- Edmonton woman starts Canada’s first cannabis staffing agency
- Meet the Nominees for the Canadian Cannabis Awards — The Her(B) Life
- Woman in weed – Trailblazer
- This Year’s Canadian Cannabis Awards Nominees
- HEXO Corp’s Agnes Kwasniewska named Master Grower of the Year
- Agnes Kwasniewska
- Cannabis industry offering a new world of growth for female leaders
- HEXO Master Grower Agnes Kwasniewska Talks Gender Gaps, Genetics, Home Cultivation
- Agnes Kwasniewska: Breaking The Grass Ceiling
- Cannabis Education Program | MRU
- Cannabis Summit
- This Cheap Pot Stock Is an Award Winner
- Hollywoodesque potential
- Cheap pot stocks are the way to go
Edmonton woman starts Canada’s first cannabis staffing agency
Alison McMahon should be able to find some really dope jobs after opening what she says is the first staffing agency working exclusively with Canada’s budding marijuana industry.
The Edmonton human resources specialist, who started Cannabis at Work in 2015 to advise companies on issues linked to the use of the drug for medical reasons, recently branched out to help firms find employees as the country moves toward legalizing recreational consumption in July 2018.
“They’re ramping up because they will be heading into recreational (sales) in the future,” she said Wednesday.
“We really saw an opportunity. We’re on a tipping point in the industry. We’re going to need staff … The cannabis industry is quite literally growing in front of our eyes. I n it to the (1990s) dot-com boom.”
A study last fall by consultant Deloitte concluded Canada’s recreational pot market could be worth as much as $22.6 billion a year.
McMahon estimates the cannabis industry could create 50,000 jobs in Canada after two years of legalization, California’s experience.
Potential positions include master growers, accounting, medical sales, answering phones in a call centre and serving customers as a “budtender.”
“About half the jobs today have some transferrable skills, but there’s still some education and experience that would make you an ideal candidate for the job,” said McMahon, who has three workers in Edmonton and Victoria handling this area and hopes to expand into Toronto and Vancouver.
“Understanding how inventory is going to depreciate (due to moisture loss) in the context of talking about cannabis is going to be something a regular accountant probably hasn’t done.”
Cannabis at Work founder Alison McMahon
She estimated 40 per cent of the work in Canada’s existing medical marijuana network is in Ontario, where most of the 44 licensed producers are located.
Alberta has two operations, Acreage Pharms 180 kilometres west of Edmonton and Aurora Cannabis Enterprises north of Calgary, but Aurora is building what it calls the world’s largest legal production facility beside the Edmonton International Airport.
The Aurora Sky plant is expected to employ 200 people at full function after opening this fall.
McMahon, who charges companies a fee when she fills an opening, expects to deal with hundreds of job vacancies over the next year.
She’s formally launching her service in Toronto this week as one of more than 150 participants at the Lift Cannabis Expo, the industry’s largest Canadian trade show.
McMahon is the past president of the local chapter of Canexions, an international group aimed at boosting female involvement in the cannabis business, and thinks they’ll be a big part of its growth.
“When other substances came prohibition, alcohol, women weren’t participating in the workplace () they are now,” she said.
“To get involved in this sector in the context of it being an emerging market … women are better positioned than ever.”
Meet the Nominees for the Canadian Cannabis Awards — The Her(B) Life
The Canadian Cannabis Awards (CCAs) are an annual celebration recognizing excellence and innovation in Canada’s cannabis industry. The CCAs are meant to highlight the best people, products and companies in Canadian cannabis.
Since being established in 2013, the CCAs have become the gold standard for cannabis excellence, honouring individuals and organizations committed to world-class cultivation, products and branding, retail experiences and reporting. Each year Lift & Co. has added new award categories, reflecting the evolving cannabis sector.
Nominees in categories for people, organizations, retail, cultivation, and accessories were collected via nomination submission to CanadianCannabisAwards.com between August 23 and September 20, 2019.
Rick Campanelli Hosting the 2018 CCAs
Then those with the greatest number of entries/nominations were shortlisted and moved to the judging round.
In the judging round, a panel of judges will deliberate the nominee’s achievements in the past year, their career trajectory and accomplishments in the industry. Those on the judging panels have experience and expertise in the industry, and will further deliberate the information provided in the nomination submissions for each nominee.
Woman in weed – Trailblazer
Introduced last year, a new category aims to highlight the achievements of female leaders.
“The people in this category have been recognized for their contributions to our industry in the past year through nomination by their peers, partners and supporters from across the industry.” Sais Cori MacPhee, Vice President of Event Marketing at Lift & Co.
