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Cannabis Industry Could Be Recession Proof

HENDERSON, NV / ACCESSWIRE / April 9, 2019 / With some analysts calling for a potential recession, they are predicting the cannabis industry will be one of the top industries capable of delivering a healthy return on investment. Spending on legal cannabis in the U.S. is expected to increase from $12.9 billion in 2019 to $20.4 billion in 2022, according to New Frontier Data.

Companies positioned to capture this spending are worth your due diligence. A top opportunity in the space is brand building, consumer product cannabis play is Real Brands, Inc. (RLBD). RLBD has strong management with a solid background in branding and the beverage industry and plans to expand their holdings focusing on at least three CBD Categories: smokables, edibles and topical balms and lotions. The company recently updated their logo and brand identity. It is also developing an E-Commerce website and plans to launch it during the early part of the second quarter on their newly acquired domain name to support online sales of a variety of smokable, edible, and topical CBD derived from hemp-based products for each of their brands. Start your research today.

Today we are highlighting: Real Brands, Inc. (RLBD), HEXO Corp. (NYSE American: HEXO), Auxly Cannabis Group, Inc. (CBWTF), Aphria, Inc. (APHA), and Hemp, Inc. (HEMP).

Real Brands, Inc. (RLBD) (Market Cap: $12.445M; Share Price: $0.094) owns brands like CBD PHARMACY™ Humboldt Brands ® and Hemp-Aid™. The company has a management team with decades of consumer product experience and is working on an E-Commerce website to launch their brands. The audit on the horizon means this could also be another major event for investors to pay attention to. Real Brands is first and foremost a marketing and branding company, which has been slowly building its portfolio of brand names that could each represent on their own major partnerships and joint ventures going forward. It is focused on the hemp-derived CBD industry and is developing consumer products in the following categories- smokables, edibles and topicals.

Current brand names owned by Real Brands:

- Humboldt Brands®
- Hemp-Aid®
- HempAid®
- CBD Pharmacy™
- Omegahemp Water™

Jerry Pearring, the CEO of Real Brands commented, ''As the demand for CBD infused products continues to grow, we intend to create marketing strategies in at least three CBD Categories: smokables, edibles and topical balms and lotions.''

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OTHER CANNABIS COS TO RESEARCH INCLUDE:

HEXO Corp (HEXO) (Market Cap: $1.389B; Share Price: $6.60) and Newstrike Brands Ltd. ("Newstrike") (TSX-V:HIP) had announced in March that they had entered into a definitive arrangement agreement (the "Arrangement Agreement") under which HEXO will acquire all of Newstrike's issued and outstanding common shares in an all-share transaction valued at approximately $263 million. The Transaction gives HEXO the capacity to produce approximately 150,000 kg of high-quality cannabis annually. The Transaction also provides HEXO access to four cutting-edge production campuses totaling close to 1.8 million sq. ft. of near-term cultivation space and diversified growing and production techniques. This is in addition to HEXO's 579,000 sq. ft. facility for a manufacturing and product development centre of excellence in Belleville, Ontario. HEXO Corp has its headquarters in Gatineau Canada and it produces and sells most of its cannabis products in the country.

The Brantford, Ontario-based Newstrike Brands were granted a cultivation license on 16 December 2016 and the company expects its harvest to be about 42,000 kg of cannabis. Although the company has not been around for long compared to HEXO, it has high capacity for cannabis production. HEXO recently announced that it had completed the first harvest in its 1 million sq. ft. expansion, marking an important execution milestone in the company's continuous growth.

HEXO Corp., through its subsidiary, HEXO Operations Inc., produces, markets, and sells cannabis in Canada. The company offers dried cannabis under the Time of Day and H2 lines, Elixir, a cannabis oil sublingual mist product line, and Decarb, an activated fine-milled cannabis powder product. It provides its products under the HEXO and Hydropothecary brand names. The company serves medical and adult-use markets. As one of the largest licensed cannabis companies in Canada, HEXO Corp operates with 1.8 million sq. ft of facilities in Ontario and Quebec and a foothold in Greece to establish a Eurozone processing, production and distribution center.

