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Green Wave Election Shines Spotlight on Weed Stocks (IIPR, GTBIF, SGMD, TCNNF)

We are now just days away from an election that promises to be divisive in almost every respect for America but one.

Americans are polarized and divided across basically every major issue, with a culture war of unprecedented depth coming to a head in what promises to be a deeply contentious election night on November 3. But there’s one thing that everyone seems to agree on: weed is a consumer product, rather than an illegal narcotic. At least, that’s the consensus among analysts heading into the casting of ballots, where five states (both red and blue) are expected to move toward further legalization.

If true, it would represent the third straight “green wave” election, and take us closer and closer to a seemingly inevitable national decriminalization, which has already been stated as part of the Biden/Harris platform, with Biden now surging in the polls toward a possible landslide victory.

With that in mind, pot stocks could be on the menu for some momentum gains ahead. Hence, we take a look here at a handful of compelling names in the space, including: Innovative Industrial Properties Inc (NYSE:IIPR), Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF), Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD), and Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF).

 

Innovative Industrial Properties Inc (NYSE:IIPR) is interesting in this context given its unique positioning in the marketplace. The company is a self-advised Maryland corporation focused on the acquisition, ownership and management of specialized properties leased to experienced, state-licensed operators for their regulated medical-use cannabis facilities.

The company touts itself as the first and only real estate company on the New York Stock Exchange focused on the regulated U.S. cannabis industry.

Innovative Industrial Properties Inc (NYSE:IIPR) just recently announced that it entered into an amendment of the lease with a subsidiary of Green Thumb Industries Inc. in Toledo, Ohio, making available an additional $25.0 million in funding for the construction of a cannabis cultivation facility, which is in addition to the existing medical cannabis processing facility on the property.

According to the release, the lease amendment also adjusted the base rent under the lease to take into account the additional available funding and extended the term of the lease agreement. Assuming full payment of the additional funding, IIP’s total investment in the property will be $32.2 million. In addition to this facility in Toledo, Ohio, IIP owns and leases to Green Thumb’s regulated cannabis cultivation and processing facilities in Oglesby, Illinois and Danville, Pennsylvania. Assuming full reimbursement of tenant improvements under the leases, IIP’s total investment in properties leased to Green Thumb is expected to be $121.8 million.

The stock has suffered a bit of late, with shares of IIPR taking a hit in recent action, down about -4% over the past week.

Innovative Industrial Properties Inc (NYSE:IIPR) managed to rope in revenues totaling $24.3M in overall sales during the company’s most recently reported quarterly financial data — a figure that represents a rate of top line growth of 182.5%, 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 ($384.9M against $0).

 

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) bills itself as a company that manufactures and sells various cannabis products in the United States. The company’s cannabis products include flower, concentrates for dabbing and vaporizing, edibles, and topicals.

According to company materials, “Green Thumb Industries (GTI), 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. As a vertically integrated company, GTI manufactures and sells a well-rounded suite of branded cannabis products including flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals. The company also owns and operates a rapidly growing national chain of retail cannabis stores called RISE(TM) dispensaries. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GTI has seven manufacturing facilities and licenses for 50 retail locations across seven highly regulated U.S. markets. Established in 2014, GTI employs more than 350 people and serves hundreds of thousands of patients and customers each year. GTI was named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business.”

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) just announced it opened Rise Monroeville, its 49th retail location, on October 21. According to the release, profits from the first day of sales will be donated to 412 Food Rescue, a non-profit that works with food retailers, wholesalers, restaurants, caterers, universities and other food providers to rescue unsellable but perfectly good food and provide it to nonprofit organizations that serve those experiencing food insecurity.

“We are thrilled to open the 13th Rise™ store in Pennsylvania as we continue to create jobs across the state,” said Green Thumb Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. “The team is also honored to support 412 Food Rescue’s important work of collaborating with community businesses and organizations to help eradicate hunger, especially during these difficult times.”

If you’re long this stock, then you’re liking how the stock has responded to the announcement. GTBIF shares have been moving higher over the past week overall, pushing about 4% to the upside on above average trading volume.

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) generated sales of $165.8M, according to information released in the company’s most recent quarterly financial report. That adds up to a sequential quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 20.1% on the top line. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($113M against $181.8M, respectively).