“After such a pivotal year in the history of legalization—Canada's first year—this is a major accomplishment and speaks to the tenacity and impact of these leaders.
We launched this category last year to provide an important platform to recognize leading women in a burgeoning industry, and it's just as important to acknowledge that women and women-led businesses are shortlisted across the categories we announced this week.”
This Year’s Canadian Cannabis Awards Nominees
Entrepreneur of the Year
This award recognizes the endeavours of exceptional people who create the products and services that keep our industry moving forward. The winner embodies the spirit of cannabis entrepreneurship: tenacity, creativity and leadership.
- Darren Bondar, Spiritleaf
- Angela Marks, B.C. Trimmers
- Pat McCutcheon & Keith Strachan, MediPharm Labs
- Drummond Munro, Superette
- Joshua Vera, Elevate
Womxn in Weed-Trailblazer
This award recognizes the high achievers, advocates and role models for womxn within the cannabis industry.
- Sony Gokhale, The Supreme Cannabis Company, Inc.
- Mimi Lam, Superette
- Angela Marks, B.C. Trimmers
- Rebecca Phillips, 7ACRES
- Trang Trinh, TREC Brands Inc.
- Jo Vos, Leafly
This individual displays a high level of passion and knowledge about the products and industry, shows a commitment to customer service and consistently displays a positive attitude.
- Jessica Cadney, Hobo, Ottawa
- Liam English, Fire & Flower Ottawa
- Ellen McKay, Superette, Ottawa
- Mona Pinette, Spiritleaf, Calgary
- Jordan Prentice, NOVA Cannabis Off Whyte, Edmonton
Top Master Grower
The backbone of the industry, these individuals excel in all phases of the growing process, setting themselves apart by demonstrating superb management characteristics, commitment to quality product and a passion for the industry.
- Kevin Anderson, Broken Coast Cannabis Ltd.
- John Barnet, Aurora Cannabis
- Leo Benne, Zenabis Global Inc.
- Melanie Carruthers, 7ACRES
- Liam McKenzie, Experion Biotechnologies Inc.
Top Retail Store—Single Location
This retail location and its team delivers unparalleled excellence for its customers. From the look and feel of the store to the buying experience — everything about this location is top notch.
- Ameri—20 Cumberland, Toronto, Ontario
- Elevate—14454 -118 St. NW, Edmonton, Alberta
- Hobo Recreational Cannabis Store—4296 Main St., Vancouver, British Columbia
- Kiaro—1316 Kingsway, Vancouver, British Columbia
- NOVA Cannabis Off Whyte—8015-104 ST. NW, Edmonton, Alberta
- Superette—1306 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario
Startup of the Year
This company exemplifies the qualities that define promising startups: plucky, innovative and creative. Its top-notch team identifies and solves industry problems and contributes beneficially to the cannabis sector.
- ND Supplies Inc.
- OGEN Bloom Cultivation
- Quality Green Inc.
- TREC Brands Inc.
Winners will be announced on Nov. 8, 2019 at the Canadian Cannabis Awards Gala. There will also be a list of winners online at lift.co.
HEXO Corp’s Agnes Kwasniewska named Master Grower of the Year
HEXO’s Master Grower Agnes Kwasniewska and Arno Groll, Chief Manufacturing Officer, at the Grow Up Awards Gala on September 12, 2019.
HEXO’s Master Grower Agnes Kwasniewska
GATINEAU, Quebec, Sept. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HEXO Corp (“HEXO” or the “Company”) (TSX: HEXO; NYSE: HEXO) is thrilled to announce that its very own Master Grower, Agnes Kwasniewska, was named the first ever Master Grower of the Year at the Grow Up Conference and Expo Awards.
The award recognizes professional cannabis growers whose dedication to their craft consistently produces top quality crops for the marketplace. The nominees are growers that set the bar for others to match.
Agnes was voted Master Grower of the Year, 10 nominees, from licenced producers across the country.
She received her award at the first annual Grow Up Awards Gala held on September 12, 2019 in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
“I am honored to receive this award,” said Agnes Kwasniewska, HEXO’s Master Grower, who was in attendance to accept the award. “This is great recognition for the entire cultivation team and HEXO’s focus on consistent, high-quality products.”
“Here at HEXO we all know that Agnes is an exceptional role model and grower and has been instrumental in our success,” said Sebastien St-Louis, HEXO’s CEO and co-founder. “We are extremely proud to see her great work recognized by her peers in the cannabis industry.”
