Opinion http://www.benzinga.com/views/taxonomy/term/146540 en Thinking about buying stock in Disney, General Electric, Netflix, Oracle Corporation or AT&T? http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907755/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-disney-general-electric-netflix-oracle- <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Thinking about buying stock in Disney, General Electric, Netflix, Oracle Corporation or AT&amp;T?</h1> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">NEW YORK, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for DIS, GE, NFLX, ORCL, and T.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">To see how InvestorsObserver&#39;s proprietary scoring ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907755/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-disney-general-electric-netflix-oracle- alt=Thinking about buying stock in Disney, General Electric, Netflix, Oracle Corporation or AT&amp;T?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services DIS GE NFLX ORCL T Opinion Press Releases NFLX US64110L1061 ORCL US68389X1054 DIS US2546871060 GE US3696041033 T US00206R1023 Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907755 at www.benzinga.com Emerging Global Vanadium Boom Continues as Prices Rise 400% Over Past 24 Months http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907689/emerging-global-vanadium-boom-continues-as-prices-rise-400-over-past-2 <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Emerging Global Vanadium Boom Continues as Prices Rise 400% Over Past 24 Months</h1> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">PALM BEACH, Florida, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">PALM BEACH, Florida</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">MarketNewsUpdates.com News Commentary</i></b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Vanadium is used to produce high-strength steel and chemical catalysts, but much of the future demand excitement stems from its role in vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) as industry experts believe there&#39;s a revolution coming in vanadium redox flow batteries. Vanadium prices have risen by more than 400% over the past 24 months exceeding <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">US$15</span> per pound V2O5. The global All Vanadium Redox Flow Battery market is <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.wiseguyreports.com/reports/2820618-global-all-vanadium-redox-flow-battery-market-research-report-2018" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">valued</a> at million US$ in 2017 and will reach million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of during 2018-2025. Steel applications also accounts for impressive percentages of total consumption as high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels are by far the largest market for vanadium and consumption in this application has benefited from increasingly stringent building requirements, particularly in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">China</span>, which has resulted in the use of larger quantities of vanadium-bearing rebar. Active mining companies in the markets today include: Cornerstone Metals Inc. (TSX-V: CCC) (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CCCCF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CCCCF</a>), Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/UUUU#NYSE" rel="nofollow">UUUU</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/EFR#TSX" rel="nofollow">EFR</a>), Uranium Energy Corp (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/UEC#NYSE" rel="nofollow">UEC</a>), Denison Mines Corp. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/DNN#NYSE" rel="nofollow">DNN</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/DML#TSX" rel="nofollow">DML</a>), Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/AXU#NYSE" rel="nofollow">AXU</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/AXR#TSX" rel="nofollow">AXR</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Cornerstone Metals Inc.</b> (TSX-V: CCC) (OTCQB:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CCCCF#OTCQB" rel="nofollow">CCCCF</a>) <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BREAKING NEWS:</b> Cornerstone Metals is pleased to announce additional preliminary results of metallurgical test work being conducted on its Carlin Vanadium Project in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nevada</span>. The third round of testing has achieved vanadium extraction levels of 95.5%.  <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> &#34;Our testing has very quickly moved the needle from the low 80&#39;s, which were strong, to outstanding numbers, far exceeding even our metallurgists&#39; expectations,&#34; said Cornerstone President and Chief Executive Officer <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Paul Cowley</span>. &#34;These numbers show a clear sign of a major technical breakthrough for our project.&#34;<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Test work continues on a sample composite generated from an 18.9 metre drill core intercept from the Company&#39;s recent diamond drilling verification program on the deposit. The latest results employed a roast/leach/pressure oxidation approach. Ongoing test work will continue to optimize various parameters with the aim of developing a conceptual flowsheet. Once a conceptual flowsheet has been defined, tests will be run across the deposit on a full range of samples. The tests to date have been conducted to demonstrate potential recoveries. At this stage, there is no suggestion that these tests demonstrate economic viability.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Metallurgical test work continues at Sherritt Technologies in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta</span>, the leader in the development and commercialization of ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907689/emerging-global-vanadium-boom-continues-as-prices-rise-400-over-past-2 alt=Emerging Global Vanadium Boom Continues as Prices Rise 400% Over Past 24 Months>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AXU CCCCF chemical DNN TSX:AXR TSX:CCC TSX:DML TSX:EFR UEC UUUU Commodities Small Cap Opinion Press Releases AXU CA01535P1062 DNN CA2483561072 UEC US9168961038 UUUU TSX:DML TSX:EFR TSX:AXR CCCCF TSX:CCC Commodities Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:25:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907689 at www.benzinga.com Sizeable Growth is Expected for the Blockchain Distributed Ledger Market http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907420/sizeable-growth-is-expected-for-the-blockchain-distributed-ledger-mark <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Sizeable Growth is Expected for the Blockchain Distributed Ledger Market</h1> <h2 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary</h2> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">NEW YORK, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">According to data published by Allied Market Research, the Blockchain Distributed Ledger market was valued at <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 228 Million</span> in 2016 and is expected to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 5.4 Billion</span> by 2023, while growing at a CAGR of 57.6% from 2017 to 2023. The report also indicates that an increase in the awareness toward blockchain distributed ledger applications is expected to provide lucrative opportunities to market players. The Banking, Financial Services and Insurance sector is projected to maintain its lead in the end-user segment. The BFSI segment is projected to grow at a CAGR of 53.9%. Geographically, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">North America</span> is expected to maintain its dominance throughout the forecast period, owing to the presence of key companies in the region. Chineseinvestors.com, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CIIX#OTC" rel="nofollow">CIIX</a>), SinglePoint, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/SING#OTC" rel="nofollow">SING</a>), Recon Technology, Ltd. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/RCON#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">RCON</a>), Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/SSC#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">SSC</a>), Black Cactus Global (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/BLGI#OTC" rel="nofollow">BLGI</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Research Analyst for Semiconductor &amp; Electronics markets at Allied, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Himal Srivastava</span>, explained that the &#34;blockchain distributed ledger market is in its early stage of growth. Blockchain-based solutions are projected to be adopted earlier in some industries such as financial services and the supply chain industry as compared to many other industries. The blockchain technology addresses security in areas including insurance, law, and data security by validation of the information in the blockchain ledger. The exponential increase in data is expected to facilitate more R&amp;D activities leading to increased competition in the market.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Chineseinvestors.com, Inc.</b> (OTCQB:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CIIX#OTCQB" rel="nofollow">CIIX</a>) announced on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 5, 2018</span>, that, &#34;it has entered into a licensing partnership with The Bad Crypto Podcast to re-distribute the podcast&#39;s most popular interviews on <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://www.newcoins168.com" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">http://www.newcoins168.com</a>, in Chinese.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Interviews that will be translated into Chinese for re-distribution on <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://www.newcoins168.com" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">http://www.newcoins168.com</a> include: <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Charlie Lee</span>, Founder and Developer of Litecoin, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Roger Ver</span>, also known as &#39;Bitcoin Jesus&#39;, and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Patrick Byrne</span>, Overstock.com CEO and Founder of tZERO. In addition to re-distributing these informative interviews in Chinese, the Company&#39;s CEO <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Warren Wang</span> also appeared once again for an interview on The Bad Crypto Podcast on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">May 23, 2018</span>. Mr. Wang first appeared on The Bad Crypto Podcast in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">December 2017</span> where he offered his perspective and insights on bitcoin and cryptocurrency in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">China</span>.