TORONTO, Oct. 12, 2018 — Wayland Group (CSE:WAYL) (FRANKFURT: 75M) (OTCQB:MRRCF) (“Wayland” or the “Company”) wishes to make the following statements regarding recent market activity in its common shares traded on the OTCQB marketplace.
The Company has been asked to issue this release by OTC Markets to comment on certain continued promotional activities beginning on or around October 1, 2018. The Company became aware of certain continued promotional activity relating to its securities on October 8, 2018 upon receipt of correspondence from OTC Markets specifically related to certain promotional literature encouraging investors to purchase the Company’s common shares and making certain statements regarding the potential returns on such investment, including certain promotional newsletter emails. Until being informed by OTC Markets of the promotional material, the Company was unaware of the promotional activity and remains unaware of the full nature of the promotional activity and the extent of the dissemination. It is difficult to determine what impact the promotional materials have had on the trading activity in the Company’s common shares but the Company believes that, if anything, such materials have had a negative impact on the trading activity of the Company’s common shares given the lower than average volumes experienced recently on the OTCQB marketplace.
Upon reviewing the content of the material, it appears that certain statements and claims made were taken from the Company’s website, historical press releases and other public documents, but the Company had no editorial control over the content of the material. Furthermore, there are statements made which encourage investors to purchase the common shares of the Company, which only express the view of the authors and the Company disclaims any potentially exaggerated or misleading statements contained in the material. In addition, the Company has determined that certain statements included in these publications related to the Company and its business might be read as misleading and/or incomplete and readers should not place undue reliance on these newsletters or websites. Specifically, the Company does not condone the use of sensational language to describe the Company’s business prospects or the growth potential of the Company’s industry. The Company does not condone any statements made regarding the urgency of investing in the Company’s common shares or any other similar statements. Finally, the Company notes that investing in the Company’s securities involves certain risks and uncertainties that investors should review prior to making any investment decision. The Company encourages all investors to undertake proper due diligence and carefully consider all investment decisions. The Company directs potential investors to rely solely on its filings and disclosures made with Canadian securities regulators, available at www.sedar.com and as posted on the filings and disclosure page for MRRCF on the OTC Markets website at www.otcmarkets.com.
The Company routinely responds to inquiries from shareholders, potential investors, and investment analysts, and generates its own Company marketing materials. The Company paid a media service, Tycona Media, to place banner advertisements on high traffic websites for the cannabis industry, complete with images of one employee and the Company’s historic greenhouse operations. These media slots were purchased and booked one month in advance. However, to the Company’s knowledge, after due inquiry of management, neither the Company, nor any of its officers, directors, controlling shareholders or any third-party service providers have directly been involved with the creation or distribution of promotional newsletter emails or websites that make exaggerated or misleading claims related to the Company and its securities. In addition, the Company confirms that, after due inquiry, none of its officers, directors, controlling shareholders or third party service providers has had any affiliation or arrangements with Lake Group Media Inc. The Company notes Invictus News has included a statement in certain of its material regarding an agreement to pay Invictus News for its services but it appears that this statement was taken directly from the disclaimer used by Tycona Media. The Company confirmed with Tycona Media that Tycona Media has not paid Invictus News or other promoters to disseminate information about the Company. The Company confirms that it does not have any engagement or agreement with Invictus News, Invictus MD – The Cannabis Company, Gene Simmons and or TSX-V: GENE.
After due inquiry of the Company’s officers, directors, controlling shareholders and third party service providers, except for two officers that engaged in a securities lending arrangement (see press release dated August 10, 2018), neither the Company, nor any of its officers, directors, and to the knowledge of the Company, any controlling shareholders or third party service providers have sold or purchased the Company’s securities within the past 90 days. Such transactions were in accordance with the Company’s insider trading policy and were reported with the System for Electronic Disclosure (www.SEDI.ca).
Since September 1, 2017 the Company has engaged MJM Markets and Consulting (Toronto, Canada; Follow The Money Investor Group, o/a 2632436 Ontario Limited (Toronto, Canada); Harbor Access LLC (NY, USA); Investing News Network; M. Davis & Associates Capital Inc (Vancouver, Canada); ERPR AS (Oslo, Norway); BlackX GmbH (Germany); Tycona Media (Vancouver, Canada); DiePRBerator (Germany); and Prosdocimi (London, UK) at various times to provide investor relations services, public relations services, marketing, native advertising or other related services including the promotion of the Company, its business and/or its securities.
The Company has not issued any convertible debt or equity instruments that allow conversion to equity securities at prices constituting a discount to the current market rate at the time of the issuance.
Maricann Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, is operating under the Wayland Group name. For further details see the press release dated September 24, 2018.
About Wayland Group
Wayland is a vertically integrated producer and distributor of marijuana for medical purposes. The Company was founded in 2013 and is based in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and Munich, Germany, with production facilities in Langton, Ontario where it operates a medicinal cannabis cultivation, extraction, formulation and distribution business under federal licence from the Government of Canada. The Company also has production operations in Dresden, Saxony, Germany and Regensdorf, Switzerland. Wayland is currently undertaking an expansion of its cultivation and support facilities in Canada in a 942,000 sq. ft. (87,515 sq. m) footprint upon full build out, and will continue to pursue new opportunities in Europe.