Grow Up’s Master Grower of the Year is Agnes’ second major recognition from the cannabis industry. She was previously named to BotaniQ’s Power 10 of the Canadian Cannabis Industry list for best cultivator.
Agnes brings a decade of experience in plant science and horticulture to her role as HEXO’s Master Grower.
Prior to joining HEXO, Agnes was a former researcher at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, worked as an assistant researcher and field monitor at PRISME Consortium, and was assistant grower at Flora Plus Inc.
, where she oversaw propagation, environmental systems, integrated pest management and R&D. She holds a Master of Science degree from McGill University, and has authored specialized research on integrated pest control.
About HEXO Corp
HEXO Corp is an award-winning consumer packaged goods cannabis company that creates and distributes innovative products to serve the global cannabis market.
Through its hub and spoke business strategy, HEXO Corp is partnering with Fortune 500 companies, bringing its brand value, cannabinoid isolation technology, licensed infrastructure and regulatory expertise to established companies, leveraging their distribution networks and capacity.
As one of the largest licensed cannabis companies in Canada, HEXO Corp operates with 2.4 million sq. ft of facilities in Ontario and Quebec. The Company is also expanding internationally and has a foothold in Greece to establish a Eurozone processing, production and distribution centre.
The Company serves the Canadian adult-use markets under its HEXO Cannabis and Up Cannabis brands, and the medical market under HEXO medical cannabis. For more information please visit hexocorp.com.
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Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. A more complete discussion of the risks and uncertainties facing the Company appears in the Company’s Annual Information Form and other continuous disclosure filings, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.
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Cannabis industry offering a new world of growth for female leaders
The word “growth” comes up a lot in the cannabis industry.
Growth in plants. Growth in public trading. Growth in market share.
And while not all areas of the cannabis industry have seen growth in gender parity through a bump in the number of women entering the top echelons of decision-making, that is not the case at HEXO.
Originally incorporated in 2013 as Hydropothecary, but now trading on the TSX as HEXO, the Gatineau, Que.-based cannabis producer is putting a focus on diversity at all levels. It has already appointed several senior female leaders who left more traditional careers to join the rapidly expanding operation, under the guidance of Andrée St-Cyr, the company’s female human resources director.
Leading the charge is Nathalie Bourque, who sits on the board of directors. An accomplished corporate executive, former vice-president of public affairs and global communications at CAE and partner at NATIONAL public relations, she is also part of the just five per cent of women on boards of publicly traded cannabis-producing firms, according to The Canadian Press.
Then there’s Agnes Kwasniewska, who started with HEXO in 2016 and says cannabis was the ideal industry for her to apply her 10 years of experience in plant science and horticulture research. Soon after joining the company, she became the first female master grower for cannabis in Canada.
“I didn’t seek out cannabis as profession, but when it came up, I saw the opportunity to do something completely different and challenging,” say Kwasniewska. “Very few people had produced cannabis legally on such a large scale before.”
As for the women who choose to join the cannabis production industry, Kwasniewska says, “they all have different reasons. But for anyone who enjoys a challenge, and is open-minded and flexible enough to experience and adapt to the change, it’s the perfect opportunity. This industry can literally change from week to week.”
Sonia Isabel transitioned from managing large sales and marketing teams with the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) to become HEXO’s vice-president of sales. “I worked with the liquor board for 22 years, so moving to cannabis was a natural fit,” she says. “Many of the legislative, marketing and distribution channels are similar, and it created an exciting opportunity for me.”
Isabel decided to join the industry when she saw the full potential for her role. Now, she says, she has a strong, evenly balanced team and is delighted to see more and more women applying for roles as the industry takes off.
Isabel feels it is important for woman to establish their place in the cannabis sector. “Women represent a very important part of the industry,” she adds. “They are often the early adopters, so it’s important to have them play a role in representing our company. The industry needs their skills and perspective.”
Isabel also stresses that women have been a driving force behind product innovation. “Because women have preferred smoke-free alternatives, they have played an important part in opening the doors for the industry.”
Jennifer Smith joined HEXO as manager of financial reporting and investor relations. Having come from an accounting background in the hedge fund and real estate sectors, she felt the cannabis industry was the ideal place to accelerate her career path.
“This is uncharted territory for me, but it’s also an opportunity to be part of something incredibly exciting,” she says. “I have the chance to create my own roadmap and I get to work in an environment where every time we do something or make a decision, we are making history.”
