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Cannabis Investors Search for New Leadership (TCNNF, NUGS, GTBIF, MJNA, ACB, CGC, TLRY)

The new pot stock bull is underway, and investors are hard at work, searching for the next champ picks that will lead the way in the new trend. Last time around, we saw the likes of Aurora Cannabis Inc (NYSE:ACB), Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE:CGC), or Tilray Inc (NASDAQ:TLRY), each of which sported thousands of percentage points in investor gains over about 2 years into the 2018 highs.

Bull markets are fundamentally about expanding excitement ultimately rooted in a theory or vision about the long-term future of business in a sector. In this case, the long-term vision remains in place, complete with gawdy growth forecasts from the Street and plenty of major catalysts ahead. The bear we have seen, which has now come and gone, was about investors getting ahead of the game a bit too far, and about too many pretenders issuing shares into the mix.

However, the bear did its work. The weak-handed money has been expunged from the system, and the weak balance sheets and frauds have gone the way of the Dodo.

With that in mind, we take a closer look at a few of the more active names in the space: Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF), Cannabis Strategic Ventures (OTCMKTS:NUGS), Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF), and Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA).

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) recently announced the doors of a record 50th location within the State of Florida opened on Friday, June 26th. 

According to the release, the Ocala location is Trulieve’s 52nd location in the United States, 50 of which are located in the Company’s home state of Florida. Near downtown Ocala, the dispensary supports the Company’s mission to expand and ensure safe, reliable patient access statewide. It also joins Trulieve’s 49 other dispensaries statewide, including in nearby Gainesville, Lady Lake, and Daytona Beach. At approximately 4,400 square feet and with 10 point-of-sale stations, the dispensary will be the Company’s first in Marion County.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) promulgates itself as a company that, through its subsidiary, Trulieve, Inc., engages in the cultivation, possession, distribution, and sale of medical cannabis in the United States.

It offers a suite of Trulieve branded products with approximately 155 stock keeping units, including smokable flower, flower pods for vaporizing, concentrates, topicals, capsules, tinctures, and vape cartridges. As of May 22, 2020, the company operated through 50 dispensaries, which included 48 locations in Florida.

According to company materials, “Trulieve is a vertically integrated “seed to sale” company and is the first and largest fully licensed medical cannabis company in the State of Florida. Trulieve cultivates and produces all of its products in-house and distributes those products to Trulieve branded stores (dispensaries) throughout the State of Florida, as well as directly to patients via home delivery. Trulieve is listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the symbol TRUL.”

TCNNF hasn’t really done much of anything over the past week, with shares logging no net movement over that period. TCNNF shares have been relatively flat over the past month of action, with very little net movement during that period.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) managed to rope in revenues totaling $129.2M in overall sales during the company’s most recently reported quarterly financial data — a figure that represents a rate of top line growth of 118.5%, 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 ($143.5M against $104.7M).

Cannabis Strategic Ventures (OTCMKTS:NUGS) just announced continued robust growth in total volume of cannabis sales and revenues during the month of June, which is now on pace to be a record-setting month for the company.

This announcement comes as Cannabis Strategic Ventures rides a streak of consecutive record months in terms of sales volume and monthly revenue growth. According to its release, the strong performance seen so far in June was aided by a single day (June 4) when NUGS booked $400,000 in sales – its largest ever single day of sales. Management notes that the Company booked a record $929K in sales in May (7% more than its April sales total, which was also a monthly sales record, itself). The company had already amassed nearly $900K in June sales with 30% of the month remaining.

Simon Yu, CEO of Cannabis Strategic Ventures, stated, “We continue to benefit from our decision in March to get more aggressive rather than retrench in response to the coronavirus crisis. The cannabis shortage we have seen in California since that time has afforded us a golden opportunity to sharply expand our distribution footprint and nurture a widening network of key distributor relationships. June is on pace to be our third consecutive record sales month. Given our strong positioning and expanding production capacity, we anticipate continued robust growth ahead.”