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;Since it first aired in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">July 2017</span>, The Bad Crypto Podcast hosted by <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Joel Comm</span>, Bitcoin Evangelist and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Travis Wright</span>, Blockchain Entrepreneur, has become a worldwide phenomenon with over 150 episodes for curious individuals trying to figure out cryptocurrency, blockchain and the future of digital payments,&#34; says ChineseInvestors.com, Inc. CEO <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Warren Wang</span>. &#34;We are confident that this lighthearted, entertaining programming offered in Chinese will be well received by viewers looking to expand their crypto knowledge whether they are newbies or more experienced crypto investors.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">SinglePoint, Inc.</b> (OTCQB:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/SING#OTCQB" rel="nofollow">SING</a>) is a technology and investment company with a focus on acquiring companies that will benefit from its management, potential injection of growth capital and technology integration. The company portfolio includes mobile payments, ancillary cannabis services and blockchain solutions. SinglePoint Inc. recently announced the successful completion and filing of the Company&#39;s Form 10 Registration Statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This is an important step in helping the company establish credibility in the investment community. &#34;We are ecstatic to have this completed and filed. We feel it really sets the ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907420/sizeable-growth-is-expected-for-the-blockchain-distributed-ledger-mark alt=Sizeable Growth is Expected for the Blockchain Distributed Ledger Market>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services BLGI CIIX Cryptocurrency Fintech insurance RCON SING SSC Small Cap Opinion Markets Press Releases RCON CIIX SING SSC BLGI Cryptocurrency Fintech Small Cap Opinion Markets Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907420 at www.benzinga.com Cannabis Sales are Expected to Increase on a Global Stage http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907432/cannabis-sales-are-expected-to-increase-on-a-global-stage <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Cannabis Sales are Expected to Increase on a Global Stage</h1> <h2 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary</h2> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">NEW YORK, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">A market report by Arcview Market Research, in partnership with BDS Analytics, predicts that adult-use cannabis spending will account for <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 38.3 Billion</span>, while medical spending will reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 19.1 Billion</span>. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">North America</span> will remain the largest in terms of spending volume, growing from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 9.2 Billion</span> in 2017 to <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 47.3 Billion</span> in 2027, but due to the market&#39;s massive size, the growth rates will remain relatively low at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 18%. The largest growth is expected to occur within the Rest of World (RoW) markets, where spending on cannabis products is forecast to grow from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 52 Million</span> in 2017 to <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 2.5 Billion</span> in 2027, and at a CAGR of 47%. WeedMD Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/WDDMF#OTC" rel="nofollow">WDDMF</a>), Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/ZYNE#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">ZYNE</a>), GW Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/GWPH#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">GWPH</a>), Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CGC#NYSE" rel="nofollow">CGC</a>), Innovative Industrial Properties, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/IIPR#NYSE" rel="nofollow">IIPR</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In the U.S., the potential financial benefits from legalization are important economically and politically. In states like California, where sales of products for recreational use has officially become legal at the beginning of the year, analysts are projecting the increase in sales of cannabis to be a major contribution to California&#39;s tax revenue and job creation. Arcview Group analysis approximations show that this will lead to the creation of nearly 99,000 cannabis industry jobs in the state by 2021, about a third of all cannabis jobs nationwide, and 146,000 jobs overall. </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">WeedMD Inc.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/WDDMF#OTC" rel="nofollow">WDDMF</a>) also listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange Venture under (TSX-V: WMD). Earlier today the company announced breaking news that, &#34;it has entered into an agreement to become a medical cannabis supplier to Shoppers Drug Mart.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Subject to Health Canada&#39;s approval of Shoppers Drug Mart&#39;s application to be a licensed producer, under the terms of the agreement the Company will supply Shoppers Drug Mart with WeedMD and affiliate branded medical cannabis products. It is expected the products will be sold online, as Canadian regulations currently restrict the sale of medical cannabis in retail pharmacies.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;WeedMD&#39;s medical cannabis products have become a trusted source for the seniors&#39; market and we are excited to expand accessibility to all medical cannabis patients through this strategic agreement with <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada&#39;s</span> leading provider of pharmacy products and services,&#34; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Michael Kraft</span>, Chairman of WeedMD. &#34;As one of the most trusted names in pharmacy retailing and patient support services, we are pleased to be partnering with Shoppers Drug Mart as it looks to WeedMD for the supply of premium medical cannabis. Our strains directed at seniors&#39; and women&#39;s&#39; health will add a range of depth to Shoppers Drug Mart&#39;s anticipated medical cannabis product offerings.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">WeedMD&#39;s expansion into its recently licensed large-scale, fully-funded modern greenhouse will be the main supply source for its medical cannabis patients in addition to the future adult-use market.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">WeedMD Inc., is the publicly-traded parent company of WeedMD Rx Inc., a federally-licensed producer and distributor of medical cannabis and oils under the ACMPR. The Company operates a 26,000 sq. ft. indoor facility in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Aylmer, Ontario</span>, and a second cultivation site at its greenhouse facility located in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Strathroy, Ontario</span>, representing 610,000 sq. ft. or 14 acres under glass. WeedMD has entered into supply agreements in addition to strategic relationships with established cannabis brands. WeedMD is focused on providing medical cannabis to the seniors&#39; markets in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> through its proprietary seniors care program. It is dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners and furthering public understanding of the role that medical cannabis plays - including as it pertains to regulatory requirements, indications and potential side effects.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.</b> (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/ZYNE#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">ZYNE</a>) is a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to developing ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907432/cannabis-sales-are-expected-to-increase-on-a-global-stage alt=Cannabis Sales are Expected to Increase on a Global Stage>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CGC GWPH IIPR TSX:WMD WDDMF ZYNE Small Cap Opinion Press Releases CGC GWPH ZYNE IIPR TSX:WMD WDDMF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907432 at www.benzinga.com Data Projects Various Technological Uses for Helium are Driving its Market Growth http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907435/data-projects-various-technological-uses-for-helium-are-driving-its-ma <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Data Projects Various Technological Uses for Helium are Driving its Market Growth</h1> <h2 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary</h2> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">NEW YORK, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Helium is one of the coldest substances known to man in its liquid form, and being a naturally occurring resource, it has been implemented into a wide variety of applications. According to a research report published by Decision Databases, the global helium market can be segmented into health care, aerostatics, transportation, electronics, cryogenics, semiconductor &amp; fiber optics, leak detection &amp; gas chromatography, welding, among others. The research also indicates that helium is widely used in NMR machines, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and nuclear reactors as a coolant. The use of helium in MRI equipment is a significant factor which is anticipated to increase the demand for helium in the near future. Based on the current applications, a research report by Technavio estimates that the global helium market will grow at a CAGR of around 9% between 2016 and 2020, at which point the market will exceed <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 1.5 Billion</span>. American Helium Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/AHELF#OTC" rel="nofollow">AHELF</a>), Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/XOM#NYSE" rel="nofollow">XOM</a>), Praxair, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/PX#NYSE" rel="nofollow">PX</a>), Seagate Technology PLC (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/STX#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">STX</a>), PJSC Gazprom (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/OGZPY#OTC" rel="nofollow">OGZPY</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Major political and economic developments around the world influence the price of helium. For example, on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 5th, 2017</span>, neighboring countries began a trade embargo on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Qatar</span>, which had accounted for about 32% of the global helium supply before the blockade. According to the Natural Resources Research by Springer, &#34;even though <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the United States</span> was the leading supplier of helium in the world, this international development raised concerns about helium shortages and price increases in the country, especially in the scientific research community&#34; As for U.S suppliers, the research indicates that &#34;the Private U.S. suppliers of helium could increase production to make up for some of the decreases in U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) supply, but a greater share of global helium production is likely to continue to shift to other countries.