U.S. District Court Dismisses TCPA Lawsuit Against Eaze, Upholding The Ability Of Legal Cannabis Industry To Enter Binding Contracts

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Ruling sets important precedent for both California’s legal cannabis market and legal cannabis industry in America

CALIFORNIA: Eaze Technologies, Inc. today announced that it obtained a complete dismissal of Williams v. Eaze, Inc., a putative nationwide class action lawsuit brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), by successfully enforcing the arbitration agreement in its Terms of Service.

In her lawsuit, Plaintiff Farrah Williams, attempted to circumvent the arbitration agreement in Eaze’s Terms of Service by arguing that cannabis contracts cannot be “formed” because cannabis is illegal under federal law. The court rejected this claim, thus preserving the ability of cannabis businesses, operating where cannabis is legal under state law, to enter into and enforce basic contracts with customers, individuals, and other businesses.

“This ruling is enormously important for the entire industry, as contracts across California and nationally could have been invalidated had the court found for the Plaintiff,” said Andrea Lobato, Chief Risk Officer at Eaze. “We are pleased to have successfully defended the basic right of legal cannabis companies to enter into contracts.”

After substantial briefing and argument led by Boies Schiller Flexner partners, Albert Giang and Michael Roth, the district court concluded that a proper contract had been formed, delegated other disputes to the arbitrator, and dismissed Plaintiff’s nationwide class action. Specifically, while noting that the case raises interesting issues about “ganjapreneurship,” the Court concluded that Eaze’s business “is legal under California state law” and arbitration was required under the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”).

“The court correctly found that cannabis companies are not barred from forming and enforcing basic contracts, and that Eaze’s business is legal under California state law,” said Giang. This ruling sets an important precedent for California’s legal cannabis market, and more broadly for the legal cannabis industry in America.

 

Cannabis and Hemp Extraction Explained: Ethanol vs. Supercritical

The hemp industry is projected to grow into a $16 billion industry by 2025, and the cannabis (legal marijuana) industry is expected to grow to a $66.3 billion industry during the same period. Keeping this trend in mind, it is now a good time as ever to invest in these burgeoning markets. And if you are a consumer of hemp or cannabis-based products, expect to choose from a wide variety of CBD based products ranging from oils, creams, and balms to foods, beverages, and tinctures.

So why is the industry booming? First off, the demand for CBD based products is on the rise. This is attributed to the fact that CBD has numerous health benefits, such as managing anxiety and depression, relieving chronic pain, treating acne, and alleviating cancer-related symptoms. As an organic option, it has gained considerable popularity among people who want to distance themselves from the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

Secondly, the recent wave of legalization of the hemp industry has generated an influx of new entrants in the market. Many countries, including the US and most countries in Europe, allow the manufacture, sale, and purchase of hemp-based CBD products with regulated amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is one of the hundreds of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and it is responsible for giving the user a “high”. Therefore, with strict regulations on THC content, usually below 0.3%, CBD products are being made safe to consume.

As for cannabis-based CBD products, many analysts and professionals in the field claim that the legalization of cannabis is not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when”. While some countries, such as Australia, have only legalized medical cannabis, others, such as Canada, have made it completely legal. It is expected that the wave of global cannabis legalization is imminent.

Furthermore, changes in public perception regarding the legalization and consumption of CBD products have transformed the industry. With people favorably viewing both cannabis and hemp for their numerous medical benefits, the previously held stigma attached to cannabis plants is rapidly dissipating.

Since CBD-based products have garnered massive demand and attention, it is only logical to assume that consumers want the best products on the market. In this regard, it is exceptionally helpful for consumers to familiarize themselves with the different methods of cannabis and hemp extraction. Since the quality, purity, and potency of the final product directly depends on its extraction from the cannabis plant, it is helpful to recognize different extraction methods.

This article will explain the difference between the two most widely used cannabis and hemp extraction methods, namely ethanol extraction and carbon dioxide (CO2) supercritical extraction. So read on to find out the processes, advantages, and disadvantages of each method.

