Cannabis stocks nudged up Wednesday, with broad-based gains across North American markets.
The North American Marijuana Index, which tracks the top cannabis stocks in the US and Canada, was up 1.1% to 238.7 points on Wednesday. The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF was up 0.6% to C$18.85. The OTCQX Cannabis Index was up 0.9% at 730.5 points.
WeedMD Inc (CVE:WMD) (OTCMKTS:WDDMF) shares were on the rise Wednesday after announcing yesterday it will be the first licensed producer to take part in Shoppers Drug Mart’s pilot program designed to verify and authenticate medicinal cannabis on its shelves.
The program, run in conjunction with TruTrace Technologies Inc (CSE:TTT) (OTCMKTS:BKKSF), uses a blockchain-based platform known as StrainSecure to confirm the origin and quality assurance of cannabis products.
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WeedMD shares were up 1% at C$1.43 in Toronto, with TruTrace shares up 3.8% at C$0.27.
Toronto-based WeedMD has supplied medical cannabis to Shoppers Drug Mart since February 2019 and partnered with TruTrace in late 2018 to utilize StrainSecure to register the cannabis company’s genetics. Shoppers Drug Mart is one of Canada’s most identifiable brands, with more than 1,300 stores across Canada. The company has a deeply entrenched pharmacy network across the country, operating in nine provinces and two territories.
Shares of Valens GroWorks Corp (CSE:VGW) (OTCMKTS:VGWCF) continued to jump Wednesday after it announced earlier this week that it has received conditional approval to list on the TSX Venture Exchange as a Tier 1 life sciences issuer.
The stock rose 8.1% to C$3.73 in Toronto, and up 2.9% at US$2.80 in New York.
Earlier this week, the firm announced it was shaking up its management team again, with the appointment of a new president and CEO. The firm has had four CEO's since December and its board has appointed John Varghese, a director of Golden Leaf, to succeed Karyn Barsa as interim President and CEO of the company. Varghese will lead the company through a strategic assessment of its management and operations.
The Canadian company has cultivation, production and retail operations in Canada as well as in Oregon and Nevada.
The company, which has operations across Canada and Uruguay, announced its subsidiary Dosecann Inc has signed a deal with Capsugel Inc, a subsidiary of Lonza Group, to provide Dosecann with a line of equipment for capsule filling and sealing.
The firm, which offers same-day delivery for retailers, wholesalers and consumers in four states, has seen a tough few months after a significant writedown of US$496.4 million in its fourth-quarter earnings. It appointed a new interim CEO, Mark Scatterday. Last week, the firm announced its board chair, Alex Coleman, is stepping down.
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