Wana Brands Partners with TerrAscend to Bring its Best-In-Class Edibles to New Jersey and to Expand its Existing Line-Up in Maryland
Multi-State Partnership Showcases the Opportunities Unlocked by Enhanced Brand Collaboration
NEW YORK and TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2023 /CNW/ - TerrAscend Corp. ("TerrAscend") (CSE: TER) (OTCQX: TRSSF), a leading North American cannabis operator, today announced a multi-year agreement (the "Agreement") with Wana Brands ("Wana"), the leading edibles manufacturer in North America, to introduce Wana's products at The Apothecarium retail stores and additional third-party retailers in New Jersey. The agreement will also transfer to TerrAscend, the manufacturing and sales of Wana's existing portfolio of products in Maryland.
Pursuant to the agreement, TerrAscend will serve as the exclusive sole manufacturer, supplier, and commercial partner for Wana's products in New Jersey. The new relationship in Maryland will also bring some of Wana's best-selling SKUs such as its fast-acting "Quick" and health and wellness line "Optimals," to Maryland as Wana seeks to aggressively expand their product portfolio in the state.
"This partnership is a substantial addition to our retail and wholesale operations in New Jersey, one of the most robust cannabis markets on the East Coast," said Jason Wild, Executive Chairman of TerrAscend. "Edibles are among the industry's fastest growing consumer categories, as well as one of the strongest entry points for new cannabis consumers. We also look forward to building on the amazing presence Wana has cultivated in Maryland by adding new SKUs for their patient base in the state."
Nancy Whiteman, CEO and Co-founder of Wana Brands, said, "We could not be more excited to partner with TerrAscend to introduce Wana to New Jersey cannabis connoisseurs for the very first time and launch several of our top selling SKUs from other markets in Maryland. We would like to thank Curio for their partnership over the past three years to position Wana as a top gummy in Maryland, and look forward to continuing to work with their retail stores as we make this transition towards the end of March, 2023."
Wana Brands is a leading North American edible brand delivering award-winning quality, consistency and potency through a variety of edibles products that allow customers to select their desired cannabis experience. Wana products come in a wide range of flavors, CBD/THC/minor cannabinoid ratios, as well as different dosages, onset times and duration of effects. Over the next few months, Wana products will become available to patients and consumers at The Apothecarium dispensaries in Lodi, Maplewood and Phillipsburg, as well as third-party locations. In New Jersey, The Apothecarium is also home to Kind Tree and Gage, TerrAscend's best-selling in-house flower and vape brands, and the #1 California cannabis lifestyle brand, Cookies.
TerrAscend is a leading North American cannabis operator with vertically integrated operations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan and California, licensed cultivation and processing operations in Maryland and licensed production in Canada. TerrAscend operates The Apothecarium and Gage dispensary retail locations as well as scaled cultivation, processing, and manufacturing facilities in its core markets. TerrAscend's cultivation and manufacturing practices yield consistent, high-quality cannabis, providing industry-leading product selection to both the medical and legal adult-use markets. The Company owns several synergistic businesses and brands including Gage Cannabis, The Apothecarium, Ilera Healthcare, Kind Tree, Prism, State Flower, Valhalla Confections, and Arise Bioscience Inc. For more information, visit www.terrascend.com.
Wana Brands is the No. 1 edibles brand in North America. Wana leads the industry in quality, consistency and potency, providing a range of different options that enable customers to select the specific cannabis experience they want. Wana products offer diverse product forms, a wide range of CBD/THC ratios, as well as a variety of different dosages, onset times and duration of effects. Wana products are available in 15 US states and 9 Canadian provinces, among others imminently coming online. For more information or to subscribe to Wana's e-newsletter, visit www.wanabrands.com.
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While the approach to enforcement of such laws by the federal government in the United States has trended toward non-enforcement against individuals and businesses that comply with medical or adult-use cannabis programs in states where such programs are legal, strict compliance with state laws with respect to cannabis will neither absolve TerrAscend of liability under U.S. federal law, nor will it provide a defense to any federal proceeding which may be brought against TerrAscend. The enforcement of federal laws in the United States is a significant risk to the business of TerrAscend and any proceedings brought against TerrAscend thereunder may adversely affect TerrAscend's operations and financial performance