Article by Mark Rendell, Financial Post
Canadian companies hoping to grow cannabis in Germany are looking at a delay of several months or more, following a German court decision on Wednesday to halt the government’s tender process for cultivation licences.
A number of Canadian companies and their German subsidiaries were believed to have been on the shortlist for the 10 licences, including Canopy Growth Corp., MedReleaf Corp., Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Aphria Inc. (through its recent acquisition of Nuuvera Inc.).
Other companies, such as Maricann Group Inc., Tilray and Cronos Group Inc. are also invested in Germany, and may have been in the running as well. It’s unclear when the tender process will continue and whether or not it will have to start from the beginning.
The 10 cultivation licences, which were tied to a 6,600 kilogram supply agreement for the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices running from 2019 to 2022, were expected to be awarded in the coming weeks. They would have been the first licences to grow in Germany since the country legalized medical marijuana last spring.
On Wednesday, however, a Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court judge halted the tender process, arguing that the timeline given to companies had been too short.