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Quizam Media Corp $QQ.ca $QQQFF is Seeing Explosive Growth for its Quantum #Cannabis Corporation, Expanding its Retail Footprint amidst The Great Cannabis Gold Rush $FAF $FAF.ca $CLIQ $ISH $ISH.ca $SUN.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:01 PM on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021

Quizam Media Corp’s (QQ:CSE QQQFF:OTC) wholly owned subsidiary Quantum 1 Cannabis is experiencing rapid growth across British Columbia!

In the past 12 months, Quantum 1 has opened stores in:

  • North Vancouver
  • Vernon
  • Grand Forks
  • Keremeos
  • Creston

And it will soon be opening its sixth, and flagship, store in Oakridge, B.C.

In Tandem with this expansion, quarterly revenue is accelerating rapidly, rising from $138,000 in Nov 2019 to $954,000 in Nov 2020.

What’s its secret sauce? The company places a huge emphasis on education. That’s because Quizam has its roots as an educational media company that spent a long time educating people about cannabis, long before it became legal.

  • In this nascent market, people are looking for trusted, authoritative voices

The company’s growth comes as Canada is experiencing ‘The Great Cannabis Gold Rush’ –

  • By 2021, Canada’s cannabis market is expected to reach $3bn, translating to 77.9% CAGR from 2018-2021.
  • Cannabis now contributes $14.6bn to Canada’s economy, up from $8bn previous est.
  • Cannabis 2.0 new products (candy, drinks) could generate $2.5bn in sales in Canada.
  • You’re going to want to get comfy for this conversation with Russ Rossi, Quizam Media’s President & CEO:

Spyder $SPDR.ca Cannabis to Acquire a Leading Vape Retailer 180 Smoke $ACB $APHA $CRON.ca $OGI.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:23 AM on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
  • To acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of the entities that collectively comprise the business of 180 Smoke (“180 Smoke“), a dominant vape retailer in Canada. The Company has agreed to purchase the shares of 180 Smoke

Vaughan, Ontario–(February 23, 2021) – Spyder Cannabis Inc. (TSXV: SPDR) (“Spyder” or the “Company“), an established Canadian cannabis and vape retailer, is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a binding agreement with CRHC Holdings Corp. (the “Seller“) to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of the entities that collectively comprise the business of 180 Smoke (“180 Smoke“), a dominant vape retailer in Canada. The Company has agreed to purchase the shares of 180 Smoke (the “Acquisition“), on a cash-free basis (after post-closing adjustments), for nominal consideration. Additionally, the Company has secured a strategic institutional investor to acquire all of the existing debt of 180 Smoke owing to an affiliate of the Seller. The parties will proceed to close the Acquisition upon satisfaction of the closing conditions.

Transaction Highlights

  • 180 Smoke is a leading Canadian vape product retailer that has been widely regarded as the gold standard for vape store operations and customer service. 180 Smoke sells high-quality e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other nicotine-related products.
  • The Acquisition is expected to immediately increase Spyder’s consolidated revenue with the addition of 180 Smoke’s nicotine vape sales, franchise revenue and other wholesale and distribution revenue which generated approximately $12.9 million in unaudited net revenue during the year ended December 31, 2020.
  • 180 Smoke has a team of 91 employees who will continue to operate 180 Smoke’s 18 brick and mortar vape retail locations, 8 franchises, and its corporate head office and distribution warehouse, following the closing of the Acquisition.
  • 180 Smoke’s current customer base includes 92,481 in-store accounts, 98,052 online accounts, as well as 235 specialty wholesale vape B2B accounts.
  • Spyder expects to integrate its 2 brick and mortar vape retail stores with those of 180 Smoke’s to leverage the acquired know-how and intellectual property, including retail store design and layout, standard operating procedures, administrative systems and customer support, human resources and staff training, and accounting.
  • Synergies are also expected between 180 Smoke’s existing customer base with Spyder’s cannabis business.
  • Spyder will have the ability to utilize its wholly-owned subsidiary’s Retail Operator License issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to convert some of 180 Smoke’s existing vape retail locations to licensed cannabis dispensaries by obtaining a Retail Store Authorization from the AGCO for such store.

