In Booming Cannabis Industry, Look for Even More M&A Activity

Cannabis mega-mergers could create industry giants. Weeks after Tilray and Aphria merged, Trulieve Cannabis just announced its plans to acquire Harvest Health & Recreation in a $2.1 billion all-stock deal. Combined they would be one of the largest cannabis companies in the world in terms of sales, notes Barron’s. Coupled with state and potential federal legalization of cannabis could be substantial news for companies like Allied Corp. (OTCQB:ALID), Aleafia Health Inc. (TSX:AH)(OTCQX:ALEAF), Canopy Growth Corporation (NASDAQ:CGC)(TSX:WEED), Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ:TLRY), and Charlotte’s Web Holdings Inc. (TSX:CWEB)(OTCQX:CWBHF).

In fact, not only are more states legalizing cannabis, but we could soon see a federal legalization bill from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. According to Marijuana Moment, “Schumer for months has signaled that he and Democratic colleagues Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) intend to bring legislation this session to legalize cannabis nationwide, though the group has not yet revealed their proposal.” … Read more

Vaccine passport for holidays will be on NHS app next week

The NHS app will go live as a vaccine passport for international travel from Monday, but only for those who have had both doses.

People who do not use smartphones can phone 119 for a paper letter confirming their vaccine status but have been urged not to ask their GP.

Downing Street promised yesterday that the app would be able to show vaccination status in time for people to be able to use it when the ban on foreign travel is lifted on May 17.

The app will not show coronavirus test results but it is hoped that they will be incorporated by the time domestic Covid status certification is due to be introduced for mass events on June 21.

The NHS app was set up to allow people to book appointments and repeat prescriptions online and allows people to see their full medical records.

NHSX, the health service’s technology … Read more

A Record Number of Women are Taking Control of Fortune 500 Companies

More women are taking control in boardrooms across America. In fact, you’ll find more at companies, such as Corp. (NEO:COIN)(FSE:76M), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD), Bumble Inc. (NASDAQ:BMBL), Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), and Nasdaq Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ). In fact, according to NBC News, a record number of women took over Fortune 500 companies in 2020. In addition, “During the first quarter of 2021, 41 women will lead Fortune 500 companies. That’s just 8.2 percent, but an improvement from the 33 companies in 2019 and 24 in 2018. Going back 20 years, there were just two companies on the list that were run by women, according to Fortune.”

After all, “Diversity of thought leads to diversity of action which is critical for the performance, culture, and survival of our largest corporations,” Therese Gedda, an executive coach and future of work expert, told NBC News. “This is even more important with the range of … Read more

How to Improve Your Office Lobby

An office lobby is one of the critical spaces within the business premises. Not long ago, the lobby was just but an open space with sparse furniture. Nowadays, businesses embrace lobby and reception area designs, turning this space into a shared social space and workspace. That said, a well-designed and welcoming lobby can contribute to workplace productivity and brand identity.

To transform your office lobby into a unique common area, you need to rethink the office design. Here are the three things you should keep in mind.

1. Consider a Humanistic Design to Optimize Employee Wellness and Productivity

Employee wellness and workplace productivity are closely interconnected. In fact, a Go365 study found that employees who are highly engaged in wellness programs are more productive with fewer unhealthy days.

A humanistic design is one that meets and even exceeds the needs of your visitors, employees, patients, or customers. In other words, Read more