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MPX Responds to Arizona Court of Appeals Decision

2018-07-06 08:30:00

TORONTO, July 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MPX Bioceutical Corporation (“MPX” or the “Company”) (CSE:MPX) (OTC:MPXEF) released the following statement in response to the decision by the Arizona Court of Appeals rendered on June 26, 2018 affirming the Yavapai County Superior Court decision convicting Rodney Christopher Jones of possessing a jar containing 0.05 ounces of “hashish.” The Company’s statements come after careful review, consultation with advisors and statements from the regulators.

In the Jones decision, two of the three judges that heard the case concluded that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (the “AMMA”) does not immunize registered qualifying patients from prosecution or conviction under the Arizona criminal code (the “Criminal Code”) for the possession of cannabis which is defined in the Criminal Code as the “resin extracted from any part of a plant of the genus cannabis, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture or preparation of such plant, its seeds or its resin.”

The majority’s opinion stated that the possession of cannabis is generally prohibited under the Criminal Code whereas the possession of marijuana, which is the green leafy substance, by registered qualifying patients is immunized against prosecution and conviction under the Criminal Code by the AMMA.

In stark contrast, the dissenting judge asserted that “The AMMA immunizes the medicinal use of “marijuana” by registered qualifying patients. The specific definition of marijuana, found within the AMMA, clearly encompasses all forms of the marijuana plant, including its resin, and is consistent with the spirit and purpose of the AMMA.”

The Arizona Department of Health Services (the “Department”) released the following statement regarding the Jones decision:


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MYM and the Sherbrooke Historical Society Partner to Create Concept for 'CannaCentre' Museum at Cannabis Production Facility in Weedon, Quebec

2018-07-06 08:00:30

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 6, 2018 /CNW/ -- MYM Nutraceuticals Inc., (CSE: MYM.CN) (CSE: MYM) (OTC: MYMMF)  ("MYM" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the Sherbrooke Historical Society to create the concept, which is expected to be exhibited at the cannabis museum anticipated to be built at the Company's planned 1.5 million square foot cannabis production facility in Weedon, Quebec and named the CannaCentre.

Under the agreement, the Sherbrooke Historical Society will present a concept for the museum along with a work schedule and associated costs. The Sherbrooke Historical Society will present specific recommendations regarding an appropriate management method for this innovative museum project that will be built in Weedon, Quebec. To help the Sherbrooke Historical Society in this mandate, an Advisory Committee will be established, comprised of Weedon residents, representatives from the MRC du Haut-Saint-François, as well as from the region's tourist and cultural sectors.

"We are thrilled to partner with the Sherbrooke Historical Society in developing the concept of the CannaCentre at what is anticipated to be our flagship cannabis production facility in Weedon, Quebec," said Rob Gietl, CEO of MYM. "The Sherbrooke Historical Society has long recognized the importance of historical conservation in Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships. Having a hand in building Canada's first cannabis museum will ensure this monumental occasion will be highlighted in the records of the Eastern Townships rich history."

Mr. Jean Thériault, President of the Sherbrooke Historical Society, said how proud he was that his organization was selected for a project that is an engine for the region's growth. "The Sherbrooke Historical Society is honored to be the leading partner for this project in Weedon, Quebec. It is a rare opportunity to participate in a project that could revitalize a corner of our region that is in need of help. To develop educational, cultural and tourism tools, here in the RCM du Haut-St-François, is an interesting challenge for us and for all of the Eastern Townships."

The Society's Executive Director, Mr. Michel Harnois, is proud that his team's expertise is recognized for such an important project. "The challenge of creating the concept for a new kind of museum in Quebec and in Canada that shows such educational and social potential will require that our team think outside the box and excel in creating a truly original project which will be envied elsewhere. We are pleased that MYM Nutraceuticals made the choice to believe in local and regional expertise."


