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When people find out that we of all people are involved in the medical pot business, they make all kinds of jokes. It’s true: AK-47, Train Wreck and Durban Poison don’t exactly sound like medicine to us. But if AK-47 helps with spasticity, Train Wreck with seizures and Durban Poison with epilepsy, then we can easily live with those funky monikers.

We’re deeply unhip 60-year-olds. One of us, Lou, has never smoked pot in his life. The other, Amy, hasn’t tried it since high school.

But we’re concerned about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent announcement overriding a key Obama-era Justice Department advisory letter, allowing U.S. attorneys to prosecute cannabis activities approved at the state level.

That’s because we’re newly minted marijuana entrepreneurs.

At the moment, our business is still protected by federal law, thanks to temporary legislation that bars the Justice Department from using federal funds to crack down on the drug used for medical purposes in states where it’s legal. But that protection is on shaky ground. Congress needs to reauthorize or extend the protection as part of its spending bill by Friday, or our business – designed to help people with pain in their daily lives – will be at risk.

Given that we’re parents exhausted from raising four daughters, getting into a new business is probably the last thing we should be doing. But when we look at the potential benefits of this drug, we had to act.

Two years ago, we helped form a group that serves as the basis for a company with a Pennsylvania license – one of only 12 granted so far – to help those in pain. The group includes a doctor, some lawyers, accomplished business people and experts at growing and processing medical marijuana.

When people find out that we of all people are involved in the medical pot business, they make all kinds of jokes. It’s true: AK-47, Train Wreck and Durban Poison don’t exactly sound like medicine to us. But if AK-47 helps with spasticity, Train Wreck with seizures and Durban Poison with epilepsy, then we can easily live with those funky monikers.

Every morning when we open our local newspaper, we see the heartbreaking effect of opioid addiction. Sometimes it’s two souls lost, sometimes three. Most are young, beautiful people. More and more of the obituaries honestly admit that the cause of death was opioid or heroin addiction. But we have never heard of someone overdosing on marijuana. And in fact, states that approved medical marijuana have reportedly seen a 25 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths.

A few years ago, Lou’s sister was dealing with primary liver cancer. One thing that helped her deal with the pain was marijuana-infused brownies that a friend of hers sent in from California. Likewise, when Amy’s mother was suffering with terminal lung cancer, the opiates prescribed for her caused constipation and left her in a constant fog, not remotely herself. But medical-marijuana brownies given to her by a friend of a friend eased her pain and helped her to develop a bit of an appetite. She even laughed and preserved part of her personality. Every hospice professional we spoke to approved of the brownies.

Lou has a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, which is one of the conditions that the Pennsylvania law allows prescriptions for. We know of other people with MS who suffer with severe spasticity that have been helped by medical marijuana. We have seen firsthand how medical marijuana relieves suffering.

The same medical marijuana our company will grow is already helping patients in Nevada and California. We will produce our medical marijuana in a sterile, pharmaceutical environment, constantly testing and purifying the plants from any chemicals used in processing. We will also precisely label THC and cannabidiol content for each extract and recommend useful applications of our products for specific diagnoses. At the same time, we’ll be able to conduct long-lasting, serious research on which strain works best for which illness.

Sessions has said that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” While Pennsylvania does not allow marijuana in plant form to smoke, with all due respect, we beg to differ. Who among us knows when we will have a child a parent or a spouse who is suffering the pain of chemotherapy or epileptic seizure, or who is not responding well to a hospice treatment? Don’t we want the best methods of pain relief for our loved ones?

Lawmakers in Congress need to ensure that medical marijuana remains protected. If they will not, prosecutors need to exercise their discretion and allow businesses like ours to operate.

After weighing the pros and the cons of medical marijuana, we come out strongly in favor of the sensible and regulated approach that Pennsylvania is taking. We are proud to be among those who made a difference in helping our family, friends and neighbors deal with their pain.

Amy Weiss is a sweat-equity partner in a group that has a license to grow and process medical marijuana in Pittsburgh. Lou Weiss, her husband, is a carpet salesman.

Sadhu van Hemp



2017 was once again a good year – for the prohibitionists. It has not yet taken stock, but the statistics of the law enforcement agencies will hardly differ from those of the previous years – and if so, then not for the better. Alone with the victims of the anti-hemp war on German soil, the Berlin Olympic Stadium would fill two to three times to the last standing room. This trend will continue in 2018, as there is no sign of political will in the world that wants to satisfy the wishes of the majority of the population for the decriminalization of hemp friends.


