Canopy Rivers Portfolio Company Awarded Second Licence From Health Canada

JWC's Proprietary Production Platform to Launch At Commercial Scale

TORONTO, April 1, 2019 /CNW/ - Canopy Rivers Inc. ("Canopy Rivers" or the "Company") (TSXV: RIV) is pleased to share that its portfolio company, James E. Wagner Cultivation Corporation ("JWC") (TSXV: JWCA) (OTCQX: JWCAF), has received its cultivation licence from Health Canada for its Kitchener-based commercial scale production facility ("JWC2"). This second licence launches the initial phase of JWC2, a 345,000 square foot production and distribution complex where JWC is rolling out more than 130 individual production rooms utilizing JWC's proprietary GrowthSTORM™ Dual Droplet cultivation platform and methodologies. With the newly licenced facility located just minutes from JWC's already licenced pilot facility, JWC is well-positioned for an efficient ramp-up and expects to commence cannabis production at JWC2 immediately. 

"While optimizing production methodologies at their already licenced pilot facility, JWC has concurrently built out and implemented refinements and learnings for production at commercial scale," said Daniel Pearlstein, EVP, Strategy, of Canopy Rivers. "We are pleased to see Health Canada reward JWC for the quality of their operations, and their disciplined approach to expansion with the issuance of this second site licence."  

Canopy Rivers believes that JWC's multigenerational cannabis and hemp experience, its unique and proprietary production methodologies, and its disciplined and de-risked path to scale makes JWC a strong constituent within the Canopy Rivers ecosystem. After making its initial investment in 2017, the Company has continued to support JWC and currently holds approximately 13% of the issued and outstanding common shares in the capital of JWC on a fully-diluted basis. Additionally, Canopy Rivers receives a long-term royalty cash flow stream from JWC with a minimum annual payment of approximately $488,000. The royalty has a term of 20 years.

"We have seen strong demand for standardized, quality-controlled indoor cannabis within both the medical and adult use cannabis markets," continued Pearlstein. "Until now, JWC has focused on delivering an exceptional experience to a concentrated population of patients and through Canopy Growth's Spectrum Cannabis online store. With this second site licence in hand and the expanded production facility now online, JWC is well-positioned to bring their premium quality-controlled cannabis products to patient and consumer markets on a much larger scale."

For more information regarding the Company's investment in JWC, please refer to the joint management information circular of Canopy Rivers Corporation and the Company dated August 8, 2018, filed with Canadian securities regulators and available on the Company's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. For additional information about JWC, please refer to JWC's profile on SEDAR or their website at www.jwc.ca.

About Canopy Rivers:

Canopy Rivers is a unique investment and operating platform structured to pursue investment opportunities in the emerging global cannabis sector. Canopy Rivers works collaboratively with Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED, NYSE: CGC) to identify strategic counterparties seeking financial and/or operating support. Canopy Rivers has developed an investment ecosystem of complementary cannabis operating companies that represent various segments of the value chain across the emerging cannabis sector. As the portfolio continues to develop, constituents will be provided with opportunities to work with Canopy Growth and collaborate among themselves, which Canopy Rivers believes will maximize value for its shareholders and foster an environment of innovation, synergy and value creation for the entire ecosystem. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains statements which constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws, including statements regarding the plans, intentions, beliefs and current expectations of Canopy Rivers with respect to future business activities and operating performance. Forward-looking information is often identified by the words "may", "would", "could", "should", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect" or similar expressions and includes information regarding: the strength of JWC in the Canopy Rivers ecosystem; JWC's ability to bring their cannabis products to patient and consumer markets on a much larger scale; and other expectations for other economic, business, and/or competitive factors.

Investors are cautioned that forward-looking information is not based on historical facts but instead reflects management's expectations, estimates or projections concerning future results or events based on the opinions, assumptions and estimates of management considered reasonable at the date the statements are made. Although Canopy Rivers believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, such information involves risks and uncertainties, and undue reliance should not be placed on such information, as unknown or unpredictable factors could have material adverse effects on future results, performance or achievements of Canopy Rivers. Among the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information are the following: regulatory and licensing risks; JWC's ability to cultivate cannabis at scale; the ability of JWC to obtain a licence to sell cannabis under applicable legislation in Canada; the ability to secure distribution and sales channels; changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; the global regulatory landscape and enforcement related to cannabis, including political risks and risks relating to regulatory change; risks relating to anti-money laundering laws; compliance with extensive government regulation; public opinion and perception of the cannabis industry; and the risk factors set out in Canopy Rivers' final short form prospectus dated February 21, 2019, filed with Canadian securities regulators and available on Canopy Rivers' profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Although Canopy Rivers has attempted to identify important risks, uncertainties and factors which could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be others that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Canopy Rivers does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update this forward-looking information except as otherwise required by applicable law.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: Canopy Rivers Inc.

For further information: Canopy Rivers Inc., Karoline Hunter, Sr. Director, Investor Relations & Communications, E-mail: ir@canopyrivers.com