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Spyder Cannabis Provides Update on Cannabis Dispensary Application in Pickering $ACB $APH $CRON.ca $OGI.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
  • Received notice from the City of Pickering regarding an initial inspection of the Company’s proposed cannabis dispensary located at 776 Liverpool Rd., Unit 4, Pickering, Ontario, L1W 1S2.
  • Spyder Subco has a Retail Operator License issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and currently operates a cannabis dispensary in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Vaughan, Ontario–(February 16, 2021) – Spyder Cannabis Inc. (TSXV: SPDR) (“Spyder” or the “Company“), an established Canadian cannabis and vape retailer, is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Spyder Cannabis Subco Inc. (“Spyder Subco“), has received notice from the City of Pickering regarding an initial inspection of the Company’s proposed cannabis dispensary located at 776 Liverpool Rd., Unit 4, Pickering, Ontario, L1W 1S2. Spyder Subco has a Retail Operator License issued by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (the “AGCO“) and currently operates a cannabis dispensary in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

In anticipation of the city’s approval of the sale of cannabis in Pickering, the Company secured a retail premises and began to build out the location in 2019. The inspection is scheduled to take place during the week of February 16, 2021. Subject to passing the inspection, and making any necessary modifications, Spyder Subco will be placed in the queue of applications and will await receipt of a Retail Store Authorization from the AGCO for the new premises, permitting the Company to begin operating a licensed cannabis dispensary in Pickering and its second dispensary in Ontario.

Dan Pelchovitz, President & CEO of Spyder, commented, “Pickering is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet, and boasts a growing population of approximately 100,000 residents. Spyder’s team is excited to bring its brand name and best-in-class customer service to one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario.”

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Avicanna $AVCN.ca $AVCNF Enters Multi-level Strategic Partnership with Al Harrington’s, Harrington Wellness Inc., to Commercialize re+PLAY™ Branded Products in Canada $WEED.ca $CL.ca $HEXO.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:46 AM on Tuesday, February 9th, 2021
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  • Development and licensing of a bespoke and evidence-based athletic line of CBD topical products for the re+PLAY brand in the U.S.
  • Avicanna to lead commercialization in Canada through consumer retail and medical sales channels.

TORONTO, Feb. 09, 2021 — Avicanna Inc. (“ Avicanna ” or the “ Company “) (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products, is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into an intellectual property licensing and royalty agreement with Harrington Wellness Inc. (“ Harrington Wellness” ) for the commercialization of a CBD topical product line targeting athletes and active consumers in Canada and the U.S. (the “ re+PLAY Agreement ”). 

Avicanna and Harrington Wellness have worked together extensively on researching, developing and optimizing a bespoke line of CBD-based topicals designed specifically for the athletic and sports community (the “ re+PLAY Products” ). These CBD-based topicals utilize Avicanna’s proprietary deep tissue technology for cannabinoid delivery and have been curated with the support of Harrington Wellness’ deep understanding of the needs of professional athletes. The products are planned to be launched in Q2 2021 in the United States by Harrington Wellness across retail and e-commerce channels and in Canada through medical and adult-use/consumer retail cannabis sales channels by Avicanna. The product formulations are also enrolled in several preclinical studies with leading Canadian medical institutions to assess their efficacy in chronic pain and osteoarthritis. 

Under the re+PLAY Agreement, which has an initial three-year term, Avicanna has licensed the use of certain proprietary product formulations to Harrington Wellness to be used in connection with the manufacture and distribution of the re+PLAY Products in the United States. Additionally, Harrington Wellness has also licensed the use of the re+PLAY brand to Avicanna to be used in connection with the manufacture and distribution of the re+PLAY Products in Canada. The re+PLAY Products will be branded and sold under the re+PLAY brand in both the United States and Canada. Royalties are payable to Avicanna and Harrington Wellness as consideration for each of the licenses. 

