Jan 24, 2018

Medical marijuana companies agree to merge

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Canadian medical marijuana company Aurora Cannabis has agreed to buy rival CanniMed Therapeutics for around C$1.1 billion (US$892m), following a hostile takeover battle.

Why it's a big deal: Because this is an expensive signal that the North American cannabis market isn't too concerned about Jeff Sessions.

As part of the agreement, Cannimed will terminate its earlier agreement to buy smaller competitor Newstrike Resources.

Bottom line: "Share prices of Canadian growers have surged ahead of legalization, which is expected later this year. The country has at least 84 publicly traded companies tied to marijuana that trade on its exchanges, with a combined market valuation of C$36.9 billion." — Bloomberg

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Timeline: The India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir

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The deadly protests during President Trump's visit to India between Muslims and Hindus flared over a new citizenship law, which critics say is anti-Muslim, are the latest clash between adherents of the two religions.

The big picture: Predominantly Hindu India officially removed special privileges in August for its only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir region, exacerbating tensions with Pakistan. The dispute over Jammu and Kashmir, which lies between India and Pakistan and is partially controlled by both countries, dates back seven decades. It has sparked three wars and sporadic threats of nuclear conflict. India is now attempting to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir, prompting Pakistan to warn of “impending genocide.”

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Coronavirus spreads to new countries, while U.S. confirms 57 cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

Public health officials confirmed Tuesday the U.S. has 57 people with the novel coronavirus, mostly those repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship — an increase they had expected after the passengers were allowed to return home from Japan against their initial advice.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed more than 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There's only been two cases of person-to-person infections in the U.S. so far, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now warning that Americans should prepare for a much broader outbreak here.

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