Vancouver, British Columbia — (The Newsfile – May 14, 2020) – Benchmark Botanics Inc. (formerly Kaiyue International Inc.) (CSE: BBT) (the “Company” or “Benchmark“) announces the granting of stock options to an officer of the Company effective May 8, 2020 for an aggregate of 200,000 stock options of the Company exercisable at C$0.35, being the closing market price for each common share on May 7, 2020. The Options shall expire and terminate on May 7, 2025. One third of the options vest immediately, one third vest in a year and the final third vest in two years.
These stock options have been granted in accordance with the Company’s Stock Option Plan. Pursuant to this plan, the Company is authorized to grant an aggregate of up to 10% of its issued and outstanding common shares on a rolling basis. Immediately following this award of stock options the Company has issued and outstanding stock options for 6,500,000 common shares of the Company and there were 11,161,226 stock options of the Company available for future grant.
About Benchmark Botanics Inc.
Benchmark is a diversified multi-licensed cannabis producer focused on a three-way vertical business model targeting the medical, pharmaceutical, and recreational markets in Canada. The Company’s business plan also includes a strategy to become a Canadian licensed producer to pioneer selling medical cannabis and hemp throughout Asia, where it is legal to do so.
Benchmark is focused on producing the highest-quality, indoor-grown cannabis for patients and adult recreational consumers, as well as developing international business partnerships to extend the Company’s global footprint.
Benchmark’s 100% owned subsidiary, Potanicals Green Growers Inc. (“Potanicals) is a Health Canada licensed producer under the Cannabis Act and its regulations. The Company is producing at its indoor Peachland Cannabis Complex and is constructing a Phase II expansion of an additional 10,000 square foot extraction facility there. Along with cultivation and production, the company’s Peachland BC facility also provides propagation, cultivation, cloning, storage, research and development, genetics and is progressing towards CBD oil extraction and an EU-GMP certification.
As part of its expansion strategy the company, with a joint venture partner completed a second facility, a 4-acre Greenhouse Operation in Pitt Meadows, BC. The Company through Potanicals, has received its second cultivation license, effective November 29, 2019, from Health Canada for the Pitt Meadow greenhouse.
Benchmark has also acquired 51% of a company that holds a cannabis research and development licence issued from Health Canada under The Cannabis Act and its regulations.
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ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF
BENCHMARK BOTANICS INC.
/s/ “William Ying”
Chief Executive Officer
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