The liberalization of cannabis has released a fast-growing, multibillion-dollar industry to cultivate, market and distribute product — and a whole lot more. Support services and systems are providing significant opportunities in logistics, technology, product development, branding, research and development, and regulatory compliance. Together, these opportunities create a value chain, unparalleled in recent times. Australis Capital Inc. (OTCQX: AUSAF) intends to explore those opportunities.
Australis Capital is focused on building the infrastructure required to meet the demands of the growing U.S. cannabis market including acquiring and building transformative companies to advance the cannabis industry. AUSAF is synthetizing decades of expertise, strategic alignments and capital investment to identify, acquire and partner with companies to meet the growing market demand. The company’s mission is to promote the healing, wellness and benefits of medicinal and recreational cannabis through high-quality products, experiences, innovations and accessibility.
Australis Capital is supported in that mission by a strong mentor and former parent company, Aurora Cannabis, the second-largest cannabis company in the world by market capitalization. Australis Capital (http://ibn.fm/47evN) is Aurora’s “backdoor strategy for entering the U.S. market.” Aurora cannot maintain its listings on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) if it has U.S. cannabis operations. Hence, the spin-off of Australis Capital. However, the much-smaller Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) has no prohibitions against member companies doing business in the U.S. marijuana market.
Focused on furthering accessibility, well-being, health and the best possible experience from medicinal and recreational cannabis, Australis Capital operates the following eight brands and entities, five of which are fully owned.
Green Therapeutics (fully owned)
Green Therapeutics (GT) was founded in 2014 with the aim of providing safe, consistent, effective cannabis wellness products. The company has developed three prominent cannabis brands. Its Tsunami(TM) brand, a recreational line of products, is the top brand for live resin extracts in Nevada, while its Provisions(TM) line is well-known for premium distillate cartridges and cutting-edge sublingual sprays. Finally, the GT Flowers line provides consumers with selections from more than 150 different strains ranging from classics to the newest crosses, including many exclusive cuts.
Mr. Natural (fully owned)
Mr. Natural Inc. is the culmination of Bob “Natural” Luciano’s more than 50 years of cannabis expertise. A Vietnam veteran, Luciano first experimented with cannabis to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Australis Capital now offers a classic medical and recreational cannabis brand, internationally known for its quality, strong-THC products, which have won recognition for long-lasting duration, intense terpene profiles and organic flavors. Mr. Natural strains have won numerous awards, including the First High Times Medical Cannabis Cup and the 2009 L.A. Jemm Harvest Cup. All products used in the cultivation of Mr. Natural’s cannabis are certified organic.
Cocoon Rewards (fully owned)
Cocoon Rewards is a mobile platform that can be used to access U.S. cannabis dispensaries. Developed by Rthm Technologies Inc., the platform was originally a top health app available in 26 countries. Rthm holds several brand-associated trademarks and has developed the world’s first mobile-genetics and circadian-rhythm mapping platform for both iOS and Android devices.
Cocoon Technology (fully owned)
Cocoon Technology’s omni-commerce solution connects customers with dispensaries through state-of-the-art, self-service kiosks; integrated mobile applications; and tablets. The solution offers a cloud-based, self-service fulfillment platform called Cocoon Technology to dispense marijuana products. The Cocoon self-service kiosk is designed to sit inside a brick-and-mortar retail store, much like a vending machine.
AUSA Elements (fully owned)
AUSA Elements is an organic cultivation and production facility currently under construction, which will consist of the following:
- up to 219,000 square feet devoted to organic, state-of-the-art cultivation, manufacturing, and production
- up to 44,000 square feet for a CBD hemp house for oil extraction, product development, manufacturing, research and product storage.
The facility will house the following brands: Mr. Natural, Tsunami, Provisions and G.T. Flower. In addition, the facility will have an estimated flower capacity of 42,000 pounds annually and will utilize the most up-to-date cultivation and cannabis extraction equipment along with using proprietary hydrocarbon and ethanol technologies, including Wagner Dimas pre-roll technology. Capacity of the facility is expected to exceed 6 million pre-rolls annually. The greenhouse will be built to the Aurora Cannabis standard using ALPS Greenhouse Design, material and technology. The project is expected to be completed by September 2020.
Folium Biosciences (partially owned)
Folium Biosciences specializes in the cultivation, extraction and manufacture of hemp-derived, bulk-CBD ingredients and finished products. The company is the largest North American, vertically integrated producer, manufacturer and distributor of hemp-derived phytocannabinoids. Its Colorado facility is the largest phytocannabinoid extraction and purification facility in the United States. Folium Biosciences employs a unique engineering process that enables the separation and removal of unwanted compounds while creating the maximum potency level of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, terpenoids and flavonoids. Wholesale CBD products sold by Folium include broad-spectrum hemp oil (with 0.0 percent THC), water-soluble CBD powder, water-soluble CBD liquid and Nano CBD. Folium’s emphasis on research, product development and clinical science, reflected in its state-of-the-art extraction processes and advanced formulations, has resulted in several pending patents.
Quality Green (partially owned)
Quality Green, founded in 2013, is an ACMPR-licensed producer based in Canfield, Ontario. The company owns and operates a 50,000-cGMP-square-foot greenhouse widely recognized for its optimized production efficiency, best practices and high standards. Expansion plans are currently underway. In Q1 2019, the company established Quality Green Deutschland GmbH in Germany, and in Q2 2019, Quality Green’s application for an HC Import license for new genetics was approved.
Body and Mind Inc. (partially owned)
Body and Mind Inc. (OTC: BMMJ) invests in medical and recreational cannabis cultivation, production and retail assets. Its wholly owned Nevada subsidiary was awarded one of the first medical-marijuana cultivation licenses and now holds a production license as well. BMMJ products include dried flower, edibles, topicals, extracts and GPEN Gio cartridges. BMMJ marijuana strains have won numerous awards including the Las Vegas Hempfest Cup 2016, High Times Top Ten, the NorCal Secret Cup and the Emerald Cup. The company continues to expand operations in Nevada and Ohio and is constantly reviewing additional accretive expansion opportunities. As of May 30, 2019, Australis owned 37.7 percent of BMMJ’s issued and outstanding shares.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.AUSA-Corp.com