Smith says there are certain attributes that play well in a dynamic industry such as cannabis production. “You cannot be afraid to take a risk, and you have to be willing to move in a very fast-moving company and to put yourself out there and try something new.”
While it is early days for the cannabis industry, Smith believes an increasing number of women will be happy to take on management-level positions in the near future.
“Because this is such a new industry, women really have the chance to get in on the ground floor and be part of something truly exciting,” she says. “Having more women in leadership roles can play a key role in changing the stigma around cannabis use. We have a unique and important opportunity to create and shape something new and put our stamp on this industry.”
This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of HEXO.
HEXO Master Grower Agnes Kwasniewska Talks Gender Gaps, Genetics, Home Cultivation
For some in the still-forming legal cannabis space, the plant has been a lifelong passion, where a career almost seemed destined for ages, regardless of its legal status.
For many others, marijuana has become part of their career options as laws changed. Agnes Kwasniewska falls into the latter despite appreciating cannabis and cultivation at large.
Today, she is an award winning, milestone achieving, cannabis cultivation leader in the Canadian market.
While she had a fondness for cannabis, and consumed recreationally, the agricultural professional had no experience growing it herself. “I knew what I wanted my bud, but I never grew it,” recalled Kwasniewska, who earned a master of science in entomology from McGill University in 2009.
That would change in 2016 when the burgeoning cannabis industry would converge with her own blossoming cultivation career.
That year, the Quebec-based consumer packaged goods cannabis brand HEXO Corp named Agnes Kwasniewska its Master Grower.
She described her thought process when considering if cannabis was for her: “I thought, well, ‘Why not? Why wouldn’t I want to be part of this?'”
The cultivation pro discussed the opportunity presented to her. “This was just a great in, to be able to work with such a unique plant and do it legally.”
Her hiring made headlines for several reasons. Credentials Kwasniewska’s represented a welcomed expert addition to the cannabis community. That would be true today and was even more so the case in 2016.
That said, her gender made much of the headlines. Unbeknownst to the now-Master Grower, her hiring represented a glass ceiling shattering moment in the Canadian cannabis cultivation space. HEXO’s recruitment of Agnes Kwasniewska made the company the first in the country to hire a female Master Grower.
“I was quite surprised by it,” the Master Grower remembered. Agnes thought that the industry had to have had a female in the role before her. While accepting she’s the first in the legal market, Agnes still believes that the illicit market has seen its share of women in the role.
Agnes Kwasniewska: Breaking The Grass Ceiling
The buzz about her hiring may have been the first time being woman came into work for Agnes. In previous interviews, she recalled her gender never playing a factor in the field. However, the news did give the newly minted Master Grower a sense of pride.
Throughout the news cycle, work remained the same as usual, aside from a slight degree of added pressure. “[The milestone] did put a little bit more attention on me,” she said. “But I don’t find it changed the way I worked or the way I went about my day.
While the occasional media attention didn’t alter her work, Agnes did recognize its importance to her career. “I feel privileged to be able to start in this industry as the first female [Master Grower]. It’s nice to have that acknowledgment moving forward, and feel appreciated for the work that I did.”
Since her 2016 hiring, Kwasniewska has achieved several significant achievements in the field. For her, being part of the HEXO’s scalability has to be one of the most significant moments to date. “When I started, we had only 7,000-square-feet of greenhouse. In the last three years, we’ve exploded to 1.3 million-square-feet of canopy space,” she explained.
With great success often comes pain points, Agnes’ case included. From remaining compliant to changing public perception, she encountered several “growing pains” along the way.
However, the Master Grower credits remaining agile as a key to her sustained success to date. “I had to stay very flexible and adaptable to change because everything was moving so fast,” she recalled.
“Everything was so new that, sometimes, something could change from week to week.”
Remaining agile and adaptable paid off for Agnes. Both HEXO and cannabis community members took notice, and for much more than her gender. In September of 2019, Agnes was awarded the Master Grower of the Year title at the 2019 Grow Up Awards.
In a press release announcing the news, HEXO CEO and co-founder, Sebastien St-Louis said of her work, “Here at HEXO we all know that Agnes is an exceptional role model and grower and has been instrumental in our success…We are extremely proud to see her great work recognized by her peers in the cannabis industry.”
The recognition and the gravity of her hiring combine to reveal just how much of an impact Kwasniewska makes in the space. The award-winner told High Times, “I’m really happy to have the opportunity to be a role model to people and…show women that they are capable of succeeding in this world and in this industry.”
Those hoping to become successful cultivators her may want to start by growing their own plants at home. Under its laws, Canadians can grow up to four cannabis plants at home.
