Silver Leaf Investment: An upstart marijuana investment company to watch in 2017

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Marijuana is Growing Fast

The legal cannabis (marijuana) industry is booming. According to, it was worth an estimated $7.2 billion in 2016. With double digit annual growth, adult recreational sales alone are expected to jump from $2.6 billion in 2016 to $11.2 billion by 2020.

In addition to recreational sale, medical marijuana sales are expected to more than double to $13.3 billion by 2020. That’s a combined annual market of over $24 billionanticipated in just the next 3 years.

Does AG Sessions worry you?

Jobs, state’s rights, and taxes. That’s right. Jobs, state’s rights and tax revenue are the cannabis industry’s secret weapons against marijuana detractors in the Trump administration and elsewhere.

According to a survey conducted by Marijuana Business Daily, the marijuana industry already employs over 100,000 people in the U.S. alone.

Along with billions in sales, comes millions in tax revenue. Motley Fool estimated that in 2016, Colorado’s marijuana tax haul likely exceeded $200 million. That’s a lot of green. And it’s only going to continue to grow each year.

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Cannabis CBD Extract Market Booming | 700% Growth Projected

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of two principle cannabinoids found in marijuana and hemp plants. It has well documented neuroprotective, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory applications. It is non-psychoactive, has few known side-effects, and is well tolerated by the young, elderly and all those in between.

CBD preparations are marketed as both a nutraceutical (e.g. CBD oil extracts, transdermal gels, vape concentrates, edibles, etc.) and as a prescription-only pharmaceutical (e.g. Epidiolex, see below for more).

A flurry of new scientific research into CBD therapeutics is showing extremely promising results. CBD is lining up to be the “next big thing” in the Health and Wellness Industry. The CBD market for 2015 was estimated at $202 million.

The Hemp Business Journal just released a report forecasting that the consumer CBD market will grow to $2.1 billion in sales by 2020! GreenWave Advisors, an independent research and financial analysis firm, is even more bullish and projects a $3 billion CBD market by 2021!

CBD legalization is here

CBD-only preparations (hemp based CBD extracts) are legal for purchase online in the majority of states in the U.S. 15 states explicitly allow for the sale of CBD-only products, with an additional 28 states where CBD extracts are also available thru regulated medical or recreational dispensaries.

CBD-BB=United-States-election-results-MarijuanaClick here, to learn more about the 2016 election results and what it all means to the future of the cannabis industry and the CBD market.

CBD as a Medicine

CBDs effectiveness in treating severe forms of epilepsy is also well documented. Although still in early clinical trials, CBD preparations are saving the lives of children with severe early-onset, life-threatenting forms of epilepsy such as Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.

GW Pharmaceuticals, a UK based company focused on cannabis plant-derived therapeutics, is quickly making a name for itself as a leading manufacturer of a pharmaceutical grade cannabidiol extract – Epidiolex. Epidiolex is currently under-going FDA approved clinical trials and the results are more than promising. Early reports point to a potential 50% – 75% reduction in the occurrence of seizures.

Click this link for a summary of the most recent physician reported data that was presented to the American Epilepsy Society at their annual meeting in December 2015. More information is available at

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New research suggests that high doses of CBD could have anti-cancer properties and may one day be part of a wholistic anti-cancer regiment. But don’t let the FDA hear you say that. Big pharma still owns the market on FDA approved cancer treatments. As a result, you won’t see many CBD oil/extract manufacturers advertising medical benefits for their (highly effective) products.

Cannabis Oncology and Cancer

CBD and Cervical CancerDid you know that half of all cancer patients are killed by Chemotherapy – NOT CANCER?

A recent marijuana study actually concluded that CBD inhibits and kills cervical cancer cells. Click the image for a link to this exclusive article.

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Cannabis company HiFi Farms Founder talks Taxes and Politics

CBD News Pick – Portland Business Journal

The political season is upon us, with local races and ballot measure campaigns in high gear.

With that in mind, I asked some in the SBO crowd what political dramas they were watching closest.

More cannabis company news: She’s leading the upstart cannabis brand with $100M potential

HiFiFarmsLogoHifi Farms cannabis company president and CEO Sara Batterby (whose company has been raising funds and gaining financial partners that say the company could reach $100 million in value) is among a new breed of marijuana businesspeople, holding fundraisers for politicians that advocate for the industry.

If the company’s new partner and brand-builder Meriwether Group is right in its estimation of the company’s value, Hifi will, sooner or later, be one of the companies that could face increased taxes on its sales. Those taxes could come from Measure 97 which, if it passes, would raise taxes on corporations with more than $25 million in Oregon sales.