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Phivida Appoints New Chairman and Director to the Board

2018-07-06 08:00:03

VANCOUVER, July 6, 2018 /CNW/ - Phivida Holdings Inc. ("Phivida" or the "Company") (CSE: VIDA) (OTCPK: PHVAF) is pleased to announce new appointments to its Board of Directors and Executive management team.

Mr. Peter Simeon LLB, an active Phivida Board member, has been appointed as the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Simeon is a partner of Gowling WLG Law specializing in corporate, commercial and securities law.

Simeon has extensive experience as an officer and director of public companies, including as a Chairman, and his legal practice is focused on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and structure. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University and earned his law degree at York University, Osgoode Hall.

The Company is also pleased to appoint Mr. Vito Piazza to the Board of Directors. Mr. Piazza is a founding partner of the Toronto office of Sid Lee, a Montreal-based creative advertising agency operating globally for internationally-recognized brands. Mr. Piazza earned his Bachelors Degree in Marketing and his MBA from McGill University.

Mr. Jim Bailey assumes the role of President in addition to his current role as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. John-David Belfontaine, will continue his role as a Board Member and assumes the role of Vice President, Corporate Development. Mr. George Kovalyov continues as the Company's Vice President, Finance and will step down from the Board for proper corporate governance and financial reporting requirements.


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ISS and Glass Lewis Recommend Aurora Cannabis Shareholders Vote in Favour of the MedReleaf Acquisition and Australis Capital Spin-Out

2018-07-06 08:00:00

Leading Proxy Advisors Highlight Strong Strategic Rationale for Combination with MedReleaf Capital Reduction Enables Distribution to Shareholders


EDMONTON, July 6, 2018 /CNW/ - Aurora Cannabis Inc. ("Aurora" or the "Company") (TSX: ACB) (OTCQB: ACBFF) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) is pleased to announce that Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. ("ISS") and Glass Lewis and Co., LLC ("Glass Lewis"), two leading advisory firms, have recommended that shareholders of Aurora vote for the Share Issuance Resolution with respect to the plan of arrangement to acquire all of the shares issued and outstanding of MedReleaf Corp. ("MedReleaf") (the "Transaction").

Additionally, both firms recommend shareholders vote for the Reduction of Capital Resolution in regard to the proposed spin-out of Aurora's U.S. assets by way of a distribution of capital to Aurora Shareholders of the common shares of Australis Capital Inc. ("Australis").

As previously announced on May 14, 2018, under the proposed Transaction, holders of MedReleaf common shares will receive 3.575 Aurora common shares and, in general, $0.000001 in cash for each MedReleaf common share held. Details of the transaction are provided in the Company's documents relating to the proposed plan of arrangement on www.sedar.com as well as on the Company's dedicated transaction site https://medreleaf.auroramj.com.


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ISS and Glass Lewis recommend MedReleaf shareholders vote FOR arrangement with Aurora Cannabis

2018-07-06 08:00:00


MARKHAM, ON, July 6, 2018 /CNW/ - MedReleaf Corp. (TSX:LEAF) ("MedReleaf" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc. ("ISS") and Glass, Lewis & Co. ("GlassLewis"), two leading independent proxy advisory firms, have both recommended that MedReleaf shareholders vote FOR the previously announced arrangement (the "Arrangement") between MedReleaf and Aurora Cannabis Inc. ("Aurora"), whereby Aurora intends to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of MedReleaf (the "Transaction").

In their assessment of the Arrangement, both ISS and Glass Lewis cite the sound strategic merit for the Transaction providing significantly increased scale, production capacity and expanded product development capabilities in anticipation of legalized adult use cannabis consumption in Canada, the offer premium and the transaction process supervised by the special committee formed by the Board of Directors as factors in supporting their FOR recommendation.

MedReleaf will be seeking shareholder approval for the Arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) (the "Arrangement Resolution"). The special meeting of MedReleaf shareholders to consider the Arrangement Resolution will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. (Toronto time) at the offices of Stikeman Elliot LLP, 5300 Commerce Court West, 199 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario. MedReleaf shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 14, 2018 are eligible to vote at the special meeting.