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Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (CBWTF) (Market Cap: $417.604M; Share Price: $0.6889) recently released its fourth quarter and full year 2018 financial results. These filings and additional information regarding Auxly are available for review on SEDAR. For the year ended December 31, 2018, Auxly recognized $747,000 of research revenues from the recently completed acquisition of KGK in the third quarter of 2018. Auxly realized a gross loss of $188,000 in 2018 comprised of revenues less KGK expenses of $1,078,000 in support of third-party research contracts.

Today, it announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Robinsons Cannabis Inc. ("Robinsons"), has been granted standard cultivation and processing licenses by Health Canada pursuant to the Cannabis Act and Cannabis Regulations. The licenses give Robinsons the ability to begin cultivation at its fully constructed 27,700 square-foot facility in Kentville, Nova Scotia, which was purpose-built to produce high-quality cannabis.

Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. operates as a cannabis streaming company. It provides funding for cannabis production; and holds contractual rights and minority equity interest relating to the operation of cannabis facilities. The company was formerly known as Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. and changed its name to Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. in June 2018. Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. was incorporated in 1987 and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

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Aphria Inc. (APHA) (Market Cap: $2.502B; Share Price: $10.00) announced on Friday that its German subsidiary, Aphria Deutschland GmbH, has been selected by the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices to receive a license for the domestic cultivation of medical cannabis. The provisional decision announced by BfArM is subject to a mandatory 10-day standstill period for public contracts, which permits unsuccessful bidders to challenge the decision before the final contract is signed.

Today, Viridium Pacific Group Ltd. ("Viridium" or the "Company") (TSXV:VIR) (OTC PINK: VIRFF) had announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, EFX Laboratories Inc. ("EFX"), a contract manufacturer of cannabis oil capsules, has commenced medical two-piece capsule sales through its partnership with Broken Coast Cannabis Ltd. ("BCC"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aphria Inc. ("Aphria") (TSX: APHA and NYSE:APHA) available to BCC medical clientele via their online sales portal. Under the terms of the agreement between EFX and Aphria, the agreement enables EFX to provide commercial manufacturing services with a revenue sharing structure on the medical two-piece capsule containing various THC and CBD concentrations.

Aphria Inc. produces and sells medical cannabis in Canada and internationally. The company offers sativa, indica, and hybrid medical marijuana products, as well as cannabis oils. It serves patients and health professionals. The company also sells its products online. Aphria Inc. is headquartered in Leamington, Canada.of anti-cancer medication, as well as ornamental bonsai trees for purifying indoor air quality.

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Hemp, Inc. (HEMP) (Market Cap: $18.7M; Share Price: $0.0248), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with bi-coastal processing centers including the 85,000 square-foot multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in Spring Hope, North Carolina, a state of the art processing center in Medford, Oregon, and a 500-acre hemp growing Eco-Village in Golden Valley, Arizona, recently announced that CEO, Bruce Perlowin, was interviewed by Forbes to discuss the trend of farmers who once grew tobacco switching to hemp.

Hemp Inc. produces products made from industrial hemp. The company also offers products and services to the medical and recreational marijuana industries. It also develops and operates a website providing entertainment and news related to medical marijuana industry. The company was formerly known as Marijuana, Inc. and changed its name to Hemp, Inc. in June 2012. Hemp Inc. was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Signed by

Priyanka Goel, CFA

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This article was written by Regal Consulting, LLC (''Regal Consulting''). Regal Consulting has agreed to a three-month term consulting agreement with RLBD dated 8/31/18. The agreement calls for $100,000 note issued to Regal Consulting, and 2,500,000 restricted 144 shares of RLBD for three months of service. Regal has elected to convert $73,000 of principal of the $100,000 note into 2,761,872 Restricted 144 shares of RLBD. Regal Consulting has agreed to a twelve- month term consulting agreement with RLBD dated 1/4/2019. The agreement calls for $10,000 in cash and 500,000 shares per month. All payments were made directly by Real Brands, Inc. to Regal Consulting, LLC. to provide investor relations services, of which this article is a part of. Regal Consulting also paid one thousand dollars cash to microcapspeculators.com to distribute this article. Regal Consulting may have a position in the securities mentioned in this article at the time of publication, and may increase or decrease its position without notice. This article is based on public information and the opinions of Regal Consulting. RLBD was given an opportunity to edit this article. This article contains forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any results predicted herein. Regal Consulting is not registered with any financial or securities regulatory authority, and does not provide or claim to provide investment advice.

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