BENCHMARK BOTANICS APPLAUDS CANADA’S LEGALIZATION OF BILLION DOLLAR RECREATIONAL CANNABIS INDUSTRY AND DEEPENS COOPERATION WITH WORLD-RENOWN DUTCH BRAND “THE BULLDOG”

October 18, 2018 Vancouver, B.C. – Benchmark Botanics Inc. (CSE: BBT; FSE:BBW) (“Benchmark Botanics or the “Company”) applauds the Canadian government’s legalization of recreational marijuana. Today will mark the first legal recreational marijuana sales in what is expected to be a massive market. The total cannabis market in Canada, including medical as well as recreational products is expected to generate up to $7.17 billion in total sales in 2019, according to a recent Deloitte report.

Commenting on the landmark development, Benchmark Botanical’s CEO, William Ying stated, “We are thrilled with the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada. Benchmark Botanical is well positioned to take full advantage of the legislation. This significant milestone puts Benchmark at the forefront of the Cannabis Industry.  The advantages of legalization are that it opens a retail market in addition to a medical market, loosens regulatory restrictions for access, expands distribution, and expands the industry to billions of dollars. The cannabis industry will now evolve at a very quick pace.  Today’s legalization is another step forward for our Company as we continue to take Benchmark to new and greater levels”.

The legalization of recreational marijuana will have a tremendous positive impact on many of Benchmark businesses. The recent license agreement with the Bulldog (see news release on September 27), for example, is an evidence of our determined execution of strategies. With the use of The Bulldog trademarks, we will seek to build one of the most engaging and successful brands and develop leading products in Canada for the adult-use market. With the addition of The Bulldog trademark, which has a long-established history as one of the most well-known coffee shop brands in Amsterdam and beyond, the partnership will assist the Company to position itself in the Canadian adult-use cannabis market. The Company is continuing to make prudent investments and efforts into marketing and branding of our products for the Canadian adult-use cannabis market.”

About THE BULLDOG

 

THE BULLDOG is an Amsterdam-based company that owns and operates a chain of cannabis coffee shops, a five-star hostel hotel in Amsterdam, locations in Canada and a merchandising line. The Bulldog No. 90 was the first coffee shop in Amsterdam and laid the benchmark for the contemporary coffee shop. What once began in a cellar, has grown into well recognized trade- name in several countries. THE BULLDOG Amsterdam has one of the longest histories of legalized recreational cannabis business with millions of customer visits to its stores every year.

 

About Benchmark

 

Benchmark is a publicly traded company based in Vancouver, British Columbia that is positioned to provide financing, partnership and acquisition opportunities to licensed producers and ancillary businesses within the global cannabis industry.

In November 2017, the Company acquired its first subsidiary, Potanicals Green Growers Inc. Potanicals possesses a Health Canada license to cultivate and sell cannabis as an Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes (ACMPR) Licensed Producer. In its first phase of operations, Potanicals is currently cultivating in its 12,700 square foot PHASE I indoor production facility. Benchmark is pursuing additional sites to retrofit for large scale cultivation expansion.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF

BENCHMARK BOTANICS INC.

/s/ “William Ying”

William Ying

Chief Executive Officer

 

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Forward-looking statements and information are provided for the purpose of providing information about the current expectations and plans of management of the Company relating to the future. Readers are cautioned that reliance on such statements and information may not be appropriate for other purposes, such as making investment decisions. Since forward-looking statements and information address future events and conditions, by their very nature they involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to several factors and risks. These include, but are not limited to, the Company’s ability to identify and complete additional suitable acquisitions to further the Company’s growth as well as risks associated with the medical marijuana industry in general, such as operational risks in development and production delays or changes in plans with respect to development projects or capital expenditures; the uncertainty of the capital markets; the uncertainty of receiving the required licenses, production, costs and expenses; health, safety and environmental risks; marketing and transportation; loss of markets; environmental risks; competition; incorrect assessment of the value of the potential market; ability to access sufficient capital from internal and external sources; failure to obtain required regulatory and other approvals and changes in legislation, including but not limited to tax laws and regulated regulations. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, timelines and information contained in this news release. Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

 

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Benchmark Botanics Inc. Announces Results of AGM and Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

Vancouver, British Columbia – (Newsfile Corp. – October 16, 2018) – Benchmark Botanics, Inc. (CSE: BBT; FSE: BBW) (“Benchmark” or the “Company”). Benchmark is pleased to announce that the results of its annual general meeting of shareholders held on October 12, 2018 (the “Meeting”). A total of 76,612,838 common shares were voted at the Meeting, representing 54.14% of the 141,514,642 common shares of the Company that were issued and outstanding as at the record date.

 

All the resolutions put forward by the Company were approved at the Meeting. Manning Elliott LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants, was re-appointed auditor for the ensuing year.  The number of directors for the ensuring year has been set at five. Messrs. Ping (Johnson) Zhang, Claude (Cliff) Stowell, Haifeng Liu, George Dorin and William Ying were elected directors of the Company and will hold office until the next annual meeting of the Company or until their earlier resignation or removal.