Kwasniewska believes that giving people the chance to grow is the sensible option and agrees with the regulation.
“I think it’s great for people to see how the plant behaves, how it works…I think it’s a vital experience and a fun gardening activity.”
In several American states, New York, home growing is sticky, legally speaking. So much so that cannabis companies have urged state lawmakers to ban home cultivation.
“I don’t see what the issue is,” said the Master Grower of the matter. In addition to benefitting home growers with a hands-on cultivation experience, Agnes pointed out that expert cultivation know-how is required to create plants on the level of a licensed producer. As such, little to no home growers could rival licensed products.
“I’m not really worried about somebody having a few cannabis plants in their backyard.” She added, “I mean, not everyone out there has a green thumb either.”
When it comes to her work, Agnes and HEXO have several plans underway. That includes the recent release of a value flower brand, Original Stash. The Master Grower is also working on new genetics in the greenhouse, though she couldn’t elaborate much further than that.
While details on new products were sparse, one thing was clear: Agnes Kwasniewska is in her zone.
The cultivation expert continues to thrive in a space she never expected to be in just a few shorts years ago.
Regardless of gender, her story represents one of a person who has stayed agile and kept learning. In doing so, she’s combined a passion for cultivation with a plant that once only seemed a hobby.
Now, she’s helping steer the course of the industry. “Keep an eye out for new genetics. It’s coming,” she said with a cheerful chuckle.
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Jennifer is a self-professed science geek and proud of it. She has indulged her love o f science in many different roles – as a biology and chemistry teacher, as a scientific consultant for a plaintiff pharmaceutical law firm and most recently in quality assurance, compliance and regulatory affairs in the cannabis industry.
Jennifer holds a B.Sc. Honours Degree in Biology from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. She was a member of the original Peace Naturals team that achieved the first new medical cannabis license in Canada under the MMPR/ACMPR.
In her current role as a Compliance Consultant as well as in her previous role as the Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs at Peace Naturals, Jennifer has been intimately involved in all aspects of the day to day operations of a licensed cannabis facility including Good Production/Manufacturing Practices, product specifications and release, licensing, Regulatory liaison with Health Canada, standard operating procedure development, education/outreach, research and development, curriculum development and training.
Mathew is an experienced consultant and project manager in the Canadian cannabis industry. He got his start with the most successful cannabis security consulting firm operating Canada-wide.
Involved in projects from the boardroom to pre-construction site meetings to completed site audits, Mathew has gained insight and knowledge of all aspects of the heavily regulated cannabis licensing system. Mathew has also assisted in due diligence, brokering acquisition and investment deals and offering consulting services for investors, businesses and start-ups looking to enter the cannabis industry.
Recently, Mathew has co-founded Vindica Cannabis Corporation, an organization that guides clients to become Licensed Producers of cannabis by supporting them through many aspects of the application process and beyond. With a focus on the micro licence category, Vindica works with applicants to build a successful business plan, connects clients with essential products and services and can manage the entire application process.
Gill has worked with Licensed Producers, applicants and cannabis clinics as a marketing and communications expert. She entered the cannabis industry in 2013 as one of the very first employees at Thunderbird Biomedical Inc (now Emerald Health) and worked closely with the team to develop web content and communication strategies.
In 2015 Polard created The Her(B) Life, a lifestyle brand devoted to exploring and celebrating the feminine cannabis experience and has since guided the brand's growth to become the leading female focused cannabis lifestyle brand in Canada. In July 2018 The Her(B) Life published it's first printed magazine and is now distributed in four different countries.
Polard is also the co-creator and co-host of the High Friends Podcast and is a regular contributor to The Growth Op, a news site devoted to the Canadian cannabis industry.
Her background is communications and marketing but her first love has always been writing and creative expression and she now combines that with her passion for creating platforms that support and encourage women to share their stories.
Mike has been cultivating Cannabis for over 20 years. His methodologies have take numerous twists and turns, as new technologies – in conjunction with more accepting social attitudes toward the practice – have emerged over the course of time.
Mike's primary source of inspiration is rooted in the diverse range of expressions in Cannabis varieties currently extant, their lineages, and the potential of this plant to express itself in unimagined ways, moving forward.
In addition to a profound respect for the plant, Mike's time at the University of Toronto (Dept of Anthropology) has calcified his appreciation for the ethnological and historical underpinnings of Cannabis cultivation and culture globally.
