Canada Braces for Second Round of Cannabis Product Legalizations

Within the first quarter of legalization, 5.3 million or 18% of Canadian ages 15 years and older reported using cannabis, according to Statistics Canada. Following legalization, Canada reported a large spike in active users, as a year prior to legalization, just 14% of Canadian of Canadian reported using the plant. During the recent first quarter, approximately 646,000 of the users reported trying cannabis for the first time compared to 327,000 the same period a year ago. Predominantly, the rise is largely due to male users between the ages of 45 and 64, who primarily use cannabis for its therapeutic benefits to treat ailments such as chronic pain, cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and epilepsy. Based on gender, a significantly larger amount of males used cannabis compared to females. It was estimated that 22.3% of Canadian males used cannabis, while only 12.7% females turned to the plant. Statistics Canada also reported that 29.5% of Canadians ages 15 to 24 years old used cannabis in the first quarter. Similarly, approximately 28.7% of Canadians ages 25 to 34-year-olds also used cannabis during the quarter. Overall, the number of active users has drastically increased over the past year, but it is important to note that the market is still continuing to mature. And despite having legalized cannabis entirely, the Canadian federal government still heavily monitors the market. As a result, many businesses have faced legal barriers, which have in turn negatively impacted their operations. Nonetheless, as the Canadian cannabis market continues to develop and expand, the industry is positioned to become a global driving force. Furthermore, with the second wave of legalization coming later in 2019, the market is expected to flourish even more going forward. According to data compiled by Verified Market Research, the global marijuana market was valued at USD 42.20 Billion in 2016. By 2025, the market is expected to reach USD 466.81 Billion while registering a CAGR of 35.3% from 2018 to 2025. BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (CSE: BEV), HEXO Corp. (NYSE: HEXO) (TSX: HEXO), New Age Beverages Corporation (NASDAQ: NBEV), The Alkaline Water Company Inc. (NASDAQ: WTER) (TSX-V: WTER), Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC: EMHTF) (TSX-V: EMH)

NEW AGE COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF BRANDS WITHIN REACH

New Age Beverages Corporation (NASDAQ: NBEV), the Colorado-based organic and natural products company, today announced the closing of the acquisition of Brands Within Reach (BWR), Inc., a New York-based marketing, sales, and distribution company including the licensing or distribution rights to some of the world’s leading beverage brands including Nestea, Illy Ready-to-Drink Coffee, Volvic and Evian premium waters, and other healthy brands.
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Shifting Trends Guide Consumers Towards Function Cannabis Beverages

Consumers across the world enjoy drinking beverages packed with flavors and sweetened sugars like fructose and glucose. In 2011 to 2014, 63% of the U.S. youth and 49% of U.S. adults had consumed a sugary beverage on a daily-basis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also mentioned that adults and adolescents who smoke, don’t get enough sleep, don’t exercise as much, and eat fast food regularly tend to be more frequent consumers of sugary beverages. However, people are now beginning to become more conscious about what they consumer. According to a survey by Nielsen, 83% of North Americans changed their diet and 74% engage in physical activity to lose weight. And now, more consumers are putting sugary beverages aside and drinking healthier and more functional drinks instead. Notably, the cannabis-infused beverage market has gained traction among consumers because of its therapeutic benefits. Specifically, most cannabis infused beverages are CBD based because the compound does not induce psychoactive effects on the consumer. Research conducted has also linked CBD to successfully treating of a variety of health concerns such as acne and anxiety. Moreover, CBD is also being leveraged in the healthcare and medical industry to alleviate symptoms associated with conditions such as chronic pain, cancer, arthritis, and epilepsy. In particular, CBD-infused beverages are quickly gaining popularity in North America, largely due to the legal markets prevalent in the region. Nonetheless, more and more countries around the world are also beginning to adopt CBD for medical applications. As a result, the CBD-infused beverage market is positioned to become a thriving segment within the broader cannabis industry. And according to data compiled by Zion Market Research, the global cannabis beverage market was valued at approximately USD 1.61 Billion in 2018. By 2025, the market is expected to reach USD 4.46 Billion while registering a CAGR of 15.6% throughout the forecast period from 2019 and 2025. BevCanna Enterprises Inc. (CSE: BEV), Canopy Growth Corporation , HEXO Corp. , New Age Beverages Corporation , The Alkaline Water Company Inc.
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The Cannabis Market Continues to Thrive as Regulations Thaw

