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William SumnerWilliam SumnerOctober 30, 2018
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What is the economic impact of adult use cannabis? In many U.S. states, that is a difficult question to answer. Hoping to divine the answer, the Nevada Dispensary Association (NDA), which represents approximately 80% of cannabis dispensaries in the state of Nevada, commissioned a report by RCG Economics to find out; and the results were surprising.

To fully ascertain the scope of the cannabis industry’s economic effect on Nevada’s economy, RCG implemented several strategies. To start, RCG electronically sent out a survey to NDA members; requesting information such as tax collections, gross sales, wages, benefits, and employment.

Next, RCG ran an economic benefits analysis (EBA) and compared the data to existing figures. An EBA typically involves analyzing direct benefits, indirect benefits, and induced benefits. Finally, RCG prepared a fiscal benefits analysis, which examined statistics such as state-level excises taxes, retail sales taxes, and the payroll tax.

After collating the data, RCG found that legalized cannabis will have a tremendous effect on the Nevadan economy.

Economic Benefits

Currently, adult use cannabis sales account for 63% of all cannabis sales in the states, while medical makes up the remaining 37%. Between 2018 and 2024, the state’s adult use cannabis industry is expected to generate an estimated $8 billion of economic activity.

Additionally, the industry is expected to support approximately 67,000 jobs in the same period. Cannabis regulations are also forecasted generate roughly $3.6 billion in direct, indirect, and induced labor income.

Direct spending in the cannabis industry is also projected during this period to have a multiplier effect of 1.63; which means that for every $1 spent on retail cannabis, another $0.63 will be generated throughout the state economy.

The retail cannabis industry is expected to produce approximately $989.7 million of total output activity in 2018 alone; representing roughly $60.7 million in sales. By 2024, that total is expected to rise to approximately $1.2 billion. Similarly, the industry is projected to support around 8,300 jobs in 2018, but by 2024 that number is expected to grow to 10,200.

Fiscal Benefits

Between 2018 and 2024, Nevada’s cannabis industry could potentially create roughly $1 billion in fiscal benefits for the state. The largest chunk of that figure is from sales and use tax accounts, which is projected to generate $349.4 million. The second largest contributor is the retail excise tax ($336.2 million) and the wholesale excise tax ($212.3 million).

For 2018, the industry is expected to generate approximately $113.1 million in fiscal benefits. By 2024, that number is expected to swell to $158.7 million annually.

RCG is quick to point out that these figures are only estimations based upon the available data and may change depending on outside economic factors. However, external economic factors or not, one thing is clear for the report, and that is that the legal cannabis industry will have a tremendous impact on the state of Nevada’s economy in the coming years.

 


William SumnerWilliam SumnerOctober 25, 2018
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It has been a little more than a week since recreational cannabis sales were launched in Canada, and already the policy has become a big hit. Millions of dollars in cannabis sales have already been recorded, and in the province of British Columbia alone there have been more than 21,000 transactions. Although some cannabis companies, like MedMen, have posted large revenues with considerable expenses to counter its gains, other cannabis companies have enjoyed much rosier financial outcomes; such as Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. (NINE), THC BioMed Intl Ltd.  (THC), and Organigram Holdings Inc.  (OGI).

Delta 9 Cannabis Inc.

Earlier this week, Delta 9 announced that within the first seven days of legalization, its Delta 9 Cannabis Store subsidiary logged roughly 9,600 transactions; generating CAD$736,124 in revenue. The majority of its revenue came from the sales of dried cannabis and to a lesser extent the sale of ancillary products and accessories. Although online sales were restricted to 10% of its initial in-store inventory, the company received a total of 1,583 online orders, of which 622 were same-day deliveries. The first day of legal recreational cannabis sales blew away all of our expectations,” said Delta 9 CEO John Arbuthnot in a statement. “We launched online sales of cannabis just after the stroke of midnight on October 17… By 4 a.m., we had sold out all the product set aside for online sales…”

THC BioMed Intl Ltd.

Although THC BioMed did not post its sales figures for the last week, the company did announce that it has sent its third shipment to the British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch and that all of its strains and pre-rolls have already sold-out.

Organigram Holdings Inc.

Also enjoying early success in Canada’s new adult-use cannabis market is Organigram. Providing cannabis to a number of Canadian provinces, the company has reported more interest than initially expected. In the province of Ontario, for example, the Ontario Cannabis Store’s website has received more than 1.3 million unique visits and approximately 100,000 online orders within the first 24 hours of retail sales. “The launch of the Canadian adult recreational cannabis market has already exceeded our expectations in many ways,” commented Organigram CEO Greg Engel. “Consumers have immediately shown tremendous support for this new marketplace and incredible interest in our own portfolio of recreational brands, driving a phenomenal volume of early sales.”


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJune 1, 2018
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On May 30, 2018, Maricann Group Inc. announced the filing of its financial results for the quarter ending on March 31, 2018. It was a tough quarter for the company as profits took a precipitous tumble from $1,143,167 in Q1 of 2017 to $600,591 for Q1 of 2018.

