VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Dec. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company”) (CSE:N)(FRANKFURT:M5BQ)(OTC:NXTTF) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) with BRLEV AGRICULTURAL CROPS LTD. (“BRLEV”), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Cannmart Inc. (“CannMart”), whereby BRLEV will supply CannMart with high quality medical cannabis, to be imported by CannMart from Israel and offered in the Company’s online marketplace. BRLEV is Israel’s largest licensed producer of medical cannabis, with over 40 years of experience in commercial agricultural production and export. BRLEV will work with Namaste to export medical cannabis to the Canadian market, which will fall under Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”) guidelines. The LOI and the proposed medical cannabis supply agreement (“Supply Agreement”) highlight Namaste’s intentions of becoming Canada’s leading online retailer for medical cannabis products, by focusing on importation of high quality medical cannabis from industry-leading countries like Israel. Namaste believes that the demand for imported cannabis and the opportunity it presents has been largely overlooked. This deal solidifies Namaste's commitment in seeking the best cannabis products in global markets and offering them to Canadian cannabis users.
Terms of the LOI:
Namaste will submit purchase orders to BRLEV for medical cannabis.
Namaste will provide 50% payment against each purchase order once the goods arrive at the airport and have been tested by a third-party laboratory facility. The balance of payment will be due within 30 days from the shipment date.
Product cost to Namaste will be determined as 30% of Namaste’s retail price.
Namaste will be responsible for shipping and import costs.
Namaste’s product branding and naming conventions for each strain will adhere to Israeli government requirements where applicable.
Namaste will mark each customer package with BRLEV’s name and logo.
The LOI and proposed Supply Agreement reinforce Namaste’s effort to provide imported medical cannabis products to its patients by offering the largest variety of products from domestic and international producers. BRLEV boasts one of the largest production facilities in Israel and is a strong partner for Namaste. Namaste believes that BRLEV’s existing license and infrastructure will be suited to accommodate the Company’s expected demand for high quality Israeli grown medical cannabis. Namaste is highly focused on cannabis importation for its CannMart facility and specifically on sourcing from the Israeli market. This partnership will allow Namaste to offer greater value for its patients by allowing CannMart to provide a larger offering in comparison with domestic ACMPR licensed producers. The Company expects to see strong demand for imported cannabis products and looks forward to a growing relationship with BRLEV and its management team.
Asaf Bardichev, President and CEO of BRLEV comments: "BRLEV is very excited to announce the signing of this LOI. We see Namaste as a central and leading figure in the growing Canadian retail market and see this as a great opportunity for collaboration. We believe that the partnership with Namaste that we are beginning now can be a long and lasting one. It will be one that strengthens Namaste, BRLEV, and the Canadian medical cannabis market."
Sean Dollinger, President and CEO of Namaste comments: “While the Canadian market continues to be a leader with regards to the production of high quality cannabis, Namaste remains of the opinion that Canadian consumers will demand other high-quality products from markets abroad. Through our partnership with BRLEV, Namaste fully intends to meet that demand. This transaction represents the first of many partnerships by which Namaste intends to create the largest and most diverse marketplace for Canadian cannabis consumers. We are very pleased to have signed this LOI and are looking forward to working with the BRLEV Group. Namaste believes this represents a strong partnership based on BRLEV’s credentials and experience in cultivation and agricultural export. The BRLEV management team has exceptional talents for cultivation and production of the highest quality medical cannabis in the Israeli market. We look forward to working with BRLEV and their team in creating the most diverse offering of medical cannabis in the Canadian online retail marketplace.”
The BRLEV Group manages cannabis based medicine production from mother plants to final product. The group is fully licensed in all aspects of cannabis cultivation and processing as well as in the manufacturing of cannabis based medication in Israel. With an impressive lineup of high-end facilities and over 40 years of experience in agriculture the BRLEV group meets the highest industry standards including GMP, Global Gap and Tesco. Working closely with the leading Israeli research bodies in plant genetics, virus and pest control, cannabis processing and active substance extraction, BRLEV uses state of the art methods and knowledge in cannabis cultivation and processing. The BRLEV group has also secured a cannabis trading license which enables the group to start exporting its products overseas as soon as export regulations are in place.
About Namaste Technologies Inc.
Namaste is the largest online retailer for medical cannabis delivery systems globally. Namaste distributes vaporizers and smoking accessories through e-commerce sites in 26 countries and with 5 distribution hubs located around the world. Namaste has majority market share in Europe and Australia, with operations in the UK, US, Canada and Germany and has opened new supply channels into emerging markets including Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Namaste, through its acquisition of Cannmart Inc., a Canadian based late-stage applicant for a medical cannabis distribution license (under the ACMPR Program) is pursuing a new revenue vertical in online retail of medical cannabis in the Canadian market. Namaste intends to leverage its existing database of Canadian medical cannabis consumers, along with its expertise in e-commerce to create an online marketplace for medical cannabis patients, offering a larger variety of product and a better user experience.
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