 

Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD) is a major stakeholder in its BudCars cannabis delivery business, which has driven the lion’s share of the company’s growth over recent quarters.

This is likely to be a strong source of new strategic growth for a company that has already been posting sequential monthly growth above 30% on the topline for several consecutive months after making its flagship investment in BudCars.

The company has also recently announced its plans to expand its BudCars service into new territories in the North Bay, Wine Country, and LA Metro regions, which could sharply expand its growth potential.

Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD) can be seen as the most speculative name in this list. But it is also rapidly growing and decidedly cheap on a nominal basis, with shares now trading under a penny.

The company’s most recent release points out its strong results for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2020, which featured steadily strong gross margins, nearly $2 million in gross receipts, and more than 60% growth in net sales, customer orders and gross profits on a sequential quarterly basis.

According to the release, total Sept/Q BudCars gross receipts over $1.9 million ($1.55 million, net of sales taxes), representing 66% quarter over quarter sales growth, total Sept/Q BudCars gross profits of $903,667, representing 64% quarter over quarter gross profit growth on steady 47% gross profit margins, average daily gross sales increased 68% Q/Q to $21,246, and total customer tickets increased 62% Q/Q on 3% growth in average ticket size.

“BudCars continues to perform, setting records in basically every key metric we track,” stated Jimmy Chan, CEO of Sugarmade. “It was a tremendous quarter, with a big jump in customers and regional market share and robust margins on every sale. That paints a very motivating picture as we gear up to significantly expand our service territory, with upcoming expansion into the North Bay and Wine Country areas, as well as our upcoming grand opening of BudCars LA.”

Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD) could be an interesting opportunity given this robust growth data and its stated plans to expand strategically and geographically. In a context that may favor the space, this stock may merit further due diligence given where shares trade now. The current top-line run rate suggests an annualized potential that adds up to a valuation around 0.25x forward sales, which is about a tenth of the level we see in other stocks in the space.

 

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) is one of the biggest and most successful US cannabis MSO’s, offering a suite of branded products with approximately 125 SKUs, including nasal sprays, capsules, concentrates, syringes, and cannabis flower in tamper-proof containers for vaporizers, topical creams, tinctures, and vape cartridges.

According to company materials, the company is a vertically integrated “seed to sale” player operating as 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 Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) just announced the opening of a brand-new Florida dispensary, the Company’s 65th nationwide. According to the release, the new Bradenton dispensary will be the second Bradenton location to bring the Company’s wide-ranging catalog of medical cannabis products directly to patients across Manatee County. Located on Manatee Avenue West, the new dispensary supports Trulieve’s goal of expanding and ensuring direct, reliable patient access to medical cannabis across its home state of Florida. It joins the Company’s 62 other dispensaries statewide, including the original 14th Street Bradenton location, as well as those in nearby St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and several more throughout the Tampa Bay area.

“The Bradenton community in particular has been incredibly supportive of us since we opened our first location here in 2017. We look forward to being a part of this community for years to come,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers. “From our first store in Florida, our focus has remained on expanding access to the safe and reliable medications patients ask for, and we continue that today with our 63rd store in the state.”

The context for this announcement is a bit of a bid, with shares acting well over the past five days, up about 11% in that timeframe.

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) pulled in sales of $167.3M in its last reported quarterly financials, representing top line growth of 115.9%. In addition, the company has a strong balance sheet, with cash levels far exceeding current liabilities ($204.7M against $136.3M).

 

 

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Cannabis Stocks React on Recent Polling Data (GTBIF, GRWG, SGMD, CRLBF)

The Cannabis space has heated up in the wake of the vice-presidential debate, wherein Senator Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate, made crystal clear that the Biden administration, if it prevails, will pursue a course of marijuana decriminalization at the federal level.

“We will decriminalize marijuana and we will expunge the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana,” the Democratic vice-presidential nominee said. “Times have changed — marijuana should not be a crime. We need to start regulating marijuana and expunge marijuana convictions from the records of millions of Americans so they can get on with their lives. As marijuana becomes legal across the country, we must make sure everyone — especially communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs — has a real opportunity to participate in this growing industry.”

It should also be noted that, at this stage, no challenger to an incumbent in a presidential campaign has ever held such a commanding lead in the polls this near the election. Hence, market participants may begin to act very much like assets should price according to a Biden presidency from here forward, which could mean a powerful jump in interest for cannabis stocks as we close in on the results.

