency higher than what was actually in the bags.
"I don't believe what's on the label," said Mit McGlaughlin, one of the authors of the study and a professor of biological sciences at the University of Northern Colorado. "We just don't have enough information for consumers about whether or not you can trust what's being produced."
To conduct the study, researchers bought 23 different samples of cannabis flowers from 10 dispensaries in Denver, Fort Collins and Garden City, Colo. They tested each sample to measure the concentration of THC, which stands for Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol.
In 18 of the 23 samples, which carried names including Sour Amnesia, Danky Kong and Colombian Gold '72, the researchers found levels of potency below what was listed on the labels. Depending on the bag tested, some products contained 40 to 50 percent less THC than the labels promised. The amount of THC detected in the lab was, on average, 23 percent lower than the amount listed on the bags of cannabis.
"These results make clear that consumers are often purchasing cannabis that has a much lower THC potency than is advertised," the authors of the study concluded.
It has been suggested by some researchers that there is not enough oversight of the dose of THC a person might get when buying marijuana, whether it is to be smoked, vaped or eaten. One reason for the lack of oversight is that cannabis remains illegal under federal law, meaning that standards related to retail and medical use vary by state.
"We have a hodgepodge of rules and regulations within each state," said McGlaughlin. "It's really hard to have to do that on a state-by-state basis."
While this story is nothing new to the industry which has had issues with products being accurately labelled, even in Canada where there are federal guidelines or even in the medical market with regards to oils and tinctures, the problem does work to delegitimize the industry as a whole.
This also raises an interesting question regarding how THC works on the consumer as many early news stories and continued narratives surrounding the cannabis industry are focussed on the dangers of high THC cannabis.
If the THC was all lower than suggested, were these supposed "green outs" accurately reported and have the dangers surrounding high THC cannabis been misreported?
Many within the industry have discussed the "entourage effect" which is how THC, CBD and indeed all of the cannabinoids work together in tandem with the overall terpene content is what effects the overall "high" much more so than THC alone.
When discussing cannabis from a layman's perspective THC is often front and centre of every conversation.
Too much THC is dangerous, (supposedly).
Hemp with any traces of THC, isn't considered hemp.
THC gets you "high".
But in reality THC is just one of many components that create the overall effect from cannabis, both for the medicinal benefits and the overall psychotropic effect.
Many experts who work with the plant know that comparing cannabis to alcohol makes little to no sense when considering the overall effect created from the plant, how the plant can be utilised as a medicine, how the plant can be utilised as a textile, or how to regulate the plant. THC content is not similar to alcohol content, the same goes for how it is stored in our system.
Until regulators, consumers and media outlets wake up to this reality we will continue to see propaganda regarding either the dangers or the benefits of THC which unfortunately distracts from the amazing plant science being conducted on a massive scale. Cannabis affects the mind and body in a fundamentally different way than alcohol and so when we look at major steps the industry needs to take to evolve, moving away from the THC based model of advertising, consuming, growing and regulating is a necessary step.
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