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  • Fields Of Green

    VANCOUVER, B.C., April 28, 2014 - If you were sitting in a bar 25 years ago and someone told you that after the year 2000 we would tackle something called climate change, legalize same sex marriage and use marijuana as medicine, you would have likely laughed, ordered another dirty martini-probably a double-lit up a Camel and adjusted your polyester suit.

    Cue Bob Dylan.

    In Canada, regulation changes on April 1st 2014 allow licensed producers to grow Medical Marijuana on a commercial scale. Health Canada conservatively estimates the market could be worth $1.3 billion by 2024. Industry analysts see that number doubling that forecast by 2016 to $2.6 billion. Added to the US forecasts, the North American market should top $5 billion-plus by 2016.

    "The components to this new marketplace have a such number of facets," states Scott Walters, CEO of Thelon Capital (TSXV:THC) (Frankfurt:TFHC) "Our focus is to provide support for artisan growers and provide financing, particularly royalty deals, as well as technologies and expertise. The market is likely well beyond the experience of many recent entrants who appear to be struggling with this complex opportunity."

    Medical Marijuana is currently legal in 20 US states, with Colorado and Washington State recently decriminalizing recreational use. Undoubtedly, the trend is moving in one direction: And quickly. Recent analysis on the American marijuana marketplace by ArcView Angel Investors forecast a 64-per-cent surge in the legal U.S. cannabis market to $2.34-billion in 2014. It also estimates that the five-year national market could grow to $10.2-billion amid rising demand and potentially new state markets.

    This burgeoning market requires the expertise of seasoned business people to provide venture capital, management expertise, education and to act as facilitator for this explosive new industry.

    Unlike some peers jumping into the space, some run by grizzled old miners looking for a stock bump, Walters brings an exceptional provenance to the business, both on the capital markets side and as a leading voice in agri-business.

    Currently, and prior to taking the helm at Thelon, Walters was a senior management consultant to private and public companies in the agri-mining and agri-pharmaceutical space. He provides leadership advisory and due diligence for issuers as well as institutional clients investing in the agricultural, Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) and agri-pharmaceutical space.

    Mr. Walters has twenty years of securities industry experience, the majority of which has been spent investing in and financing the natural resource space. His execution and senior management experience on the buy and sell side encompasses all types of investment banking transactions including a focus on public and private equity and debt offerings; exclusive sale assignments, joint ventures, business creation and development.

    Walters also refers to Thelon's stock symbol 'THC', the acronym for Tetrahydrocannabinol, the principal psychoactive constituent or cannabinoid of the cannabis plant as a 'market weaponised symbol'. Aficionados will recognize the symbol; the rest of us soon will.

    Cannabidiol, or CBD, can be a prominent cannabinoid present in medical strains and has shown significant medical effects, but does not make people feel "stoned" and can actually counter the psychoactivity of THC. The reduced psychoactivity of CBD may make it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without disconcerting lethargy or dysphoria.

    Walter's vision is to provide a virtual 'circle' around the plant, which encompasses grower support, consultation and safe consumption through products such as high quality vaporizers. Safe consumption is key and will provide yet another significant revenue stream to Thelon as it develops and markets medical grade delivery products to enhance both the patient experience and therapeutic efficacy.

    In case one feels this will all blow over or out, HuffPo recently published a poll evidencing that: "Seventy percent of respondents favored legalizing medical marijuana, compared to the 17 percent who wanted it to be illegal. Overall, 51 percent of respondents said they think that general marijuana use should be legal, while only 34 percent said that it should not be."

    When speaking with Scott Walters, he frequently brings up the patient side of Medical Marijuana versus the more prevalent business opportunities sighted by-and I use the term illustratively as opposed to actually-his peers in the space. Walters has no interest in being a grower, but to employ his and his teams expertise to 'support growers whose plants benefits specific needs of patients.'

    Thelon recently announced it had entered into an arrangement with Net Gram Royalty (NGR) to further explore and to help negotiate Net Gram Royalty agreements with various licensed producers.

    NGR provides non-equity funding to licensed producers ("LPs") of medical marijuana. Its goal is to provide diversified risk mitigated exposure to the medical marijuana market for investors, and a robust supply of medical marijuana for patients. NGR will meet this rapidly growing demand for funding in the medical marijuana production sector using a commodity-streaming model, rather than a direct equity investment. Thus NGR mitigates early stage venture risks.

    NGR is in the process of due diligence with several producers to fund dried marijuana royalty agreements in its first twelve months of operation. NGR's business model is highly scalable, and will efficiently serve the needs of medical marijuana patients, LPs, and investors within the parameters of a rapidly expanding market.

    Net Gram Return royalties are based on the value of production or net proceeds received from the legal sale of medical marijuana by a Licensed Producer (LP) from an indoor growing operation under Canada's Federal "Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations." These sales are made direct to registered patients from the LP.