“As a former professional athlete myself and avid CBD user, I understand the importance of being in peak physical condition and finding products that help you to recover faster,” says Al Harrington, CEO of Harrington Wellness. “Avicanna has been an incredible partner in developing the re+PLAY formulas and expanding the product line’s availability into Canada.” 

In commenting on the re+PLAY Agreement, Aras Azadian, CEO of Avicanna said, “I am thrilled to finally introduce our relationship with Al Harrington and Harrington Wellness. This partnership was formed on the alignment of the vision to introduce premium and scientifically backed products for athletic and active consumers to the market. Additionally, the distinct expertise of the two companies and collaborative spirit has yielded an advanced and evidence-based line of products that are tailored to promote a healthy active lifestyle for the athlete in all of us.” 

To the knowledge of the Company, it is in compliance with all applicable laws in the jurisdictions in which it operates. 

About Harrington Wellness  

Founded in 2018 by Viola CEO and NBA Vet, Al Harrington, Harrington Wellness produces a wide range of products via in house manufacturing, joint venture projects and white label arrangements with other vetted organizations that stand for the highest quality and reliable medical benefits. These items are sold online via in house and existing marketplace sites, in brick and mortar retail and by health professions directly in their clinics. 

Harrington Wellness’ hero brand, re+PLAY™ is a performance based CBD wellness brand created with the combined knowledge and experience of athletes, doctors, and certified athletic trainers. Our team is dedicated to creating best in class products that deliver the powerful healing properties of the plant to our customers. All products are made using a triple-tested process with hemp grown in the USA, and are free of heavy metals, pesticides, and harmful microbes. 

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Avicanna $AVCN.ca $AVCNF Launches RHO Phyto™ Topical Gels in Canada and Initiates Clinical Studies $TRUL.ca $ACB

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 7:59 AM on Thursday, January 28th, 2021
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  • RHO Phyto Deep Tissue Gels will be initially available on the Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart™ online platform and expanded into specific consumer retail channels in February 2021.
  • Initiation of osteoarthritis preclinical trials in Canada in addition to the enrollment of the products into the UHN MC-RWE study to evaluate the effectiveness on pain, sleep, anxiety, and depression.

TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2021 — Avicanna Inc. (“ Avicanna ” or the “ Company “) (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products is pleased to announce the launch of the RHO Phyto™ Deep Tissue Gels (the “ RHO Phyto Deep Tissue Gels ”) through Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart as well as through additional adult use channels. The Company is also pleased to announce the initiation of pre-clinical osteoarthritis evaluations after successful in vitro studies and the enrollment of the Deep Tissue Gels in the Medical Cannabis Real World Evidence (“ MC-RWE ”) study. The MC-RWE study is led by the University Health Network (“ UHN ”) with the goal to evaluate the effectiveness of medical cannabis on pain, sleep and other related comorbidities.

About the RHO Phyto Deep Tissue Gels

The RHO Phyto Deep Tissue Gels synergistically combine natural clove oil and menthol with cannabinoids and natural polyphenols in advanced emulsions which are optimized for faster absorption and deeper delivery. The RHO Phyto Deep Tissue Gel formulations are also designed for long term cannabinoid shelf-life stability and accurate dosing with cooling sensation, and pleasant mint aroma. The deep tissue technology has been developed and optimized by Avicanna’s research and development team. Over the last 3 years, the RHO Phyto Deep Tissue Gel formulations have been validated by a series of preclinical studies where both stability and enhanced absorption into the deeper layers of the skin were shown.

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Avicanna $AVCN.ca $AVCNF Initiates Pre-Clinical and Behavioural Studies on its RHO Phyto™ Formulary with University of Guelph and Provides Research and Management Team Updates $WEED.ca $CL.ca $HEXO.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:07 AM on Thursday, January 21st, 2021
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  • Updated and amended its collaboration with Dr. Jibran Khokhar, Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, and initiated prioritized pre-clinical studies on the RHO Phyto formulations that are commercialized in Canada and Colombia.
  • Additionally, the Company provides an update on research projects with the University of Toronto and Thompson Rivers University as well as a change to its management team.

TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2021– Avicanna Inc. (“ Avicanna ” or the “ Company “) (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products has updated and amended its collaboration with Dr. Jibran Khokhar, Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, and initiated prioritized pre-clinical studies on the RHO Phyto formulations that are commercialized in Canada and Colombia. Additionally, the Company provides an update on research projects with the University of Toronto and Thompson Rivers University as well as a change to its management team.

Initiation of pre-clinical studies on RHO Phyto in collaboration with University of Guelph

Further to Avicanna’s previous announcement regarding Dr. Khokhar’s research team at the University of Guelph being awarded a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (“ NSERC ”) Alliance grant focused on the neurobiological underpinnings of cannabis toxicosis with the aim to evaluate Avicanna’s formulations in the treatment of cannabis-induced toxicosis, the project is now being expanded. The expansion of the project includes pharmacokinetic and behavioural testing of Avicanna’s RHO Phyto™ formulations as well as studying their efficacy in alleviating neuropathic pain and addiction. The data generated from the research will help guide Avicanna’s clinical development, including the pharmaceutical and real-world evidence studies related to the RHO Phyto formulations, and will provide additional information to health care practitioners who are recommending and prescribing the products in several markets.

COVID-19 drug candidate project update

The research collaboration with the University of Toronto on the development of a drug candidate to treat lung inflammation caused by COVID-19, with funding support from an NSERC Alliance grant and a MITACS Alliance grant, is complete. The peer-reviewed grants were focused on the development of a cannabinoid formulation to be used for further research on COVID-19. The physical and chemical characterization of the optimized cannabinoid formulation is complete, which included its stability and drug release properties in relevant conditions.

COVID-19 and anti-inflammatory related research collaboration with TRU with non-dilutive funding

In partnership with Avicanna, Dr. Kingsley Donkor and collaborators from Thompson Rivers University (” TRU ”), will be evaluating naturally derived cannabinoids and candidate formulations for their efficacy to modulate the receiving receptor of COVID-19 (angiotensin-converting ACE2 gene expression). This project will focus on elucidating the mechanism of action of novel prophylactic nasal and oral cannabinoid products for humans that target ACE2 viral gateways. Candidate formulations, once identified, will be evaluated for anti-inflammatory effects in human-derived lung tissue models. The research with TRU is supported by an NSERC grant and a MITACS Internship.

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Avicanna $AVCN.ca $AVCNF Advances #Pharmaceutical Epilepsy Program With Collaboration With the University Health Network and GMP Manufacturing of its First Pharmaceutical Preparation $GWPH $CRDL.ca $PCLO.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:29 AM on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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  • Avicanna Advances Pharmaceutical Epilepsy Program With Collaboration With the University Health Network and GMP Manufacturing of its First Pharmaceutical Preparation
  • The multi-level cannabinoid-based collaboration with leading epilepsy researcher Dr. Peter Carlen at the world-renowned Krembil Research Institute at UHN is also supported by a Mitacs Accelerate program grant.
  • UHN scientists will be analyzing Avicanna’s RHO Phyto™ cannabinoid-based products for their efficacy on comorbidities and seizure control in addition to identifying optimized cannabinoid and non-cannabinoid ratios for future drug development.
  • First fully GMP and ICH compliant manufacturing of Avicanna’s proprietary pharmaceutical preparation to treat epilepsy has been completed by Altea Farmaceutica S.A. in preparation for registration and commercialization in South America.

TORONTO, Jan. 06, 2021 — Avicanna Inc. (“ Avicanna ” or the “ Company “) (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products, is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a master services agreement (the “ Master Services Agreement) with the University Health Network (“ UHN ”) for projects to be performed by Dr. Peter Carlen as the principal investigator related to epilepsy. Additionally, the company has completed the technical transfer and first pharmaceutical pilot production of its epilepsy drug candidate at Altea Farmaceutica S.A. (“ Altea ”) in Bogota, Colombia, a major step required for the final preparation for its registration and commercialization in South America.