Ethanol Extraction of Cannabis and Hemp 

With rapid advancements in technology, companies have been able to build cannabis extraction machines that allow for safe, efficient, clean and environmentally friendly extraction of hemp and cannabis. These machines are specifically built to be sustainable and provide economies of scale for commercial production.

In this regard, one of the most innovative methods of extraction has been the development of the ethanol extraction system. While ethanol extraction has been used in the food and pharmaceutical extraction industry for decades, the latest ethanol extraction machines have successfully eliminated the need for post-processing methods such as winterization and filtration.

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How Does Ethanol Extraction Work?

Since ethanol is a highly polar solvent, it can bind to virtually all the substances in the cannabis plant. This means that unwanted compounds, such as fats, lipids, waxes, and even chlorophyll can be extracted. Previously, attempts at extracting CBD from cannabis or hemp using room-temperature ethanol required post-processing techniques to separate the essential from the non-essential compounds.

However, engineering efforts have found a way around that. Nowadays, ethanol is supercooled and its polarity is manipulated so that it only extracts the desirable compounds from the cannabis plant or the biomass. The ethanol makes use of something called a negative pressure to “pull” out the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis or hemp plant.

This process requires a Solvent Storage Tank for the supercooled ethanol, a Holding Tank for the cannabis or hemp plant, and an Extraction Vessel for the ethanol to pass through the plant to extract the useful chemical compounds. Highly efficient machines may contain other pieces of equipment, such as sock filters and pneumatic actuators to help filter out the plant material and maintain pressure differentials, respectively.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Ethanol Extraction

Following are the advantages of ethanol extraction:

  • It helps achieve a 98.6% efficiency during extraction.
  • It is safe to use since it eliminates the need for heat or high pressure. Ethanol is also FDA approved as a food-grade solvent.
  • It does not require post-processing.
  • The end-product is of superior quality and high concentration.

Following are the disadvantages of ethanol extraction:

  • The equipment may require considerable investment costs.
  • Skilled people will be needed to operate the machinery.

Supercritical CO2 Extraction of Cannabis and Hemp 

Carbon Dioxide is another widely used method of cannabis and hemp extraction. Since CO2 is a gas, changes in temperature and pressure are needed to convert the CO2 into a solvent state to enable it to extract the needed cannabinoids. This state, referred to as supercritical, allows the CO2 to behave both like a gas and a liquid at once.

How Does CO2 Extraction Work?

The CO2 extraction method primarily uses three different equipment. The Compression Chamber helps the CO2 to go beyond its critical state, therefore converting it into supercritical CO2. This is passed through the cannabis or hemp plant in the Extraction Vessel to pull out the useful compounds. The desirable components of the extraction process are then collected in a Separator while the CO2 is condensed and prepared to be reused for the next extraction cycle.

The process, which uses high pressure, requires somewhere between 1500 psi to 2000 psi. This makes it demanding in terms of power requirements. Furthermore, CO2 is considered a weak solvent, which means that that extraction cycle must last a minimum of two hours and still have a yield below that which is achieved from ethanol extraction. This makes it rather difficult to scale out the production process using CO2 extraction method.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of CO2 Extraction

Following are the advantages of CO2 extraction:

  • It doesn’t contain any residuals post-extraction.
  • The equipment can be tuned and customized for a specific type of extraction, such as temperature-sensitive extraction.
  • It doesn’t pull out any large unwanted molecules such as chlorophyll.

Following are the disadvantages of CO2 extraction:

  • CO2 is a weak solvent compared to ethanol.
  • The equipment is very costly and needs high safety standards for setting up.
  • The usage of high pressure and temperature requires superior safety standards.
  • The machinery is advanced and requires technical expertise.
  • The machinery is prone to wear and tear due to high-pressure used in the process.

