Seattle, Washington--(Newsfile Corp. - October 20, 2017) - Cfn Media Group ("CannabisFN"), the leading creative agency and media network dedicated to legal Cannabis, announces publication of an article discussing Future Farm Technologies Inc.'s (CSE: FFT) (CNSX: FFT) (OTCQB: FFRMF) acquisition of an industrial hemp farm and how it fits into the company's broader cannabis industry strategy.
The 'Other' Cannabis Industry
Many investors are familiar with the cannabis industry, which analysts believe will exceed $50 billion in size by 2026. In Canada, several early licensed producers of medical cannabis have become so-called unicorns with market capitalizations in excess of $1 billion. While the industry has tremendous growth potential, investors shouldn't ignore the cannabis industry's close cousin - the hemp and hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) industries.
Hemp is a member of the Cannabis Sativa family, but unlike marijuana, it contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Despite its lack of psychoactivity, and being widely cultivated prior to the 1930s, the plant was banned by the U.S. government as part of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 and later by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Several states began to legalize hemp production in 2013 amid the liberalization of cannabis laws.
The Hemp Business Journal projects that the total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. will increase from $688 million in 2016 to more than $1.8 billion by 2020, representing a 22% compound annual growth rate. While personal care represents the largest segment, with $163 million in sales, hemp-based CBDs have already grown to $130 million - or 19% of the market - and achieved a 53% compound annual growth rate.
Future Farm's New Acquisition
Future Farm Technologies aims to become a leader in the rapidly growing hemp-based CBD industry through its proprietary cannabinoid extraction technology and its recent deal to grow industrial hemp.
The company recently entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Derek Ross of Cannatech LLC to acquire a 120-acre licensed industrial hemp farm in Amity, Maine. The farm recently completed the harvest of its first crop, which is being prepared for further processing into high-grade hemp-based CBD oil. The two companies entered into a joint venture to continue operating the farm whereby Future Farm owns an 80% interest.
"This strategic acquisition puts Future Farm in the CBD business in a big way and opens the door for growing, researching, developing, and selling premium hemp and CBD oil, which contains a broad range of cannabinoids used to treat a growing population of CBD oil consumers," said Future Farm CEO Bill Gildea. "We are pleased to be working with Derek and his team of experienced growers and we look forward to adding value by installing new state of the art CBD oil extraction equipment on-site to meet the increasing demand for CBD oil."
The newly acquired hemp farm complements the company's existing extraction facility, which uses a proprietary closed loop liquid phase system to efficiently and cleanly extract oils from the hemp plant. The deal ensures a steady supply of material for Future Farms oils business.
Future Farm Technologies Inc.'s acquisition of an industrial hemp farm represents its latest foray into a rapidly growing segment of the cannabis industry. Earlier this year, the company also acquired the exclusive rights to a patented, augmented-reality technology in the cannabis industry that it plans to leverage to develop an ad-tech product known as the CannaCube Live™ platform for dispensaries to market to consumers.
In addition, the company continues to operate its legacy Controlled Environment Agriculture and LED lighting businesses that deliver cost-effective growing solutions to both cannabis and traditional agriculture companies.
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