With that in mind, we take a look at some of the more active and interesting names in the space, including: Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF), GrowGeneration Corp (OTCMKTS:GRWG), Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD), and Cresco Labs Inc (OTCMKTS:CRLBF).

 

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) is 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.

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) most recently announced the grand opening for adult-use cannabis sales at Rise Naperville (formerly 3C Compassionate Care Center) on October 8 which included a ribbon cutting ceremony with Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico. Profits from the first day of adult-use sales will benefit Loaves & Fishes, a local poverty-fighting and hunger relief nonprofit agency. Rise Naperville is the first store to offer adult-use cannabis sales in Naperville, the third most populous city in the state, and will remain the only store in the city to serve medical patients.

“We worked hard to offer adult-use cannabis sales in Naperville and are excited to meet new customers while continuing to serve our patients,” said Green Thumb Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. “We have been proud members of the Naperville community since 2016 and will remain good neighbors, creating jobs and tax revenue and making a positive impact through our corporate responsibility programs.”

And the stock has been acting well over recent days, up something like 19% in that time.

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) generated sales of $165.8M, according to information released in the company’s most recent quarterly financial report. That adds up to a sequential quarter-over-quarter growth rate of 20.1% on the top line. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($113M against $181.8M, respectively).

 

GrowGeneration Corp (OTCMKTS:GRWG) is at the heart of the recent return of momentum in the cannabis stock space.

GRWG trumpets itself as a retail hydroponic and organic gardening play in the US market, with a clear ecommerce presence already in place. GrowGen carries and sells thousands of products, including organic nutrients and soils, advanced lighting technology and state of the art hydroponic equipment to be used indoors and outdoors by commercial and home growers.

GrowGeneration Corp (OTCMKTS:GRWG) just announced its acquisition of Hydroponics Depot, Phoenix’s largest indoor and outdoor garden center. With the addition of Hydroponics Depot, GrowGen’s portfolio of hydroponic garden centers now includes 29 stores across 11 states.

According to the release, GrowGen’s entry into the Arizona market comes as voters consider Prop 207, which would legalize limited possession, cultivation and use of marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older. If approved, it is estimated that Arizona’s cannabis market could grow from over $700 million market in 2020 into a $2 billion market, including both recreational and medical marijuana.

And the stock has been acting well over recent days, up something like 12% in that time. Shares of the stock have powered higher over the past month, rallying roughly 21% in that time on strong overall action.

GrowGeneration Corp (OTCMKTS:GRWG) pulled in sales of $43.5M in its last reported quarterly financials, representing top line growth of 123%. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($14.8M against $18.8M, respectively).

 

Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD) is an extremely interesting speculative prospect in the California cannabis marketplace, with a major interest in BudCars, one of the fastest growing vertically integrated cannabis delivery players in the space.

SGMD is a product and branding marketing company investing in operations and technologies with disruptive potential. Its Brand portfolio includes CarryOutsupplies.com, SugarRush™ and Budcars.com.

Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD) just this morning provided shareholders with a preannouncement of BudCars performance for the three months ended September 30, 2020, which featured steadily strong gross margins, nearly $2M in Gross Receipts, and more than 60% growth in Net Sales, Customer Orders, and Gross Profits on a sequential quarterly basis.

“BudCars continues to perform, setting records in basically every key metric we track,” stated Jimmy Chan, CEO of Sugarmade. “It was a tremendous quarter, with a big jump in customers and regional market share and robust margins on every sale. That paints a very motivating picture as we gear up to significantly expand our service territory, with upcoming expansion into the North Bay and Wine Country areas as well as our upcoming grand opening of BudCars LA.”

According to the release, management notes that BudCars growth has continually tracked ahead of expectations. However, the Company believes that geographic expansion is the key to unlocking a further dramatic acceleration in growth. As announced in a recent Letter to Shareholders, the Company is expanding BudCars initially into the North San Francisco Bay Area and the Wine Country Counties. That will be followed by the grand opening of BudCars Los Angeles, which is anticipated to take place in November.

Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD) also achieved an additional strategic goal during the quarter by securing rights to a property zoned for cannabis cultivation where it intends to establish a licensed cannabis cultivation facility, which presents the potential to widen profit margins further through vertical supply chain integration and the establishment of a branded line of cannabis products.

