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HCN Exclusive: What do ‘Weed’ and Blockchain Have in Common? By Alex Popoff & Brett Puffenbarger

LOS ANGELES–Let's start with Cannabis, also known less scientifically as "weed."  More appropriately known as Cannabis sativa L., which is the scientific name of the plant.  Cannabis sativa L. is commonly seen in two different ways for legal purposes: Hemp or Cannabis. The only difference between the two legally is that “hemp” must contain less ...

July 30th, 2021|

HCN Investigates: Cannabis SPACs: What Are They? What Should You Know About Them?

LOS ANGELES– Cannabis companies have traditionally had trouble gaining funding via public offerings. With SPACs, entities in the cannabis and hemp sectors can be publicly traded in both American and Canadian markets. What are cannabis SPACs, and which cannabis SPACs are currently active? Perhaps most importantly, are cannabis SPACs reliable investment vehicles? What is a ...

July 18th, 2021|

Cannabis Funding Around the World: A Focus on Germany

HCN Investigates – Germany is one of the wealthiest European nations. It also has some of the world’s most progressive politics, making Deutschland a perfect fit for the global cannabis industry. In the first two financial quarters of 2020, German cannabis sales exceeded €75 million. The existing German cannabis market comprises approximately 120,000 adults, and ...

April 22nd, 2021|

Cannabis Funding Around the World: A Focus on Germany

HCN Investigates – Germany is one of the wealthiest European nations. It also has some of the world’s most progressive politics, making Deutschland a good fit for the global cannabis industry. In the first two financial quarters of 2020, German cannabis sales exceeded €75 million. The existing German cannabis market comprises approximately 120,000 adults, and ...

March 24th, 2021|

Exploring Cannabis Funding Around the World — Oceania

HCN Investigates – Oceania, which comprises Australia, New Zealand, and the surrounding islands, is expected to embrace both medical and recreational cannabis in the near future. According to cannabis analytics firm Prohibition Partners, the Oceanian cannabis market may reach $1.55 billion by 2024. Even at this size, the cannabis market in Oceania would remain one ...

March 10th, 2021|

Exploring Cannabis Funding Around the World — Africa

HCN Investigates – Africa has a long history of medicinal cannabis use. Find out how this continent’s modern entrepreneurs are finding funding for legal African cannabis ventures. Exploring Cannabis Funding Around the World — Africa Cannabis use in Africa goes back at least as far as the 14th century. The illicit cannabis trade runs rampant ...

March 4th, 2021|

Exploring Cannabis Funding Around the World — Europe – Part 1

HCN Investigates – Part 1: Industry Background Despite the fact that this continent comprises 44 separate nations, the approximately 750 million people currently living in Europe are largely united by a shared economic market. This international European economy is partly spurred by the overarching organizational principles of the European Union (EU), but even countries that ...

February 23rd, 2021|

Exploring Cannabis Funding Around the World — Europe – Part 2

HCN Investigates — Funding within the European cannabis industry.  Generally speaking, the fledgling European cannabis industry relies on funding models similar to those used in the Canadian recreational and medical marijuana markets. While large investments from venture capital firms and investment funds occasionally occur within the United States recreational marijuana market as well, debt financing ...

February 23rd, 2021|

Exploring Cannabis Funding Around the World – Latin America – Part 1

HCN Investigates – In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to legalize recreational cannabis. Recreational cannabis is now widely available in this nation, but other countries in Latin America have been slow to follow suit. At present, Uruguay remains the only Latin American nation to have legalized recreational cannabis, and while certain neighboring nations have ...

February 20th, 2021|

Exploring Cannabis Funding Around the World – Latin America – Part 2

HCN Investigates – Cannabis Funding Details in Latam. With the notable exceptions of Uruguay and Colombia, the Latin American cannabis industry remains in its infancy. While Latin American cannabis will likely be worth more than $10 billion in a few years, investment into this blossoming market is relatively slow-going. Recently, the Colombian export agency ProColombia ...

February 20th, 2021|
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