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Avicanna $AVCN.ca $AVCNF to Expand Access to Its Advanced and Evidence-Based RHO Phyto Medical Products Through Provincial Retailers Across Canada $WEED.ca $CL.ca $HEXO.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 7:52 AM on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020
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  • Expanding from the successful launch in medical-only channels in partnership with Medical Cannabis by Shoppers, Avicanna will now offer RHO Phyto™ nationwide through provincial retailers
  • RHO Phyto products will include its advanced formulary of sublingual sprays, oil drops and topicals through retail sales channels estimated at $3 billion dollars* in Canada

TORONTO, Dec. 23, 2020 — Avicanna Inc. (“Avicanna” or the “Company“) (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products, announces that the full formulary of RHO Phyto products will be available through retail channels in early 2021 in Canada.

A successful proof of concept and partnership with Medical Cannabis by Shoppers

During the past four months, the RHO Phyto medical formulary has experienced an incredibly successful launch with overwhelming positive support by the medical community including 300 prescribers and 20 clinics. RHO Phyto sales have increased 100%+ month over month in all product categories. The early results show the product formulary key demographics are 55% women, 47% are 51-75 years of age and 90% of consumers are 30+ years old. Avicanna will remain exclusive to Medical Cannabis by Shoppers for medical/prescription use and intends to increase its current commercial SKU’s from 4 to 10 in 2021.

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Expansion to retail sales to provide consumers with low barrier access to the same industry leading formulary of medical cannabis products

It has become evident that many consumers who seek cannabis for medical purposes are not going through medical channels, with nearly 44% purchasing from legal storefronts (adult-use). According to the 2020 Canadian Cannabis Survey, 76% of medical cannabis users do not have a medical document – such as a prescription – from a healthcare professional. The ease of access to store-fronts and systemic barriers to connecting with a health care professional who may provide a medical document have continued to impact medical user numbers year over year, which have remained largely the same around 350,000 active registered medical users in Canada since 2018*.

Aras Azadian, Avicanna’s Chief Executive Officer, stated: “The existing stigma around medical cannabis and the barriers to obtain a medical document make it particularly challenging for some patients to access medical cannabis through the appropriate channels with the support of a health care practitioner. We believe that by expanding the RHO Phyto portfolio into retail sales channels we will provide consumers with easier and low barrier access to standardized medical products they seek. For a biopharmaceutical company like Avicanna, this expansion of our medical products into retail channels is in many ways similar to accessing over-the-counter medical products.” Aras Azadian, the companies Chief Executive Officer.

RHO Phyto product attributes and retail sales strategy

The advanced and standardized products are offered in various doses of CBD, THC and THC-Free formulations to provide consumers with a range of inhalation-free cannabinoids-based solutions. The advanced formulations are developed and optimized by Avicanna to provide enhanced absorption versus basic MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil formulations while providing a consistent experience with a pleasant taste and smell. The RHO Phyto products are delivered with accurate dosing which also allows for easy titration and dosing by consumers.

Avicanna’s RHO Phyto strategy to leverage retail sales channels is consistent with the company’s vision to provide education and safe delivery of its products through evidenced-based training and education to the consumers, retailers and the medical community. Avicanna aims to establish RHO Phyto as the doctor recommended brand within the cannabis industry and has initiated several pre-clinical and real-world evidence clinical trials on the products with leading Canadian medical institutions.

*source: Statistics Canada

About Avicanna Inc.

Avicanna is a diversified and vertically integrated Canadian biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development, and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products for the global consumer, medical, and pharmaceutical market segments.