Eaze Partners With Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Santa Monica And Recreational Embassy To Debut Eaze Hospitality

CALIFORNIA: Eaze, California’s leading cannabis delivery marketplace, announced a new partnership with Recreational Embassy, an elemental curator of cannabis and hemp solutions for the luxury hospitality market, to bring high-touch cannabis experiences to luxury hotel guests with the launch of Eaze Hospitality. The Eaze Hospitality concierge service will debut at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Santa Monica, marking a first-of-its-kind intersection of tourism and the cannabis industry.

“The partnership with the Fairmont and Recreational Embassy is another proof point that cannabis is normalizing,” says Sheena Shiravi, Senior Director of Marketing at Eaze. “Offering adults in-hotel access to safe and legal cannabis at California’s luxury tourism destinations reinforces how beneficial it is to incorporate cannabis into every aspect of your life.”

Eaze Hospitality is designed to meet the needs, tastes, and lifestyle of the luxury cannabis consumer. Features include a concierge service that serves as a resource for guests’ questions and supports a positive cannabis experience. Eaze Hospitality is committed to educating both new and existing customers about the benefits of cannabis and the innovative products available to them.

“Hotels should have a safe, legal and thoughtful approach to meet the needs of the modern luxury hotel customer,” says Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Director of Sales and Marketing, Rebecca Huetter. “By partnering with Recreational Embassy, we are able to provide the contemporary level of hotel amenities our guests have come to expect.”

“Being present is what the new modern luxury travel experience is all about, and cannabis is the key wellness product to help you get there,” said Lauren Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of Recreational Embassy. “As we guide the hospitality industry along this fresh customer journey with integrity, Eaze Hospitality reinforces the overlap between the new cannabis consumer and the modern luxury traveler.”

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, California is the first property to leverage Eaze Hospitality to facilitate access to legal, compliant and brand-aligned hemp and cannabis products and services. Guests aged 21+ will have access to customized in-room menus that feature low-dose and non-inhalation hemp and cannabis products. Through Recreational Embassy, the hotel will also offer bespoke CBD products including a custom scented fig CBD-infused bath bomb inspired by the property’s signature fig tree.

The potential to holistically reshape the signature elements of a luxury property hotel-stay by integrating hemp, cannabis and CBD products offers an unprecedented opportunity for hotels to drive incremental revenue. “We bridge the gaps between both those experienced with cannabis and those we call ‘canna-curious’ who are interested to learn more,” says Brian Applegarth, Chief Education Officer of Recreational Embassy. “The most common questions we hear from visitors are about how to get cannabis products and where to enjoy them. Our goal is to minimize confusion for hotels and their guests while maximizing on-property experiences and driving incremental value.”

Leafly Announces Leafly Learn Online Education Platform for Training & Certifying Budtenders

WASHINGTON: Leafly, the world’s leading cannabis resource, today announced Leafly Learn, an online education platform created to empower cannabis retail workers to serve customers with confidence. To celebrate, Leafly is hosting a 16-city tour across North America to bring Leafly Learn directly to budtenders. Leafly Learn and the Budtender Education Tour will teach budtenders about the science of cannabis and how it can be applied to budtender best practices in order to help customers discover the products best suited for their needs.

“Budtenders are the face of the cannabis industry and the frontline for guiding customers toward products that will work best for them,” said Rebecca Kelley, content director at Leafly. “We built Leafly Learn with an understanding of the crucial role budtenders play in educating customers, and created this learning platform so that budtenders everywhere can feel supported in their careers and have more confidence in their product recommendations.”

Leafly Learn will be exclusively available to retailer clients of Leafly, who can use the curriculum and the newly unveiled Leafly Cannabis Guide to provide training to budtenders as part of their professional development. According to the 2019 Leafly Jobs Report, there are more than 211,000 jobs in legal cannabis, many of which are budtenders new to the industry. According to a recent industry report, more than 90 per cent of consumers seriously consider a budtender’s recommendation when making a purchase decision, highlighting the need for budtender education efforts like Leafly Learn.