Cannabis Strategic Ventures (OTCMKTS:NUGS) is one of fastest growing stories in the cannabis space, with a strong presence in the California cannabis marketplace showing consistent growth on a sequential monthly and quarterly basis. Q2 2020 appears to be a breakout quarter for the company based on the data and communications so far established.

In addition, the company has recently successfully expanded its production capacity by as much as 2.5x. That expansion was necessary to keep up with demand as overall top line sales have increased rapidly during calendar Q2, with the monthly pace of sales this quarter on pace to average more than 800% above the average monthly pace seen in calendar Q1. The new farm will presumably balloon that capacity factor when it comes online for operations.

Cannabis Strategic Ventures (OTCMKTS:NUGS) pulled in sales of $1.4M in its last reported quarterly financials, representing top line growth of 91.4%. The company also has provided data from recent operations that suggests it is on pace to surpass $11M in sales in 2020, outperforming its guidance from December projecting $5M in 2020 sales.

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) just announced it will open Rise Duncansville, its 47th retail location, on June 30. According to the release, profits from the first day of sales will be donated to Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives, and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry. Green Thumb also donated the first day of profits to the Last Prisoners Project when Rise Chambersburg opened in Pennsylvania earlier this month.

“We are grateful to create jobs throughout the state as we continue expanding our retail footprint in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Green Thumb Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. “The team is also honored to partner with the Last Prisoner Project on the important work of redressing the past and continuing harms of unjust laws and policies so that victimless cannabis prisoners can walk free.”

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) as a producer and distributor of cannabis products including flower, concentrates for dabbing and vaporizing, edibles, and topicals. The company markets its products through third party retailers. It also owns and operates a chain of 50 retail stores under the RISE dispensaries name.

The company is a national cannabis cultivator, processor and dispensary operator, is dedicated to providing dignified access to safe and effective cannabis nationwide while giving back to the communities in which they serve. 

GTBIF hasn’t really done much of anything over the past week, with shares logging no net movement over that period. GTBIF shares have been relatively flat over the past month of action, with very little net movement during that period. 

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) managed to rope in revenues totaling $138M in overall sales during the company’s most recently reported quarterly financial data — a figure that represents a rate of top line growth of 271.9%, as compared to year-ago data in comparable terms. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($101.8M against $182.5M, respectively).

Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) just announced that Raul Elizalde, co-CEO of its subsidiary HempMeds, has been invited to speak on Endeavor’s expert digital panel, “Cannabis in Mexico: The Debate and Opportunities for an Emerging Industry,” which was held on June 24.

“Raul pioneered the cannabis industry in Mexico and played an integral role in helping us find a pathway to legally selling CBD in several Latin American countries,” said Dr. Stuart Titus, CEO of Medical Marijuana, Inc. “We stand behind him in his legislative advocacy efforts and believe that he will add great value to this event.”

Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) bills itself as an investment holding company that operates in the medical marijuana and industrial hemp markets. 

Its products range from patented and proprietary based cannabinoid products to seed and stalk or isolated high value extracts manufactured and formulated for the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmeceutical industries. The company licenses its proprietary testing, genetics, labeling and packaging, tracking, production, and standardization methods for the medicinal cannabinoid industry. 

It engages in the research and development of cannabinoid-based pharmaceuticals; and marketing and distribution of cannabidiol hemp oil-based products. In addition, the company provides management support and services to cooperatives, collectives, health and wellness facilities, and medical clinics; and consulting and securities services to businesses and individuals in the legal cannabis industry. 

Further, it focuses on the treatment of pain and other medical disorders with the application of chewing gum-based cannabis/cannabinoid medical products. 

Even with that news, the action hasn’t really heated up in the stock, with shares moving net sideways over the past week. MJNA shares have been relatively flat over the past month of action, with very little net movement during that period. 

Medical Marijuana Inc (OTCMKTS:MJNA) managed to rope in revenues totaling $16.9M in overall sales during the company’s most recently reported quarterly financial data — a figure that represents a declining rate of top line growth of -4.2%, as compared to year-ago data in comparable terms. 

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