Leafly Pickup Expands Into Canada

CANADA: Leafly, the leading technology platform that helps people discover and find cannabis, today announced the launch of Leafly Pickup in Canada. Leafly Pickup allows consumers to browse the menus of participating cannabis retailers, reserve products online, and then pick up and purchase products in-store directly from the retailer.

Leafly Pickup is available now with leading Canadian recreational cannabis retailer Spiritleaf, a brand established by Inner Spirit Holdings Ltd. (CSE: ISH). Leafly Pickup will initially be available at Spiritleaf’s Alberta and Saskatchewan retail cannabis stores, including new flagship locations in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. Additional retailers will follow Spiritleaf and launch the service in coming weeks and months. Canada is the first country to offer the service outside the United States, which first launched it in March 2018.

“Leafly Pickup is truly a consumer-first technology that exists to help people find the cannabis products they want coupled with the information they need to make informed decisions,” said Leafly CEO Tim Leslie. “We’re proud of the momentum Leafly Pickup has in the U.S. It’s improving the consumer experience and it’s boosting revenue for retail partners. Leafly Pickup is just another way we’re showing Canadians that Leafly is their destination for cannabis discovery and education.”

“Leafly Pickup is the latest example of how we leverage technology to solve business issues in the cannabis value chain – specifically, by increasing consumer access and the appeal of the legal market,” said Jo Vos, Managing Director, Leafly Canada. “We’re proud to launch this new feature with the fantastic team at Spiritleaf – just in time for Canada Day.”

Spiritleaf has franchise-owned or licensed retail cannabis stores operating in Brooks, Lethbridge, St. Albert, Calgary (Stonegate) and Edmonton (Argyll), Alberta; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; and Kingston, Ontario. Spiritleaf’s first corporate-owned retail cannabis stores are expected to open this week in Calgary (Beltline) and Edmonton (Old Strathcona), Alberta.

 

Up Cannabis To launch first Experiential Hub In Ontario Market

CANADA: Newstrike Brands, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Up Cannabis Inc., announce that an Up Cannabis “Experiential Hub” will be featured prominently in Ontario’s first Spiritleaf store, expected to be located in Kingston, Ontario, in connection with a retail agreement entered into between Spiritleaf and a Ontario cannabis retail lottery winner.

Newstrike Brands Ltd--Up Cannabis to launch first Experiential H

Inner Spirit Holdings (“Inner Spirit”) (CSE: ISH) announced earlier today that Inner Spirit’s subsidiary, Spirit Leaf Inc., has entered into an agreement with one of the initial 25 cannabis retail lottery winners in Ontario to open a Spiritleaf cannabis retail store in Kingston.

The Spiritleaf store—the company’s first in the Ontario market—is planned to be located on Princess Street, in the heart of Kingston, and will feature an Up Cannabis Experiential Hub, or a “store-within-a-store,” designed to complement existing Spiritleaf design elements and provide education about cannabis, while showcasing both companies’ love of music and various community and charitable endeavors. An opening date of April 1st is targeted, to coincide with the launch of cannabis retail stores throughout Ontario.

“We are thrilled to partner with Spiritleaf and look forward to seeing an Up Cannabis Experiential Hub in one of the first retail stores in the province,” said Jay Wilgar, CEO of both Newstrike and Up Cannabis. “Up Cannabis’ ties to Kingston run deep as the hometown of our partners, The Tragically Hip, with many special milestones in our company’s history taking place there, and more to come. We’re excited to see the stars aligning for both our brands as the Ontario retail marketplace takes shape.”

The news follows the investment agreement and strategic alliance agreement entered into between Newstrike and Inner Spirit whereby each of the companies acquired equity interests in each other and provides for the retail distribution of Up Cannabis products and the creation and operation of Up Cannabis-branded customer lounges or Experiential Hubs in Spiritleaf stores, as regulations allow.   Inner Spirit currently has four Spiritleaf retail franchise stores with Up Cannabis Experiential Hubs currently operating in Alberta and Saskatchewan with a fifth outlet scheduled to open Calgary on February 14, 2019.