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Canopy Growth Confirms Canopy USA’s Exercise of Options to Acquire Wana and Jetty

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SMITHS FALLS, ON, May 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ – Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company“) (TSX: WEED) (NASDAQ: CGC) today confirmed that Canopy USA, LLC (“Canopy USA“) has exercised the options to acquire Wana and Jetty (each as defined below).

The exercise of these options is a critical next step to enable Canopy USA to fulfill its intent to establish a leading, brand-focused powerhouse. It is also expected that once completed, these acquisitions will enable Canopy USA to realize compelling financial benefits, including the ability to drive revenue growth, and realize cost synergies across the Canopy USA ecosystem.

“With these acquisitions now triggered, Canopy USA has taken a crucial step forward in bringing together these high potential businesses and will soon be able to demonstrate the full potential of this ecosystem across the U.S. cannabis market,” said David Klein, Chief Executive Officer of Canopy Growth. “In addition to the positive signals we’re seeing on near term regulatory reform in the U.S., there’s significant potential in putting together leading brands like Wana and Jetty, and we’re excited to see how these brands can collaborate to become even stronger”.

There is no additional consideration to be paid by Canopy USA for the exercise of the options to acquire each of:

  • Wana – Wana is a leading cannabis edibles brand in North America and is vertically integrated in Colorado in addition to having a rapidly growing licensing division across 15 additional U.S. states and territories. With a scalable business model, Wana has built a major position in the gummies category, which is one of the fastest growing edibles segments.1 Backed by a robust pipeline of new consumer focused products, Wana continues to enter new markets and capture consumers looking for high-quality products that deliver against desired need states.
  • Jetty – Jetty is a California-based producer of high-quality cannabis extracts and pioneer of clean vape technology. Jetty pioneers the latest technology to create industry-leading extracts including award-winning solventless vapes, live resin vapes, and other products. The brand’s products are available in California, Colorado, New York and New Jersey, and according to market research firm BDSA, Jetty Solventless vapes ranked as the #1 National Live Rosin vape brand2. Supported by nine years of operations, Jetty continues to define the vape category and is primed to further scale its high-quality products nationally.

The closing of the acquisition of each of Wana Wellness, LLC, The CIMA Group, LLC and Mountain High Products, LLC (collectively, “Wana“) and Lemurian, Inc. (“Jetty“) is subject to certain customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals. Following the initial closing, Canopy USA will own 100% of the outstanding equity interests in Wana and approximately 75% of the outstanding shares of Jetty.

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Based on Headset data for tracked US states in 2022. Edibles includes forms such as beverages, chocolates and other ingestible.

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Based on February 2024 BDSA data for dollars sold for all product categories

About Canopy Growth

Canopy Growth is a leading North American cannabis and consumer packaged goods (“CPG“) company dedicated to unleashing the power of cannabis to improve lives.

Through an unwavering commitment to our consumers, Canopy Growth delivers innovative products with a focus on premium and mainstream cannabis brands including Doja, 7ACRES, Tweed, and Deep Space. Canopy Growth’s CPG portfolio features gourmet wellness products by Martha Stewart CBD, and category defining vaporizer technology made in Germany by Storz & Bickel.

Canopy Growth has also established a comprehensive ecosystem to realize the opportunities presented by the U.S. THC market through Canopy USA’s rights to Acreage Holdings, Inc. (“Acreage“), a vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operator with principal operations in densely populated states across the Northeast, as well as Wana Brands, a leading cannabis edible brand in North America, and Jetty Extracts, a California-based producer of high- quality cannabis extracts and pioneer of clean vape technology.

Beyond its world-class products, Canopy Growth is leading the industry forward through a commitment to social equity, responsible use, and community reinvestment – pioneering a future where cannabis is understood and welcomed for its potential to help achieve greater well-being and life enhancement.

For more information visit www.canopygrowth.com.

