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Media Release.

Civilized and Business of Cannabis to Maintain Independent Operations

Companies decide to continue collaborating in lieu of formal acquisition

Toronto, ON; Los Angeles, CA; and Saint John, NB (April 1, 2019) – Civilized Worldwide Inc. (“Civilized”) and Business of Cannabis announced today they’ll be maintaining their relationship as independent companies instead of joining forces under a formerly proposed acquisition.

“After many great discussions, we both realized that the business relationship we had before the proposed acquisition was the one that would work best for us all. We’ve always worked well together and expect that to continue well into the future,” says Derek Riedle, Civilized’s Publisher.

“The business and culture of cannabis are intrinsically tied, and we see each other as important links to our respective audiences. Although we didn’t move forward as a single family, we’re still moving ahead as friends. And that is great news for all involved,” says Blaine Pearson, Co-Founder and COO/CMO of Business of Cannabis. 

The Business of Cannabis acquisition was one of three proposed by Civilized in late 2018. The 420 Games acquisition closed on March 22, 2019, and the Revolution Strategy acquisition is expected to close later this quarter.


About Civilized Worldwide Inc.:

Civilized is the leading lifestyle brand and multiplatform media company that connects millions of cannabis consumers, influencers and the canna-curious with both niche and mainstream content, events and experiences, and fashion. With operations in both Canada and the United States, Civilized makes original, premium digital content, television and podcasts; builds brands; and creates and produces world-class events and experiences for B2B and B2C audiences. Founded by entrepreneur Derek Riedle, Civilized is fast becoming the partner of choice for mainstream brands, and the cultural authority on the exploding global cannabis space. For more information, visit

About Business of Cannabis:

Business of Cannabis is the authoritative platform for news, analysis and insights into the cannabis sector. Created to help the cannabis sector reach maturity faster, the company produces original, multiplatform content and cross-sector coverage for investors and business audiences around the world. For more information, visit

Media Contact:

Mike Maloney
Communications Specialist

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