Here’s what Batterby had to say about the politics of the moment.

Sara-BatterbyTax the rich

“Hifi has officially endorsed Vote Yes on Measure 97,” Batterby wrote in an email. “The cannabis industry is going to establish quite a track record for funding Oregon schools because of the application of cannabis taxes. Measure 97 is an opportunity for our industry to flex some newly found political muscle. Cannabis is a large community of highly engaged and strongly social justice-oriented business owners, and we believe that with some awareness building, we can turn out a strong vote in favor of the measure.”

Political races

“Hifi is committed to supporting representatives who have supported us,” she added. “Most notably, we have wanted to ensure that Ann Lininger of District 38retains her state Senate seat in November. She was co-chair of the (Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91 to legalize recreational marijuana) and has been a strong advocate of the cannabis industry. We hosted a fundraiser for her early in the year … and will host another event at our Hillsboro Farm in September.”

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Cannabis Firm Nears Funding Target of $7M

CBD News Pick – Business Den

A cannabis infrastructure and logistics firm has raised $4 million of a $7 million campaign to build a second Pueblo County greenhouse.

Denver-based GrowCo, which operates one greenhouse at its 160-acre site in southern Colorado, earlier this month applied for a new round of debt security funding in an SEC filing. CEO Wayne Harding said the company is on target to hit its funding goal.

“We have a number of private, accredited investors who are interested in the business,” Harding said.

GrowCo is a subsidiary of Two Rivers Water & Farming Company, a Denver-based agriculture firm that specializes in providing irrigation services to farmers in the Arkansas River basin. Harding serves as CEO and CFO of Two Rivers.

The firm is leasing all the space in its existing greenhouse and second greenhouse to Johnny Cannaseed, a Denver cannabis grower formed in April by former Two Rivers and GrowCo CEO John McKowen. McKowen resigned from both firms in May before his new venture signed a five-year lease with GrowCo. Harding said GrowCo’s previous tenant was evicted this month for not paying rent.

Cannabis growers use GrowCo’s facilities to grow, monitor and process the plant.

“This new tenant is for the long term,” Harding said.

GrowCo acts as a landlord to cannabis growers, who use GrowCo’s facilities to grow, monitor and process cannabis.

Colorado does not permit cannabis landlords to share profits with growers.

The company launched in 2014. It claims its existing greenhouse is the largest cannabis greenhouse growing facility in Colorado.

About $4 million has been raised in the fund for the greenhouse, as well as for an adjacent 15,000 square-foot warehouse and extraction facility. The existing greenhouse also has a warehouse and extraction facility for packaging and distribution uses.

Harding said GrowCo had raised $14 million prior to its latest funding round. He expects the $7 million to be raised and the second greenhouse built by the end of the year. GrowCo reported the first sale for this round of funding as occurring March 16.

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Signal Bay Inc (OTCMKTS:SGBY) Is Today’s Cannabis Focus

CBD News Pick – Insider

Signal Bay Inc (OTCMKTS:SGBY) is one of the biggest winners for penny stock investors this year. Shares have made an epic run from triple zeroes to $.03 a share in just two and a half months time. This comes as the company is embarking on a major expansion and experiencing strong revenue growth.

signal_bay_svcs_logo-1024x242As we take a closer look, could the bull run in SGBY just be getting started?

First up, a little background on Signal Bay. Signal Bay Inc, through its subsidiaries Signal Bay Research, Signal Bay Services and EVIO Labs, provides advisory services, operational management and analytical testing services to the legal cannabis industry. Signal Bay operates state-of-the-art testing facilities and offers reliable testing methodologies that ensure the safety and potency of the nation’s cannabis supply. The company is lead by CEO William Waldrop and President Lori Glauser. Waldrop is an expert in state marijuana regulations and has worked with Electrum Partners in the management and preparation of state license applications for Nevada Medical Marijuana Establishments. Glauser previously consulted for Electrum Partners as well.

The move higher got started in July after Signal Bay announced that the company had exceeded 700 total business accounts. According to CEO William Waldrop, “The last few months have been a whirlwind of activity. Recently, we surpassed the 700 account milestone and due to an increase in additional services being requested, our average annual revenue per account has jumped considerably. A cursory review suggests that we should average well over one thousand dollars per account on an annual basis.” This puts the company on a $700k revenue run rate based just on its existing customer base.