 

Cresco Labs Inc (OTCMKTS:CRLBF) trumpets itself as one of the largest vertically-integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States. Cresco is built to become the most important company in the cannabis industry by combining the most strategic geographic footprint with one of the leading distribution platforms in North America.

Employing a consumer-packaged goods approach to cannabis, Cresco’s house of brands is designed to meet the needs of all consumer segments and includes some of the most recognized and trusted national brands including Cresco, Remedi, High Supply, Reserve, Good News and Mindy’s Chef Led Artisanal Edibles created by James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal.

Cresco Labs Inc (OTCMKTS:CRLBF) just announced the approval and the location of its tenth Illinois dispensary in Naperville. The adult-use dispensary is located in one of the busiest shopping areas in Naperville, the 3rd largest city in Illinois with approximately 150,000 residents.

“We have been consistent in choosing locations for our dispensaries in Illinois, focusing on high traffic areas in traditional retail environments. Sunnyside Schaumburg, which is adjacent to Illinois’ busiest mall and our new Naperville dispensary, which shares a block with Costco, Walmart, and Starbucks, are great examples of this strategy,” said Charlie Bachtell, Cresco Labs’ CEO and Co-founder. “Our approach of meeting the consumer where they are and providing a normalized cannabis shopping experience is allowing our dispensaries in Illinois and all Sunnyside stores nationwide to outperform industry averages.”

And the stock has been acting well over recent days, up something like 21% in that time.

Cresco Labs Inc (OTCMKTS:CRLBF) pulled in sales of $130.6M in its last reported quarterly financials, representing top line growth of 226.5%. In addition, the company is battling some balance sheet hurdles, with cash levels struggling to keep up with current liabilities ($100.6M against $222.5M, respectively).

 

 

COMPENSATION DISCLOSURE: Section 17(b) of the 1933 Act requires publishers to disclose who paid them, the amount, and the type of payment. In order to be in full compliance with the Securities Act of 1933, Section 17(b): Tiger Global Management Partners LLC has compensated a third party to produce and present weekly content for various companies for the publication. For more information, please click here. In addition, this article is part of JournalTranscript.com Networks. Read the JournalTranscript.com Networks Disclaimer.

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Five Cannabis Stocks for the Win (CURLF, GTBIF, TCNNF, SGMD, CRLBF)

It’s not a mystery where to find strong growth. As the bull market rages on, driven by extreme monetary and fiscal policy support amid historic challenges, the only way for investors to truly lose the game is to not play. Just about anything else has been working.

But the chapter ahead will likely take a bit more nuance. The division between the pandemic plays and the rest of the market is obvious. And money managers diversifying between the two are doing well. But it’s not easy to find opportunities that have a viable long-term growth thesis but are still trading at a strong value relative to the market.

One area that could become of increasing interest is in the cannabis space, where the long-term growth outlook is tremendous, but flows have yet to surge into the space. Most cannabis plays are still trading at 1-2x sales despite forward topline growth forecasts above 20% over the coming four quarters.

That’s a disposition that is increasingly rare.

With that in mind, we take a look at five cannabis plays that are actively traded and continue to post strong performance data while making significant investments at a strong ROI, including: Curaleaf Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:CURLF), Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF), Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF), Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD), and Cresco Labs Inc (OTCMKTS:CRLBF)

 

Curaleaf Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:CURLF) recently announced the launch of Curaleaf Sublingual Tablets in Florida. These cube-shaped, berry-flavored bites will provide the state’s medical patients with a discreet, sugar-free yet fruity alternative form of medication.

According to the release, Curaleaf’s new Sublingual Tablets, which will be in 30-piece jars, contain 5mg of high-quality cannabis oil per piece, which allows patients to manage their treatment plan with confidence and ease. Each bite, which is made to be ingested orally or sublingually, is translucent in color and features a refreshing “Arctic Berry” flavor. The new product will be sold at all of the Company’s 28 operating dispensaries in Florida with a phased roll-out between August 8th – August 20th. Limited quantities will be released to pre-existing loyalty patients beginning tomorrow, July 30th.

