The Crypto Report
A new study predicts that blockchain technology is poised to explode in the telecoms sector. Global market research firm Research and Markets expects the industry to jump from US$46.6mln in 2018 to US$993.8mln in 2023.
The report credits increased security concerns as one of the driving factors behind the rise of blockchain. However, the study does point to “uncertain regulatory status and the lack of common standards” as a potential obstacle to growth.
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Moving from blockchain to crypto, the price of Litecoin shot up amid acquisition news.
The Litecoin Foundation acquired a nearly 10% stake in Germany-based WEG Bank by means of a partnership with Token Pay, a crypto-to-fiat payments provider, according to a Coin Desk report.
Litecoin founder Charlie Lee described the partnership as a “huge win-win” for all involved.
The price of Litecoin, the world’s sixth-largest cryptocurrency based on market value, was up more than 2.5% to US$77.96.
The Cann Report
Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE:CGC, TSX:WEED) announced that it plans to acquire craft cannabis company Hiku Brands Company Ltd (CSE:HIKU). Hiku was offered C$1.91 per share, adding up to a deal of C$269.2mln, or US$205.3mln.
The company said that it has terminated its deal with WeedMd Inc (CSE:WMD), calling Canopy’s offer a “superior proposal" in a press release.
Shares of Ontario-based Canopy Growth were up more than 2% to US$29.71.
In other news from the Great White North, Crop Infrastructure Corp (CSE:CROP, OTCMKTS:CRXPF) joint venture partner has begun production in Europe. XHemplar Italia has planted 25 acres of high-cannabidiol Cannabis Light in Italy.
"The company is extremely encouraged by the fast pace with which the team at XHemplar has commenced production in Italy," said Crop Infrastructure CEO Michael Yorke.
Crop intends to use the production to infuse its new therapeutic and cosmetics lines.
Meanwhile, back in the States, Oklahoma’s State Board of Health has banned the sale of smokable medical marijuana, according to a High Times report.
The Bible Belt state legalized medical marijuana at the end of June.
The Oklahoma State Medical Association called for the ban as well as limiting the number of dispensary licenses available and suggested requiring pharmacists to be on staff at dispensaries.
The ban only applies to dispensary sales. Cannabis grown in a patient’s residence can still be smoked.