Signal Bay has been refining its procedures and protocols with any eye toward expansion. The company has been able to streamline its business operations, which allows for scalability. The goal is “turn-key” labs that can be up and running quickly as new markets come online as a result of new marijuana legislation. Another advantage for Signal Bay is that the company offers reliable and trusted testing and consulting services that have become a requirement in the cannabis industry. Signal Bay provides a quick turnaround time that is critical for its customers. Combine that with accurate, detailed results and Signal Bay has quickly become one of the “go-to” options in the cannabis industry.

The first step for Signal Bay in this regard is an aggressive push into the Portland, Oregon market. This is a natural progression for the company since its based in nearby Bend, Oregon. As part of the company’s push into Portland, the company intends to purchase its fifth cannabis testing laboratory located in Portland, Oregon. Signal Bay also hired Ronnie Schmidt, a former General Manager for multiple Portland area dispensaries as a Sales & Marketing Director. CEO William Waldrop said:

“Today we ramped up our plans for growth by signing a letter of intent to purchase an already existing testing facility in Portland.vWith this one strategic move, the 90-120 day window we had in place for opening a facility in this market has virtually been eliminated. This acquisition also adds hundreds of already existing accounts to the Signal Bay portfolio. Add Ronnie Schmidt to the mix and all of this combined has us convinced that we are going to capture significant market share in Portland and the surrounding communities. He brings a wealth of experience to the table and a vast network of business contacts in the Portland market. In conjunction with that strategic hire, we had planned to process any and all accounts established by Ronnie through our existing facilities until such time that we could open the doors on an entirely new location in Portland. As of today, that plan has changed significantly for the better.”

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Start-Ups Pitch The Largest Marijuana Investors in NY Sep 12-13

CBD News Pick – MarketWired – Yahoo

BROOKLYN, NY–(Marketwired – September 12, 2016) – More than 200 high net worth investors from around the world will gather in Brooklyn, NY at the Arcview Investor Forum. The Arcview Investor Network includes more than 550 accredited investor members who have put more than $83 million behind 130 cannabis-related companies.

Taking place at the New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge for a two day “Shark Tank”-like pitch forum on Monday, September 12th and Tuesday, September 13th, high net worth investors will be reviewing pitches from dozens of companies who competed fiercely for the pitch slots out of a field of hundreds of applicants. Al Foreman of Tuatara Capital, a New York-based firm that recently closed the largest fund dedicated to the cannabis industry will keynote. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), a leading Congressional advocate for legalizing marijuana, will also be addressing this highly concentrated group of industry leaders. Eugene Monroe, former NFL player with the Baltimore Ravens and cannabis advocate and investor will also be in attendance.

“With 8 states voting to open up new cannabis markets on Election Day, pioneering investors are eager to place some capital ahead of the boom that is likely to occur if these initiatives do well at the ballot box,” said Troy Dayton, CEO and co-founder of The Arcview Group.

Learn more about the growth of the cannabis industry via this short video. To get a sense of what to expect at Arcview see this short video.


  • Who: The Arcview Investor Network
  • What: A few select media representatives will be invited to witness presentations from pitching companies. Throughout the day, select reporters will be able to interview high net worth investors who have recently invested in the sector or are considering it, companies that have recently been funded, and elected officials that support legalization.
  • When: Monday, September 12th and Tuesday, September 13th from approximately 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Where: New York Marriott Brooklyn Bridge, 333 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • You must get prior approval and have press credentials to attend.

About The Arcview Group

Founded in 2010, The Arcview Group is responsible for a number of groundbreaking ventures in the cannabis industry. The Arcview Investor Network includes more than 550 accredited investors who have put more than $83 million behind 130 companies. Arcview Market Research co-produces the State of Legal Marijuana Markets report with New Frontier, which is the most oft-cited market data report. In 2015 Arcview became a partner in Canopy, the first seed-stage mentor-driven business accelerator. Arcview is also co-founder of Cannasure Insurance Services, the leading provider of business insurance to the cannabis industry.

Some of the people you can meet:

Al Foreman, Chief Investment Officer and partner with Tuatara Capital, a New York-based investment firm that recently closed the largest fund dedicated to the cannabis industry.

Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), leading advocate in Congress for changes to federal drug laws. He was deeply involved with the successful campaign to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in Oregon in 2014. Since its passage, he has worked closely with stakeholders in the state as the law has been implemented.

Former Congressman Edward F. Feighan (D-OH), who recently became an Arcview Investor Member, throughout his tenure in Congress served on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Jimmy Carter appointed him to serve on the National Advisory Council on Economic Opportunity. Since his time in Congress, he has been CEO of ProCentury Insurance and most recently Covius, LLC.

Eugene Monroe, former NFL player with the Baltimore Ravens, Arcview Investor Member, investor in numerous cannabis companies, and an outspoken advocate for the NFL allowing medical cannabis.

