February 18th, 2018

U.S. tobacco supplier acquires majority stakes in PEI, Ontario pot companies

By The Canadian Press on February 9, 2018.

A U.S. tobacco leaf merchant says it has acquired a majority stakes in both a PEI licensed medical marijuana producer and a cannabis company that is developing indoor growing operations in Ontario. Medical marijuana is shown in Toronto, November 5, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

CHARLOTTETOWN – A U.S. tobacco leaf merchant has acquired majority stakes in a PEI licensed medical marijuana producer and a cannabis company that is developing indoor growing operations in Ontario.

Alliance One International Inc., based in North Carolina, says its subsidiary Canadian Cultivated Products acquired a 75 per cent equity position in Charlottetown-based Canada’s Island Garden last month.

The publicly held tobacco supplier says its subsidiary last month also acquired an 80 per cent stake in Goldleaf Pharm Inc., a medical marijuana license applicant which is building a roughly 1,850 square metre growing facility in Ontario.

Alliance One chief executive Pieter Sikkel says the acquisitions, for undisclosed amounts, are part of the company’s efforts to branch out into higher-margin, fast-growing agricultural products such as cannabis.

It marks another move by a U.S. company to tap the Canadian cannabis industry as the country prepares to legalize marijuana for recreational use later this year.

In October, Corona-beer maker Constellation Brands inked a deal to acquire a nearly 10 per cent stake in licensed medical marijuana producer Canopy Growth Corp. for $245 million.

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