Enertopia Moves into Health & Wellness as It Awaits MMPR Approvals


Ryan Allway

February 13th, 2015

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Canada’s newly implemented Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (“MMPR”) program has experienced a number of delays over the past few months. With a lot of uncertainty surrounding approval timelines, many companies have begun moving into ancillary businesses to diversify risk and enhance long-term shareholder value. Investors may want to keep a close eye on these trends given the potential for near-term revenue.

In this article, we’ll take a look at Enertopia Corporation’s [stockquote symbol=ENRT] (CSE: TOP) move into the health and wellness segment of the Cannabidiol (CBD) movement.

New Product Launch

Enertopia announced its foray into the health and wellness industry with the launch of its V-Love™ product at the Vancouver Wellness Show on February 13th through the 15th. With over 30,000 attendees at the show, the company should reach a large target demographic with free samples and educational materials. Management hopes to attend similar shows in the future, while launching a number of other health and wellness products.

In addition to attending the show, the company partnered with leading women’s health expert Maureen McGrath via a four-month radio sponsorship of her Sunday Night Sex Show on CKNW radio. The program is designed to raise awareness of women’s health issues to a large and growing audience of listeners throughout Canada. Management hopes that partnerships like these will help drive near-term revenue to the new product lines.

While V-Love™ does not contain any cannabinoids, since they are illegal in Canada, the company aims to launch CBD-infused products in jurisdictions where they are legalized in the future. Hemp-derived CBDs are completely legal in the United States after the HIA vs. DEA court decision many years ago, which paves the way toward a fully-legal market for health and wellness products that take advantage of the benefits of cannabinoids.

Awaiting Approvals

Enertopia remains committed to becoming a licensed producer under Canada’s MMPR program in addition to its new health and wellness business. In November 2013, the company became the first publicly traded Canadian company to pursue such a license, although evolving regulations and court challenges have slowed progress. The project is awaiting two decisions from the Canadian court system, the first of which is expected in late-February.

Enertopia Corp. is currently involved in two MMPR projects, the company’s Burlington joint venture with Lexaria Corp. [stockquote symbol=LXRP] (CSE: LXX) has applied to produce up to 10,000 kilograms of dried medical marihuana per year as a licensed producer under the MMPR program. With a 51% interest in the joint venture, the company is well positioned to benefit from any approvals.

In a press release from December 9th, 2014 Enertopia announced that the project has advanced to the Enhanced Screening Stage of the MMPR application process.  The company has requested a Ready to build letter from Health Canada and is awaiting to be moved into the security clearance review, step 3 of 7 towards becoming a licensed producer.

Listed are the 7 steps to becoming a licensed MMPR producer in Canada.

  1. Preliminary Screening
  2. Enhanced Screening
  3. Security Clearance
  4. Review
  5. Ready to Build Letter (if required by applicant)
  6. Pre-license inspection
  7. Licensing

The other project that Enertopia Corp. is currently working on is the Green Canvas project located in Regina, Saskatchewan.  This project is scalable to 55,000 ft², and is currently undergoing upgrades to 14,000 ft² of those square feet to become compliant with Health Canada’s MMPR standards.

Looking Ahead

Enertopia stands at a key point in its corporate history. While Canada’s MMPR environment has become a bit cloudy, the company remains on-track and working to get to the final stages of MMPR approval. Management has introduced a line-up of health and wellness products – and looks to add CBD-infused products in the near future – these plans should start to generate revenue in the near-term, so investors don’t have to wait around for Health Canada’s blessing.

Investor’s benefit from a diversified company with its hand in both the production side of the business – through the MMPR application – and the retail side of the industry – with its health and wellness product line. With near-term catalysts in both segments, investors in companies, like Hemp Inc. [stockquote symbol=HEMP] or NutriSystem Inc. [stockquote symbol=NTRI], may want to take a closer look at the stock sooner rather than later.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.enertopia.com or visit CannabisFN’s Company Profile to learn more.

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About Ryan Allway

Mr. Allway has over a decade of experience in the financial markets as both a private investor and financial journalist. He has been actively involved in the cannabis industry since its inception, covering public and private companies.

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