Steve DeAngelo, executive director of Harborside Health Centers, star of Discovery Channel’s hit show Weed Wars, author of new book The Cannabis Manifesto, co-founder and President of The Arcview Group, co-founder of the first cannabis testing lab, Steep Hill.

Troy Dayton, Co-founder and CEO of The Arcview Group, board member of the Marijuana Policy Project and the National Cannabis Industry Association. Co-founder of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Named by Fortune Magazine, International Business Times, and Details Magazine in their lists of most influential people in the cannabis industry.

Jeanne Sullivan, co-founder of StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm in NYC, and longtime tech investor. Cited by Forbes as “one of the women venture capitalists changing the world — grooming the next generation of female entrepreneurs.”

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CBD Weekly Cannabis News Picks: August 4th, 2016

CBD Weekly Cannabis News Picks:  August 4th, 2016

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CBD News Pick – Weak, Narrow CBD Bill Introduced by Anti-Cannabis Senators

S3269LeahyGrassleyCBDBillv2CBD News Pick – A bipartisan medical cannabis proposal was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Friday, but it left many in the cannabis community confused and befuddled. The Cannabidiol Research Expansion Act (S.3269) was introduced by four members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, including at least one notoriously anti-cannabis politician, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).  Click for more →

CBD News Pick – Medical marijuana company Creso Pharma to list on ASX

cresoCBD News Pick Australian investors will soon be able to invest in the latest medical marijuana company set to list on the Australian stock exchange.
Creso Pharma seeks to leverage science and research into medicinal marijuana to develop CBD rich therapeutic products aimed at restoring and maintaining homeostasis for overall health and functioning of all bodily physiological processes in humans and animals. Click for more → | Related Video below:

CBD News Pick – Clearing up misconceptions about marijuana rescheduling

CBD News PickA Brookings Institute Report – What it means for existing state systems: As marijuana rescheduling has gained traction in Congress and DEA has announced it will rule on a rescheduling this summer, a common concern has emerged in the cannabis reform community and among industry actors.  It goes something like this: “If marijuana is moved to Schedule II, the Feds will shut down our state’s legal system.” | Click for more →

CBD News Pick – New study proofs, Marijuana can treat Epilepsy in Children

CBD News Pick – Shreveport Technology Time: Parents of children with severe epilepsy have reported incredible recoveries when their children were given cannabidiol, a derivative of marijuana. The drug, a non-psychoactive compound that occurs naturally in cannabis, has been marketed with epithets like Charlotte’s Web and Haleigh’s Hope. | Click for more →

CBD News Pick – Time to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act

remove from csaCBD News PickA recent memorandum by representatives of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to several U.S. senators indicates that the agency is prepared to respond imminently to a pair of administration petitions challenging marijuana’s status as a Schedule I federally prohibited substance. | Click for more →

CBD News Pick – Hemp Health Inc. Names Dr. Tamara Hebbler Chief Veterinarian

cod for dogsCBD News Pick –  Hemp Health Inc., maker of hemp cannabidiol (CBD) products, announced that Dr. Tamara Hebbler has joined the company as Chief Veterinarian. Dr. Hebbler will work on product development and offer free CBD consultations to pet owners and veterinarians. She will join founders Katarina Maloney and Janell Thompson for a panel and product launch at the Southern California Cannabis Conference and Expo (SocalCC Expo)August 6-7, 2016. | Click for more →

CBD News Pick – Why Florida’s Medical Marijuana System Is Ripe for Corporate Takeover:

florida medical cannabisCBD News PickIn June 2014, the disgraced former CEO of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) signed Florida’s medical marijuana bill into law. It was a fitting beginning to a regulatory process that has been marred by shadowy fraud in the selection of lucrative vertically integrated licenses in what could become one of the largest medical marijuana markets in the country.
The state appears poised to double down upon the fraud, and in keeping with Governor Rick Scott’s legacy of putting healthcare profits before people, some of the new law’s provisions could shield corporate revenues at the expense of fragile patients.| Click for more →

CBD News Pick – The PTSD marijuana study is now recruiting veteran volunteers

PTSD Military VetCBD News Pick –  Researchers in Maryland and Arizona are looking for veteran volunteers to smoke up to two joints’ worth of marijuana a day in a new study designed to find out if pot helps relieve symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. The ideal candidate, Sisley says, will have a disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs for combat-related PTSD but otherwise be generally healthy and have no other major medical issues. Those with traumatic brain injuries, however, will be eligible to participate. | Click for more →

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4 NW Cannabis Companies to Watch in 2016

Four Northwest Cannabis Companies to Watch in 2016

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The following four cannabis companies in the northwest are on a trajectory to disrupt and shape the future of the industry. I’d like to take a moment to shine a light on each, and tell you a little about why I think these are four companies to watch in 2016.

