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Aleafia Closes Transactions with Serruya Private Equity

Transactions Positions Aleafia as Major Supplier, Retailer of Adult-use Cannabis

TORONTO, Nov. 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aleafia Health Inc. (TSXV: ALEF; OTCQX: ALEAF, FRA: ARAH) (“Aleafia“ or the “Company“) is pleased to announce that the previously announced joint venture and financing transactions with Serruya Private Equity (“Serruya”) have closed.

“We look forward to immediately executing on our shared vision of building and scaling a retail cannabis network with immediate national reach and global expansion plans,” said Aaron Serruya, a principal of SPE. “We are very excited to once again play an early role in developing one of the world’s largest cannabis companies.”

“Aleafia made a firm commitment to launch a national adult-use cannabis division with global ambitions. With final approvals now in place, we have delivered on that commitment,” said Aleafia CEO Geoffrey Benic. “With commercially proven brands and global retailing expertise, we believe our partnership with Serruya will provide significant value to our shareholders.”

Additional Highlights:

  • Backed and supported with a $10 million investment by Serruya and its affiliate, International Franchise Inc., which has over 4500 quick service restaurant locations in over 50 countries
  • Serruya has also been a leading early cannabis industry force as cannabis industry investors in both emerging and established issuers and other industry participants
  • Launch approximately 20 proposed retail outlets, with a subsequent national and international expansion plan (excluding the U.S.)
  • With turn-key store launch, licensing agreements cover established, commercially proven international cannabis brands
  • Ready-made store design and retail systems in place, along with intellectual property including genetics and packaging

The closing formalizes Aleafia’s acquisition of a 51 per cent interest in Flying High Brands Inc., a domestic and international cannabis brands joint-venture (“Flying High”) and a 9.9 per cent interest in One Plant (Retail) Corp. a Canada-wide cannabis retail joint venture (“One Plant”).

The closing also marks the completion of Serruya’s $10 million (CAD) strategic investment into Aleafia (by way of the purchase of 5 million common shares at $2.00 per common share) and the completion of Aleafia’s $1 million (CAD) investment in Flying High and $4 million (CAD) investment in One Plant. Aleafia purchased its 51 per cent interest in Flying High, in part, by the issuance of 6 million common shares to Serruya.

For Investor & Media Relations, please contact:

Nicholas Bergamini, VP, Public Affairs IR@AleafiaInc.com

About Aleafia Health Inc.:

Aleafia is a vertically integrated, national cannabis company with major medical clinic, cannabis cultivation and R&D operations. The company is a federally licensed producer and vendor of cannabis and will reach an annual production capacity of 98,000 kg of dried cannabis in 2019.

Aleafia operates 22 medical cannabis clinics staffed by physicians and nurse practitioners, with over 50,000 patients. The company is highly differentiated, maintaining the largest medical cannabis dataset in the world with significant intellectual property holdings and current R&D operations.

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