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws, which involve certain known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements predict or describe our future operations, business plans, business and investment strategies and the performance of our investments. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by their use of such terms and phrases as “intend,” “goal,” “strategy,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “projections,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “seeks,” “anticipates,” “potential,” “proposed,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “may,” “likely,” “designed to,” “foreseeable future,” “believe,” “scheduled” and other similar expressions. Our actual results or outcomes may differ materially from those anticipated. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: expectations regarding the business of Canopy USA following the acquisition of Wana and Jetty, including the potential financial benefits and cost synergies resulting from such acquisitions; the timing of closing of Canopy USA’s acquisition of Wana and Jetty, including the satisfaction or waiver of the closing conditions set out in the underlying agreements and receipt of all regulatory approvals; expectations regarding the U.S. federal laws and regulations and any amendments thereto; expectations regarding the potential success of, and the costs and benefits associated with, our acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, equity investments and dispositions; our ability to successfully create and launch brands and further create, launch and scale cannabis-based products; our ability to continue as a going concern; our ability to execute on our strategy and the anticipated benefits of such strategy; the timing and nature of legislative changes in the U.S. regarding the regulation of cannabis, including THC; the future performance of our business and operations; and our ability to comply with the listing requirements of the Nasdaq Stock Market LLC and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The forward-looking statements contained herein are based upon certain material assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making a forecast or projection, including, without limitation: (i) management’s perceptions of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments; (ii) general economic, financial market, regulatory and political conditions in which we operate; (iii) anticipated and unanticipated costs; (iv) government regulation; (v) our ability to realize anticipated benefits, synergies or generate revenue, profits or value; and (xiii) other considerations that management believes to be appropriate in the circumstances. While our management considers these assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to management, there is no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.

By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties that may be general or specific and which give rise to the possibility that expectations, forecasts, predictions, projections or conclusions will not prove to be accurate, that assumptions may not be correct and that objectives, strategic goals and priorities will not be achieved. A variety of factors, including known and unknown risks, many of which are beyond our control, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release and other reports we file with, or furnish to, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC“) and other regulatory agencies and made by our directors, officers, other employees and other persons authorized to speak on our behalf. Such factors include, without limitation, our limited operating history; the diversion of management time on issues related to Canopy USA; the risks the risks relating to the conditions precedent to the acquisitions of Acreage, Wana and Jetty not being satisfied or waived; the risks related to Acreage’s financial statements expressing doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern; the fact that we have yet to receive audited financial statements from Jetty; the adequacy of our capital resources and liquidity, including but not limited to, availability of sufficient cash flow to execute our business plan (either within the expected timeframe or at all); volatility in and/or degradation of general economic, market, industry or business conditions; compliance with applicable policies and regulations; changes in regulatory requirements in relation to our business and products; our reliance on licenses issued by and contractual arrangements with various federal, state and provincial governmental authorities; inherent uncertainty associated with projections; future levels of revenues and the impact of increasing levels of competition; third-party manufacturing risks; third-party transportation risks; inflation risks; our exposure to risks related to an agricultural business, including wholesale price volatility and variable product quality; changes in laws, regulations and guidelines and our compliance with such laws, regulations and guidelines; risks relating to our ability to refinance debt as and when required on terms favorable to us and to comply with covenants contained in our debt facilities and debt instruments; risks related to the integration of acquired businesses; the timing and manner of the legalization of cannabis in the United States; business strategies, growth opportunities and expected investment; counterparty risks and liquidity risks that may impact our ability to obtain loans and other credit facilities on favorable terms; the potential effects of judicial, regulatory or other proceedings, litigation or threatened litigation or proceedings, or reviews or investigations, on our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows; the anticipated effects of actions of third parties such as competitors, activist investors or federal, state, provincial, territorial or local regulatory authorities, self-regulatory organizations, plaintiffs in litigation or persons threatening litigation; consumer demand for cannabis; the implementation and effectiveness of key personnel changes; risks related to stock exchange restrictions; the risks related to the exchangeable shares of the Company (the “Exchangeable Shares“) having different rights from our common shares and the fact that there may never be a trading market for the Exchangeable Shares; future levels of capital, environmental or maintenance expenditures, general and administrative and other expenses; and the factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2023 filed with the SEC on EDGAR and with the Canadian securities regulators on SEDAR+ on June 22, 2023 and in Item 1A of Part II of the Company’s Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2023 filed with the SEC on EDGAR and with the Canadian securities regulators on SEDAR+ on February 9, 2024. Readers are cautioned to consider these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully and not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

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SOURCE Canopy Growth Corporation

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