As Australian Open tennis players could attest, Australia takes its pandemic protocols pretty seriously.

Meanwhile in the US, where the COVID-19 death toll has climbed above 400,000, the vaccine effort is underway.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, attempting to vaccinate significant swathes of an entire country’s population is a… non-linear process.

New US President Joe Biden has called the vaccine rollout a “dismal failure” so far, pledging to facilitate 100 million vaccines in his first 100 days in office.

And this report from High Times shows a cannabis dispensary in Michigan — which legalised recreational cannabis use in 2018 — is trying to do its part.

The Greenhouse in Walled Lake has launched a “pot for shots” initiative to get people into the vaccination clinic.

Customers who show up at their store on the outskirts of Detroit with written proof of the ‘rona jab will be eligible for a pre-rolled joint — on the house.

Proprietor Jerry Millen said it reflects Greenhouse’s standing as a good corporate citizen to promote optimal health outcomes for the community it serves.

While Greenhouse is doing what it can, data from AP-NORC suggests that getting Americans vaccinated won’t be easy.

More than half of respondents to a recent survey said they didn’t plan to take it, while around 25 per cent rejected the idea outright.

To local markets now, where recreational cannabis is not a thing.

But we took a closer look this week at three Aussie cannabis companies (including two ASX players) who are taking the bio-pharma approach to profits — working towards cannabis products with clinical backing.

Turning to the ASX, a number of cannabis (or cannabis-adjacent) companies are coming off a pretty good week.

The latest print from Stockhead’s data team shows there were 16 winners over the past seven days, with seven stocks posting double-digit returns.

Another eight companies traded flat while 12 lost ground.

Below is a summary of the latest weekly, monthly and annual price performance for ASX-listed cannabis stocks:

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Code Name Price ($) 1W % Ret 1M % Ret 1Y % Ret Market Cap
YPB YPB Group Ltd 0.0035 75.0% 75.0% -22.2% $12.7M
APH AP Hemp Ltd 0.5 51.5% 42.9% 185.7% $21.3M
LSH Lifespot Health Ltd 0.135 37.8% 68.8% 286.3% $20.2M
LV1 Live Verdure Ltd 0.25 31.6% 25.0% 0.0% $9.8M
MDC Medlab Clinical Ltd 0.315 31.3% 26.0% -16.0% $78.3M
BOT Botanix Pharma Ltd 0.16 18.5% 28.0% 68.4% $131.4M
NTI Neurotech Intl 0.052 15.6% 0.0% 246.7% $29.2M
IHL Incannex Healthcare 0.17 8.1% 15.5% 142.8% $176.8M
CAN Cann Group Ltd 0.68 7.1% 34.7% -50.5% $186.4M
EOF Ecofibre Limited 1.9 6.4% -2.6% -31.4% $284.6M
CGB Cann Global Limited 0.0085 6.3% 21.4% -46.9% $41.1M
ROO Roots Sustainable 0.022 4.8% 15.8% -53.2% $10.8M
ZLD Zelira Therapeutics 0.099 4.2% 3.1% 73.7% $115.0M
AGH Althea Group 0.465 3.3% 9.4% -1.1% $116.7M
BDA Bod Australia 0.475 2.2% 1.1% 26.7% $51.3M
ECS ECS Botanics Holding 0.05 2.0% 8.7% 2.0% $21.9M
IDT IDT Australia Ltd 0.185 0.0% 5.7% 12.1% $44.1M
ESE Esense-Lab Ltd 0.018 0.0% 0.0% 28.6% $9.2M
DTZ Dotz Nano Ltd 0.24 0.0% 0.0% 287.1% $90.3M
CP1 Cannpal Animal 0.185 0.0% 12.1% 12.1% $16.8M
THC THC Global Grp Ltd 0.235 0.0% -9.6% -39.0% $44.5M
SUD Suda Pharmaceuticals 0.041 0.0% 7.9% -10.4% $15.3M
MXC Mgc Pharmaceuticals 0.026 0.0% 4.0% -31.6% $46.7M
EVE EVE Investments Ltd 0.009 0.0% -10.0% 28.6% $34.6M
WOA Wide Open Agricultur 0.87 -2.8% -7.4% 625.0% $81.8M
RGI Roto-Gro Intl Ltd 0.065 -3.0% 8.3% -48.0% $14.3M
MMJ MMJ Group Hlds Ltd 0.13 -3.7% 8.3% -18.8% $31.0M
CPH Creso Pharma Ltd 0.235 -4.1% 46.9% 30.6% $219.9M
AC8 Auscann Grp Hlgs Ltd 0.185 -5.1% 5.7% -47.9% $58.7M
EXL Elixinol Global 0.185 -5.1% -11.9% -77.4% $58.0M
SCU Stemcell United Ltd 0.016 -5.9% -11.1% -15.8% $12.4M
PAL Palla Pharma Ltd 0.705 -9.0% -7.8% -30.2% $88.2M
LGP Little Green Pharma 0.545 -9.9% -5.2% 0.0% $43.4M
RNO Rhinomed Ltd 0.135 -10.0% -25.0% -25.0% $34.3M
CAU Cronos Australia 0.12 -11.1% -14.3% -44.2% $6.2M
MRG Murray River Grp 0.45 -18.2% 0.0% -59.5% $19.9M

Australian Primary Hemp (ASX:APH) has had a good week, after it became the latest cannabis player to ink a distribution deal with grocery giant Woolworths.

APH shares rose strongly before the announcement before going into a trading halt, then jumped again yesterday as the stock came out of a halt as the company announced “firm commitments” for a $5.2m share placement to sophisticated investors.

A number of bio-pharma stocks in the cannabis space also found momentum after providing clinical research updates.

Among them was Botanix Pharmaceuticals (ASX:BOT), which jumped after flagging research from the University of Queensland — now published in peer-reviewed journal Communications Biology — which showed that a synthetic cannabidiol formulation can kill certain types of bacteria.

The company also said data from the phase 2a antimicrobial study testing its BTX 1801 ointment in the treatment of staph infections will be released in the coming weeks.