Curaleaf Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:CURLF) promulgates itself as a company that operates as an integrated medical and wellness cannabis operator in the United States. The Company is the parent of Curaleaf, Inc., a leading vertically integrated cannabis operator in the United States. Headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts, Curaleaf, Inc. has a presence in 12 states.

Curaleaf Inc.’s Florida operations were the first in the cannabis industry to receive the Safe Quality Food certification under the Global Food Safety Initiative, setting a new standard of excellence.

It cultivates, processes, markets, and/or dispenses a range of cannabis products in various operating markets, including flower, pre-rolls and flower pods, dry-herb vaporizer cartridges, concentrates for vaporizing, concentrates for dabbing, tinctures, lozenges, capsules, and edibles.

Curaleaf Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:CURLF) also provides non-cannabis services to licensed cannabis operators in the areas of cultivation, extraction and production, and retail operations. As of November 01, 2018, it operated a network of 29 dispensaries. The company was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

 

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) recently announced that it opened Essence South Durango, on June 27. This has been one of the fastest growing MSO’s in the wider cannabis space.

According to the release, this is Green Thumb’s fifth Essence store in the Las Vegas area and 48th retail location in the nation. 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 Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) bills itself as a company that manufactures and sells various cannabis products in the United States. The company’s cannabis products include flower, concentrates for dabbing and vaporizing, edibles, and topicals.

According to company materials, “Green Thumb Industries (GTI), 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. As a vertically integrated company, GTI manufactures and sells a well-rounded suite of branded cannabis products including flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals. The company also owns and operates a rapidly growing national chain of retail cannabis stores called RISE(TM) dispensaries. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GTI has seven manufacturing facilities and licenses for 50 retail locations across seven highly regulated U.S. markets. Established in 2014, GTI employs more than 350 people and serves hundreds of thousands of patients and customers each year. GTI was named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business.”

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) 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 was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) just announced the opening of its latest storefront: Tarpon Springs will be home to the Company’s 53rd dispensary in the state of Florida and 55th nationwide.

According to the release, situated next to Lake Tarpon, the dispensary supports Trulieve’s goal of expanding and ensuring direct, reliable patient access to medical cannabis throughout the state. It also joins the Company’s 52 other Florida dispensaries, including those in nearby New Port Richey, Clearwater, and Tampa.

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 125 SKUs, including nasal sprays, capsules, concentrates, syringes, and cannabis flower in tamper-proof containers for vaporizers, topical creams, tinctures, and vape cartridges.

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.”

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) distributes its products to Trulieve branded stores (dispensaries) in Florida, as well as takes orders online and by phone for delivery. As of November 20, 2018, the company operated 21 dispensaries. Trulieve Cannabis Corp. is headquartered in Quincy, Florida.

 

Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD) is in the process of expanding into the LA area for its BudCars cannabis delivery business. This is likely to be a strong source of new strategic growth for a company that has already been posting sequential monthly growth above 30% on the topline for several consecutive months after making its flagship investment in BudCars.

At this point, based on recent disclosures from the company, we have a clear sense that, not only is the first LA location on track and simply awaiting some factors no doubt slowed by the pandemic – city council isn’t exactly on vacation right now. Crisis mode is the standard setting for most administrative affairs in local government around the country right now. However, the other key piece here is that the second LA BudCars location is ahead of schedule. That’s perhaps even more important here.

Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD) also recently issued a mid-month performance update for the month of July, which was on pace to set multiple new Company performance records at the time for sales, gross profits, and total customer orders.

According to the release, as of July 14, the Company is now on pace to meet or exceed its target of $650,000 in total sales in July, with well over 5,000 individual customer orders likely this month, suggesting that sequential month-over-month topline growth will be at or above the Company’s target 30% level.

“Our BudCars Sacramento hub continues to demonstrate accelerating growth that suggests we still haven’t really found the ceiling here in terms of period-over-period upside potential,” commented Jimmy Chan, CEO of Sugarmade. “Ultimately, this is gratifying to see because we have taken a unique approach to retail cannabis product distribution.”

Sugarmade Inc (OTCMKTS:SGMD) has been posting major growth updates on a regular basis over the past couple months as its BudCars model takes apparent flight. The rate of sales growth expected from the company in 2020 has walked up a steep ladder, with the latest guidance suggesting we could see it north of $30 million in annualized sales by year-end.