    This type of marijuana royalty potentially provides for significant and tax advantaged cash flow that is free of any operating or capital costs and environmental liabilities and allows for capital risk reduction in gaining exposure to a developing marketplace.

    In other words, it's smart business.

    Also smart is Thelon's commitment to developing the mineral Zeolite, which is particularly valuable in holding and slowly releasing valuable nutrients to plants. As a result, it promotes more efficient use of fertilizers, yielding faster growth and increased yields. The relationship is with Vancouver-based Canadian Mining Company and includes an option for Thelon to earn up to a 50 percent interest in the Company's Sun Group Zeolite Project in Princeton BC.

    Canadian mined Zeolite is extremely low in impurities as opposed to some supply that comes from China. Zeolite's properties mean more efficient use of fertilizers and water. Less water use means less leaching; always a good and environmentally responsible byproduct.

    To use an analogy, if Thelon were in the oil services business, it would provide infrastructure, equipment and consulting to oil producers, be they small or Encana-sized. In the New Normal, the medical marijuana is a complicated, highly regulated business and only the strong will survive. Having the right infrastructure, delivery mechanisms and cost-effective growing and producing will be the path to growth and consistent shareholder value.

    Walters notes: "Prices for common strains of marijuana will likely weaken as the market matures, while specialty medical strains will likely command strong and sustainable prices as they will be tightly protected by growers and in high demand for individual maladies. Consistent profitability for focused growers will be in the production of specialty strains, as it is with other crops."

    Truly fine craft beers aren't affected by price wars among the giants.

    Under Walter's vision, Thelon will likely represent the poster stock for successful enterprises in the Medical Marijuana space. While there are many companies that want in for a variety of reasons-some good, many opportunistic-there are only a handful to watch and follow, including Thelon Capital (TSXV:THC), GW Pharmaceuticals and Naturally Splendid.

    What sets THC apart is Walters desire of building a great company that is responsive not only to supporting growers and ultimately shareholders, but his unwavering commitment to delivering the best possible product to patients. In the final analysis, that sentiment should be embraced by all those who venture into the space. And investors.

    Legal Disclaimer/Disclosure: A fee has been paid for the production and distribution of this Report. This document is not and should not be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for any investment. No information in this article should be construed as individualized investment advice. A licensed financial advisor should be consulted prior to making any investment decision. Financial Press makes no guarantee, representation or warranty and accepts no responsibility or liability as to its accuracy or completeness. Expressions of opinion are those of the author's only and are subject to change without notice. Financial Press assumes no warranty, liability or guarantee for the current relevance, correctness or completeness of any information provided within this article and will not be held liable for the consequence of reliance upon any opinion or statement contained herein or any omission. Furthermore, we assume no liability for any direct or indirect loss or damage or, in particular, for lost profit, which you may incur as a result of the use and existence of the information, provided within this article.

    Also, please note that republishing of this article in its entirety is permitted as long as attribution and a back link to FinancialPress.com are provided. Thank you.

    Thelon CapitalSuite 1500-888 Dunsmuir StreetVancouver, B.C. V6K 3K4PH: 604.608.6314TF: 877.324.7245
    Apr 28 1:12 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Financial Press Announces Strategic Agreement For Article Distribution

    NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2014 - Financial Press Inc. is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with GlobeNewswire, a business unit of the NASDAQ, to distribute professionally written, custom articles on publicly traded Companies and private Businesses.

    Accessing its extensive database of professional freelance writers, Financial Press creates and distributes articles with the appropriate and clear message Companies wish the marketplace to see. The strategy is to inform and entertain the marketplace with an easy to read format with a call to action or purpose.

    "I'm very excited about this agreement and I know it will dramatically increase the effectiveness of our articles" states Mark Chadwick, President of Financial Press. "I want Companies to be able to paint the full picture and get the optimum exposure while the end user reads something they enjoy".

    Financial Press works closely with its clients to identify the precise message they wish to send, then matches them with an experienced writer to construct a custom article approximately 700 - 900 words in length.

    Articles can cover recent milestones, announcements or special offerings and are vetted by the Company before distribution. Once completed Financial Press distributes the article to the enormous network of News and Financial correspondents within the database.

    The new agreement gives Financial Press access to a tremendous network comprised of social media, online, and traditional publication methods. The premier North American circuit includes electronic distribution to disclosure media, the nation's major newspapers & broadcast media, financial & trade publications, online sites, databases and professional investor desktops. Access to European and Asian circuits are also available through Financial Press as well as translation services to over 30 languages.

    Financial Press has the ability to work with any Company from anywhere around the world using its one on one account manager infrastructure and is able to distribute the custom written articles and releases using the NASDAQ OMX GlobeNewswire online distribution system.

    "This is a very big step for us as a Company and will allow us to grow rapidly and execute many more of our unique strategies to provide exposure for start-up and well-established businesses looking for awareness."

