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Wed. 25 May 2022, 4:05pm ET Benzinga M&A, News, Press Releases

MIAMI, May 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ayr Wellness Inc. (CSE:AYR, OTCQX:AYRWF) ("Ayr'' or the "Company"), a leading vertically integrated U.S. multi-state cannabis operator ("MSO"), today announced it has closed the definitive agreement to acquire Herbal Remedies Dispensaries, LLC ("Herbal Remedies"), an operator of two licensed retail dispensaries in Quincy, Illinois.

"We are thrilled to finalize the acquisition of Herbal Remedies, strengthening our operational footprint with the addition of Illinois, a strategic and growing adult-use market," said Jonathan Sandelman, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ayr. "The team at Herbal Remedies has created a highly valuable position as one of the first licensed cannabis dispensaries within the state, establishing excellent relationship services that we feel will be a natural fit in support of our common mission to provide people with remarkable cannabis experiences. We look forward to strengthening this position as the Illinois market continues to develop within the broader U.S. cannabis landscape."

Herbal Remedies was among the first cannabis dispensaries licensed in the State of Illinois when the State approved the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Program in 2013. Both medical and recreational use are permitted in Illinois. Herbal Remedies has licenses and sells cannabis for both uses, as will Ayr going forward.

The acquisition was approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on May 11, 2022. Terms of the transaction can be found in the Company's press release announcing the definitive agreement, dated July 20, 2021.

For more information about Ayr Wellness, please visit https://ayrwellness.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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About Ayr Wellness Inc.

Ayr is an expanding vertically integrated, U.S. multi-state cannabis operator. Based on the belief that everything starts with the quality of the plant, the Company's mission is to cultivate the finest quality cannabis at scale and deliver remarkable experiences to its customers every day.

Ayr's leadership team brings proven expertise in growing successful businesses through disciplined operational and financial management, and is committed to driving positive impact for customers, employees and the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.ayrwellness.com.

Company/Media Contact:

Robert Vanisko

VP, Corporate Communications

Email: robert.vanisko@ayrwellness.com

Investor Relations Contact:

Sean Mansouri, CFA

Elevate IR

T: (720) 330-2829

Email: IR@ayrwellness.com