 

Cresco Labs Inc (OTCMKTS:CRLBF) just announced additional actions in board refreshment and corporate governance to further strengthen its leadership in the cannabis industry, including its move to appoint Carol Vallone.

According to the release, Cresco has appointed Carol Vallone to its board of directors, effective immediately. Ms. Vallone is a well-known business leader, former CEO, and corporate board director, with a strong track record in launching, scaling, and managing global companies… In the past, Ms. Vallone served as President and Chief Executive Officer of leading E-learning companies including WebCT Inc., where she grew the online learning company to cover almost two thousand institutions in seventy countries. She has also served on multiple boards at leading non-profit healthcare, public financial services, and e-commerce organizations.

CRESCO LABS ORD (OTCMKTS:CRLBF) trumpets itself as a company that manufactures and sells medical cannabis products in the United States. It offers cannabis dry flower; vaporizer forms of cannabis; cannabis oil in capsule, oral and sublingual solutions; cannabis in topical; and other cannabis products.

The company also provides cannabis infused edibles, including chocolate and toffee confections, fruit-forward gummies, and hard sweet and chews. Cresco Labs Inc. sells its products under the Cresco brand.

Cresco Labs Inc (OTCMKTS:CRLBF) operates a Hope Heal Health dispensary in Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts.

 

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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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The Cannabis Investors Shopping List (GTBIF, ERBB, TCNNF)

There isn’t a whole lot you can absolutely count on in life and markets, but some things are pretty dependable. Growth is in that group of dependable ideas, and so it volatility. When the two come together, something magical happens: Opportunity.

In this case, the monstrous growth that lies ahead for the cannabis space is extremely well founded. We know that legalization is spawning a boom. It’s practically physics. Something small is becoming something big. The transition between the two states is what we call: Growth.

But markets aren’t about you versus a static game. It’s about you versus everyone else. Over the short term, investable assets – even very sound and powerful ones – will experience big dips because everyone got involved at the same time, and then folks got nervous.

That’s where we are right now in the evolution of the cannabis bet: folks got ahead of themselves. And the action over the past 6 months is their reward. It hasn’t been pretty. But you have the chance now to pick up these assets on the cheap. That calls for a shopping list.

Here are out favorite three cannabis-related stocks for the near and intermediate-term future: Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF), American Green Inc. (OTCMKTS:ERBB), and Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF).

Trulieve Cannabis Corp (OTCMKTS:TCNNF) has been rapidly expanding in the sunshine state, and the stock continues to broadly outperform the broader cannabis space on a large time frame. The company just announced that it opened the doors of its latest Florida dispensary on Friday, January 10th.

According to the release, “the Fort Walton Beach location will be the company’s 43rd in Florida and their 45th nationwide. The Northwest Florida location joins Trulieve’s 42 other dispensaries statewide, including in the nearby communities of Pensacola, Destin, and Panama City. Located on Mary Esther Cut Off, the storefront is part of the company’s mission to expand and ensure safe, reliable patient access statewide.”

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 125 SKUs, including nasal sprays, capsules, concentrates, syringes, and cannabis flower in tamper-proof containers for vaporizers, topical creams, tinctures, and vape cartridges. 

The company distributes its products to Trulieve branded stores (dispensaries) in Florida, as well as takes orders online and by phone for delivery. As of November 20, 2018, the company operated 21 dispensaries. Trulieve Cannabis Corp. is headquartered in Quincy, Florida.

Even in light of this news, TCNNF has had a rough past week of trading action, with shares sinking something like -12% in that time. That said, chart support is nearby and we may be in the process of constructing a nice setup for some movement back the other way. Over the past month, shares of the stock have suffered from clear selling pressure, dropping by roughly -19%. What’s more, the company has witnessed a pop in interest, as transaction volume levels have recently pushed 81% above the average volume levels in play in this stock over the longer term. 

“Trulieve is focused on creating a strong customer-centric experience, and that starts with ensuring that patients across Florida have access to the medications they’ve come to rely on,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers. “Expanding our reach inside the Florida Panhandle is just one of the ways we’re doing that. Our well-trained staff is ready and willing to assist patients during every step of the process, from exploring medical cannabis for the first time to transitioning into a new treatment process.”

