— TerrAscend Canada has a multi-year supply agreement with PharmHouse for 20% of the flowering space of 1.3 million square foot greenhouse
— Cultivation to begin immediately
TORONTO, July 22, 2019 – TerrAscend Corp. (CSE: TER; OTCQX: TRSSF) (“TerrAscend” or “the Company”), the first and only cannabis company licensed for sales in Canada, the US, and Europe is pleased to congratulate the team at PharmHouse Inc. (“PharmHouse”) on securing a cannabis cultivation licence from Health Canada. The licence allows PharmHouse to begin cultivating and supplying cannabis from its 1.3 million square foot greenhouse (the “Facility”) located in Leamington, Ontario. The facility will ramp up its cultivation operations in 190,000 sq. ft of licensed nursery immediately.
TerrAscend’s subsidiary, TerrAscend Canada Inc., previously announced a multi-year cultivation agreement with PharmHouse, a joint venture between Canopy Rivers Inc. (TSXV: RIV, OTC: CNPOF) (“Canopy Rivers”) and the principals and operators of a leading North American greenhouse produce company. Under the terms of the agreement, PharmHouse will grow and supply flower, trim, and clones to TerrAscend Canada from 20% of the dedicated flowering space at the Facility. TerrAscend Canada expects to provide proprietary genetic strains to PharmHouse in conjunction with their operators and quality assurance professionals.
Robyn Rabinovich, TerrAscend’s VP of Cannabis Strategy and Partnerships, stated, “This represents an important milestone for both PharmHouse and TerrAscend and will be another step forward for TerrAscend in our goal of becoming the leading North American Operator. PharmHouse’s cultivation expertise combined with our processing capabilities will enable us to better provide our patients and customers with high quality, greenhouse-grown cannabis. This will advance our Canadian strategy, enhancing our production capabilities with respect to premium products and standardized dosage forms.”
TerrAscend provides quality products, brands, and services to the global cannabinoid market. As the first North American Operator (NAO), with scale operations in both Canada and the US, the Company participates in the medical and legal adult use market across Canada and in several US states where cannabis has been legalized for therapeutic or adult use. Additionally, TerrAscend is the first and only cannabis company licensed for sales in the US, Canada, and Europe as it has received EU GMP certification for its manufacturing facility in Mississauga, Ontario. TerrAscend operates a number of synergistic businesses, including The Apothecarium, an award-winning cannabis dispensary with several retail locations in California and Nevada; Arise Bioscience Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of hemp-derived products; Ascendant Laboratories Inc., a biotechnology and licensing company committed to the continuous improvement of cannabinoid expressing plants; Solace RX Inc., a proposed Drug Preparation Premises (DPP) focused on the development of novel formulations and delivery forms; and Valhalla Confections, a manufacturer of premium cannabis-infused edibles.
Caution Regarding Cannabis Operations in the United States
Investors should note that there are significant legal restrictions and regulations that govern the cannabis industry in the United States. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the US Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal under federal law in the United States to, among other things, cultivate, distribute or possess cannabis in the United States. Financial transactions involving proceeds generated by, or intended to promote, cannabis-related business activities in the United States may form the basis for prosecution under applicable US federal money laundering legislation.
While the approach to enforcement of such laws by the federal government in the United States has trended toward non-enforcement against individuals and businesses that comply with medical or adult-use cannabis programs in states where such programs are legal, strict compliance with state laws with respect to cannabis will neither absolve TerrAscend of liability under US federal law, nor will it provide a defense to any federal proceeding which may be brought against TerrAscend. Following any investment made by TerrAscend in operations in the United States, enforcement of federal laws in the United States will be a significant risk to the business of TerrAscend and any proceedings brought against TerrAscend thereunder may adversely affect TerrAscend’s operations and financial performance.
Forward Looking Information
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Although TerrAscend believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements because TerrAscend can give no assurance that they will prove to be correct. Actual results and developments may differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks related to federal, state, provincial, territorial, local and foreign government laws, rules and regulations, including federal and state laws in the United States relating to cannabis operations in the United States; TerrAscend’s ability to successfully integrate any acquired businesses in the future; and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rate.
The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this release. TerrAscend disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise, other than as required by applicable securities laws. TerrAscend undertakes no obligation to comment on analyses, expectations or statements made by third parties in respect of TerrAscend, its securities, or financial or operating results (as applicable).