Avicanna is an established leader in cannabinoid research and development, which it primarily conducts at its R&D headquarters in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centre, JLABS @ Toronto, Canada and in collaboration with leading Canadian academic and medical institutions. In addition to its developing pharmaceutical pipeline, Avicanna’s team of experts have developed and commercialized several industry leading product lines, including:

  • Pura Earth™ or Pura H&W™: an advanced and clinically tested line of CBD consumer derma-cosmetic products; and,
  • RHO Phyto™: an advanced line of medical cannabis products containing varying ratios of CBD and THC currently available nation-wide across Canada in partnership with Medical Cannabis by Shoppers™, a subsidiary of Shoppers Drug Mart. RHO Phyto is the first strictly medical formulary of advanced “Cannabis 2.0” products, containing oils, sprays, capsules, creams, and gels, all 2 developed with scientific rigour, manufactured under GMP standards and supported by pre-clinical data.

With ongoing clinical trials on its derma-cosmetic (branded as Pura Earth or Pura H&W), medical cannabis (branded as RHO Phyto) and a pipeline of pharmaceutical products, Avicanna’s dedication to researching the important role that cannabinoids play in an increasingly wider scope of products has been at the core of the Company’s vision since its inception. Furthermore, Avicanna’s commitment to education is demonstrated through its annual medical symposium, the Avicanna Academy educational platform, and the My Cannabis Clinic patient program through its subsidiary company.

Avicanna manages its own supply chain including cultivation and extraction through its two majority-owned subsidiaries, Sativa Nativa S.A.S. and Santa Marta Golden Hemp S.A.S., both located in Santa Marta, Colombia. Through these sustainable, economical, and industrial scale subsidiaries, Avicanna cultivates, processes, and commercializes a range of cannabis and hemp cultivars dominant in CBD, CBG, THC, and other cannabinoids for use as active pharmaceutical ingredients. Avicanna’s Avesta Genetica program specializes in the development and optimization of rare cultivars for commercial production along with feminized seeds for global export. In June 2020, Avicanna made history with a shipment of hemp seeds to the United States of America by completing the first ever export of hemp seeds from Colombia.

SOURCE Avicanna Inc.

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For more information about Avicanna, visit www.avicanna.com, call 1-647-243-5283, or contact Setu Purohit, President by email at [email protected]

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements

This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information contained in this press release may be identified by the use of words such as, “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “likely”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe, “intend”, “plan”, “forecast”, “project”, “estimate”, “outlook” and other similar expressions, and includes statements with respect to the ability of the Company to manufacture any of the products, and the ability of the Company to sell any of the products in retail channels in Canada. Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and is based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management in light of management’s experience and perception of trends, current conditions and expected developments, as well as other factors relevant in the circumstances, including assumptions in respect of current and future market conditions, the current and future regulatory environment; and the availability of licenses, approvals and permits.

Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to current and future market conditions, including the market price of the common shares of the Company, and the risk factors set out in the Company’s annual information form dated April 15, 2020 and final short form prospectus dated November 27, 2020, filed with the Canadian securities regulators and available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .

The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

Avicanna $AVCN.ca $AVCNF Expands Distribution Network in South America Through Commercial Partnerships in Ecuador and Commercial Export of Feminized Seeds to Uruguay $KHRN.ca $TRUL.ca $VFF.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 7:39 AM on Thursday, December 17th, 2020
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  • Partnership with Alliancepharma Technologies S.A., one of Ecuador’s largest pharmaceutical companies, will take advantage of the upcoming cannabis regulations to allow for the registration and distribution of several of Avicanna’s consumer and pharmaceutical products across Ecuador
  • Distribution agreement with Spenta S.A., an Ecuadorian cosmetic distributor, for the distribution of its derma-cosmetic product line branded as Pura Earth TM
  • Successful registration and export of CBD and CBG dominant feminized seeds to Uruguay from Colombia

TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2020 — Avicanna Inc. (“ Avicanna ” or the “ Company “) (TSX: AVCN) (OTCQX: AVCNF) (FSE: 0NN), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an importation and distribution agreement with Alliancepharma Technologies S.A. (“ Alliancepharma ”) for the distribution of Avicanna’s advanced and clinically supported medical and pharmaceutical formulations in Ecuador. Avicanna has also entered into an agreement with Spenta S.A. (“ Spenta ”), an Ecuadorian cosmetic distributor, for the distribution of its Pura Earth branded derma-cosmetic product line nationwide. As part of its commercial expansion plans, Avicanna has also completed an export of feminized seeds to Uruguay from its majority-owned cultivation subsidiary, Santa Marta Golden Hemp S.A.S. (“ SMGH’ ) in Santa Marta, Colombia.

