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Aurora Cannabis Inc (NYSE:ACB) Sets Out for Global Domination with ICC Move

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Aurora Cannabis Inc (NYSE:ACB) continues to pull back, dropping about 50% off its highs. However, the stock is still up over 250% in the past year. Like Canopy, this is a long game in play for Aurora. Think of the old board game “Risk”. The world is a big map of the territory to be won or lost if you believe, like the management teams at these two companies believe, that we are on a path to see most of the world gradually start to increasingly legalize cannabis.

The science is increasingly supportive of this move, and the world has gotten smaller and smaller in terms of cultural differentiation with the advent of a global fiber optic IT infrastructure in the late 1990’s. The result is increasing homogenization of views on many things, with cannabis being part of that equation. So, given this outlook on the world, what is the goal of the strategic vision of one of the best and biggest, and most well-capitalized, cannabis players?

Aurora Cannabis Inc (NYSE:ACB) is one of the most widely diversified players in the cannabis space due to its powerful strategic investments.

And that status has just been further augmented with the company’s recent announcement that Aurora has received consent and approval from its consortium of lenders led by Bank of Montreal to move forward with the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of ICC Labs Inc. (ICC), a fully licensed producer and distributor of medicinal cannabinoid extracts, recreational cannabis, and industrial hemp products in Uruguay as well as a fully licensed producer of medicinal cannabis in Colombia.

In other words, Aurora is setting up camp in a big way in the South American market.

Think of that risk board again. This is a territorial race between several of the biggest players, including Aurora and Canopy as probably the frontrunners, then perhaps, Aphria and several others. We would see Tilray as somewhere just outside of the top ten on this list (despite the company’s somewhat baseless attempts to hype itself as some sort of leading player in the space).

Aurora Cannabis Inc (NYSE:ACB) managed to rope in revenues totaling $19.1M in overall sales during the company’s most recently reported quarterly financial data — a figure that represents a rate of top line growth of 222.6%, as compared to year-ago data in comparable terms. In addition, the company has a strong balance sheet, with cash levels far exceeding current liabilities ($149.4M against $75.2M).

As noted in the release detailing the strategic rationale behind the acquisition, Aurora states that this deal “will create a strong foundation for expansion, and will leverage ICC’s first-mover advantage in South America, bringing significant low-cost production capacity, a well-diversified product portfolio, and extensive distribution channels throughout South America and internationally. Led by CEO Alejandro Antalich, a widely-recognized leader in the South American cannabis market with over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical sector, the acquisition of ICC will establish Aurora as the industry leader in South America, a continent with over 420 million people.  ICC is based in Uruguay, the first country in the world to legalize cannabis for adult consumer use. In addition, ICC holds licenses in Colombia for the production of medical cannabis.”

 

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Aurora Cannabis Inc (NYSE:ACB) has demonstrated rapid organic growth and strong execution on strategic M&A, which to date includes 15 companies – MedReleaf, CanvasRX, Peloton Pharmaceutical,  Aurora Deutschland (formerly Pedanios), H2 Biopharma, Urban Cultivator, BC Northern Lights, Larssen Greenhouses, CanniMed Therapeutics, Anandia Labs, HotHouse Consulting, Agropro, Borela, and the pending acquisition of ICC Labs.

We would also note that the company has invested in and established strategic partnerships with a range of leading innovators, including: The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD), Radient Technologies Inc. (TSXV: RTI), Hempco Food and Fiber Inc. (TSXV: HEMP), Cann Group Ltd. (ASX: CAN), Micron Waste Technologies Inc. (CSE: MWM), Choom Holdings Inc. (CSE: CHOO), Namaste Technologies Inc. (TSXV: N), Evio Beauty Group (private), Wagner Dimas (private), CTT Pharmaceuticals (OTCC: CTTH), and Alcanna Inc. (TSX: CLIQ).

However, just drilling down into its core cannabis production operations, Aurora Cannabis Enterprises Inc, trumpets itself as “one of the world’s largest and leading cannabis companies” and a licensed producer of medical cannabis pursuant to ACMPR.

We would expect expansion on the way given the inflow of investment capital. But, at present, the Company operates a 55,200 square foot, state-of-the-art production facility in Mountain View County, Alberta, known as Aurora Mountain, is currently constructing a second 800,000 square foot production facility, known as “Aurora Sky”, at the Edmonton International Airport, and has acquired, and is undertaking completion of a third 40,000 square foot production facility in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, on Montreal’s West Island.

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First Foods Group Inc (OTCMKTS:FIFG) Unveils Its “Southeast Edibles” New Product Line

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First Foods Group Inc (OTCMKTS:FIFG) today disclosed details about the unveiling of its latest product called “Southeast Edibles.” This is a hemp-based premium chocolate product line and one of the company’s innovations. The business guru wants to make the product available for all the interested consumers.

First Foods and it’s business focus

First, Foods happens to be one of those companies that have been looking forward to the legalization of hemp-based products. The company has a production facility in Florida where it has been working on its chocolate edibles recipes. It has been engaging in this activity from March this year.