Thus, the new year will begin as the old one ended: Thousands of police and customs officers will go around the clock every day on the trail of the illegalized green plant and ensure that the flood of criminal charges because of the violation of the hemp ban does not abate. Millions of cannibals will be patrolled and humiliated in public by police officers next year. Plenty of urine, sweat and blood will flow to prove to the caught hemp friends that they have committed a crime. As usual, much-needed taxpayers’ money for the hunt for cannabis detractors and their condemnation is wasted elsewhere. Boundless will be the suffering that is brought over those affected. From the driver’s license withdrawal,


But despite all the tribulations, which is in the wake of the hemp prohibition: The bottom of the misery may have passed. In 2017, as in previous years, there was a glimmer of light on the horizon, which is steadily brighter and makes the damage caused by the anti-cannabis war visible. The dawn has long since begun. Reason awakens in the minds of people who no longer want to be led astray by warmongers like the Federal Drug Commissioner. The fresh breeze of cannabis legalization blowing from the US leaves us breathless and encourages us to break away from the shackles of prohibition in Europe too. The screaming necks of the anti-hemp faction are inexorably being sidelined, and the louder they are crunching against decriminalizing consumers,


The renaissance of the sacred plant is unstoppable. A glimpse across the pond would actually have to satisfy the incorrigible prohibitionists of Christian and Social Democracy to see that their restrictive cannabis policies are obsolete and no one has the slightest chance of winning the anti-hemp war. The re-legalization of the hemp could not stop even a US President Donald Trump. Instead of enforcing the federal law and invading soldiers in those states that have released cannabis in an illegal arbitrariness, the big mouth of the diehard ducks away and silent. Fainting, the most powerful man in the world watches as people who are outlawed and hemp gardeners become respected people and good taxpayers, who instead of sitting in jail peacefully at home with mothers on the sofa. The White House, the Congress, the federal courts, all of them, have their hands on their hands in 2017, to balance whether it’s even worthwhile, states like Colorado and California to be the ultimate battleground for the war on drugs to declare and pacify with force of arms.


The paradigm shift in the US will also rub off on Germany. 2017 was already a historic year, after allowing the care of chronically ill people with cannabis without exemption. The course has been set for a state cannabis agency that coordinates and controls the cultivation and distribution of medicinal hemp. This is the path to the future – and in 2018 there will be more voices calling for the same pragmatism for the decriminalization of indulgence.


But not the need of cannabis users will be the focus of political thinking and action, but the profane desire to earn money with the “green gold”. In 2018, local businesspeople will be full of envy across the Atlantic, where the ruble rolls and cannibals become millionaires in the course of cannabis legalization. The self-contained cannabis market in the US and Canada is akin to an El Dorado for those working in the medicinal herb industry and flourishing an entire industry in just a few years. And that almost unrivaled, as long as the rest of the world looks on idly and holds on to prohibition.


The discontent about the monopoly position of the North Americans will grow. Out of “shit money”? Then it also craves the Germans – with or without cannabis agency. Sooner or later, politics will have no choice but to admit the trade around hemp and to distribute licenses for making money. The only question is to what extent the new branch of business grows out of itself or is just grafted on. Long-established hemp gardeners and retailers will hardly get a business license for production and trade from the competent office for a few fifty euros. The criminalized hemp scene will go blank. Those who draft the Cannabis Control Act are politicians bound to the raison d’etat – and they do not tolerate any economic paradox. That the little ones get the cake and the big ones the crumbs,


To ensure that everything is in order, the thought leaders will shape the reform of the narcotics law so that the supply of the population with pleasure hemp is reserved for the health industry. Under the supervision of the BfArM, the multibillion-dollar branch of business will grow out of pharmaceutical companies and pharmacists – and this without any significant resistance from cannabis users, who will be shouting over the industrial product with all their luck.

The state-controlled hemp cultivation and trade, however, will only lead to new injustices. Not every pothead is willing to pay an absurdly high price, which is subject to the dictates of profit maximization. Not everyone wants to settle for standardized artificial grass and forgo the variety of hemp flourishing in nature. The Cannabis Control Act will not prevent the import of hashish from the Orient. The profession of hashish smuggler and dealer will die out as much as that of the guerrilla warrior. Especially because not all hemp friends are registered as drug users and want to be monitored by the state.


Whatever the case, the path to decriminalization that is being taken in Germany is a wood path. The brains who will come up with the Cannabis Control Law are woodheads who are running into a dead end in search of consensus and who, with every lazy compromise, move further away from the goal of full legalization. 2018 could be the year that finally breaks the dream of cannabis free trade. Anyone who paves the way for a cannabis control law has no intention of giving man and nature the forbidden plant without any ifs or buts.


Sadhu van Hemp

CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. Announces Strategic International Cannabis Distribution Agreement with Fagron NV Fagron to utilize its existing international distribution network to market and distribute CanniMed medicinal cannabis products to 17 specified countries with aggregate population of over 760 million Primary initial focus on Germany.


CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. Announces Strategic International Cannabis Distribution Agreement with Fagron NV

  • Fagron to utilize its existing international distribution network to market and distribute CanniMed medicinal cannabis products to 17 specified countries with aggregate population of over 760 million
  • Primary initial focus on Germany
  • Germany fully legalized medicinal cannabis in March 2017
  • Germany’s ~22,000 pharmacies serve a population of over 82 million
  • Demand for medicinal cannabis in Germany outstrips supply

SASKATOON, Saskatchewan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX: CMED) (“CanniMed” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a global marketing and distribution agreement (the “Agreement”) with the leading global pharmaceutical compounding company Fagron NV of Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Euronext Brussels: FAGR and Euronext Amsterdam: FAGR). Under the Agreement, Fagron and CanniMed will work closely together in utilizing Fagron’s extensive infrastructure to supply CanniMed’s medicinal cannabis products in Germany and other specified countries. Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, CanniMed is working to supplement its Canadian GMP compliant status with GMP certification in Europe for its cannabis products, which it anticipates will be achieved in Q2 2018. Fagron and CanniMed anticipate first product sales into Germany will commence in Q3 2018, subject to obtaining required export permits.

Pursuant to the Agreement, CanniMed is Fagron’s supplier of cannabis products in the specified countries and the two companies will commit resources to develop and execute a combined marketing and distribution strategy to establish CanniMed as a strong brand in these countries.

“Fagron is perfectly positioned in the highly attractive German market as well as several other countries to drive the penetration of our pharmaceutical grade cannabis products. Our first primary target market, Germany, is particularly exciting as it has legalized medicinal cannabis for distribution through pharmacies and with a population of over 82 million which is more than double that of Canada” said Brent Zettl, President and CEO, CanniMed. “Fagron brings the connections, experience and market credibility to be a highly impactful partner for us internationally. We anticipate that the majority of medicinal cannabis products demanded in these countries will be oils and oil derivate products such as capsules, sublingual wafers and topical creams. The first 12 million 60 ml bottles phase of our 50 million bottles per year oils plant will be coming onstream in late 2018 and will be the foundation for meeting escalating international and domestic medicinal oils demand.”

Rafael Padilla, CEO of Fagron stated “We are very pleased to be working with an industry-leading company such as CanniMed and we believe the German market is a prime target for CanniMed’s highly respected cannabis products, driven by widespread acceptance in Germany of the many medicinal benefits of cannabis. We believe CanniMed has the opportunity to become a long-term major medicinal brand in Germany, where demand for medicinal cannabis products exceeds supply. We are confident that our depth of cannabis and pharmaceutical experience together with our established marketing infrastructure and connections in Germany and other countries combined with CanniMed’s leading expertise and products will be very effective in achieving international market penetration of CanniMed’s products.”

About CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.

CanniMed is a Canadian-based, international plant biopharmaceutical company and a leader in the Canadian medical cannabis industry, with 17 years of pharmaceutical cannabis cultivation experience, state-of-the-art, GMP-compliant production process and world class research and development platforms with a wide range of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products. In addition, the Company has an active plant biotechnology research and product development program focused on the production of plant-based materials for pharmaceutical, agricultural and environmental applications.

CanniMed, through its subsidiaries, was the first producer to be licensed under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, the predecessor to the current Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. It was the sole supplier to Health Canada under the former medical cannabis system for 13 years, and has been producing safe and consistent medical cannabis for thousands of Canadian patients, with no incident of product diversion or recalls.

For more information, please visit our websites: www.cannimed.ca (patients) and www.cannimedtherapeutics.com(investors).

About Fagron NV

Fagron NV, located in Waregem, Belgium and with operational head office in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is publicly listed (FAGR) on Euronext in Brussels, Belgium and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Fagron has over 2,000 employees and is active in 34 countries around the world, with a focus on the core regions Europe, South America and the United States. Fagron is a leading global pharmaceutical compounding company, bringing personalized pharmaceutical care to hospitals, pharmacies, clinics and patients.

In Germany, Fagron’s extensive infrastructure is connected into the country’s approximately 22,000 pharmacies, where it is active in distributing a wide range of pharmaceutical products.

For the year ended December 31, 2016 Fagron reported global revenue of €422 million ($CAN633 million) and EBITDA of €87 million ($CAN130 million).

Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of CanniMed to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to our expectations with respect to: anticipated product sales revenue by CanniMed and first product sales in Q3 2018. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. In respect of the forward-looking statements and information concerning the Agreement and its anticipated benefits. CanniMed has provided such statements and information in reliance on certain assumptions that it believes are reasonable at this time, including assumptions as to the ability of CanniMed to obtain all required permits and approvals for sales to Germany. There can be no assurance that the revenue to be generated from product sales will not be adversely affected by production or supply delays and changes in market prices. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release.

Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors and risks including delays in permitting and production. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on other factors that could affect the operations of CanniMed are included in documents on file with applicable securities regulatory authorities, including the Annual Information Form of CanniMed dated December 8, 2017, available on sedar.com.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. CanniMed does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by us or on our behalf, except as required by applicable law.

Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange or its Regulation Services Provider accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


CanniMed Therapeutics Inc.
Dara Willis, 416-836-9272
Investor Relations