To kick off this initiative, Leafly is taking Leafly Learn on the road to 16 cities across North America, meeting directly with thousands of budtenders to provide hands-on training based on the Leafly Cannabis Guide:

Leafly Learn Budtender Education Tour

  • Phoenix, AZ: October 7, 2019
  • Los Angeles, CA: October 10, 2019
  • Portland, OR: October 12, 2019
  • Vancouver, Canada: October 17, 2019
  • Seattle, WA: October 24-25, 2019
  • Calgary, Canada: October 30, 2019
  • Chicago, IL: November 4, 2019
  • Detroit, MI: November 5, 2019
  • Toronto, Canada: November 8, 2019
  • Boston, MA: November 11, 2019
  • Baltimore, MD: November 13, 2019
  • Orlando, FL: November 19, 2019
  • Miami, FL: November 21, 2019
  • Oklahoma City, OK: December 1, 2019
  • Denver, CO: December 4, 2019
  • Las Vegas, NV: December 9, 2019

“I was a budtender before I worked at Leafly, and I know a thousand questions come your way when helping customers select the right products. As the cannabis market expands and more people make careers of budtending, it’s a huge priority for us at Leafly to ensure budtenders have the support and education they need to make cannabis a positive experience for all customers,” said Maria Sharp, manager of partnerships and education at Leafly.

Retailers interested in Leafly Learn and the Budtender Education Tour can find more information here.

Eaze Launches Momentum Cannabis Business Accelerator

Program includes ten entrepreneurs; $50,000 grants; ten weeks of business-development courses; marketing and retail resources; access to industry-defining investors

CALIFORNIA: Cannabis marketplace Eaze and partners Ultranative and Bail Capital today announced the launch of Momentum, a business accelerator to cultivate the growth and success of underrepresented cannabis business founders. Access to capital is one of many enormous barriers for new entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. The Momentum program is a small but important step in addressing that issue.

The inaugural class will include ten participants who will receive a $50,000 grant; participate in a ten-week education program led by 40 industry volunteer experts; and have access to Eaze’s ecosystem of business, marketing and retailer resources. At Momentum’s conclusion, participants will pitch to industry-defining investors for the opportunity to raise additional funds to grow their businesses.

“Starting a new cannabis business can be especially challenging for entrepreneurs who have been historically marginalized or victimized by the War on Drugs,” said Jen Lujan, Director of Social Impact at Eaze. “All cannabis operators have a responsibility to help build a diverse and equitable industry, and Momentum is another way Eaze and our partners are supporting this important goal.”

Licensed founders — and those in the process of applying for licenses — who have faced social and economic barriers to entering the legal cannabis market are eligible to apply at Eaze.com/momentum. Applicants will be evaluated on a combination of potential for success, lived experience, and current barriers to entry. Applicants with THC businesses must be licensed through state and local jurisdictions; CBD businesses must be a part of the Federal hemp pilot program.

An advisory committee of investors, community advocates, and business leaders who have worked to create a diverse and equitable industry will evaluate applicants and choose Momentum’s participants. The committee includes:

  • Cannaclusive Co-Founder Mary Pryor
  • California Urban Partnership CEO Malaki Seku Amen
  • CEO of Make Green Go La Wanda Knox
  • Padre Mu Delivery and Distribution co-founder and SF Equity Working Group co-founder Ramon Garcia
  • Ultranative Co-Founder Ford Smith
  • Bail Capital Partner Zack Carpenter
  • Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Steve Hawkins
  • Leune CEO Nidhi Lucky Handa

“We see a huge opportunity to partner with Momentum as part of our efforts to build a diverse industry, while providing support and resources that small businesses in the cannabis industry need to become more profitable and sustainable,” said Smith.

“Momentum creates an exciting opportunity to build and expand relationships between founders and industry leaders working together to form a strong and equitable cannabis industry. We’re honored to partner with Eaze to support unique brands, increase revenue for impacted communities, and ultimately achieve greater diversity in cannabis culture,” said Amen.

Momentum is part of Eaze’s overall commitment to addressing the impact of the War on Drugs on local communities. Eaze’s social impact work includes a partnership with Code for America to help clear 250,000 low level criminal offenses; a permanent 25% discount for U.S. veterans; and partnerships with Success Centers SF and the San Francisco AIDS project, among others. Interested Momentum applicants can find more information at Eaze.com/momentum. Program sponsors include: Ultranative, Bail Capital and Select.

