Numerous States and Countries to Re-evaluate Stance on Cannabis as Global Sales Grow
NEW YORK, January 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --
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Cannabis has recently become the global rage, driven by the spur of legalization efforts ongoing in many states and abroad. Despite cannabis still being illegal in most countries, the movement for legalization is stronger than it's ever been. Recent trends, such as Canada legalizing cannabis entirely back in October, followed by U.S. states Missouri, Michigan, and Utah legalizing cannabis to a degree during their mid-term elections, are causing the industry to witness a period of tremendous strength. According to data compiled by Mordor Intelligence, the global cannabis market was valued at USD 7.7 Billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 65 Billion by 2023. Additionally, the market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 37% throughout the forecast period from 2016 to 2023. Globally, the cannabis market growth is being accelerated by legalization for medical applications. The U.S. and Canada, however, are fueling the recreational market. The industry is specifically expected to be driven by the U.S., as it accounted for more than 85% of the global market value in 2017. Even though cannabis is still illegal Federally in the country, states such as California, Colorado, Nevada, and Washington are already, or are expected to, deliver billions of dollars in sales. SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CSE: SLNG), Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY), Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB), Pyxus International Inc. (NYSE: PYX)
In the near future, other states such as New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Connecticut and New Mexico are all likely candidates to legalize cannabis as well. Additionally, some states like Rhode Island, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania are all open to exploring opportunities within the industry. On a global scale, Mexico's newly elected President is also pushing for the legalization of cannabis entirely, while European nations Switzerland and the United Kingdom are seeing growing support for legalization as well. Although most of the market value is expected to be delivered by the medical segment throughout the next few years, there could be a shift in the industry trend. According to ArcView Market Research and BDS Analytics, the global spending on legal cannabis is expected to reach USD 57 Billion by 2027, with adult-use sales delivering USD 38.3 Billion and medical sales accounting for USD 19.1 Billion. "The industry is at about 5 percent of what it will be someday," concurs Tyler Stratford, Director of Client Operations for cannabis consulting firm Canna Advisors. "Even if the path forward isn't straight, we're certainly on a path forward. The tide has changed, and there's no turning it back now."
SLANG Worldwide Inc. (CSE: SLNG) announced breaking news last week that today the company will list publicly through an IPO, "the Company completed its previously announced offering of subscription receipts of the Company (the "Subscription Receipts") pursuant to which the Company issued 43,998,590 Subscription Receipts at a price of C$1.50 per Subscription Receipt for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $66 million (the "Subscription Receipt Offering"). SLANG has subsequently delivered an escrow release notice (the "Escrow Release Notice") to Odyssey Trust Company (the "Subscription Receipt Agent") pursuant to the terms of a subscription receipt agreement dated September 26, 2018 between SLANG, the Subscription Receipt Agent and Canaccord Genuity Corp. (the "Subscription Receipt Agreement") confirming that SLANG has satisfied all of the escrow release conditions, including (i) the completion or satisfaction or waiver of all conditions precedent (other than funding) to the completion of the Acquisitions (as defined herein); (ii) SLANG obtaining a receipt for its final (long-form) prospectus dated January 17, 2019 (the "Prospectus"); and (iii) SLANG obtaining conditional approval from the Canadian Securities Exchange (the "CSE") for the listing of the common shares in the capital of SLANG (the "Common Shares") on the CSE.
In connection with the delivery of the Escrow Release Notice, the escrowed funds held by the Subscription Receipt Agent, less certain commissions and expenses, have been released from escrow in order to allow SLANG to, among other things, acquire: (i) all of the interests and equity in National Concessions Group, Inc. ("Organa Brands") from the existing security holders of Organa Brands (the "Organa Brands Acquisition"); and (ii) all of the interests and equity in NWT Holdings, LLC ("Firefly") from the existing security holders of Firefly (the "Firefly Acquisition" and together with the Organa Brands Acquisition, the "Acquisitions"). Additionally, pursuant to the Organa Brands Acquisition, the Company has been granted an option to acquire all of the outstanding securities of Allied Concessions Group Inc. ("ACG") and an option to acquire all of the outstanding securities of NS Holdings, Inc. ("NCG"). NSH and ACG are state licensed entities with cannabis related operations further up the supply chain.
"These transactions establish SLANG as a leading consumer packaged goods company in the cannabis industry," said Peter Miller, SLANG Co-Founder and CEO. "We're on the frontier of one of the greatest opportunities in the history of consumer packaged goods."