Sahar Ayinehsazian on Her L.A. Story in the Cannabis Banking Business

CSE’s Barrington Miller recently sat down with Sahar Ayinehsazian, Attorney at Vicente Sederberg, to discuss the many reasons why there is an increasing demand for legal advice from cannabis operators in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this discussion, Sahar shares how Vincente Sederberg is purpose-built as a cannabis law firm to best serve clients in the sector (4:43), the current state of banking access for cannabis operators in the US (7:16), and how her outlook for the year has actually been expedited as a result of the global pandemic (16:55).

Listen until the end to hear about Sahar’s thoughts on the lagging impact of the 2018 Farm Bill, Barrington and Sahar’s common affection for the lulo fruit, and how quarantine has been anything but boring!

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Happy Munkey on Why Cannabis Corporate Can’t Ignore Cannabis Culture | #HashtagFinance

CSE’s James Black, Barrington Miller, and Anil Mall were pleased to finally return the favour and host Happy Munkey LLC’s Vladimir Bautista and Ramon Reyes for a deep dive on the intersection of cannabis corporate AND cannabis culture.

In this expansive discussion, the team shares why their recent feature in Forbes is further validation of their mission (2:06), how they are adapting and evolving their business during the pandemic (7:42), and their selections for “five mic” recipients in the cannabis industry (15:23).

Listen until the end to hear how they are preparing for cannabis deregulation in NY state (29:41), their plans for a post-COVID tour (36:30), reflections on their formative years of cannabis-use (42:17), and why industry pioneer Steve DeAngelo called them “superheroes” (48:55).

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CSE Webinar: Qualifying Technology Companies for Investment

The CSE’s James Black and Mark Francis were joined by Angela Jackson, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Portland Seed Fund, Derek Hunter, President and CEO of Bluesky Equities Ltd., and Sean Peasgood, President and CEO of Sophic Capital, for a webinar on May 19th, 2020. In this latest installment of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” conference series, our panel of microcap investment specialists talked about what qualifies technology companies for investment.

In this timely webinar, our guests talked about how they approach companies for early-stage investment, including what criteria companies have to meet, the importance of management having “skin in the game,” how disruptive tech companies can respond to COVID-19, and how their portfolios have adapted or pivoted to meet the current economic crisis.

Following initial presentations, our panel of specialists dove into what specific management qualities they look for, as well as the importance of letting management demonstrate its competence after a first round of investment. Panelists also talked about the effects that COVID-19 has had on setting apart adaptable from stagnant companies, which companies caught a tailwind from the current situation, and the merit in taking a down round in valuation in order to come back stronger. 

Bruce Linton on How the Game is Changing for the Tech, Cannabis and Health Sectors

CSE’s James Black recently spoke to Bruce Linton, Founder and former Chairman and CEO at Canopy Growth Corporation to reflect on his recent investment and advising activities in the technology, cannabis, and ‘neuro-pharmaceuticals’ sectors.

In this conversation Bruce explains how the pandemic is forcing us to rethink healthcare and how we need to leverage technology’s use in medicine (3:51), why he didn’t take time off after his departure from Canopy (8:30), and the two different paths that the US and Canadian cannabis markets are taking as the global market continues to develop (13:59).

Listen until the end to hear Bruce’s reflections on what it is like to work with Sir Terry Matthews, his interest in the neuro-pharmaceuticals space (aka “psychedelics”), and what he’s learned about leadership in tumultuous times.

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Arash Adnani on How to Follow the Money From the Comfort of Your Couch

CSE’s Anna Serin recently had the pleasure of hosting Arash Adnani, President of Blender Media and Founder of PrivatePlacements.com to discuss his growing platform that aggregates, analyzes, and delivers daily, free information about private placements activity in the Canadian public capital markets.

In this discussion, Arash shares his thoughts on the surprising ways in which smartphones have changed how we consume financial data (1:34), how his new platform helps investors “follow the money” (8:34), and the many advantages of participating in private placements, including a primer on “sweeteners” (14:14).

Listen until the end to hear his thoughts on what the numbers are telling us about the health of the cannabis industry, how savvy investors are approaching the downturn in the market, and why numbers always tell the true story beyond the news headlines (see: oil and gas).

