StateHouse Issues Consideration for Increased Interest In Haight-Ashbury Dispensary

November 1, 2023

SAN DIEGO and TORONTO, Nov. 01, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StateHouse Holdings Inc. (“StateHouse” or the “Company”) (CSE: STHZ) (OTCQB: STHZF), a California-focused, vertically integrated cannabis company, today announced that the Company has completed the issuance of shares related to its acquisition of a further 29.9% interest in FGW Haight, Inc. ("FGW" or “Harborside San Francisco”), a cannabis dispensary in San Francisco's historic Haight-Ashbury district (the "FGW Acquisition"), as previously announced on February 15, 2022. The FGW Acquisition has increased the Company's interest in Harborside San Francisco to 80%.

Since its grand opening on May 21, 2022, Harborside San Francisco has participated in a variety of community engagement activities, including:

  • Volunteering and assisting with the execution of the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair in 2023;
  • Leveraging its retail licensing to support cannabis sales at Grass Lands at OSL 2023;
  • Participating in the San Francisco community toy drive for the 2022 holidays;
  • Aiding in medical consultations for patients from neighboring hospitals;
  • Cross promotional activity with neighboring businesses;
  • Sponsoring post 420 clean-up at Golden Gate Park, and much more.

“We are thrilled to consolidate our ownership in Harborside San Francisco and cement our position as the leading operator in Northern California,” said Ed Schmults, Chief Executive Officer of StateHouse. “The Haight-Ashbury district is an iconic area and an integral piece of San Francisco’s culture that is frequented by tourists and locals alike. Despite the challenging cannabis retail environment, Harborside San Francisco has continued to perform quite well, with sales in September up 33% and transactions up an astounding 59%, compared to September of last year.”

Mr. Schmults added, “Our social equity partner, Damien Posey and the team have done a fantastic job of creating an elevated, welcoming experience for cannabis consumers while integrating and actively engaging in the community. We look forward to continuing and expanding on this mission to ensure we leverage our position to support neighboring businesses, charities, and local residents.”

Mr. Posey added, “Harborside SF is quickly becoming a valued part of the Haight neighborhood and I'm excited to see it continue to grow and serve this important community.”

StateHouse acquired the additional interest in FGW through the execution of a securities purchase agreement (the "Agreement"), following the previously announced acquisition of 50.1% interest in FGW that closed on December 18, 2020. Pursuant to the Agreement, StateHouse has issued 1,170,584 common shares in the Company at a price of US $1.50 per share in consideration for the remaining ownership interest. The Company also retains the right of first refusal to purchase, in its discretion, in whole or in part and in one or more closings, the remaining 20% of FGW, subject to regulatory approvals.

About StateHouse Holdings Inc.

StateHouse, a vertically integrated enterprise with cannabis licenses covering retail, major brands, distribution, cultivation, nursery, and manufacturing, is one of the oldest and most respected cannabis companies in California. Founded in 2006, its predecessor company Harborside was awarded one of the first six medical cannabis licenses granted in the United States. Today, the Company operates 13 dispensaries covering Northern and Southern California and one in Oregon, an integrated cultivation facility in Salinas and manufacturing in Greenfield, California. StateHouse is a leading brand house in California by market share, with a diversified product across multiple brands, form factors, and price points. StateHouse sells its six popular house brands to over 600 retailers across California including Kingpen, Dime Bag, Loudpack, Fuzzies, Sublime, Urbn Leaf and Smokiez line of products. StateHouse is a publicly listed company, currently trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange ("CSE") under the ticker symbol "STHZ" and the OTCQB under the ticker symbol "STHZF". The Company continues to play an instrumental role in making cannabis safe and accessible to a broad and diverse community of California and Oregon consumers.

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The Company, through several of its subsidiaries, is directly involved in the manufacture, possession, use, sale, and distribution of cannabis in the recreational and medicinal cannabis marketplace in the United States. Local state laws where the Company operates permit such activities however, investors should note that there are significant legal restrictions and regulations that govern the cannabis industry in the United States. Cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the United States Controlled Substances Act, making it illegal under federal law in the United States to, among other things, cultivate, distribute, or possess cannabis in the United States. Financial transactions involving proceeds generated by, or intended to promote, cannabis-related business activities in the United States may form the basis for prosecution under applicable United States federal money laundering legislation.

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 recreational and medicinal cannabis programs in states where such programs are legal, strict compliance with state laws with respect to cannabis will neither absolve the Company of liability under United States federal law, nor will it provide a defense to any federal proceeding which may be brought against the Company. The enforcement of federal laws in the United States is a significant risk to the business of the Company and any proceedings brought against the Company thereunder may adversely affect the Company's operations and financial performance.

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