Pair of deals point towards Canadian cannabis interest in South America

A pair of announcements this week from a small cannabis company backed by industry powerhouse Aphria Inc. point to increasing interest in South America from Canadian marijuana companies.

Scythian Biosciences Corp., which counts Aphria as its largest shareholder and is chaired by Aphria CEO Vic Neufeld, announced Monday its intention to acquire Ontario-based MMJ Colombia Partners Inc., which is in the process of buying a Colombian cannabis company.

It also announced that an Argentinian company it is trying to buy has secured a license to import cannabis oil into Argentina for medical research. The oil will be supplied by Aphria.

Both deals are small, uncertain steps, and are conditional upon several other deals closing.

But they are part of a wider trend of transactions that have seen Canadian cannabis executives warm to the possibilities of South American markets.

Those opportunities — Latin America is both a potentially large medical market and a source for low-cost

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