Avicanna’s exclusive agreement with Alliancepharma will take advantage of the upcoming Ecuadorian regulations of cannabis-based products and allow for the registration and commercialization of Avicanna’s advanced cannabinoid-based consumer and pharmaceutical products in the Ecuadorian market. The product offerings include Avicanna’s deep tissue topical formulations marketed as consumer products in addition to several pharmaceutical products that are intended to be registered as indication specific drugs and natural medicines. Alliancepharma, a part of the Naturex group and one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Ecuador, is expected to leverage its in-house distributionand commercialization capabilities as well as its network of nation-wide pharmacies to bring Avicanna’s products to consumers all over the country upon the regulations in Ecuador coming into effect.

“We are very excited to enter the Ecuadorian market with the first cannabinoid-based pharmaceutical products with the support of a world class partner such as Avicanna Inc. This partnership strengthens our commitment as pioneers and leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, offering innovative phyto-therapeutic solutions to continue improving the quality of life of our patients.” Stated Diego Vega, International Business Development Director of Alliancepharma.

Avicanna’s Pura Earth branded derma-cosmetic products are expected to enter the Ecuadorian market through Spenta’s distribution nationwide network of pharmacies, beauty retailers and e-commerce platforms. The agreement with Spenta coincides with an initial purchase order of several SKU’s which is expected to be exported from Colombia in Q1-2021. This will become the second South American market after Colombia in which the Pura Earth branded derma-cosmetic products will be available for sale. The derma-cosmetic formulations, which synergistically combine natural ingredients with hemp-derived CBD, have been developed through a rigorous scientific and evidence-based approach that includes positive results from the completion of 3 cosmetic human clinical studies.

As part of the Company’s commercial expansion plans, Avicanna’s majority owned subsidiary, SMGH, has completed the registration of its CBD and CBG dominant genetics in Uruguay and a commercial export of feminized non-psychoactive cannabis seeds to Uruguay. This marks three countries in which Avicanna’s seeds are currently commercially sold including the United States and Colombia. As a global cannabis and hemp cultivation industry begins to emerge, Avicanna’s industry leading genetics program seeds business unit is well positioned to be a reliable supplier of high quality seeds.

Lucas Nosiglia, President of Avicanna LATAM, commented: “We continue to demonstrate leadership across the LATAM markets and validate our diverse business model which is dedicated to quality cannabinoid products across the full value chain. We are optimistic about the opportunity in LATAM markets as we continue to see the regulations and business opportunities evolve and believe our medical and scientific superiority combined with our sustainable and economical costs positions us at the forefront of this emerging sector.”

To the knowledge of the Company, it is in compliance with all applicable laws in the jurisdictions in which it operates.

About Avicanna Inc.

Avicanna is a diversified and vertically integrated Canadian biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development, and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products for the global consumer, medical, and pharmaceutical market segments.

Avicanna is an established leader in cannabinoid research and development, which it primarily conducts at its R&D headquarters in the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centre, JLABS @ Toronto, Canada and in collaboration with leading Canadian academic and medical institutions. In addition to its developing pharmaceutical pipeline, Avicanna’s team of experts have developed and commercialized several industry leading product lines, including:

  • Pura Earth™ or Pura H&W™: an advanced and clinically tested line of CBD consumer derma-cosmetic products; and,
  • RHO Phyto™: an advanced line of medical cannabis products containing varying ratios of CBD and THC currently available nation-wide across Canada in partnership with Medical Cannabis by Shoppers™, a subsidiary of Shoppers Drug Mart. RHO Phyto is the first strictly medical formulary of advanced “Cannabis 2.0” products, containing oils, sprays, capsules, creams, and gels, all 2 developed with scientific rigour, manufactured under GMP standards and supported by pre-clinical data.

