Canadian Craft Cannabis Leader Pasha Brands Acquires Producer & Processor
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada has a long and deserved reputation as a pioneering cannabis leader. Sensible policies and a progressive culture have fostered a welcoming place for the cannabis community, providing the foundation for legalization across the Great White North and influencing positive reforms in the United States and worldwide. Unfortunately, navigating the new regulatory regime following legalization has been difficult for many Canadian craft cannabis companies. Fortunately, for these craft companies, Pasha Brands has been there to assist these important industry actors. Pasha’s Director of Communications and Culture, Jamie Shaw is one of the most important Canadian activists of all-time, with a long history of fighting for the medical community and mom-and-pops, and has been a frequent panelist and moderator at International Cannabis Business Conference events. In big news, Pasha Brands has acquired Health Canada licensed and producer and processor Medcann.
This is not only great news for Pasha, but for everyone that wants to see craft cannabis survive and thrive in Canada. Looking forward to learning more in Vancouver this September 15th-16th and seeing more major moves by Pasha and the entire craft cannabis community! Here’s Pasha Brands press release announcing the big acquisition:
Pasha Brands Acquires Health Canada Approved Licensed Producer and Processor
VANCOUVER, June 6, 2019 /CNW/ – Pasha Brands Ltd. (“Pasha“) (CSE:CRFT), one of Canada’s largest craft cannabis brands organization, is announcing that it has acquired Medcann Health Products Ltd. (“Medcann“), a fully licensed, Health Canada approved standard facility to process, cultivate and sell medical cannabis under the Cannabis Act regulations. Prior to its acquisition by Broome Capital Inc., the privately held Pasha Brands Ltd. had previously entered into a letter of intent to acquire Medcann, dated effective April 30, 2019.
This acquisition will allow subsidiary company, BC Craft Supply Co. Ltd. (“BC Craft“) to accelerate its pace of growth in Canada’s new craft cannabis sector. BC Craft acts as a service provider to small farmers under the newly created Health Canada licence category known as Micro Cultivator. In exchange for a cannabis supply agreement with a micro cultivator, BC Craft assists the applicant in receiving its licence with Health Canada and provides a whole host of services ranging from quality assurance to the marketing of its cannabis products in Canada’s provincial and territorial markets.
With approximately 10,000 square feet of space, on an acre of land on Vancouver Island, Medcann was granted its processing, cultivation and sales licence by Health Canada in March 2019. Medcann provides Pasha with an immediate pathway to bring craft cannabis products to market under Health Canada’s new micro-cultivation licence category. The Medcann facility will test, process and package high quality craft flower, and package this flower for distribution throughout Canada. In addition to flower sales, it is expected that Medcann will process cannabis for Canada’s emerging oil market through an extraction lab to be developed at the facility. Pasha currently owns nine prohibition-era cannabis brands which Canadians were purchasing in the pre-legalization era. As regulations permit, Pasha will distribute product under these leading brands throughout Canada.
There is a growing supply gap for cannabis in Canada as licensed producers are unable to meet consumer demand. Through BC Craft, Pasha will focus on bringing micro-cultivators into the market. The micro-cultivation licensing program allows for the processing of approximately 500 kilograms of dried flower per year, per micro cultivator. More than just a viable solution for closing the supply gap, this provides consumers with high-quality craft cannabis products that are differentiated from others in the space. Under the micro-cultivation program, the BC Craft network will look to add and assist hundreds of producers. For every 100 micro-cultivators BC Craft secures, up to 50,000 kilograms of world-class craft cannabis could be available to the market via Canada’s regulated supply chain.
In consideration for the acquisition of all of the outstanding share capital of Medcann, Pasha has completed a cash payment of $3,000,000, and has issued 14,444,445 common shares (the “Consideration Shares“) at a deemed price of $0.90 per share, to the existing shareholders of Medcann.
The Consideration Shares are subject to a pooling arrangement which restricts the ability of the holders to transfer or trade the shares. The Consideration Shares will be released from the pooling arrangement over a period of eighteen months, with 25% of the shares released immediately upon completion of the acquisition, and the balance released in six equal tranches every three months thereafter. In the event the volume weighted average closing price of the Pasha common shares is less than $0.72 in the twenty trading days prior to the expiry of the pooling arrangement, the shareholders of Medcann will be entitled to receive additional Consideration Shares to guarantee the value of the consideration they receive.
Following completion of the acquisition, Medcann will also hold the right to acquire the property on which its facility is located in consideration for a further cash payment of $1,200,000. The property is currently subject to a lease arrangement which permits the operation of the facility.
In connection with completion of the acquisition, Pasha intends to issue 1,066,667 common shares as a finders’ fee to certain arms’-length parties who assisted Pasha in facilitating the transaction. All shares issued as a finders’ fee will be subject to a four-month-and-one-day statutory hold period in accordance with applicable securities laws.
This news release includes certain “forward-looking statements” under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to the proposed operations and activities of BC Craft and Medcann. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Pasha disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
About Pasha Brands
Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Pasha is a vertically integrated prohibition-era brand house that is firmly rooted in BC’s craft cannabis industry, which boasts an international reputation. With proven capabilities in cannabis cultivation, genetic research and development, product processing, and retail, Pasha is uniquely positioned in the new legal cannabis market through its network of hundreds of craft cannabis suppliers under the Pasha umbrella.
Pasha’s subsidiary, BC Craft, is also developing a craft cannabis campus, which is dedicated to bringing craft quality into the newly legal cannabis market in Canada. BC Craft is driven to assist craft growers in obtaining security clearance and licensing to grow as micro-cultivators, specializing in education and compliance to bring growers into the regulated cannabis supply market.
Pasha’s common shares trade on the CSE under the symbol “CRFT”.
For more information, please visit www.pashabrands.com