Mike's first foray into Cannabis Education was in 2016 when he designed and delivered a Cannabis Cultivation Workshop through National Access Cannabis in Toronto.
Since then, he has reached over 1 million people across 120 countries with his Channel 'Green Grow Spaces', which is decidedly 'edutainment' based in nature, and focuses on organic Cannabis Cultivation, with all of its subtle and nerdier nuances.
He has appeared on numerous Cannabis related livestreams and podcasts, and has been a regular panelist on 'The Joint', and 'Embracing Organics', as well as co-hosted the 'How Grows it?' Show.
Currently, Mike is the Master Grower and Head Breeder of Allegro Cannabis, a Nursery and Micro-Production applicant with Health Canada under Bill C-45.
In addition, Mike is the CEO of Green Grow Consulting, where he provides services related to the Education, Genetic Acquisition, Cultivation Methodology, and Retailing of Cannabis as a plant, and product.
Having trained over 250 Retail Associates and Management teams in Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and B.C.
for public and privately held entities, his experience in Legal Cannabis Retail space includes corporate product knowledge training, menu curation, LP interaction, federal/provincial regulation compliance, and community engagement. He is also the co-founder of Origins Genetics, a group who engage in Genetic Research & Development programs for Domestic and International Licensed Producers, Nurseries and Processors.
Nancy-Anne is the Quality Assurance Associate for BOAZ Pharmaceuticals, an Alberta-based, privately-o wned, medical can nabi s prod ucer. She's part of a diverse, hard-working team dedicated to producing high quality, small-batch cannabis to medical and recreational consumers across Canada.
Nancy-Anne began her career in the cannabis industry with Aurora Cannabis as a member of the grow team and quickly moved into a quality assurance position. She also works in the industry as an educator, writer and event planner. Nancy-Anne has a Masters degree in biology and a background in research and writing with a focus on resource management and in particular plant ecology.
Nancy relishes the challenges of working in a dynamic environment. The rapidly evolving cannabis industry provides exciting opportunities to learn and adapt. Sitting at the forefront of this new industry is an interesting place to be and Nancy-Anne is excited to share her experiences and learn from others.
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Cannabis investors may want to take note of HEXO’s award-winning success in marijuana. If licensed producers agree that HEXO’s cannabis is the best in the industry, then the corporation may end up doing much better than competitors over the next 10 years.
This young marijuana producer has not only set up strategic operations for export into the United States, but it is also eyeing the market in the European Union. Greece is a low-cost centre near the European Union, where the company will have preferential access to Eurozone trade.
The cannabis industry is starting to develop more in common with Hollywood every day. In August, HEXO announced 18 new products, including the award-winning Helios, dried flower. O’Cannabiz 2019 named Helios the Best Sativa at the industry awards.
Maybe the most exciting cannabis products on the market today are the industry’s discreet dosing merchandise.
Gamers of the famous Knights of the Round Table particularly love this HEXO Elixir. Some customer reviews about the spray include the following:
“The HEXO elixir helped me breed the right Chocobo, and I was able to finally get the Knights of the Round Table summon… Wait, what was I was talking about again?”
“I had an encounter with the Midgar Zolom, not too far from the Chocobo Ranch. It was a long-fought battle, and I felt pretty drained. Luckily this Elixir fully restored my HP/MP; it’s a beauty.”
These gamers sure sound they enjoyed their experience with the HEXO elixir — and the game sounds a blast, too.
Cheap pot stocks are the way to go
With overpriced marijuana stocks Canopy Growth tanking on the exchange, cannabis investors should be looking at less-expensive but active weed stocks HEXO to boost their cannabis portfolios.
HEXO currently only trades for $4.09, but the volume on the TSX is high at over 3.5 million shares exchanging hands every day. Low-cost marijuana stocks HEXO are the best bets for long-term gains.
Taking a chance on overpriced options Canopy Growth is too risky. Jim Cramer from Mad Money commented that he had sold Shopify because it started looking a parabola. Well, Canopy Growth hit its high back in April of 2019, and it’s been in “parabola mode” ever since.
At $31 per share at the time of writing, Canopy Growth is still too risky for the individual investor to take into their portfolio. This is one stock to avoid for the next year, at least until investors have a better idea of how the marijuana stocks stack up against each other.
In the meantime, there is no shame in making some small gambles on some of the cheaper marijuana stocks, making the news for significant award wins HEXO!
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Fool contributor Debra Ray has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Tom Gardner owns shares of Shopify. The Motley Fool owns shares of Shopify and Shopify. Shopify is a recommendation of Stock Advisor Canada.
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