Aphria signs LOI with CANNAVA to expand strategic Argentinian operations into Province of Jujuy

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LEAMINGTON, ON and JUJUY, Argentina, Dec. 20, 2018 /CNW/ – Aphria Inc. (“Aphria” or the “Company“) (TSX: APHA and NYSE: APHA) today announced that its subsidiary ABP S.A. (“ABP“) has signed a Letter of Intent (“LOI“) with the Argentinian state-owned Cannabis AvatãraSociedad del Estado (“CANNAVA“) to enter into a cooperation agreement regarding the cultivation of cannabis that will expand the Company’s strategic Argentinian operations into the Province of Jujuy.

Under the terms of the agreement, ABP is to establish a facility for the cultivation and processing of cannabis, as well as for the manufacturing of cannabis derivative products, including but not limited to cannabis oil. We understand through CANNAVA, Jujuy will produce curative oils and medicines using Cannabis sativa.

“This agreement advances Aphria’s international expansion strategy and leading presence in emerging cannabis markets like Argentina,” said JakobRipshtein, President of Aphria. “We are thrilled to promote opportunities for medical cannabis in close partnership with the Argentinian federal and Jujuy provincial governments to support the cultivation, extraction and future development of cannabis products in this important market.”

CANNAVA was established to advance the cultivation and industrialization of cannabis sativa for medical, scientific and therapeutic use.

“Aphria is strategically positioned to be among the first companies to produce locally, and eventually commercialize its products in Argentina at much lower cost,” said Gabriel Meneses, Vice President, Latin America and Caribbean at Aphria. “We are proud of the relationship we have built with the Province of Jujuy after months of discussions and planning, and thankful for their support.”

As Argentinian legislation evolves, Aphria will be positioned to scale production in Jujuy, including making necessary investments to expand global footprint and provide access to high-quality, low-cost medicinal cannabis.

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Aphria is a leading global cannabis company driven by an unrelenting commitment to our people, product quality and innovation. Headquartered in Leamington, Ontario – the greenhouse capital of Canada – Aphria has been setting the standard for the low-cost production of safe, clean and pure pharmaceutical-grade cannabis at scale, grown in the most natural conditions possible. Focusing on untapped opportunities and backed by the latest technologies, Aphria is committed to bringing breakthrough innovation to the global cannabis market. The Company’s portfolio of brands is grounded in expertly-researched consumer insights designed to meet the needs of every consumer segment. Rooted in our founders’ multi-generational expertise in commercial agriculture, Aphria drives sustainable long-term shareholder value through a diversified approach to innovation, strategic partnerships and global expansion, with a presence in more than 10 countries across 5 continents.

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