 

At a meeting of the board of directors of the Company held immediately following the AGM on October 12, 2018, Mr. George Dorin was elected Chairman of the Board; Mr. William Ying was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company; Mr. Haifeng Liu was re-appointed President; Ms. Jin Kuang was re-appointed interim Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary; and Mr. Claude (Cliff) Stowell was re-appointed CEO of Potanicals Green Growers Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. Mr. Johnson Zhang, Co-Founder and a Director of the Company, stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer.

 

“It has been a great honour to serve as the CEO of Benchmark since its inception. I take great pride in our team’s collective accomplishments and the exceptional progress we have made in such a short period of time,” said Johnson.  “At the dawn of opening of the recreational market in Canada and the numerous overseas opportunities that our Company is positioned to capitalize on, the timing is perfect to bring William on board.”

 

Mr. William Ying brings over 20 years of experience in capital markets and strategic planning to the Company. Since 1996, he has served at various financial institutions including Yorkton Securities, Blackmont Capital, Jordan Capital and Mackie Research Capital. In those roles, William has provided growth investment opportunities to accredited investors globally (institutional, corporate and individual), as well as advised growth-oriented companies in capital raising, M&A, corporate development and other corporate finance activities.  William also participates in the Mentor in Business program at Simon Fraser University (SFU Beedie School of Business) as a mentor to share his business experience with future business leaders.

 

“The Board is confident that, with William’s track record of strong leadership, deep operational knowledge and focus on delivering shareholder value, he will be the perfect compliment to our leadership team and the best candidate to lead our Company into the next phase of our rapid growth,” Johnson continued.

 

“I am truly honored and humbled to be installed at this position and to lead Benchmark at such an important point in the Company’s evolution.  The opportunities that lie ahead are limitless,” said William, “I look forward to working closely with you and lead the company to the next stage. We have a great team in place and I am thrilled to be leading the corporate strategy and vision to drive our venture forward.”

 

“Benchmark is in an exceptional position today thanks to the vision and dedication of Johnson Zhang,” said Haifeng (Leo) Liu. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, our shareholders and our staff, I would like to acknowledge and thank Johnson for his many contributions, tireless efforts and for being the key driver of our growth and success to date.”

 

About Benchmark

 

Benchmark is a publicly traded company based in Vancouver, British Columbia that is positioned to provide financing, partnership and acquisition opportunities to licensed producers and ancillary businesses within the global cannabis industry.

In November 2017, the Company acquired its first subsidiary, Potanicals Green Growers Inc. Potanicals Green Growers possesses a Health Canada license to cultivate and sell cannabis as an Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes (ACMPR) Licensed Producer. In its first phase of operations, Potanicals is currently cultivating in its 12,700 square foot PHASE I indoor production facility. Benchmark is pursuing additional sites to retrofit for large scale cultivation expansion.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF

BENCHMARK BOTANICS INC.

George Dorin
Chairman, the Board of Directors

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Benchmark Botanics Announces Definitive Agreement for Joint Venture

Vancouver, British Columbia – (Newsfile Corp. – October 1, 2018) – Benchmark Botanics, Inc. (CSE: BBT; FSE: BBW) (“Benchmark” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that, further to its press release dated April 10, 2018, it has entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”) to supersede the letter agreement with 1139000 B.C. Ltd. (“1139”) for the development of approximately 4 acres of greenhouse operations to be located in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia (the “Property”) beneficially owned by 1139.

Under the terms of the Agreement, Benchmark has agreed, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Potanicals Green Growers Inc. (“Potanicals”), to apply for a license under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”) for the Property, and upon receipt of a license under the ACMPR will earn a 25% interest in 1139, the owner of the Property. Upon the Property being developed to a commercial stage, Benchmark will have the right to increase its ownership to 51% of 1139 in consideration for the issuance of common shares of Benchmark, such number of shares to be based on the then fair market value of 1139.

Pursuant to the Agreement, 1139 is responsible for construction of the necessary facilities on the Property in order for a license under the ACMPR to be obtained. Benchmark has agreed to indemnify 1139 for certain expenses relating to the acquisition of the Property and construction of the facilities in the event that Potanicals fails to obtain a license under the ACMPR for the Property by June 30, 2019, subject to extension in certain circumstances.

About Benchmark

 

Benchmark is a publicly traded company based in Vancouver, British Columbia that is positioned to provide financing, partnership and acquisition opportunities to licensed producers and ancillary businesses within the global cannabis industry.

In November 2017, the Company acquired its first subsidiary, Potanicals Green Growers Inc. Potanicals possesses a Health Canada license to cultivate and sell cannabis as an Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes (ACMPR) Licensed Producer. In its first phase of operations, Potanicals is currently cultivating in its 12,700 square foot PHASE I indoor production facility. Benchmark is pursuing additional sites to retrofit for large scale cultivation expansion.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF

BENCHMARK BOTANICS INC.

/s/ “Ping (Johnson) Zhang”

Ping (Johnson) Zhang

Chief Executive Officer

 

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www.benchmarkbotanics.com

 

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