The steep decline in revenue was due in large part to a bulk transaction in Germany that the company had planned to take place during the quarter. However, that transaction was pushed back to the second quarter because of the time it took the company to obtain a European Medicines Agency Good Manufacturing Practice certification. Current unaudited revenue for the second quarter so far is purportedly $905,000.

The company realized a net loss of $11.4 million for a loss per share of $0.11, which is drastically lower that its loss in the same period in the previous year; which was $66.8 million with a loss per share of $1.53.

A huge portion of the company’s losses stem from its general and administrative costs Over the last year, G&A expenses have grown tremendously, from $1.7 million to $6.6 million. Even if Maricann is able to sell all of its biological assets and inventory, which totals to approximately $1.7 million, G&A expenses would still outpace revenue, leaving some investors to worry about the company’s long term balance sheet.

With legal adult cannabis sales poised to launch in Canada in the next few months, and with Maricann set to begin exporting into Europe, the company should experience a boost in revenue; which means the next few quarters will be critical to the company’s long term success.

In a statement, Maricann CEO Ben Ward expressed support for the company’s current direction and reiterated the idea that creating better margins for the company’s products is more important than short term revenues.

“We maintain our position that establishing sustainable baskets of margin for our products that will be preserved over the long term is more important than immediate gross revenue. We base all our business decisions in the interest of long term value creation for our shareholders,” commented Ward.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerMay 11, 2018
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The cannabis-focused agricultural company Terra Tech Corp. (TRTC) has announced its quarterly financial results for the period ending on March 31, 2018.

Revenue for the quarter was $8.6 million, representing a 26% increase when compared to the period in the previous year. The company attributed its growth to the revenue generated from its cannabis dispensaries in California and Nevada, as well as a 40% increase in sales of produce and herbs nationwide through its Edible Garden brand. Compared to the same period last year, the company’s gross margin increased from 5.3% to 19.1%

Expenses for the company increased over the last year, rising from $6.4 million to $8.4 million. Likewise, the company’s long term debt of the last quarter has increased from $6.6 million in Dec. 31, 2017 to $13.2 million as of March 31, 2018. However over the last year the company’s losses have slightly decreased from $10.1 million to $10 million.

In terms of cash on hand, the company has $4.5 million. Additional, the company was able to secure an additional $40 million in funding during the last quarter and will be paid out in $5 million installments over the next two years. Equity for stockholders increased over the last quarter to $85.7 million.

“We were pleased to report revenue growth of 26% compared to the prior year period,” commented Derek Peterson, Chief Executive Officer of Terra Tech. “This was the first quarter in which we generated revenues from sales to California’s adult use cannabis market. We believe these revenues will accelerate as the industry’s supply chain professionalizes and the adult-use market matures.”

So far the markets have responded positively to Terra Tech’s financial results, causing the company’s stock to briefly rise to $3.15 per share before leveling off to $2.92. On May 10, 2018, Peterson held a conference call to answer shareholder questions, a replay of the call can be found here.


William SumnerWilliam SumnerJanuary 23, 2018
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Bit by bit and block by block, more and more cannabis companies are moving into the cryptocurrency and blockchain market.

Today SinglePoint, Inc. (SING), a full-service mobile technology provider that services the cannabis industry through its subsidiary company SingleSeed, announced a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire Bitcoin Beyond, a software platform that allows retail merchants to accept Bitcoin payments through an existing point-of-sale device.

Bitcoin Beyond was primarily developed to service the legal cannabis industry. With adequate banking services in short supply as well as United State Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ renewed pledge to crack down on the industry, many cannabis business owners are seeking alternative forms of payment, such as Bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency, to protect themselves from federal interference and the vagaries of everyday crime.

SinglePoint expects the acquisition, which is valued at $1 million, will help allow the company to provide business owners and consumers a full end-to-end retail experience. Built on a popular technology stack with encrypted merchant data and best security practices in mind, Bitcoin Beyond has been designed to easily integrate with existing POS frameworks and allows merchants to add means of payment like Bitcoin or SinglePoint’s own investment property Weedcoin.

“We are thrilled with this opportunity. Acquiring Bitcoin Beyond put us ahead of what we believe merchants have access to now. This platform has by far the easiest user interface we have seen in the market, and we are confident merchants will be quick to adopt this solution as it stands as the sole alternative to traditional options offered to the cannabis industry,” staid SinglePoint President Wil Ralston in a statement.

SinglePoint hopes to continue to expand into the blockchain market and is currently in negotiations to acquire another, yet unnamed, blockchain centric company.

SinglePoint Partners with “Shark” Kevin Harrington

Earlier this month, SinglePoint began expanding its cryptocurrency footprint when the company announced a partnership with serial entrepreneur and original Shark Tank “Shark” Kevin Harrington.

As part of the deal, Harrington will work with SinglePoint’s cryptocurrency division to promote SinglePoint’s bitcoin exchange and bitcoin payment platform. Harrington will also serve as the public face of the company’s national television campaign, which recently began production last week and is now in editing and post-production. The television ad campaign is set to air on major financial and news networks, such as CNN and Fox News.



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