First Foods Group hopes that with time, it will rise to take over the market leadership. An official says that they won’t stop until they have the entire nationwide chocolate edibles market to themselves.

The business started strategizing on its success since July 1, 2019. This was the time when the governor of Florida went ahead to legalize hemp-based products. First Foods reacted promptly by unveiling its Southeast Edibles brand on August 9, 2019.

The deal with CBD Unlimited

The Company also engaged CBD Unlimited, and the two signed a letter of intent. CBD Unlimited happens to be researchers and also a top distributor of a wide array of CBD products. These products, according to it have been designed scientifically and the tests show that they should be administered in accurate dosages.

The CEO who is also the Chairman of the company Todd Davis opines, “First Food Group is a creative and emerging brand that will help drive our consumable product category as the growth of the CBD marketplace is accelerating rapidly.”

The company has been seeking to collaborate with a successful management team. The latest collaboration is a major step forward. They intend to continue supporting initiatives for targeting serving customers with great products.

The CEO & Chairman of First Foods Group Harold L. Kestenbaum believes it is crucial to vet the right partners. According to him, appropriate and befitting partners define the success levels they reach. He adds that they will also continue focusing on their marketing strategy and make enhancements.

CBD has a loyal customer base, an Unlimited’s scientific approach, and vast market access. These attributes make it an ideal partner for the company.

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General Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:CANN) Plans To Acquire A Denver Vertically Integrated Cultivator And Retailer

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General Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:CANN) is pleased to announce that it will soon make its latest acquisition. However, it first needs to make its entry into a non-binding term sheet. The target is to acquire a huge deal of assets belonging to one Colorado-based licensed recreational cannabis cultivator.

About the business deal

This Colorado business has been running some two indoor cultivation facilities. Asides from that, it has also been operating a retail cannabis dispensary which is situated in central Denver. This dispensary has risen to become one of the most trusted and successful dispensaries in Denver. Nevertheless, it prides itself in being the holder of a library of world-class cannabis genetics.

The Company has already signed the Colorado House Bill 1090 (“HB-1090”). Probably, this is the reason behind the latest activities the company has been undertaking. This law gives a leeway for the interested companies to acquire licensed cannabis companies in Colorado. The approval by the law might witness more companies follow suit in making these acquisitions.

Currently, the parties in charge are working on the various regulations in line with the implementation of the law. When finalized, the business giant reveals that it won’t hesitate in entering the binding transaction for the Business.

Focus into the future

General Cannabis has revealed its plan to purchase the Company’s common stock. These will include the company’s tangible and intangible assets. The business guru expects to pay 40% in terms of shares and sixty percent in form of cash. Focus will at some point shift to the number of common shares issued at closing. In this case, the determination will take into account the 30-day volume weighted average price.

The General Cannabis Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman Michael Feinsod expressed his excitement in the latest developments. He said that the acquisition of the third licensed Colorado cannabis operator was a major step forward for them. The official looks forward to the company expanding its business to central Denver. According to him, the planned move will show their dedication to an expansion strategy.

General Cannabis is set to also expand its customer base by a significant margin if all moves according to plan.

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Leafbuyer Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS:LBUY) To Create A Mobile App With Blockchain Capabilities

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Leafbuyer Technologies Inc (OTCMKTS:LBUY) today spoke at length regarding the development of a new mobile application. The company spent several months in the creation of the all-encompassing application. One top official working with the business says that they will soon give a Press release regarding the latest move.

The application

The uniqueness of the application lies in how it manages to merge the various aspects of functionality. These include Leafbuyer’s search technology and the current deals. The business guru has also designed some blockchain wallet capabilities. The purpose is to ensure that the company’s loyal customers get the most from the move.

The CEO of Leafbuyer Kurt Rossner opines, “Leafbuyer provides multiple technology solutions to help businesses in the cannabis industry to attract and retain consumers. The integration of blockchain technology within the mobile application will boost transparency and provide accessible information regarding transactions and loyalty points.”

Leafbuyer says that the hosting of its wide range of products on multiple platforms will see it generate high profits. The tablets at participating dispensaries, the Leafbuyer app, and the Greenlight app are all remarkable platforms according to analysts.

This new application is all about centralizing the experience of the various consumers. Soon, the application will be distributed via the iOS App Store and the progressive web application (PWA).

Views about the future

The COO of Leafbuyer, Mark Breen, has spoken in relation to the much-awaited rollout. The official says that they look forward to seeing their consumers interact much more easily with clients. According to him, the ongoing efforts on the connection develop a good reputation for the company. Sooner or later, Leafbuyer will become very important for product company clients and dispensaries across the country.

Most of the consumers are looking forward to the completion of this app. They say that it will make it a lot easier for them to search for deals and businesses. The other services they will enjoy include the ordering of their favorite products as well as getting other items delivered. Those consumers that need to keep track of their loyalty points will do it more easily.

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