The Board of Directors of MedReleaf has unanimously recommended that MedReleaf shareholders vote FOR the Arrangement Resolution. Certain directors and officers of the Company have entered into support agreements pursuant to which they have agreed to vote their shares in favour of the Arrangement. In addition, holders of approximately 56% of the Company's issued and outstanding common shares have entered into irrevocable hard lock-ups to vote their shares in favour of the Arrangement.


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CannaRoyalty Continues Expansion of California Footprint with Purchase of Licensed Distribution and Manufacturing Facility in Sonoma County

2018-07-06 07:00:30

OTTAWA, July 6, 2018 /CNW/ - CannaRoyalty Corp. (CSE: CRZ) (OTCQX: CNNRF) ("CannaRoyalty" or the "Company"), a leading North American cannabis products and brands company, announced today that it has purchased a licensed distribution and manufacturing facility ("Cotati") in the city of Cotati in Sonoma County, California for US$2.4 million (the "Agreement"). Cotati will serve as an additional hub for distribution, as well as supporting manufacturing infrastructure, to meet the strong demand of CannaRoyalty's distributed brand portfolio. In addition to the center's strategic location, proximate to both existing Company assets and major transportation arteries, the Cotati property was an ideal choice because of the low initial local tax rates on distribution (0%) and manufacturing (1%)1.

Afzal Hasan, President and General Counsel of CannaRoyalty commented, "We continue to execute on our strategy, as reiterated in our recent financing announcement through the development of five facilities across California to capitalize on a historic opportunity to lead the largest and most diverse cannabis market in the world. With five distribution and manufacturing facilities, we have positioned ourselves as the partner of choice for a number of growth-oriented consumer brands that will be launching through our platform in the next several months."




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CannTrust Continues Global Expansion as Danish Partner, STENOCARE, Receives License to Distribute CannTrust Products

2018-07-06 07:00:15

CannTrust Cannabis Oils are the first on Denmark's List of Admitted Cannabis Products

VAUGHAN, ON, July 6, 2018 /CNW/ - CannTrust Holdings Inc. ("CannTrust" or the "Company") (TSX: TRST), one of Canada's leading licensed producers of cannabis, today announced that its Danish Joint Venture Partner STENOCARE has received approval to distribute CannTrust products in Denmark. CannTrust's high-quality, standardized cannabis oils are the first oils approved for Denmark's list of admitted cannabis products and are the only "ready-to-use" oil products available. STENOCARE now has a unique opportunity to set the industry standard for practitioners and patients.

Medical cannabis became legal in Denmark on January 1, 2018 after a unanimous vote by the Country's parliament. Danish rules surrounding the production of medical cannabis require a high degree of purity and quality, making CannTrust a natural partner for STENOCARE.

CannTrust first announced the Joint Venture with STENOCARE in March 2018. STENOCARE, a first-mover in Denmark's legalization of medical cannabis, has supply agreements with two of Denmark's leading pharmaceutical distributors, who together service 99% of pharmacies in the country. STENOCARE will initially sell CannTrust's market leading standardized cannabis oils while working towards the construction of a domestic growing facility. Construction of the facility is expected to begin in the fall, with technical expertise being provided by CannTrust. Under the terms of the Joint Venture CannTrust received a 25% equity stake in Steno Investments IVS together with the right to appoint half of its Board of Directors.

"This approval is a groundbreaking step for STENOCARE and advances CannTrust's global expansion. The rapid increase in the world-wide market demand for cannabis offers significant new opportunities for our Company. Our industry knowledge and expertise, together with our pharmaceutical approach and strong team, make us an ideal global partner," said Brad Rogers, President, CannTrust.


