JANUARY 4, 2018 – Winnipeg, MB – The CEO of Delta 9 Cannabis Inc. says the crackdown on marijuana legalization by the US Department of Justice will benefit Canadian cannabis companies in the long term.
Cannabis company stock prices fell sharply on both sides of the border shortly after US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the policy known as the ‘Cole Memo’ that allows individual states to legalize cannabis, without fear that federal prosecutors will charge companies with trafficking.
While cannabis has been legalized in several states, it remains an illegal, Schedule 1 drug under federal law. Today Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo, giving US federal prosecutors complete latitude to lay charges under federal drug laws, even in states where cannabis has been legalized.
Delta 9 CEO John Arbuthnot says that while both US and Canadian stock prices declined on the news, the long-term implications are positive for Canadian cannabis companies.
“Canada is already, without question, the global leader in the legal cannabis industry, and this is due largely to our own federal government’s support of sensible legalization policy,” Arbuthnot says. “That support is allowing companies to expand both in Canada and now throughout the world, whereas American companies are being held back.
“There is a real fear about investing in US-based cannabis companies at a time when it is possible people connected with those companies could be prosecuted under federal drug laws.”
Arbuthnot says the implications are particularly positive for publicly traded companies north of the border.
“There is a demonstrated interest among investors globally to invest in cannabis companies, which is only logical given the rapid growth of this industry,” Arbuthnot says. “But right now, due to the stated US policy, Canadian companies remain the only safe haven for cannabis investors.”
Arbuthnot says Delta 9 takes no position on the US government’s decision, but does feel it will hurt the US industry while boosting the Canadian industry.
“It’s up to the United States’ government to decide what is best for their people and their country, just as it is up to our government to decide what is best for Canada and Canadians,” he said. “But, from a purely practical point of view, this move does give Canadian companies a huge advantage when competing globally in what is likely the fastest growing industry on the planet, and I think over the long term investors in Canada, the US, and elsewhere will see that as a major factor.”
Like many other cannabis companies in Canada, Delta 9 has undertaken a massive expansion of its production facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Delta 9 also submitted a proposal on Dec. 22, 2017 to open a chain of retail cannabis stores in Manitoba, in response to the provincial government’s Request For Proposals (RFP). “These types of developments, where federal and provincial governments are codifying the industry into the normal routine of business, shows just how different the situation is in Canada as opposed to the United States,” Arbuthnot said.
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Delta 9’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Delta 9 Bio-Tech Inc., is a licensed producer of medical marijuana pursuant to the ACMPR and operates an 80,000 square foot production facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Delta 9’s shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “NINE”.
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