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Jason Ackerman on Going from Cod to Cannabis

The CSE’s Barrington Miller sat down with Jason Ackerman, the CEO of TerrAscend Corp. (CSE:TER) to dig deeper into his vision for the company as the recently appointed CEO of the organization.

In this discussion, the reformed banker and online grocer shares how his past experiences have equipped him for a career in cannabis, including his thoughts on how delivering cannabis is a lot easier than convincing people to buy fish online (3:53), how previous crises (e.g. hurricanes) have helped him build a playbook for COVID-19 (8:31), and why banking reform for cannabis businesses will dramatically reduce the cost of capital and help legal business compete with black market suppliers (11:50).

Listen until the end to hear how TerrAscend is attracting new customers in today’s market, the strategic relationship with Canopy Growth, and why he’s excited for the upcoming M&A cycle in the industry.

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Shafin Diamond Tejani on the Growing Impact of Technology on Everyday Life

CSE’s Anil Mall was recently joined by Shafin Diamond Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies Inc. (CSE:VST) to discuss the impact of technology on our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic and how he envisions the future as an investor.

In this wide-ranging chat, Shafin reflects on his 25 year career in tech including how VST was conditioned to work-from-home (WFH) with its 20 portfolio companies (4:59), how the pandemic will influence a new era of innovation (10:45), and why he’s particularly focused on the AR/VR and cyber security sectors during times of increased virtualization of our lives (16:43).

Listen until the end to hear how Shafin is managing the balance of fatherhood and WFH, the industries he’s forecasting for sustained growth over the next 10-20 years, the career advice he’d give a younger version of himself, and the well of inspiration and wisdom he regularly taps from hip-hop music.

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Gary Santo on the “Patient” Approach to Growing a US Cannabis Leader

CSE’s Anil Mall was recently joined by Gary Santo, Vice President of Investor Relations, for Columbia Care Inc. (CSE:CCHW), to discuss recent developments at the leading multi-state operator (MSO) as they embark on their next phase in the public markets as a listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

In this conversation, Gary shares the founders’ pragmatic reasons for establishing the company in Washington, DC back in 2012 (6:14), why one of the major foundations for the company is rooted in the capture of transactional data (7:59), and how Columbia Care – now in 18 jurisdictions – strategically selects its geographic markets for growth (10:33).

Listen until the end to hear how Columbia Care qualifies targets for M&A (and how much they are willing to pay!), their quick adjustments to assure customer service and fulfillment while operating in the COVID-19 environment, and how they assess the importance of Federal legalization vis-à-vis banking reform in the US.

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Iris Bincovich on “Missile Delivery” of CBD Therapy for the Lungs

CSE’s Barrington Miller recently chatted with Iris Bincovich, the CEO of InnoCan Pharma Corporation (CSE:INNO) to discuss their recent patent application. In this chat, Iris shares how her team is designing CBD-loaded exosomes for targeting Coronavirus infected lung cells (2:15), how to improve CBD delivery through an injectable solution (7:53), and her prospects concerning a second wave of the virus later in the year (9:48).

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A Primer on At-the-Market (ATM) Offerings | CSE Webinar

The CSE’s James Black was joined by Ron Sedran, Managing Director, Equity Capital Markets from Canaccord Genuity, and Chad Schneider, Partner at Blakes Law Firm, for a special webinar on April 28th, 2020. In this latest installment of the CSE’s “All Locked Down and Nowhere to Go” conference series, Sedran and Schneider cover the highly requested topic of “at-the-market” (ATM) programs. 

During the thought-provoking webinar, our esteemed guests discuss the background of ATM offerings and their applicability to our current market situation (2:50), the benefits of ATM distributions for issuers (10:36), the simple process of implementing an ATM distribution plan (15:16), and how Canada is looking to emulate American practices with proposed amendments relating to ATM distributions (27:03).

Following the presentation, Sedran and Schneider also provide additional insight on ATM programs by answering conference participants’ questions. Watch until the end for their valuable tips on how corporate clients can effectively communicate their ATM programs, as well as their top picks of Netflix shows to binge-watch during the lockdown.