Currently trading at a market capitalization of $368M, TCNNF has a significant war chest ($41.1M) of cash on the books, which must be weighed relative to about $64.9M in total current liabilities. TCNNF is pulling in trailing 12-month revenues of $277.5M. In addition, the company is seeing major top-line growth, with y/y quarterly revenues growing at 152.3%.

American Green Inc. (OTCMKTS:ERBB) is especially interesting in this list because the stock is the most undervalued name we could find given the company’s currently run of robust 7-figure sales and better than 450% top-line growth over the past year.

The company is diversified, with strong interests in grow management and consulting, dispensary technology, and CBD products, making it an interesting speculative name with a wide spectrum of possible upcoming catalysts in play.

American Green Inc. (OTCMKTS:ERBB) is second oldest publicly-traded cannabis company in America, with over 50,000 certified shareholders. 

The Company is focused on leading-edge cannabis industry solutions as seen from a “50,000 foot view.” American Green has participated in nearly all facets of the cannabis market and its current initiatives include (but are not limited to) the transformation of nearly-abandoned towns into “cannabis-friendly” destinations, a state-of-the-art cultivation facility in Arizona (Q4/17), promotion of medical-focused CBD (Cannabidiol) products from both whole plant and organic hemp sources, a smart automated vending solution system called AGM designed specifically to electronically identify, in advance of a sale, individuals wishing to purchase controlled products that include cannabis, CBD, pharmaceuticals, and alcoholic beverages in casinos and sports stadiums. 

In addition, American Green sees the continuing legalization of cannabis running in parallel to the gold rush in America in the mid-1800’s. 

American Green has purchased the town of Nipton, California which it intends to develop into energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality and employment zones. AG Managed Services provides consulting and capital resources for existing and new-build industry operations such as its joint venture relationship it enjoys with Hempful Farms.

Moreover, in 2009, American Green, Inc. became one of the first publicly-traded technology companies in the cannabis industry. Now, with over 60,000 individual certified shareholders, more than any other company in the cannabis sector, American Green’s mission is to lead the cannabis and premium CBD industry. 

Leveraging its team of professionals in cultivation management, manufacturing, extraction, wholesale, retail, and community outreach, the company strives to develop sustainable initiatives in the cannabis-adjacent and CBD industries.

American Green Inc (OTCMKTS:ERBB) managed to rope in revenues totaling $440K in overall sales during the company’s most recently reported quarterly financial data — a figure that represents a rate of top line growth of 480.7%, 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 ($7K against $14.8M, respectively).

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) just announced that it opened its 40th store, Rise Joliet, the first adult-use only store in Illinois. “January 1 was a historic day in Illinois as adult-use cannabis sales launched in Illinois, and we’re honored that Rise Joliet is part of that history,” said GTI Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. “Our stores that sell to all adults 21+ – Rise Mundelein, Rise Canton, Rise Joliet and 3C Joliet – have served thousands of people so far and the energy and enthusiasm from new customers has been overwhelming.”

According to the release, GTI has six open stores in the state including The Clinic Effingham and 3C Naperville, which will currently only offer sales to customers with a valid Illinois medical marijuana card. The Clinic Effingham is expected to begin adult-use sales later in January pending a special use permit hearing. Naperville will hold a non-binding voter referendum on adult-use sales in March, and until then the store will only be open to registered medical patients. Rise Quincy will be an adult-use store and is expected to open within several days pending final actions by the state.

Green Thumb Industries Inc (OTCMKTS:GTBIF) bills itself as a company that manufactures and sells various cannabis products in the United States. The company’s cannabis products include 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 was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

Traders will note 14% tacked on to share pricing for the listing in the past month. Moreover, the name has witnessed a pop in interest, as transaction volume levels have recently pushed 22% over what the stock has registered over the longer term. 

“We thank everyone who celebrated this milestone with us,” said Kovler. “2020 is going to be another big year and we look forward to serving guests at our stores and enabling well-being through cannabis with our branded products such as Dogwalkers, incredibles, Rythm and The Feel Collection available at stores throughout the state.”

Currently trading at a market capitalization of $1.2B, GTBIF has a significant war chest ($87.5M) of cash on the books, which is balanced by about $139.8M in total current liabilities. One should also note that debt has been growing over recent quarters. GTBIF is pulling in trailing 12-month revenues of $214.2M. In addition, the company is seeing major top-line growth, with y/y quarterly revenues growing at 300.1%.

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