Pot becoming a major agricultural product in Canada, latest farm cash receipts show  

Cannabis is now a major cash crop in Canada. Statistics Canada said that cannabis accounted for about $2.3 billion in farm cash receipts in 2019, up from $564 million the prior year. Cannabis farm receipts are now about one-quarter of what farmers receive for canola, the country's largest crop. An iPolitics report said that cannabis sales helped to increase farmers' realized net income for the first time in three years, and there are now concerns from agricultural advocates that legal pot be stricken from industry calculations as agriculture usually consists of food and fibre products.  

TGOD shares decline after reporting $73.4M net loss in Q1

Shares of The Green Organic Dutchman plunged Wednesday after the company reported a first-quarter net loss of $73.4 million while booking a $55.8-million impairment charge. TGOD also netted about $3 million in revenue during the quarter, down slightly from the $3.2 million made in the prior quarter. The company's burgeoning recreational cannabis business only accounted for $664,000 of those sales. The company also lowered its global general and administrative (G&A) expenses by 27 per cent in its Q1 as it attempts to reduce its G&A costs to $8 million per quarter. TGOD also sold its Jamaican business for a "nominal" amount and took a $3.1 million impairment loss on that asset.   

Aleafia graduates to TSX big board following run on venture exchange

Another day, another cannabis company relisting to a new exchange. This time, it's Aleafia Health's turn to graduate from the TSX Venture to the Toronto Stock Exchange big board. Aleafia is jumping to the new exchange effective today, the company said in a statement. Along with its common shares, Aleafia will also list its unsecured convertible debentures and purchase warrants on the exchange. Aleafia's move comes after Aphria announced Tuesday it would soon de-list from the NYSE and move to the Nasdaq.  

Tilray nabs another EU-GMP certification for Portugal, to close Leamington greenhouse 

Tilray said its Portugal facility received a Good Manufacturing Practice certification from Portuguese officials, in a statement released on Wednesday. The company said the certification - its third EU-GMP credential - will allow it to make its own cannabis extracts on-site to export across Europe while adding more lab capacity. The announcement comes a day after Tilray said it would close its Leamington, Ont. greenhouse within the next six weeks, helping the company save about $7.5 million annually.   

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$816.4 million 

The amount of farm crop receipts for cannabis made in Ontario last year, 
according to Statistics Canada

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