VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Body and Mind Inc. (CSE: BAMM, US OTC: BMMJ), (the “Company” or “BAM”) is pleased to announce the Company and its strategic in-state investment partners received notification that the State of Ohio awarded a medical cannabis production license to NMG, Ohio LLC (“NMG Ohio”, “Applicant”). The Company’s subsidiary, Nevada Medical Group LLC (“NMG”) currently maintains a 30% ownership interest in NMG Ohio.
On June 7, 2018, the Company announced NMG Ohio was also awarded a medical cannabis dispensary license. Together, these recently awarded production and dispensary licenses in Ohio advance the Company’s vision towards vertically integrated operations in Nevada and Ohio.
Ohio Medical Cannabis Dispensary and Production License Highlights:
- NMG Ohio obtained 1 of only 12 Ohio medical cannabis production licenses awarded to date. Ohio has a population of approximately 11.5 Million.
- NMG Ohio obtained 1 of only 56 Ohio medical cannabis dispensary licenses awarded to date. Development for the dispensary in Elyria, Lorain County has commenced.
- NMG is currently in negotiations with other members of NMG Ohio to increase its ownership interest, however, there can be no guarantee that the NMG will be successful in increasing its ownership in NMG Ohio above 30%.
- Location of production license is in the city of Huron, Erie County, Ohio, approximately 27 miles from the dispensary license in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio.
- To date, less than five cultivation operations in Ohio have been awarded production licenses creating a significant opportunity for partnerships with cultivators.
- Ohio production facility will be replicated using NMG’s operational history and experience.
- NMG anticipates executing management agreements to operate the NMG Ohio production and dispensary facilities.
- State of Ohio received 104 medical cannabis production license applications.
- First-mover position in Ohio provides the Company with the ability to expediently expand its premium Body and Mind brand and products to an additional state.
- Body and Mind branded products including cannabis-infused edibles, creams, vape pens, cartridges and other non smokable medical delivery offerings are anticipated to be sold through local dispensaries.
Robert Hasman, Director of BAM, stated “The combination of production and retail operations advances our strategy for vertical integration in Ohio. Through successful low cost application processes we have grown the company into new markets while retaining a tight share structure. Our group is actively pursuing opportunities with cultivation licensees to bring Body and Mind cultivation experience and best practices for a fully vertically integrated opportunity. We are very pleased with our group being awarded one of the limited production licenses in Ohio which confirms the skill and commitment of our team.”
The Ohio medical marijuana program provides access to medical cannabis products such as edibles, oils, patches and vaporizers to authorized and approved patients having one or more of 21 medical conditions. Medical marijuana patients and their caregivers will be required to register with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to receive patient identification cards necessary to buy medical marijuana from licensed dispensaries. Patients and their caregivers will be allowed to possess up to a 90-day supply.
In addition to the license award described herein, the Company has applied for and was previously denied an application for a cultivation license in Ohio. The Company is currently assessing whether to appeal the Ohio cultivation license application which was previously denied. A number of unsuccessful Ohio cultivation license applicants have appealed the decision based on a perceived flawed scoring system by the State regulator in determining the award of cultivation licenses. There can be no assurances that the Company will be successful regarding any potential appeal.
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About Body and Mind
Body and Mind is a publicly traded company investing in high quality medical and recreational cannabis cultivation and production and retail. Our wholly owned Nevada subsidiary was awarded one of the first medical marijuana cultivation licences and holds cultivation and production licenses. Body and Mind products include dried flower, edibles, topicals, extracts as well as GPEN Gio cartridges. Body and Mind marijuana strains have won numerous awards including the Las Vegas Hempfest Cup 2016, High Times Top Ten, the NorCal Secret Cup and the Emerald Cup. Body and Mind continues to expand operations in Nevada and Ohio and is constantly reviewing accretive expansion opportunities.
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