Weekly Roundup – Aurora inks Italy, Organigram to supply PEI, and more!

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In this week’s roundup, Canada prepares for a safe recreational market and the medical cannabis market is spreading and growing internationally. This week, the legal cannabis wild fire spread to Italy. Cannabis bolognese, anyone?

01/14/2018 – 01/20/2018

Victorian State Government and Canopy Growth sign Memorandum of Understanding

The MOU that was just signed by Canopy Growth and the Victorian State Government is a collaboration to advance the research and technical capabilities of medical cannabis in Australia. Agriculture Victoria is a global leader in bioscience research capabilities and Canopy Growth is the biggest cannabis company in the world. Through their research together, they will escalate innovation as well as make the emerging medical marijuana market in Australia more accessible to patients.

Aurora to be Italian Government’s Supplier

A rise in demand has prompted Italy to hold their first-ever public medical cannabis tender. The exclusive winner of this tender is Aurora Cannabis. Through the ministry of defense, Aurora and its subsidiary in Germany, Pedanios GmBH, will supply Italy’s medical cannabis market.

Organigram will Supply Cannabis to Prince Edward Island’s Recreational Market

Organigram entered into an agreement with the Government of Prince Edward Island which states that they will supply them with at least one million grams of cannabis every year. Organigram is one of three licensed producers chosen to supply the Island. Both parties are pleased to have finalized the agreement and are committed to a safe adult-use recreational market.

New Training Program to be Created by ANBL and Canopy Growth

In preparation for the adult-use recreational market, ANBL and Canopy Growth will develop a training program for the New Brunswick retail staff. The program will consist of training and education in safety, policy, product knowledge, customer service, and more. The aim of the training program is to provide safe service for the upcoming recreational market.

Shares rise after CanniMed announces discussions with Aurora

CanniMed Therapeutics postponed the voting on the proposal to acquire Newstrike Resources Ltd. CanniMed has announced, barely three days after filing a lawsuit against Aurora, that they are planning to hold discussions about what to do moving forward with Aurora Cannabis over the next couple of days.

The rise in demand for medical marijuana in Italy, the collaboration to advance medical cannabis research in Australia, and the new training program in preparation for Canada’s recreational market are all big and important steps in the development of the cannabis world. Stay tuned for updates on these developments and more industry news!

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