Pedanios GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canada’s Aurora Cannabis Inc., has won a contract to supply medical cannabis to the Italian government through the Ministry of Defense, which oversees the nation’s medical cannabis program. Under current Italian law, the Defense Ministry currently produces the medical cannabis for Italian patients, but some wholesalers can purchase products directly from the Dutch Office of Medical Cannabis.
“Aurora and Pedanios’ EU GMP certifications were crucial in being successful in our bid for the tender in this demanding jurisdiction. We are now the first private cannabis company in the world able to supply the Italian government directly, a testament to the quality of our operations and the standing of our organization. This win positions us exceptionally well to continue executing successfully on our aggressive international expansion strategy.” – Andrea Ludwig Ferrari, head of sales and market development in Italy, in a press release
This is Aurora’s latest foray into the European market. In September, Aurora shipped 50 kilograms of cannabis from Alberta to Pedanios in Germany, which distributes medical cannabis to more than 1,500 pharmacies throughout the nation. Aurora’s deal with the Italian government will see the company export medical cannabis products from Canada to Italy through Pedanios.
Aurora is publicly traded on Canada’s Toronto Stock Exchange.