 

Infusion Biosciences Develops Breakthrough Testing Methods to Detect Cannabinoids in Water Solutions to Meet Food and Safety Standards

CANADA: Sproutly Canada has announced today that Infusion Biosciences have developed and verified analytical methods that detect, identify, and measure cannabinoid molecules in water-soluble (“Infuz2O”) and oil preparations (“Bio-Natural Oil”) derived from cannabis and hemp using APP Technology (collectively, the “Developed Analytics”). APP Technology is a patent pending process that uses proprietary reagents to recover naturally occurring water-soluble cannabinoids as well as the cannabis oils.

The proprietary methods for the Developed Analytics were created and refined during the past year through the work of Sproutly’s Chief Science Officer and Director Dr. Arup Sen in collaboration with state certified US testing laboratories. The delivery of the Developed Analytics satisfies Sproutly’s Earn Out Milestones (defined below) in the Acquisition Agreements (defined below) dated August 1, 2018 for the purchase of Infusion Biosciences Canada Inc. and SSM Partners Inc.

The cannabis industry has faced challenges in testing and measuring cannabinoid content in water formulations fortified with marijuana ingredients. Standard analytical methods used today for the detection and quantitation of cannabinoids had been designed for isolated oils and lack the ability to reliably measure cannabinoid contents in finished edible and beverage products. Correctly and reproducibly measuring the potency of bioactive cannabinoids in recreational, health and wellness, and medicinal beverage products is critical for successful marketing of these products in compliance with applicable food safety standards.

Dr. Arup Sen and Infusion have been successful in developing a proprietary method for processing Infuz2O preparations in order to detect tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), cannabidiol (“CBD”) and several other cannabinoids. The proprietary process allows for independent third-party testing laboratories to prepare the cannabis and hemp samples of Infuz2O so that analytical methods used by these laboratories can then detect and measure the natural water-soluble cannabinoids. The results obtained in collaboration with third-party laboratories utilized for this research verify the predicted levels of cannabinoids recovered by APP Technology in Infuz2O.

Furthermore, lab result comparisons of cannabinoid profiles of the cannabis biomass before and after each step of APP Technology have revealed no detectable change in composition of the major cannabinoids and no indication of selective separation of cannabinoids from biomass in either Infuz2O or Bio-Natural Oil. Additional chemical tests carried out during this research further confirmed the molecular identity of cannabinoids in Infuz2O and Bio-Natural Oils to be the same as standard cannabinoid molecules.

Sproutly intends to provide technical guidance to qualified third-party testing laboratories in order to enable them to analyze Infuz2O products to meet applicable regulatory authority requirements for commercial sale of Sproutly’s products.

“The ability to test for cannabinoids in water formulations has been unreliable for cannabis beverages globally due to the existing testing standards and practices,” said Dr. Arup Sen, Chief Science Officer and Director of Sproutly. “With ever increasing food-safety standards that need to be met for cannabis beverage and edible products, the completion of our research and the Developed Analytics are significant milestones in the commercialization of APP Technology; this is another step forward towards reliable and accurate testing for ingestible cannabis products.”

POSaBIT Begins Trading On The Canadian Securities Exchange

CANADA: POSaBIT Systems Corporation, a leading financial technology company delivering unique blockchain-enabled payment processing and point-of-sale systems for cash-only businesses with a focus on the cannabis industry, today announced that following the completion of its reverse takeover transaction it has begun trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) under the ticker “PBIT”.

“This is a significant achievement for POSaBIT and we are proud to make this important transition from the private to the public markets,” said Ryan Hamlin, co-founder and CEO of POSaBIT. “The past year has been an exciting one for the company, marked by a series of milestones. We continued to expand geographically in the California, Colorado and Washington markets, successfully completed the acquisition of DoubleBeam, and rolled-out a fully-integrated POS and payments platform that fulfills an unmet need in the cannabis industry. Our service is now in use at over 120 cannabis merchants across various US states. We are pleased with our traction in the market, as demonstrated by our strong year-to-date growth, and are very encouraged by the continued momentum we saw as we closed out 2018.”