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">American Helium Inc.</b> (OTCQB:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/AHELF#OTCQB" rel="nofollow">AHELF</a>) is also listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol (TSX-V: AHE). Earlier this month the company reported that &#34;it has executed an agreement with <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Holbrook</span> Basin Energy LLC of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Golden, CO</span> (HBE) to undertake an exploration drill program in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Arizona</span>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Arizona</span> project location is in the &#34;Four Corners&#34; area where the States of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Utah</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colorado</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">New Mexico</span> and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Arizona</span> meet, and in the prolific helium productive <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Holbrook</span> Basin, a well-established helium production district where concentrations of the gas range from trace amounts up to 10%. The area has good potential for additional discovery and production. Helium content is generally considered to be of commercial interest when the concentration is above 0.3% (Casey, 1983, p. 749). The abundant nature of the region has led to anecdotal statements over the years that &#34;<span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Arizona</span> is the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Saudi Arabia</span> of helium.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">HBE has developed a compelling exploration play of interest to the Company, and expanded lease negotiations are underway. Based on available data, American Helium intends to drill an exploration well on a recently identified target proximal to successful analogous wells in the area.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Along with its property in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Carbon County, Utah</span> and the recent <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">May 29th</span> announcement regarding an exploration project agreement with Yankee Resources for a helium prospect in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">SE Colorado</span>, today&#39;s announcement represents a significant increase in operational planning which will be regionally managed as a result of the Company&#39;s recent decision to open an office in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Denver</span> to more readily and efficiently service field operations across it&#39;s rapidly growing western U.S. areas of activity.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Exxon Mobil Corporation</b> (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/XOM#NYSE" rel="nofollow">XOM</a>) is the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company. ExxonMobil U.S. ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907435/data-projects-various-technological-uses-for-helium-are-driving-its-ma alt=Data Projects Various Technological Uses for Helium are Driving its Market Growth>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AHELF chemical OGZPY PX STX TSX:AHE XOM Commodities Small Cap Opinion Press Releases STX IE00B58JVZ52 PX US74005P1049 XOM US30231G1022 OGZPY US3682872078 AHELF TSX:AHE Commodities Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907435 at www.benzinga.com eCommerce and Payment Solution Advancements Upending Traditional Consumer Habits http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907213/ecommerce-and-payment-solution-advancements-upending-traditional-consu <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">eCommerce and Payment Solution Advancements Upending Traditional Consumer Habits</h1> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">PALM, BEACH, Florida, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">PALM, BEACH, Florida</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">MarketNewsUpdates.com News Commentary</i></b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Innovative Payment platforms as well eCommerce solutions have been one of the biggest growth sectors in the consumer and business arenas for the past 20 years. Shopping from the comfort of one&#39;s home -- or anywhere -- has become increasingly popular as delivery has gotten faster, interfaces have improved, and the near ubiquity of smartphones has made mobile shopping even easier. The <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$2.3 trillion</span> global eCommerce market alone is expected to more than double by 2021 resulting in a massive consumer shift to online and mobile shopping. Active companies in the markets today include: Xalles Holdings Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/XALL#OTC" rel="nofollow">XALL</a>), eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/EBAY#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">EBAY</a>), PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/PYPL#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">PYPL</a>), Cotiviti Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/COTV#NYSE" rel="nofollow">COTV</a>), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/AMZN#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">AMZN</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Xalles Holdings Inc.</b> (OTCPK:XALL) <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BREAKING NEWS:</b> Xalles, a company focusing on accelerating fintech companies, leveraging blockchain technology for financial reconciliation, and payment auditing solutions, recently completed an Asset Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the assets and intellectual property of <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://www.usasavingsclub.com" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">http://www.usasavingsclub.com</a>, a consumer discount shopping club and fundraising service.  <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Xalles will create a new wholly owned subsidiary to operate an international network of savings clubs based on the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">USA</span> Savings Club design. The original management team will be part of the new subsidiary and lead the U.S team. Xalles will provide additional resources for domestic growth and international expansion.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">USA</span> Savings Club has agreements with thousands of name brand merchants which establishes the base for expansion within the first few regions around the U.S. National brands and local merchants will participate in the program by offering discounts to consumers while supporting local schools and other not-for-profit organizations. Xalles expects to leverage the synergy between this company and the other consumer commerce and payment subsidiaries that are already part of the Xalles family of companies.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> &#34;This acquisition gives Xalles the ability to combine strengths of a few of our subsidiaries to offer consumers a way to shop locally at a discount while helping non-profit organizations in their fundraising through a passive and year-round method,&#34; said Xalles ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907213/ecommerce-and-payment-solution-advancements-upending-traditional-consu alt=eCommerce and Payment Solution Advancements Upending Traditional Consumer Habits>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AMZN Banking/Financial Services COTV EBAY PYPL XALL Small Cap Opinion Press Releases AMZN US0231351067 EBAY US2786421030 PYPL COTV XALL Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:45:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907213 at www.benzinga.com Uptick in Energy Industries as U.S. Energy Information Administration Lifted its Short-term 2018 Forecast http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907214/uptick-in-energy-industries-as-u-s-energy-information-administration-l <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Uptick in Energy Industries as U.S. Energy Information Administration Lifted its Short-term 2018 Forecast</h1> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">PALM BEACH, Florida, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">PALM BEACH, Florida</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">MarketNewsUpdates.com News Commentary</i></b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The oil and gas industry has typically been subjected to a number of influential factors and is currently enjoying an upswing behind an increased push by the current administration to enhance its status as an exporter. According to <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.statista.com/topics/1706/oil-and-gas/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Statista</a>, the gross output of the US oil and gas industry stands north of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$212 billion dollars</span>. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (<a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">EIA</a>) recently raised its 2018 domestic crude production to 10.79 million barrels per day, up 0.6% from the May report. According to the EIA, Brent crude oil prices will average <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$71</span> per barrel this year, and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$68</span> in 2019 while the updated 2019 price is <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$2</span> per barrel higher than what was projected by the agency just a month ago. Experts believe the industry remains poised for continued growth as leaders in the US continue exploration and production efforts. Active energy companies in the industry today include: Petro River Oil Corp. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/PTRC#OTC" rel="nofollow">PTRC</a>), Gevo Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/GEVO#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">GEVO</a>), Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. - Petrobras (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/PBR#NYSE" rel="nofollow">PBR</a>), Denbury Resources Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/DNR#NYSE" rel="nofollow">DNR</a>), Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CHK#NYSE" rel="nofollow">CHK</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Petro River Oil Corp.</b> (OTCPK:PTRC) <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BREAKING NEWS</b>: Petro River Oil, an independent oil and gas exploration company that utilizes 3D seismic technology to discover and develop <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://petroriveroil.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Bandolier.pdf" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">oil &amp; gas reserves</a> in proven oil &amp; gas basins. <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Petro River</span> is pleased to present recent field results and its oil and gas reserves, as evaluated <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">May 1, 2018</span>, by independent engineering firm, Cawley, Gillespie &amp; Associates.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Recent Corporate Highlights:</p> <ul xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" type="disc"> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Proved reserves as of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">May 1, 2018</span> show 175% increase from the reserve report issued on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">May 1, 2017</span>.</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BOE production increases 1,053% for fiscal year <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">April 30, 2018</span> from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">April 30, 2017</span> period.</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">May 2018</span> the Company completed its initial ten well exploration and development program of the West Blackland field in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Osage County, Oklahoma</span>. The wells were drilled to a depth of approximately 2,850 feet, and their results are expected to move <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Petro River</span> into positive cash flow in the quarter ended <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">July 31, 2018</span>. Several wells encountered a combination of both Mississippian Chat and Burgess &#34;pay,&#34; which has resulted in increased production rates.</li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Before year-end 2018, the Company plans to drill 13 additional wells, which would more than double its current well count. The Company currently anticipates that projected cashflow will be sufficient to fund the drilling expenses for the pending wells.</li> </ul> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Reserve ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907214/uptick-in-energy-industries-as-u-s-energy-information-administration-l alt=Uptick in Energy Industries as U.S. Energy Information Administration Lifted its Short-term 2018 Forecast>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CHK DNR GEVO Natural Gas Utilities Oil PBR PTRC Commodities Small Cap Opinion Press Releases CHK US1651671075 DNR US2479162081 PBR US71654V4086 GEVO US3743961092 PTRC Commodities Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:45:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907214 at www.benzinga.com Colombia Quickly Becoming a Global Leader in Medical Marijuana http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907171/colombia-quickly-becoming-a-global-leader-in-medical-marijuana <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Colombia Quickly Becoming a Global Leader in Medical Marijuana</h1> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">PALM BEACH, Florida, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">PALM BEACH, Florida</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Marketnewsupdates.com Market Commentary</i></b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">With the global community quickly embracing the medical attributes of medical marijuana, most notably in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Latin America</span>, coupled with millions of patients worldwide, marijuana companies are quickly gaining international exposure to realize higher valuations. Several legitimate players include Khiron Life Sciences Corporation (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/KHRNF#OTC" rel="nofollow">KHRNF</a>) (TSX-V:KHRN), Aphria Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/APHQF#OTC" rel="nofollow">APHQF</a>) (TSX: <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/prnews?Page=Quote&amp;Ticker=APH" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">APH</a>), MedReleaf Corp. (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/LEAF#TSX" rel="nofollow">LEAF</a>) (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/MEDFF#OTC" rel="nofollow">MEDFF</a>), Aurora Cannabis (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/ACBFF#OTC" rel="nofollow">ACBFF</a>) (TSX:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/ACB#TSX" rel="nofollow">ACB</a>) and Cara Therapeutics (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CARA#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">CARA</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Whether it be Colombian-based <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://marijuanastox.com/the-next-high-upside-market-for-legal-marijuana/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Khiron Life Sciences Corporation</a>, which produces cannabis on its 2,000,000 sq. ft. facility near <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Bogota, Colombia</span>, or Canopy Growth&#39;s growth in the U.S., <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">South America</span>, and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Europe</span> related companies are widening global footprints for growth, offering investors a good deal of promise.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Colombia Medical Marijuana Poised for Global Domination</b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colombia</span>, for example, could become one of the largest global export leaders in medical marijuana since legislation in the region passed in 2017, establishing a framework for commercial medical cannabis cultivation.  In fact, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colombia</span> could supply 44% of the global demand for medical cannabis this year, as noted by <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Andres Lopez</span>, the director of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colombia&#39;s</span> National Drug Fund, as quoted by Medical Marijuana Inc.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Helping to foster further growth, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colombia</span> recently approved a law to promote the use of cannabis-based medication.  In fact, according to Marijuana Business Daily, &#34;With a potential count more than double <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada&#39;s</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colombia&#39;s</span> medical marijuana market is quickly gaining recognition as a legitimate force in the global cannabis industry.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">That, coupled with demand in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colombia</span> should fuel even more growth, as more than 2.2 million people suffer with chronic pain.  Another 475,000 suffer with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  More than 520,000 deal with insomnia.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Companies such as Wheaton Income Corporation could benefit from this after announcing a deal with Colombian federally licensed Inverell, S.A., which gives Wheaton a strong foothold in the international market.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">However, it&#39;s not just demand that&#39;s attracting capital to the region.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Recent new listings on major stock exchanges are doing that, too.  In fact, Khiron Life Sciences just became the first Colombian medical cannabis company on the TSX Venture Exchange.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;It means capital markets are accepting <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colombia</span> as a valid market for medical cannabis. It&#39;s a validation that&#39;s important for the whole of <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colombia</span>,&#34; <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Alvaro Torres</span>, Khiron Life Sciences CEO and co-founder, told <i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Marijuana Business Daily</i>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">In addition, lower cannabis production costs, as compared to <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Canada</span> and ideal year-round climate for cannabis-growth has created plenty of competitive advantages for related companies.