Ontario Locks Down Cannabis Supply Deals
Following its decision to privatize a network of retail cannabis shops, Ontario awarded supply agreements for adult-use cannabis to 26 licensed producers (LPs) on Monday (August 20).
“These agreements will allow us to safely and securely provide a broad variety of cannabis products to adult customers when online sales begin,” Patrick Ford, president and CEO of the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS), said in a statement.
The OCS announced that it’s also finalizing deals with cannabis accessories suppliers for a variety of products that will be available after the legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17.
The provincial agency will be tasked with overseeing online sales of legal cannabis. The province has revealed that will be the only way to acquire legal adult-use product until spring of next year.
According to the OCS, the online portal will have a verification system to guarantee at-home deliveries for products. As dictated by Health Canada’s regulations, the OCS will only offer three product categories: dried flower, cannabis oil and cannabis seeds.
Outside Ontario, provinces announcing supply deals have revealed how much cannabis product in kilograms each company will provide. Ontario has instead elected to announce the number of strains or products that producers will provide.
Canopy Growth (TSX:WEED,NYSE:CGC) and Aphria (TSX:APH) were quick to reveal a supply agreement worth “over 100 cannabis SKUs,” or stock keeping units. Twenty-five of them will be from Hiku Brands (CSE:HIKU), Canopy’s latest acquisition.
Nick Dean, CEO of Ontario-based LP Emblem (TSXV:EMC), said he anticipates Ontario will represent 40 percent of total cannabis sales in Canada. Emblem will offer its products in Ontario under the Symbl brand name. “Our partnership with the OCS opens up an important distribution channel to get Emblem’s brands and products to market in Canada’s most-populated province,” Dean said.
Public markets react to supply deals with Ontario
The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF (TSX:HMMJ) enjoyed a quick spike in Tuesday’s trading session, increasing 3.49 to reach a price of C$18.41 at the closing bell.
The Canadian Index from the Marijuana Index also saw a jump in its value following the news from Ontario. The index, which tracks 17 Canadian cannabis stocks, went up 3.06 percent.
After the public markets closed on Tuesday, some of the biggest gainers of the day thanks to the Ontario deals were Newstrike Brands (TSXV:HIP), Beleave (CSE:BE), Cronos Group (TSX:CRON,NASDAQ:CRON) and Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB).
Respectively, each producer gained 21.82, 15.67, 12.57 and 7.23 percent, and closed at C$0.67, C$1.55, C$10.75 and C$8.16.
Here’s the complete list of cannabis producers, and the respective public company associated with some producers, signed on by the OCS to supply the province:
- 7ACRES/The Supreme Cannabis Company (TSXV:FIRE)
- AgMedica Bioscience
- Aphria (TSX:APH)
- Aurora Cannabis
- Broken Coast Cannabis/Aphria
- CannTrust (TSX:TRST)
- Canopy Growth
- Emblem Cannabis
- HEXO Operations/The Hydropothecary Corporation (TSX:HEXO)
- Hiku Brands/Canopy Growth
- Maricann (CSE:MARI)
- MedReleaf / Aurora Cannabis
- Natural MedCo/Eve & Co.
- Northern Green Canada
- Organigram (TSXV:OGI)
- Peace Naturals Project/Cronos Group
- Radicle Medical Marijuana
- RedeCan Pharm
- Solace Health/TerrAscend (CSE:TER)
- Starseed Medicinal
- THC BioMed (CSE:THC)
- The Flowr Group Okanagan
- Tilray Canada (NYSE:TLRY)
- Up Cannabis/Newstrike Resources
- VIVO Cannabis (TSXV:VIVO)
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Securities Disclosure: I, Bryan Mc Govern, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.
Editorial Disclosure: Beleave, Emblem, Maricann and the Supreme Cannabis Company are clients of the Investing News Network. This article is not paid-for content.