2018 Corporate Milestones

  • For the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2018, the Company generated USD $1.39 million in revenue (with cost of sales of USD $1.4 million), a 266% increase over the prior year comparable period (and an increase in cost of sales of 226% over the prior year comparable period).
  • The Company expanded its footprint in California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Colorado and Washington.
  • In February 2018, POSaBIT completed the acquisition of DoubleBeam, which specializes in POS payment processing for the Hospitality sector.
  • The Company enhanced its payment service offering by developing incremental features to sell and accept both Litecoin and Bitcoin for purchases, as well as perform EMV card compliance on debit card transactions – helping merchants navigate complex payment requirements.
  • POSaBIT designed and released a new front-end POS console that is uniquely suited for cash-only merchants such as the Cannabis industry. This entirely new console offers an array of key features, including loyalty programs, in-store digital menus, online ordering / in-store pickup, inventory management, state seed-to-sale compliance, and customizable discounts.
  • POSaBIT also completed all of the necessary state requirements to support the Leaf system, a seed-sale track and trace software system used by regulators in the State of Washington.
  • The Company moved its corporate headquarters to a larger location in Kirkland, WA, which will support continued growth and expansion plans.
  • Pursuant to private placement financings undertaken in conjunction with the listing, POSaBIT generated gross proceeds of $1.3M.

“We believe our all-in-one payment and POS solution provides a unique and compelling offering that enables cash-only businesses, like those typical to the cannabis industry, to provide their consumers with an alternative to cash, while still satisfying retail customer experience expectations,” Hamlin added. “We believe the cannabis industry represents a large and growing opportunity for our offerings. With the successful completion of our listing on the CSE, we are pleased to have the additional capital needed to accelerate our growth in this rapidly expanding market. Our solution fills an unmet need, enables merchants to remain compliant in a highly regulated industry, and drives sales. We think this is a winning combination that will fuel our growth in 2019.”

POSaBIT was founded and incorporated in 2015 and is led by a team of executives with deep expertise across the technology space. POSaBIT Co-founder and CEO Ryan Hamlin brings over 27 years of software development, management experience, and entrepreneurship, including founding PlaceFull in 2011 and holding former leadership posts at Microsoft and MSN. Co-founder Jon Baugher heads up sales execution, revenue growth, and customer success utilizing his 28 years of global hardware and software technology sales experience. Full biographical information for the leadership is available here.

 

Leafly Appoints Former Amazon Executive Tim Leslie New CEO

WASHINGTON: Leafly, the world’s leading technology platform that helps customers around the world find and discover the cannabis product that is right for them, today announced the hiring of Tim Leslie, a 20-year veteran of Amazon, to the role of Chief Executive Officer. As Leafly CEO, Tim will guide the company’s vision and strategy as it continues to expand around the globe.

leafly-logo-w851-oLeafly is the most trusted brand in cannabis; the authoritative source on cannabis, where everyone from consumers to potential consumers to dispensaries to growers go to discover the latest and best information about cannabis and cannabis products,” Tim said. “Leafly has been at the forefront of shaping the conversation on cannabis and demystifying this rapidly evolving product and industry.”

“Whether it’s on the Leafly app or Leafly.com, our vision is to empower customers around the world to find and discover the best cannabis products for them,” Tim said. “There is an ever-growing range of legal cannabis products, and as broader legalization gains global momentum, and new opportunities open up, Leafly will be there with its mainstream voice providing customers with the best cannabis information and content.”

Tim joins Leafly from Amazon where he most recently served as Vice President of Amazon Prime Video International. In that capacity, Tim launched Prime Video in more than 200 countries around the world, managing product, technology, marketing and operations for international expansion. Tim’s background in launching businesses around the world and his deep knowledge of customers and content will help Leafly in its on-going international growth and cannabis-related content strategy.