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The coming year will be a &#34;period of consolidation&#34; for Colombian cannabis companies, says <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Rodrigo Gomez</span>, president of the Cannabis Industry Association, as quoted by <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.ozy.com/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Ozy.com</a>. &#34;Growers and refiners, he adds, will begin testing products and honing in on a marketable portfolio. Investment is coming to <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Colombia</span> because of the ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907171/colombia-quickly-becoming-a-global-leader-in-medical-marijuana alt=Colombia Quickly Becoming a Global Leader in Medical Marijuana>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ACBFF APHQF CARA KHRNF MEDFF TSX:ACB TSX:APH TSX:KHRN TSX:LEAF Opinion Press Releases CARA ACBFF APHQF TSX:APH TSX:ACB TSX:LEAF MEDFF TSX:KHRN KHRNF Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:40:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907171 at www.benzinga.com Dangers Lurking in Synthetic CBD Underscore Value of Quality Product http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907082/dangers-lurking-in-synthetic-cbd-underscore-value-of-quality-product <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Dangers Lurking in Synthetic CBD Underscore Value of Quality Product</h1> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">NEW YORK, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" style="font-style: italic; font-weight: bold">CannabisNewsWire Editorial Coverage</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Dating back thousands of years, people have found ways to treat pain and other ailments with cannabidiol (CBD) oil which is harvested from the hemp plant. However, the natural healing properties of CBD are being jeopardized by the advent of man-made synthetic CBDs. These chemical analogs are dangerous imitations of plant-derived product, binding to human endocannabinoid receptors at astronomically larger quantities than natural cannabinoids. These designer drugs prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/mm6720a5.htm" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">a national health alert</a> warning about synthetic cannabinoids. Shunning synthetics, Marijuana Company of America, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/MCOA#OTC" rel="nofollow">MCOA</a>) (<a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.cannabisnewswire.com/clients/marijuana-company-america-inc-mcoa/?symbol=mcoa" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">MCOA Profile</a>) provides consumers complete transparency and delivering only pure, plant-based 100% hemp-derived products through its hempSMART™ brand. While Medical Marijuana, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/MJNA#OTC" rel="nofollow">MJNA</a>) and PotNetwork Holding, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/POTN#OTC" rel="nofollow">POTN</a>) market hemp-derived CBD products, some companies such as Isodiol International, Inc. (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/ISOL#CSE" rel="nofollow">ISOL</a>) (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/ISOLF#OTC" rel="nofollow">ISOLF</a>) (FSE: LB6A.F) and CV Sciences, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CVSI#OTC" rel="nofollow">CVSI</a>) utilize extraction techniques to produce isolated cannabinoid compounds for both commercial and/or research uses.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Surging Demand Creates Copy Cats<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Hemp-derived CBD grew from a market category that didn&#39;t exist five years ago to generating <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$190 million</span> in sales in 2017. The U.S. industry is poised to reach <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$1 billion dollars</span> in 2018, led by hemp-derived CBD, food, personal care and industrial products. Hemp Business Journal <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://cnw.fm/Jf8FR" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">estimates</a> the U.S. hemp industry will grow to a <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$2.6 billion</span> market by 2022 with an estimated five-year CAGR of 25%.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://hempindustrydaily.com/fighting-fakes-hemp-leaders-on-the-dangers-of-synthetic-cbd/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">In a recent article</a>, &#34;Fighting fakes: Hemp leaders on the dangers of synthetic CBD,&#34; public health investigators issued warnings when 50 people were sickened after consuming synthetic CBD. What the epidemiologists found was that the products, while labeled CBD, did not contain CBD compounds. Instead, the products contained a synthetically produced cannabinoid.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> CBD products are often mislabeled, both in how much CBD the products contain and where the CBD comes from. A <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://cnw.fm/eaEF8" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">study published in JAMA</a> revealed that nearly 70% of online CBD marijuana extracts are mislabeled, some had extra CBD, some less, and some contained hidden CBDs. Blind testing found that only about 31% of the extracts tested contained the amount of CBD listed on the label.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Differentiated from Others<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> The company&#39;s commitment to quality may differentiate <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.cannabisnewswire.com/clients/marijuana-company-america-inc-mcoa/?symbol=mcoa" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Marijuana Company of America, Inc. (OTCPK: MCOA)</a> from all others in the sector. MCOA uses the highest-quality sourced raw materials to produce the finest quality botanical supplements and topicals on the market. To ensure quality and transparency, the company&#39;s hempSMART™ product line has been rigorously tested to validate its purity. Products developed by hempSMART are derived and formulated from industrial hemp containing naturally occurring CBD compounds that help support the body&#39;s natural endocannabinoid system. All hempSMART™ products contain tested levels and clinically researched ingredients designed to meet and exceed consumers expectations.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> The company is led by cannabis industry pioneer <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Donald Steinberg</span>, MCOA&#39;s CEO and an experienced veteran of the cannabis and industrial hemp industries. Steinberg founded the first marijuana company ever to trade on a U.S. stock market, and his extensive background and knowledge of the industry may give the company unparalleled insights into the global industrial hemp and cannabis markets.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Celebrated Family of Products<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Derived from industrial hemp containing CBD compounds, MCOA&#39;s hempSMART™ product line is among the finest quality of botanical supplements on the market. Scientifically driven, each of MCOA&#39;s hempSMART™ products are created to ensure only the highest quality products reach discerning consumers. MCOA&#39;s hempSMART™ CBD consumer products are researched, developed and sold at <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://www.hempsmart.com" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">http://www.hempsmart.com</a>.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> The company recently re-launched its patent-pending wellness nootropic product hempSMART™ Brain, a &#34;first of its kind&#34; researched formulation for optimal brain function support, with 300mg of full spectrum CBD per bottle. HempSMART products also include full spectrum bioavailable CBD drops in form of a tincture containing a high concentration and potency of CBD, hempSMART ™ Pain capsules with a blend of premium CBD and botanical supplements, and hempSMART ™ Pain Cream with a synergistic combination of natural botanicals and full spectrum hemp extract to treat aching muscles and joints. In addition, the company now provides hempSMART™ Full Spectrum Pet Drops, exclusively designed for fur-bearing family members.<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> To virally expand sales, MCOA created its own unique hempSMART affiliate ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907082/dangers-lurking-in-synthetic-cbd-underscore-value-of-quality-product alt=Dangers Lurking in Synthetic CBD Underscore Value of Quality Product>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> CVSI ISOL ISOLF MCOA MJNA POTN Small Cap Opinion Press Releases MJNA US58463A1051 ISOL CVSI POTN MCOA ISOLF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907082 at www.benzinga.com Biotech Resurgent Growth Championed by Cancer Research and Clinical Trial Advancements http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907093/biotech-resurgent-growth-championed-by-cancer-research-and-clinical-tr <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Biotech Resurgent Growth Championed by Cancer Research and Clinical Trial Advancements</h1> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">PALM BEACH, Florida, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">PALM BEACH, Florida</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><i xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">MarketNewsUpdates.com News Commentary</i></b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The biotech industry has been headlined by a growing number mergers and acquisitions, but focus of late surrounds optimistic developments regarding cancer research and developments as well as advanced therapeutic treatments. Biotech and Pharma firms in the markets have recently released progress on a number of treatments, including clinical trial updates for the advancement of relatively new methods of attacking cancer, including &#34;armed antibodies&#34; and cancer-killing viruses. Small biotechs developing such innovative medicines are providing opportunities to make significant gains on funding lately as in the past month, the Biomed/Genetics industry has increased moderately. A few Biotechs and Pharma companies often present intriguing and potentially very lucrative opportunities as their value can explode on positive trial results or key regulatory approvals. Active companies in the markets today include: Moleculin Biotech, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/MBRX#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">MBRX</a>), Evolus Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/EOLS#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">EOLS</a>), Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/SRPT#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">SRPT</a>), Neptune Technologies (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/NEPT#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">NEPT</a>), Array BioPharma Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/ARRY#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">ARRY</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Moleculin Biotech, Inc.