Recently, Illinois became the 11th U.S. state to legalize the adult-use of cannabis after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a recreational marijuana legalization bill in late June. The legislation is expected to take effect beginning on January 1st, 2020. Illinois has already had its medical cannabis program operational since 2013 and as of June 2019, had over 73,000 qualifying patients in medical cannabis programs. However, with the passage of the recreational legislation, industry analysts believe that the recreational segment will eclipse the medical segment. Marijuana Business Daily projects that Illinois’ recreational market could generate upwards of USD 2.5 Billion annually, depending on the large role tourists play. The law will allow consumers 21 years and older to purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis flower or five grams of concentrates. Moreover, Illinois’ residents will be allowed to cultivate up to five plants within their households. Overall, Illinois’ legalization marks yet another major milestone within the cannabis industry. However, the federal legality of cannabis is still a conflict of interest swirling around the country’s politicians. Nearly seven-in-ten Democrats support the legalization of marijuana, as do 75% of the independents who lean towards the Democratic party, according to Pew Research Center. On the other hand, the Republicans are divided, with 45% in favor and 51% opposed to legalization. While the Republican public are still leaning toward the opposition, the number of those supporting legalization has drastically increased from 39% in 2015. Despite the federal split on the broad cannabis industry, the CBD marketplace is gaining traction within the U.S. Through the recent passage of the U.S. Farm Bill, hemp-derived CBD was legalized in virtually every state as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC levels. Now, while the cannabis industry continues to gain support, the CBD market has already taken off. And as a result, the U.S. hemp-derived CBD industry is expected to reach USD 22 Billion by 2022, according to data compiled by Brightfield Group. Pressure BioSciences, Inc. (OTC: PBIO), Harvest Health & Recreation Inc. (OTC: HRVSF) (CSE: HARV), New Age Beverages Corporation (NASDAQ: NBEV), cbdMD, Inc. (NYSE-A: YCBD), Valens GroWorks Corp. (OTC: VGWCF) (CSE: VGW)
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New Age Signs Agreement To Expand Marley+CBD Globally

DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / June 20, 2019 / NEW AGE BEVERAGES CORPORATION (NASDAQ: ), the Colorado and Utah-based organic and natural beverage company intending to become the world’s leading healthy beverages and lifestyles company, today expanded its Marley brand licensing agreements with companies owned by the family of Bob Marley and Docklight Brands, Inc., to include expansion to new global markets and the addition of new product types, including cannabidiol (CBD) infused shots.
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New Age Launches CBD In Hong Kong, China

DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / June 18, 2019 / NEW AGE BEVERAGES CORPORATION (NASDAQ: NBEV), the Colorado and Utah-based organic and natural products company intending to become the world’s leading healthy products company, today announced the launch of their CBD portfolio into Hong Kong, its first major international expansion.
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Craft Cultivators Take Meticulous Steps to Ensure Cannabis Quality

As cannabis continues to become more mainstream in modern day society, new users are eager to get their hands on the latest craze. However, every individual user has different tolerance levels, meaning some users may require much more to feel the effects, while some may need a comparatively insignificant amount. In particular, consumers who use cannabis for medicinal purposes can face issues if their tolerance level increases and the drug loses potency. According to Analytical Cannabis, there were 22 unique studies involving 629 participants to study the effects of intoxication. Of the 22 studies, 15 found some positive evidence that higher cannabis tolerance affected intoxication. As a result, most users take short breaks from cannabis use, or more commonly known as “t-breaks,” which frequent recreational users have said that taking t-breaks can help reduce their tolerance levels. On the other hand, medical cannabis users that suffer from chronic pain or discomfort say that t-breaks are rarely an option. In order to meet the demands for both frequent and infrequent users, cultivators are tasked with the challenge of creating strains to please both markets. Typically, strains are either indica, sativa, or a hybrid mix. Indica and sativa are the two major types of the cannabis plant, but the two offer widely different effects. Indica strains are generally known to be more physically sedating, making them perfect for relaxing or sleeping. Meanwhile, sativa strains offer a more uplifting and cerebral effect. On the other hand, hybrid strains usually offer varied effects or a mix between the two depending on the THC to CBD ratio and the parent strains. For instance, a popular strain known as Girl Scout Cookies or “GSC” is a 60% indica and 40% sativa crossover of another hybrid strain and a sativa strain. GSC offers consumers a euphoric body high and a potent relaxation effect, making it optimal for both frequent recreational users and medical patients suffering from pain, nausea, and appetite loss. However, new users may be enticed by a strain that is weaker such as a CBD-dominant strain that simply only offers relaxation effects. Now, as the market continues to grow, the options for strains are virtually endless for consumers with dispensaries and retailers carrying a wide variety of strains. The rather ample selection attracts different demographic markets, helping the cannabis industry accelerate forward. According to data compiled by MarketsandMarkets research, the global cannabis market was valued at USD 10.3 Billion in 2018. By 2023, the market is expected to reach USD 39.4 Billion while growing at a CAGR of 30.7%. Pasha Brands Ltd. (CSE: CRFT), Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY), Cronos Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON), OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: OGI) (TSX-V: OGI), New Age Beverages Corporation (NASDAQ: NBEV)

New Age to Present at Oppenheimer’s 19th Annual Consumer Conference on June 18, 2019

DENVER, CO / ACCESSWIRE / June 13, 2019 / NEW AGE BEVERAGES CORPORATION (NASDAQ: NBEV), the Colorado and Utah-based organic and natural products company intending to become the world’s leading healthy products and lifestyles company, today announced that it has been invited to participate in and present at the 19th Annual Oppenheimer Consumer Growth and E-Commerce Conference. The conference is being held June 18-19, 2019, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston.
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CBD Stocks to Watch as California State Lawmakers Expected to Legalize CBD and Sale of Hemp-derived CBD Foods, Beverages and Cosmetics

Wall Street Reporter, the trusted name in financial news since 1843, has recently published interviews with CEO’s of trending stocks in the CBD and hemp consumer products space ahead of new state legislation expected to pass in California this week. These interviews are available in audio and video at www.WallStreetReporter.com