Category: Teri Buhl – Regulated Cannabis & Hemp Industry Investigative Journalism

“Bury My Heart At Wounded Folium” – The Chief Hopes To Ride Into The Sunset With Australis Merger

The final part of our 3 part series by Teri Buhl about Colorado CBD outfit Folium Biosciences. The CEO of Folium Biosciences, Kashif Shan, is accused of violating a cease and desist order issued by the Colorado Spring fire department who had attempted to shut down the company’s CBD extraction plant because many regulations and safety codes were being ignored by the company and its senior management team. Brett Lacey, CS Fire Marshall, confirmed for Cannabis Law Report that his staff had tried to serve Shan a summons for a criminal misdemeanor for continuing to extract THC from their industrial hemp when under the C&D order but Shan dodged the summons for a year and the statute of limitations  subsequently ran out.

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CO Hemp Clone Farm, “National Hemp Exchange”, Used Client’s Money For Own Investment Purposes

Teri Buhl writes for Cannabis Law Report, “A real estate entrepreneur from Texas, Robert W. Mertz, is being accused of civil theft and conspiracy for keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars from the sale of unhealthy hemp clones to a Colorado farm and using the money to improve his hemp farm infrastructure so the two year old farm could be flipped and sold. In September, MTN Botanicals, based in Fort Collins Co., sued Mertz, his head grower, head of sales and the company which is known as National Hemp Exchange in Colorado district court in the county of Rio Grande. Since the lawsuit the entire crop of clones sold by National Hemp Exchange, worth around $600,000 resulted in a loss and MTN Botanicals now wants triple damages. The lawsuit accuses Mertz of basically running his hemp farm as a Ponzi scheme.”

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USA: SEC Obtains Touting & Fraud Judgement Against Colorado Cannabis Stock Promoter,

Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2019 – A Colorado stock promoter and two of his companies agreed to pay $4.2 million to settle the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s charges for fraudulently promoting and trading a cannabis stock. On Dec. 5, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado entered the final judgment. The SEC have revealed in a press release today.

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Sol Global Now In The Business Of Putting Lead In Their Hemp / CBD Products Beware of The Brand TRUWOMEN

Sol Global has ownership in the company HeavenlyRX and negotiates a lot of their contracts and one of their brands TRUWOMEN has put out a number of products, bars & proten powder that has been found to contain lead according to tests undertaken by The Environmental Research Center in San Diego. We have pictured these products for you so you know what to avoid . There are currently two lawsuits in play.

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FBI Sting Catches Cannabis Stock Manipulators: PotNetwork Holdings Exposed

Teri Buhl writes for Cannabis Law Report, ” Three South Florida men have been arrested as part of a ring of cannabis stock manipulators by the Northern Ohio Department of Justice. Charles Vaccaro, Eli Taieb, and Dror Svorai were all charged with securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy after two FBI agents went undercover posing as bad actors willing to funnel the trio’s illegal stock gains back into their U.S. bank accounts.”

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Andy Defrancesco Secret Deals-Promoter Payoffs, Verano Shares pledged : $APHA $SOLCF

Teri Buhl , Smashmouth Investigative journalism writes, “Cannabis company Sol Global Investments ($SOL.cn $SOLCF) posted positive net income in their year end financials but failed to discloses key details about one of their most valuable assets which is their shares of Verano. The Toronto based company is run by controversial investor Andy Defrancesco in the role of Chairman and Chief Investment Officer and his side kick a former Florida lobbyist, Brady Cobb, who serves as CEO…….. People familiar with the company say Andy Defrancesco is expected to resign soon from the Sol Global board”

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US Lawyer, Harvey Kesner, aided accused stock fraudster DeFrancesco in Canadian Cannabis Company stock deal

By Teri Buhl: Sol Global Investments and its chairman Andy DeFrancesco were recently named as defendants in a class action lawsuit  brought by shareholders in Canadian cannabis company Aphria. The lawsuit accuses DeFrancesco of self-dealing and hiding his true ownership of stock and assets that gave him a controlling interest in South American cannabis farms (called LatAM assets) that he benefited from when they were sold to Aphria at an extreme mark up price.

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Sol Global Chairman Andy Defrancesco sued for Defamation by Cannabis Research Firm: $SOLCF

A perfect Easter gift from US based investigative journalist Teri Buhl who has alerted us to a wonderful cannabis “media” (we use that word in the lightest sense) lawsuit filed in the US. The plaintiff being New Frontier Data who have filed a suit against London based Prohibition Partners. The spat is over an agreement between the two parties to work together to try and carve up the global cannabis “information & stats” market . But we won’t give it all away, Teri has sourced the suit and done all the hard work so it’s only fair she tells the story. Read on…

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