</b> (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/MBRX#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">MBRX</a>) <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BREAKING NEWS:</b> Moleculin Biotech, a clinical stage pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oncology drug candidates, all of which are based on license agreements with The <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-org">University of Texas</span> System on behalf of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, today announced it has received Polish National Office approval to begin its second Phase I/II clinical trial to study Annamycin for the treatment of relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (&#34;AML&#34;).<br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> &#34;This approval is a significant step forward to be able to treat additional patients with AML and to generate positive clinical data regarding Annamycin,&#34; commented <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Walter Klemp</span>, Chairman and CEO of Moleculin. &#34;Consent from the Polish National Office was the final step required to allow us to begin recruiting patients for this important trial. Enrollment will begin immediately and we expect patients to commence receiving treatment, at the appropriate dose, in this clinical trial during the second half of this year.&#34; <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Read this and more news for Moleculin Biotech at:</b> <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://www.marketnewsupdates.com/news/mbrx.html" ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11907093/biotech-resurgent-growth-championed-by-cancer-research-and-clinical-tr alt=Biotech Resurgent Growth Championed by Cancer Research and Clinical Trial Advancements>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ARRY EOLS MBRX NEPT SRPT TSX:WEED Small Cap Opinion Press Releases ARRY US04269X1054 MBRX NEPT CA64077P1080 SRPT TSX:WEED EOLS Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11907093 at www.benzinga.com The $2.2 Trillion Market Flying Under the Radar http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11906941/the-2-2-trillion-market-flying-under-the-radar <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">The $2.2 Trillion Market Flying Under the Radar</h1> <h2 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">FN Media Group Presents SafeHaven.com Market Commentary</h2> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">LONDON, June 20, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">LONDON</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 20, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Most investors have probably heard of &#34;Fintech.&#34; It&#39;s a catch-all term for P2P Lending, Payment Tech, Next-gen Financial Services and even Cryptocurrencies. Mentioned later in this commentary includes: Blackberry Ltd. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/BB#NYSE" rel="nofollow">BB</a>, )) Celestica Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CLS#NYSE" rel="nofollow">CLS</a>), Microsoft (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/MSFT#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">MSFT</a>), Overstock.com (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/OSTK#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">OSTK</a>), FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/FEYE#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">FEYE</a>).</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">According to KPMG, investors poured <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$31 billion</span> into it in 2017. Nearly all of them missed the bigger opportunity. Soon, two billion unbanked consumers could be set to enter the financial system for the first time in history. Up until now they&#39;ve been trapped in the cash only economy. Now, a revolutionary new payment platform promises to set them free.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QP</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">AGOS</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> (</b><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/QPAG?p=QPAG" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAG</b></a><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">)</b> - the company behind this technology - is already up and running in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mexico</span> with a potential customer base of 84.5 million. Their next target? <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">The United States</span>. And, they&#39;ve got a unique <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$28 billion</span> &#34;back door&#34; to use in seeking to penetrate the American market.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Here are five reasons one needs to know about <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAGOS</b> today:</p> <ol xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" type="1"> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">A <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$2.2 Trillion</span> Revolution Goes Global</b> </li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Over 2 Billion Unbanked Consumers</b> </li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Huge Potential Customer Base In <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mexico</span></b> </li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$28 Billion</span> Backdoor To U.S. Markets</b> </li> <li xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Bring Bitcoin To A New Class Of Investors</b> </li> </ol> <p><br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /></p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">A <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$2.2 Trillion</span> Payments Revolution Is Spreading Across The World</b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">When most think of Fintech, they picture global centers of innovation like Silicon Valley, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">New York</span> or <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">London</span>. Rarely are <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Nairobi</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mumbai</span> or <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mexico City</span> on the top of that list. Yet that&#39;s exactly where one of the biggest opportunities is.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">According to <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://uk.businessinsider.com/the-worlds-unbanked-population-in-6-charts-2017-8" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">Business Insider</a> - 2 billion people around the world have no bank account, or access to a financial institution via a mobile phone, or any other device. They are the &#34;Global Unbanked.&#34; With a population greater than <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Africa</span> and <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">South America</span> combined - they could soon become a big deal for investors. The winners in this space could be the next PayPal, Western Union or Visa.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">By 2020, Mckinsey <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/financial-services/our-insights/global-payments-2017-amid-rapid-change-an-upward-trajectory" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">reports</a> the global payments industry will generate <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$2.2 trillion</span> in revenue every year. Mobile payments alone were a <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://www.paymentscardsandmobile.com/global-mobile-payment-market-to-reach-620-billion-in-2016/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$620 billion</span></a> annual industry in 2016. Yet roughly 2 in every 7 people on Earth are locked out of it.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> Today, they can&#39;t deposit money, or earn interest. They can&#39;t get a loan to buy a home or start a business. They have zero interaction with the financial system. If it is possible to solve their technological challenges, it could bring potentially billions of grey market cash transactions online. And, there&#39;s a fortune to be made in the process.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Companies like <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAGOS</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> (</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAG</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">)</b> could capture a growing chunk of it. They know something most Fintech innovators don&#39;t.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">As of 2014, roughly 94 percent of adults in OECD countries had a bank account. Over 95 percent <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/mobile/" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow">owned</a> a cellphone. But around the rest of the world, it&#39;s significantly less. If a company wants to be a major player in this new industry, they&#39;ll be forced to deal with large amounts of cash. They&#39;ll need to plan for multiple, unconventional devices.  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">They need a platform that&#39;s fully integrated into everything from a self-service kiosk for the cash economy to a mobile application, a POS device, or a PC. That&#39;s precisely what <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QP</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">AGOS</b> has built.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Meet The Company Bringing Digital Finance</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> </b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">To 2 Billion Unbanked Consumers</b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAGOS</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> (</b><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/QPAG?p=QPAG" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAG</b></a><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">)</b> isn&#39;t just a payments company. They haven&#39;t merely invented a technology. They&#39;ve built an entire platform and ecosystem.