HiFi Farms

HiFiFarmsLogoHiFi Farms is a really terrific craft Sara-Batterbycannabis company located in Oregon, and run by CEO Sara Batterby. Sara has established herself as a local community leader thru her work with the Portland Women Grow chapter. Under Sara’s leadership, Hifi Farms has secured a joint venture with none other than the Meriwether Group – the same firm that took Dave’s Killer Bread from a local farmer’s market stand to a company worth more than $250 million! Meriwether knows how to spot a winner and thinks the Hifi brand could be worth more than $100M.

Clean-Green-CertifiedHifi Farms has a solid product – craft cannabis grown sustainably in Oregon, to strict Clean Green Certified standards. What does Clean Green Certified mean? Well for starters, it means that their craft cannabis is cultivated using organic practices certified by a nationally-recognized third party guarantor. Hifi Farms can’t label its product organic, since the federal government still does not recognize cannabis as a legitimate organic crop. However, Clean Green Certified is the next best thing and guarantees that HiFi Farms cannabis is free from synthetic pesticides, fungicides and mold. HiFi Farms is also committed to sustainability, quality and community engagement – not to mention killer parties with live music and really good people.

Golden Leaf Holdings

goldenleafholdings_logomobile1A big player in the production and distribution of cannabis flower and oils in North America, is Golden Leaf Holdings headquartered in Toronto, Canada with grow and retail operations in both Washington and Oregon. Golden Leaf Holdings is traded on the Canadian Stock Exchange (GLH), so you know their financials are in order.

Golden-XTRX-600x460GoldenXtr, GLH’s flagship brand of 100% pure cannabis oil is obtained using CO2 extraction techniques and sold within artisanal edibles or as smokeless vape cartridges that work with most third party vape pens. Proper is GLH’s brand of premium BHO (butane-extracted hash oil) shatter. Shatter is essentially super concentrated hash oil that will make your eyes flutter when inhaled. It’s strong and not for the faint-of-heart; but all the rage with the younger cannabis enthusiasts.

Privateer Holdings

Privateer_Vert_ColorA Seattle-based private equity firm founded in 2010 by Brendan Kennedy, Michael Blue, and Christian Groh – three cannabis entrepreneurs with a background in venture capital and investment banking.Leafly
The firm started off with a bang, by acquiring Leafly in 2011 – a popular cannabis information and strain review mobile app. I use the app regularly myself and see a bright future ahead for the company.

By 2013, Privateer had landed $7M in first-round funding and soon after opened Tilray – a $26M research and production facility federally-licensed to produce commercial cannabis, with a team of more than 100 industry experts. Tilray’s focus on amassing industry expertise while utilizing precise grow techniques to facilitate scientific research into cannabis plant strains and their cannabinoid profiles could be the winning formula to uncompromising innovation and success in the industry. What’s the latest with Tilray? TilaryThey have just become the first company to export medical marijuana from North America to Europe (CBS News Story link).

By 2015, Privateer had already acquired an additional $75M in round-two funding! Wait a second, let me take a moment to let that sink in. That’s a 10x fold increase from round-one funding that ended only two years prior! These guys have something special up their sleeve. In February of the following year, Privateer launched marley-natural-betraying-bob-and-jamaica-781-1416581457
Marley Natural – a premium cannabis product line that includes flower, body care infused Hemp Oil and smoke accessories.

New Vansterdam

vancouverNew Vansterdam markets are the most successful retailers of recreational cannabis markets in Washington state (as of May 2015 – Link to source). In their first year of sales, New Vansterdam markets sold more than $8.5M worth of product! Now that’s a lot of flower! All this success is built upon a solid reputation of product quality, commitment to community engagement, educating consumers and authentic and ethical business practices.

I can’t wait to see what is coming next for these NW innovators! Keep an eye on them and on this blog, for the latest industry news and insights.

Worth a mention – GW Pharma

Not a Northwest cannabis company, and not one I would personally invest in for ideological reasons – GW Pharma is still worth a brief mention.

GW Pharma is a UK-based biopharmaceutical company, that has recently received impressive results with a series of FDA clinical trials on their cannabis extract based medicine called Epidiolex. For more information on this company, their new drug and their anti-medical cannabis industry stance – please read my blog post entitled – “FDA Trial of Marijuana Drug Epidiolex – On Track for Approval?