Auxly Announces Cultivation and Retail Expansion Into Newfoundland & Labrador Through Strategic Partnership With Atlantic Cultivation

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 22, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (TSX.V: XLY) (OTCQX: CBWTF) ("Auxly" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Company has entered into a binding interim agreement (the “Agreement”) with Atlantic Cultivation Inc. (“Atlantic”), an applicant under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations pursuant to which the parties will collaborate on the development of a 110,000 square foot indoor cultivation facility in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (the “Facility”) and on the development of retail locations in the province. 

Atlantic was founded by a team with a long-standing commitment to building opportunities in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Pillars of local industry, Christopher J. Hickman, Tom Collingwood Sr., Cynthia Crosbie and the entire Atlantic team lend to the project decades of unparalleled strategic leadership and oversight from diverse business environments. Atlantic’s collective of entrepreneurs have employed thousands of people across the province throughout the last five generations and look forward to playing a key role in the growth of the province's legal cannabis industry.

Pursuant to the Agreement, Auxly will invest $2,500,000 into Atlantic (the “Investment”) in exchange for a 50% equity stake in Atlantic and a long term right to purchase up to 30% of dried cannabis and cannabis trim produced at the Facility. Auxly will also provide strategic regulatory, infrastructure, design and cultivation support to assist Atlantic in obtaining its licence under the Cannabis Act and in opening retail locations in the province.

In tandem with the Investment, the founding shareholders of Atlantic will contribute an additional $2,500,000 in funding to the entity and, together with the Investment, such funds will be used towards the development of retail locations, upon obtaining the requisite approval from the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, and for general working capital purposes. Auxly and Atlantic will work collaboratively with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to obtain all required regulatory approvals to open and operate up to five cannabis retail locations within the province, one of which is expected to be located onsite at the Atlantic Facility. In connection with such retail locations, the parties will enter into a management services agreement whereby Auxly will oversee the operation of the retail stores.

In addition, Auxly and Atlantic have agreed to enter into a supply agreement for the development and supply of value-added cannabis products using cannabis cultivated at the Facility and developed and manufactured by Dosecann Inc., the Company’s wholly-owned Licensed Dealer in Prince Edward Island.

Hugo Alves, President and Director of Auxly commented: “We are excited to have entered into this partnership with Atlantic Cultivation, a company led by an excellent management team with deep roots in Newfoundland and Labrador. This strategic partnership adds significant depth to our operations in Atlantic Canada. This partnership with Atlantic, coupled with our premium craft producer Robinson’s Cannabis in Nova Scotia and our world class innovation and extraction hub at Dosecann in PEI demonstrates Auxly’s commitment to Atlantic Canada where we are building meaningful cannabis businesses that have a positive impact on the region.”

Christopher Crosbie, Chief Operating Officer of Atlantic commented: “The Atlantic Cultivation team and I are thrilled to collaborate with Auxly on this project at home. Atlantic and Auxly’s partnership was facilitated through a mutual passion and dedication to creating value in the cannabis industry and a commitment to investment in Atlantic Canada - in particular, Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has created an effective cannabis strategy which I feel will push the province to the forefront of the cannabis industry. The Auxly team bring a wealth of cannabis knowledge and expertise to our partnership, enhancing the provincial cannabis landscape and ensuring industry growth and job creation in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Auxly also announces that it has granted 6,725,000 options to purchase common shares of the Company (the "Options") to certain officers, employees and consultants of the Company pursuant to the Company’s stock option plan (the "Plan"). The Options granted to certain officers will vest in equal portions over the following two years. All of the Options are exercisable at a price of 1.24 per common share. The Options have a term of 10 years and are subject in all respects to the terms of the Plan and the requirements of the TSX Venture Exchange.


"Chuck Rifici" Chairman & CEO

About Auxly Cannabis Group Inc. (TSX.V: XLY) (OTCQX: CBWTF)

Auxly Cannabis Group is a collective of entrepreneurs with a passion for the cannabis industry past, present and future. Our mandate is to facilitate growth for our partners by providing them with financial support and sharing our collective industry experience. Our partners all have different visions, voices and brand values, and all share a common goal—to build a world-class industry based on ethics, diversity, quality and innovation.

About Atlantic Cultivation Inc.

Atlantic Cultivation was founded by a team of experienced Newfoundland and Labrador entrepreneurs committed to producing quality craft cannabis on a commercial scale. As a vertically integrated company, we will utilize industry leading hydroponic technology to produce premium cannabis products made available in our own retail stores, with the intention of expanding to other markets. We enter this industry with Newfoundland and Labrador in mind and every decision will be made with an awareness of the impacts on its people. We strive to create meaningful employment for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador with a focus on gender equality, inclusiveness and diversity.

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