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    Feb 12 1:42 PM | Link | Comment!
  • Lomiko Takes On Multi-Billion Dollar 3D Printing And Graphene Goliaths

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 3, 2014 - If graphene isn't in your investment lexicon, adopt it now, because its growth includes all things electronic and won't wait for you to catch up.

    Familiarizing yourself with the revolutionary properties of this graphite derivative would likely give you a leg up when considering your investment choices. Graphene can and will be found in our most valued possessions from cell phones, to potentially life changing technology such as 3D printing and yes, even the electric battery in a Tesla Roadster.

    "Graphene is basically a one-atom thick layer of carbon. Under a microscope, it looks like a honeycombed lattice-much like chicken wire," states A. Paul Gill, President and CEO of Lomiko Metals (TSX-V:LMR), a Company that extracts high quality graphite from its Quatre Mille property in Quebec. "The growth of graphene use in virtually every electronic application will undoubtedly be a catalyst of change across the board, both in R&D and production."

    Mr. Gill, more than just a mining executive, recognized another Company engaged in the rapidly growing graphene marketplace; New York based, Graphene Labs, a leading manufacturer and supplier to global R&D markets. The Company also holds many graphene patents but of particular importance is the patent to convert graphite to graphene recently announced in an exclusive agreement between the two Companies.

    Together the two Companies will capitalize on the secure supply of high quality graphite provided by Lomiko, as well as the extensive customer database and expertise in graphene materials of Graphene Labs. This alliance is where the possibilities become almost limitless.

    Graphene Labs holds patents on 3D printing technologies that could very well change the way we all live and purchase products. 3D printing is the process of creating a three-dimensional, solid object from a digital file of virtually any shape, using an additive process. Eventually this will allow you to print everything from a toothbrush to a carburetor for your car, in your basement.

    Lomiko is also not standing still. Gill states: 'As exclusive supplier of high purity, large flake crystalline graphite from our Quatre Milles East Property in Quebec, we are rapidly expanding this relationship with Graphene 3D Labs as part of our recently filed Public Offering and concurrent Private Placement. Once completed, Lomiko should realize approximately $4 million.'

    Credit Suisse forecasts that global 3D printing market revenues will reach almost $12 billion by 2020; they came in just over $2 billion in 2012. That represents annual growth of 20-30%. The retail consumer/small business market shows the largest growth potential with 100%+ year over year growth in 2013.

    Nasdaq listed CVD Equipment, which has a Market Capitalization of $ 81 million and a share price of over $ 13.00 USD joins 3D Systems Corp, XG Sciences and other large companies vying for this new market.

    Adding graphene to polymers which are conventionally used in 3D printing enhances the properties of the polymer in many different ways; it improves the mechanical strength as well as its electrical and thermal conductivity. The method described in the provisional patent application allows consumers to use the polymer, infused with graphene, together with conventional polymers in the same printing process, thereby fabricating functional electronic devices.

    China supplies 70% of the world graphite market, made up of 60% amorphous and 40% flake. Demand has increased roughly 5% in the last 10 years to about $12 billion in 2011. There are 15 grams of graphite in a smartphone battery. The Lithium Ion battery market is also a huge consumer of graphite, needing 10-20 times the amount of a standard lithium battery. There are 110 Kg of graphite in the battery of a Tesla Roadster. Lithium Ion batteries are projected to generate revenues of $60 billion by 2020. I imagine you get the point.

    While the applications in 3D printing are impressive, there are several multi-billion dollar industries that will benefit from this alliance including the medical appliance market, biotech and super capacitors. RFID, smart packaging, ITO replacement, sensors, logic and memory are also areas where graphene will likely see exceptional growth.

    None of this works of course without graphite, particularly the high quality/purity flake graphite mined by Lomiko. Coupled with the technical and market expertise and global top-tier customer base of Graphene Labs, the Company's revenue growth looks solid and sustainable.

    Source: http://www.visualcapitalist.com/portfolio/lomiko-quebec-lithium-ion-battery-grade-high-purity-flake-graphite

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    A fee has been paid for the production and distribution of this Report. This document is not and should not be construed as an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to purchase or subscribe for any investment. No information in this article should be construed as individualized investment advice. A licensed financial advisor should be consulted prior to making any investment decision. Financial Press makes no guarantee, representation or warranty and accepts no responsibility or liability as to its accuracy or completeness. Expressions of opinion are those of the author's only and are subject to change without notice. Financial Press assumes no warranty, liability or guarantee for the current relevance, correctness or completeness of any information provided within this article and will not be held liable for the consequence of reliance upon any opinion or statement contained herein or any omission. Furthermore, we assume no liability for any direct or indirect loss or damage or, in particular, for lost profit, which you may incur as a result of the use and existence of the information, provided within this article.

    Also, please note that republishing of this article in its entirety is permitted as long as attribution and a back link toFinancialPress.com are provided. Thank you.

    Feb 09 4:41 PM | Link | Comment!
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