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAGOS</b> network connects merchants, consumers and financial institutions and covers payments to retailers, governments, telecom, utilities and more, through multiple devices including end users&#39; personal mobile phones and self-service kiosks. It&#39;s a bridge from the unbanked, cash economy to the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$2.2 trillion</span> payments industry.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Some of their services include:</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Mobile Cashiers.</b>  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Monedero</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> Mobile Payments.</b>  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">POS Devices.</b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Payment Solutions Integration.</b>  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Then there&#39;s their true &#34;silver bullet&#34; technology:</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAGOS Self Service Kiosks</b> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">With user-friendly touch screens, these kiosks allow users to make payments to over 140 different utilities, merchants and service providers. Users can search and select a recipient on the display, deposit their payment in cash and, within minutes, the payment is received on the other end.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">For the 2 billion people globally with no bank account, or access to a financial institution via their mobile phone - this is a total gamechanger. For <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAGOS </b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">(</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAG</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">)</b> it has an enormous profit potential.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The company plans to collect payment processing fees like any other payment gateway, as well merchant/service provider commissions and fees. They will sell and rent their <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAGOS </b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Kiosks</b> on 24 and 36-month leasing plans.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /><br /> With a potential audience of up to 2 billion unbanked consumers - that network could eventually have greater potential reach than anybody but Facebook.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Power To Unlock A Customer Base</b><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> </b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Of Up To 84.5 Million In <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mexico</span> Alone</b> <br xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" /> </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">From their headquarters in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Mexico City</span>, <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAGOS </b> <b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">(</b><a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" href="https://finance.yahoo.com/quote/QPAG?p=QPAG" rel="nofollow" rel="nofollow"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">QPAG</b></a><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">)</b> has an incredible geographic edge over their U.S. ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11906941/the-2-2-trillion-market-flying-under-the-radar alt=The $2.2 Trillion Market Flying Under the Radar>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> BB CLS Cryptocurrency FEYE Fintech MSFT OSTK Small Cap Opinion Markets Press Releases MSFT US5949181045 OSTK US6903701018 CLS CA15101Q1081 BB CA09228F1036 FEYE Cryptocurrency Fintech Small Cap Opinion Markets Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:13:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11906941 at www.benzinga.com Oddup Adds Cryptocurrency Ratings to Its Growing Spectrum of Startup, ICO, and Investment Insights http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11905337/oddup-adds-cryptocurrency-ratings-to-its-growing-spectrum-of-startup-i <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Oddup Adds Cryptocurrency Ratings to Its Growing Spectrum of Startup, ICO, and Investment Insights</h1> <h2 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">- Oddup adds cryptocurrency ratings to its services, indicating Buy, Hold, Sell views of cryptocurrencies and other alternative coins</h2> <h2 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">- Cryptocurrency price targets for six and twelve-month periods are highlighted, built on a unique, proprietary algorithm that covers varied criteria</h2> <h2 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">- This is the latest in a host of additions aimed at improving the ICO, cryptocurrency, and traditional investment space</h2> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">HONG KONG, June 19, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">HONG KONG</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 19, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Oddup, the leading global provider of startup, investment, ICO, and cryptocurrency analysis and insights, has now added cryptocurrency ratings to its platform. The addition also includes cryptocurrency price targets for periods of six months and twelve months.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Rating the top 25 cryptocurrencies at any given time, Oddup&#39;s proprietary approach uses a specially designed algorithm to first establish price targets. Changes in cryptocurrency prices are also reflected for periods of 24 hours, 1 week, and 1 month. Based on the price fluctuation and the price targets, Oddup offers ratings on whether to Buy, Hold, or Sell investments in any cryptocurrency.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Speaking on the introduction of cryptocurrency ratings, Oddup Co-founder and ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11905337/oddup-adds-cryptocurrency-ratings-to-its-growing-spectrum-of-startup-i alt=Oddup Adds Cryptocurrency Ratings to Its Growing Spectrum of Startup, ICO, and Investment Insights>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services Cryptocurrency Opinion Markets Press Releases Cryptocurrency Opinion Markets Press Releases Benzinga Wed, 20 Jun 2018 01:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11905337 at www.benzinga.com Contactless Payment Popularity is on the Rise http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11901045/contactless-payment-popularity-is-on-the-rise <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Contactless Payment Popularity is on the Rise</h1> <h2 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary</h2> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">NEW YORK, June 19, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 19, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ -- According to data published by MarketsandMarkets, the contactless payment market size is expected to grow from <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 6.70 Billion</span> in 2016 to <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 17.56 Billion</span> by 2021, and at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 21.2% during the forecast period. The report specifies that major drivers for this market include a reduction in queuing and transaction time, increased convenience in making low-value payments, ease of technology integration with existing cards, increased average transaction value, better customer insights, improved service delivery and increased revenue opportunity. Glance Technologies Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/GLNNF#OTC" rel="nofollow">GLNNF</a>), VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/PAY#NYSE" rel="nofollow">PAY</a>), Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/FISV#NASDAQ" rel="nofollow">FISV</a>), Square, Inc. (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/SQ#NYSE" rel="nofollow">SQ</a>), First Data Corporation (NYSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/FDC#NYSE" rel="nofollow">FDC</a>)</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">PayPal is an example of a company benefiting from the increasing popularity of contactless payments. The Wall Street Journal indicates that &#34;Payment volume totaled <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">USD 132 Billion</span>, up nearly one-third from the same period a year ago. A fifth of that volume came from cross-border trade. PayPal Chief Executive <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Dan Schulman</span> said on a conference call that around half of all active sellers on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd&#39;s AliExpress now accept PayPal and that merchants in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">India</span> are able to offer PayPal as a payment option to consumers around the world.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Glance Technologies Inc.</b> (OTCQB:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/GLNNF#OTCQB" rel="nofollow">GLNNF</a>) also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the Ticker (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/GET#CSE" rel="nofollow">GET</a>). Earlier today the company announced, &#34;the publication of its Glance Coin Whitepaper (the &#34;Whitepaper&#34;) which outlines its plans for a blockchain-based rewards platform utilizing smart contracts intended to enable merchants to reward, incentivize, and provide deals to their customers using a cryptocurrency token. These reward tokens are intended to allow users to accumulate rewards to spend when the user chooses within a larger decentralized platform.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">&#34;The Whitepaper is an essential step forward in our development of a blockchain platform for rewards and payments,&#34; said <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Desmond Griffin</span>, Glance&#39;s Chief Executive Officer. &#34;We hope that by rewarding Glance users with our token, we will enable everyday individuals to easily get involved in cryptocurrency and hopefully encourage widespread adoption.