TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2018 /CNW/ – Newstrike Brands Ltd. (TSX-V:HIP) (“Newstrike” or the “Company”), is pleased to provide the following comments from Jay Wilgar, CEO of both Newstrike and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Up Cannabis, in response to the Ontario government’s recent announcement regarding cannabis retail privatization.

“We welcome Ontario’s move to implement a responsible, private retail model for cannabis sales and look forward to collaborating with government to provide the best path-to-purchase for adult-use cannabis consumers,” Wilgar said.

“We believe that providing further retail options will increase the availability of safe, regulated product at competitive prices, which in turn will help eliminate the black market.”

“We look forward to engaging the Ontario government on potential retail locations. Our first priority, however, will always be to ensure we provide adult-use consumers with a safe and reliable product,” he added.

“Therefore, we also support the province’s plans to ensure strict regulation of the retail environment, including maintaining control of wholesale, distribution and online sales, and strictly enforcing minimum age requirements for buyers.”

With a definitive Supply Agreement in place with the Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis Commission (AGLC), along with a signed Memorandum of Understanding with the British Columbia Liquor Distribution (BCLDB), Up Cannabis is well positioned to provide Canadians with adult-use cannabis.

About Newstrike and Up Cannabis

Newstrike is the parent company of Up Cannabis Inc., a licensed producer of cannabis that is licensed to both cultivate and sell cannabis in all acceptable forms. Newstrike, through Up Cannabis and together with select strategic partners, including Canada’s iconic musicians The Tragically Hip, is developing a diverse network of high quality cannabis brands. For more information, visit http://www.up.ca or http://www.newstrike.ca

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