With ongoing clinical trials on its derma-cosmetic (branded as Pura Earth or Pura H&W), medical cannabis (branded as RHO Phyto) and a pipeline of pharmaceutical products, Avicanna’s dedication to researching the important role that cannabinoids play in an increasingly wider scope of products has been at the core of the Company’s vision since its inception. Furthermore, Avicanna’s commitment to education is demonstrated through its annual medical symposium, the Avicanna Academy educational platform, and the My Cannabis Clinic patient program through its subsidiary company.

Avicanna manages its own supply chain including cultivation and extraction through its two majority-owned subsidiaries, Sativa Nativa S.A.S. and Santa Marta Golden Hemp S.A.S., both located in Santa Marta, Colombia. Through these sustainable, economical, and industrial scale subsidiaries, Avicanna cultivates, processes, and commercializes a range of cannabis and hemp cultivars dominant in CBD, CBG, THC, and other cannabinoids for use as active pharmaceutical ingredients. Avicanna’s Avesta Genetica program specializes in the development and optimization of rare cultivars for commercial production along with feminized seeds for global export. In June 2020, Avicanna made history with a shipment of hemp seeds to the United States of America by completing the first ever export of hemp seeds from Colombia.

SOURCE Avicanna Inc.

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For more information about Avicanna, visit www.avicanna.com , call 1-647-243-5283, or contact Setu Purohit, President by email at [email protected] .

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Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking information because the Company can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. Forward-looking information is subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to current and future market conditions, including the market price of the common shares of the Company, and the risk factors set out in the Company’s annual information form dated April 15, 2020 and final short form prospectus dated November 27, 2020, filed with the Canadian securities regulators and available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com .

The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws.

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Avicanna (AVCN: TSX) (AVCN: OTCQX) (0NN: FSE) is a vertically-integrated biopharmaceutical company developing and commercializing various cannabinoid-based products for the global marketplace.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • $882K in revenue, an increase of 24% from Q2-2020,
  • Double-digit growth, quarter over quarter from Q4-2019
  • In addition, the Company was able to reach a major milestone with the launch of certain products from its RHO Phyto product line in Canada and further diversified its revenue streams.

When we say vertically integrated, we mean it. Avicanna has 4 fully operating divisions to address the entire market for Cannabis products as follows:

1.  The company has a full line of high end CBD based skin care products serving the consumer retail segment with Canadian distribution through Medical Cannabis by Shoppers, as well as global distribution later this year. 

2.  Avicanna’s superior medical cannabis line also features products distributed through Medical Cannabis by Shoppers, the online arm of Canada’s largest drugstore chain.

Recently Launched Medical Cannabis Program with its RHO Phyto™ Formulary Nationwide in Colombia (Read More)

Leveraging the successful launch of the Company’s RHO Phyto branded advanced medical cannabis product line in Canada, the portfolio of preparations, including oil drops, sublingual sprays, capsules and topicals, are now available nationwide in Colombia through physician prescription.

  • The medical program includes Avicanna’s 3 pillars aimed at setting the gold standard for medical cannabis in Colombia and other Latin American markets, including
    • Medical community education,
    • Advanced pharmaceutical grade cannabinoid preparations,
    • Comprehensive patient support program

3.  Avicanna also hosts a full pipeline of Pharmaceuticals in various stages of trials to address Dermatology, Psychiatry, Neurology, Pain and Oncology. Three of the company’s products are already as far as phase 2.

AND… if that is not enough …

4.  Avicanna’s Colombian cultivation division hosts 500,000 Sq ft of low cost and USDA certified organic Cannabis Cultivation. The company recently Made History As The First Ever Export Of Feminized Hemp Seeds From Colombia To The United States. 7,000,000 Seeds For $380,000, with an additional 75,000,000 Seeds Available For Export In Several Pending Transactions.

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