“In addition to helping customers around the world make informed choices about cannabis, Leafly’s rapidly growing marketplace also empowers cannabis businesses to find and retain loyal customers,” Tim said. “Today we are providing new and existing cannabis businesses with the broadest and deepest information in the industry; information that they can trust to provide a professional and personalized experience for customers in a regulated environment.”

Tim started at Amazon in 1999 as Vice President & Associate General Counsel responsible for Worldwide Retail. He helped Amazon launch businesses around the world and built and managed Amazon’s international legal team, which grew to 150 employees under his leadership. In 2013, Tim joined the Amazon Prime Video business as the Managing Director of LoveFilm, a UK and German video streaming and DVD rental business that Amazon had acquired. Tim was responsible for the management of LoveFilm, integrating it into Amazon, re-branding LoveFilm as Prime Video and launching Prime Video in the UK and Germany, which was completed in February 2014. Tim went on to lead the launch of Prime Video globally in 2016.

With more than 20 million monthly online sessions and 1.3 million crowd-sourced strain, product and dispensary reviews, Leafly connects patients and consumers with cannabis brands, products and retailers. Consumers can use Leafly’s easy-to-use website and mobile app to learn about the right products for their lifestyle and wellness needs, find those products safely and efficiently from licensed and regulated dispensaries or retail stores around the globe.

Aphria And UNOapp To Partner On Technology And Analytics Solutions For The Adult-Use Cannabis Industry

CANADA: Aphria recently entered into an exclusive agreement with Toronto-based UNOapp to collaborate on the development of technology and analytics solutions for Canada’s adult-use cannabis industry.  

aphria logo“With our innovation-focused approach, Aphria is setting the pace for the evolution of the adult-use cannabis industry in Canada,” said Jakob Ripshtein, President of Aphria. “Our industry’s long-term future will be driven by consumer-centric, innovation-led product, brand and technology solutions. We are excited for this collaboration with a fantastic technology partner in UNOapp and look forward to developing industry-leading solutions that shape the adult-use cannabis market for years to come.”

Founded in 2010, UNOapp has developed proven technology, marketing and analytical solutions that has enabled more than 4,500 customers across the globe to engage with their customers and drive revenue.

“This is a great opportunity for UNOapp to apply its proven technology driven solutions to the Cannabis industry. Helping brands connect, educate and engage consumers seamlessly through one platform in retail, is at the core of what we do.” said Olivier Centner, Founder of UNOapp. “We’re thrilled to be partnered with Aphria. Their team’s expertise, innovative thinking, and global reach give us a tremendous opportunity to evolve our platform to meet the unique needs of the burgeoning adult-use market in Canada and scale quickly to other markets internationally.”

As part of the Agreement, UNOapp has granted Aphria a first option to commercialize any platform or solution developed from this collaboration in any international market outside Canada.

Empower Clinics To Launch Telemedicine Platform For Medical Cannabis, Wellness Treatment

WASHINGTON: Empower Clinics, a leading owner and operator of medical cannabis and wellness clinics in the US,  announced that it is nearing completion of a telemedicine platform that will enable interested patients worldwide to connect with its specialized medical doctors.

Expected to launch in December via Empower’s Website, the telemedicine offering will make it easy for patients worldwide to speak directly with medical doctors about anything related to cannabis-based treatments as well as overall wellness. Patients will be able to select a doctor on-demand or can set a schedule for consultations engineered to take place via private video conference. Over time, the consultations will also involve online chat and other features to facilitate direct patient-doctor communication. Empower also plans to include veterinary options in the coming months, for those interested in discussing cannabis and wellness treatments for pets.

“Telemedicine leverages two of Empower’s greatest assets, in bringing together technology with Empower’s highly specialized medical doctors to provide patients with the expertise they need where and when they want it,” said Craig Snyder, Empower CEO. “This will provide an additional revenue stream for Empower while complementing our expanding physical footprint here in the US.”

In addition, Empower has completed its non-brokered private placement it announced publicly on October 19.