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Aurora Cannabis Receives Competition Bureau Clearance for MedReleaf Acquisition

2018-07-06 07:00:00


EDMONTON and MARKHAM, ON, July 6, 2018 /CNW/ - Aurora Cannabis Inc. ("Aurora") (TSX: ACB) (OTCQB: ACBFF) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) and MedReleaf Corp. ("MedReleaf") (TSX: LEAF) today announced that the Canadian Competition Bureau has issued a no-action letter under the Competition Act (Canada) indicating that it does not intend to challenge the proposed arrangement (the "Arrangement") between Aurora and MedReleaf, whereby Aurora intends to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of MedReleaf (the "Transaction").

The Arrangement remains subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by each of Aurora shareholders and MedReleaf shareholders at shareholder meetings scheduled to be held on July 18, 2018, and final court approval. Subject to satisfaction of these closing conditions, the Transaction is expected to close later in July, 2018.

The Arrangement has been unanimously recommended by the Aurora board of directors and the MedReleaf board of directors. Certain directors and officers of Aurora and MedReleaf have also entered into support agreements pursuant to which they have agreed to vote their shares in favour of the Arrangement. In addition, holders of approximately 56% of MedReleaf's issued and outstanding common shares have entered into irrevocable hard lock-ups to vote their shares in favour of the Arrangement.

YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT ‐ PLEASE VOTE TODAY. Your vote is important regardless of the number of shares you own. Aurora shareholders and MedReleaf shareholders are encouraged to read their respective Circulars in detail.


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Auxly Announces Upgrade on OTC Markets to OTCQX

2018-07-06 07:00:00

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (TSX.V:XLY) ("Auxly" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that effective today, July 6, 2018, the Company's common shares on the OTC Markets will begin trading on the OTCQX, which is the highest tier for trading over-the-counter stocks provided and operated by OTC Markets. Auxly upgraded to the OTCQX from the OTCQB. The Company's common shares will continue to trade under the symbol "CBWTF".

There is no action required by current shareholders in connection with this change.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD "Chuck Rifici" Chairman & CEO

About Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (TSX.V:XLY)

Auxly Cannabis Group is a collective of entrepreneurs with a passion for the cannabis industry past, present and future. Our mandate is to facilitate growth for our partners by providing them with financial support and sharing our collective industry experience. Our partners all have different visions, voices and brand values, and all share a common goal—to build a world-class industry based on ethics, diversity, quality and innovation.


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Cannabis Act Regulations Indicative of Radient Technologies’ Role in Industrial-Scale Cannabis and Hemp Value Chains

2018-07-06 07:00:00

EDMONTON, Alberta, July 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Radient Technologies Inc. (“Radient” or the “Company”) (TSX Venture:RTI), is encouraged by Health Canada’s recently introduced Cannabis Regulations and Industrial Hemp Regulations in accordance with the Cannabis Act – a new legal framework that puts in place a comprehensive public health approach to cannabis in Canada.

On June 27, 2018, the Cannabis Regulations and the new Industrial Hemp Regulations (collectively, the “Regulations”) were introduced by the Government of Canada, following the June 21, 2018 receipt of Royal Assent for the Cannabis Act. The Regulations outline the rules for the legal cultivation, processing, research, testing, distribution, sale, importation and exportation of cannabis and hemp in Canada, and set standards for cannabis and hemp products that will be available for legal sale once the Cannabis Act comes into force in October 2018.

Radient believes the Regulations are of significant importance to the cannabis and hemp industries in Canada, as well as to the long-term success of the Company.

Of particular interest to Radient, whose ACMPR license application is currently in its final stages of review, under the new Industrial Hemp Regulations a number of requirements have been eliminated, including criminal record checks for applicants, requirements for secured storage, and the need for third-party sampling for testing. Furthermore, licensed cultivators will be able to sell the flowering heads, leaves, and branches of hemp plants to licensed processors for the purpose of extracting Cannabidiol (“CBD”).

As these developments stimulate larger annual harvests of hemp, Radient, upon receipt of its ACMPR license, becomes uniquely positioned as an industrial-scale processor whose capacity, yield, and throughput can meet the growth in cultivation, and ultimately drive the mass commercialization of novel CBD products derived from both cannabis and hemp.


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