Marijuana Co. of America Inc. announced Wednesday its intent to buy a 20% stake in Natural Plant Extract of California (NPE), and its plan to establish a joint venture operating a cannabis delivery service named Viva Buds. Under terms of a letter of intent, Marijuana Co. (MCOA) will contribute $2 million in cash and $1 million worth of its common stock. MCOA and NPE will share in the profits of Viva Buds. "This partnership will enable MCOA to establish itself as a major player in the cannabis arena," said MCOA Chief Executive Donald Steinberg. "All licenses are in place to allow for vertical integration from farm to consumer." MCOA's stock has tumbled 43.4% year to date, while the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF has soared 55.3% and the S&P 500 has gained 13.0%.