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">For more information on Glance&#39;s plan for a new fiat/crypto currency payment and decentralized loyalty platform please read our full Whitepaper at: glancecoin.io  </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Fully integrated and decentralized loyalty marketplace - In the Whitepaper, Glance describes its plan to develop a decentralized loyalty platform (the &#34;Platform&#34;) that will be fully integrated with both the Glance Pay mobile payments platform and Glance&#39;s own crypto-token, GC.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Platform will enable users of Glance&#39;s mobile payment solutions to easily, seamlessly and safely make and accept payments in fiat- and non-security crypto-tokens, engage with merchants on the network, and enjoy valuable rewards through programs tailored for the mutual benefit of merchants and consumers. For users of the Glance Pay mobile payments app, the Platform will provide frictionless payments and valuable rewards. Glance Pay users will be equipped with a set of digital wallets to manage their transactions. One wallet would be for use within the decentralized loyalty platform, while the other would be for use externally, empowering the user to hold, buy or sell cryptocurrencies while also offering fee-based token storage services. Glance believes blockchain and cryptocurrencies are fundamentally transformative technologies and represent significant opportunities for the early pioneers in this space. According to Coinschedule.com, over <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-money">$3.7 billion USD</span> was invested in cryptocurrency initial coin offerings in 2017. Glance believes the large influx of investment in these technologies should accelerate the advance of fundamental blockchain platform technology, applications and widespread adoption of the technology in the next few years. This announcement and the Whitepaper do not constitute an offer to sell ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11901045/contactless-payment-popularity-is-on-the-rise alt=Contactless Payment Popularity is on the Rise>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> Banking/Financial Services Cryptocurrency FDC Fintech FISV FIV GET GLNNF PAY SQ SQ3 Small Cap Opinion Markets Press Releases FISV US3377381088 GET US3679051066 PAY US92342Y1091 GLNNF FDC SQ FIV SQ3 Cryptocurrency Fintech Small Cap Opinion Markets Press Releases Benzinga Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11901045 at www.benzinga.com Thinking about buying stock in Advanced Micro Devices, Amazon.com, GameStop Corporation, JD.com or Micron? http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11900686/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-advanced-micro-devices-amazon-com-games <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">Thinking about buying stock in Advanced Micro Devices, Amazon.com, GameStop Corporation, JD.com or Micron?</h1> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">CHICAGO, June 19, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">CHICAGO</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 19, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ -- InvestorsObserver issues critical PriceWatch Alerts for AMD, AMZN, GME, JD, and MU.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">To see how InvestorsObserver&#39;s proprietary scoring system rates ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11900686/thinking-about-buying-stock-in-advanced-micro-devices-amazon-com-games alt=Thinking about buying stock in Advanced Micro Devices, Amazon.com, GameStop Corporation, JD.com or Micron?>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> AMD AMZN Banking/Financial Services GME JD MU Opinion Press Releases AMZN US0231351067 AMD US0079031078 GME US36467W1099 MU US5951121038 JD Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:31:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11900686 at www.benzinga.com International Legalization of Cannabis is a Boon for Canada http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11900316/international-legalization-of-cannabis-is-a-boon-for-canada <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-newslines"> <h1 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">International Legalization of Cannabis is a Boon for Canada</h1> <h2 xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-hedline">FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary</h2> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-distributor">PR Newswire</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-dateline">NEW YORK, June 19, 2018</p> </div> <div xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-content"> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">NEW YORK</span>, <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 19, 2018</span> /PRNewswire/ --</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">According to a research by Oristep Consulting, the global medical cannabis market in 2016 was USD 12.67 Billion and will reach USD 33.41 Billion by 2022 at a CAGR of 17.53% during the forecast period. Various scientific studies of the cannabinoid chemical have resulted in FDA-approved medications in pill form. The two main cannabinoids from the cannabis plant are THC and CBD, which are used for medical purposes as treatments for various conditions such as lack of appetite, nausea, pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), as well as muscle control problems. The report also specifies that North America leads the market, holding about half of the market share in 2016. Crop Infrastructure Corp. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CRXPF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CRXPF</a>), BLOCKStrain Technology Corp. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/BKKSF#OTC" rel="nofollow">BKKSF</a>), Emerald Health Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/EMHTF#OTC" rel="nofollow">EMHTF</a>), MassRoots, Inc. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/MSRT#OTC" rel="nofollow">MSRT</a>), Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/ATTBF#OTC" rel="nofollow">ATTBF</a>)      </p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">According to CBC, Canada is one of only two countries, the other being <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">the Netherlands</span>, that currently exports cannabis, allowing firms in Canada to reap the instant benefits of recent medical cannabis legalizations in more than 20 countries. CBC reported that the &#34;offerings in today&#39;s Canada medical marijuana market differ little from those used recreationally - the smokable plant and, more recently, oil extracts. More than 70 companies have licenses from the federal drug regulator, Health Canada, to cultivate, produce and sell medical marijuana, with more than half those licenses granted in 2017 or 2018.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">Crop Infrastructure Corp.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CRXPF#OTC" rel="nofollow">CRXPF</a>) also listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange under the Ticker (CSE:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/CROP#CSE" rel="nofollow">CROP</a>). Earlier today the company announced breaking news that, &#34;its tenant grower &#34;HEMPIRE COMPANY LLC&#34; has received final approval for an additional twenty thousand (20,000) square feet of recreationally licensed canopy space from CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing, a division of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) for the Humboldt California Campus, as announced on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">May 9th, 2018</span>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Humboldt Campus consists of an operational 10,000 square foot medicinal cannabis greenhouse facility and has now obtained an additional 20,000 square feet of recreational licensed canopy. It is expected that the HEMPIRE COMPANY LLC will commence plant population in June/<span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">July 2018</span>.</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">CROP Infrastructure Director &amp; CEO <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-person">Michael Yorke</span> states: &#34;With the approval of this additional twenty thousand square feet, the Humboldt Campus will triple in size and tenant production capacity. CROPs portfolio of cannabis infrastructure assets includes two <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Washington State</span> facilities as well as the <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">Humboldt</span> campus in <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-location">California</span>, the largest cannabis market in the world. Management will continue to aggressively pursue new worldwide opportunities and expand its portfolio of tenant growers and infrastructure assets in strategic licensed jurisdictions.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">The Company will be hosting an information session for investors at the Vancouver Club at <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">1:30 PM PST</span> on <span xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" class="xn-chron">June 21st</span>. Management will be available to answer questions and present on recent developments and Company milestones.&#34;</p> <p xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"><b xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">BLOCKStrain Technology Corp.</b> (OTC:<a class="ticker" href="http://www.benzinga.com/stock/BKKSF#OTC" rel="nofollow">BKKSF</a>) has developed the first integrated blockchain platform that registers and tracks intellectual property for the cannabis industry. WeedMD, which recently announced a merger with Hiku Brands Company Ltd., is the first Licensed Producer under Health Canada&#39;s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations to utilize BLOCKStrain&#39;s proprietary platform, making it one of the first federally Licensed Producers of medical cannabis to integrate blockchain technology into its ecosystem. BLOCKStrain delivers ...</p></div><p><a href=http://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/18/06/r11900316/international-legalization-of-cannabis-is-a-boon-for-canada alt=International Legalization of Cannabis is a Boon for Canada>Full story available on Benzinga.com</a></p> ATTBF BKKSF CROP CRXPF EMHTF MSRT Small Cap Opinion Press Releases CROP US45409B8349 ATTBF MSRT EMHTF CRXPF BKKSF Small Cap Opinion Press Releases Benzinga Tue, 19 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000 PRNewswire 11900316 at www.benzinga.com