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Canada: Namaste and partner in MJ identity verification

Namaste has concluded an exclusive agreement with whereby Namaste has secured exclusive Canadian rights to Authenticating’s identity verification technologies for the purpose of verifying medical cannabis patients on

Namaste has developed an enterprise quality software application that incorporates instant age and identity verification and facial recognition that is applicable not only for the medical cannabis market but also as a solution for age verification in online recreational cannabis sales. In addition to the implementation for Namaste MD, Namaste believes that it can gain greater exposure to the estimated $8.7 billion recreational cannabis marketplace by providing the best solution for provincial governments in offering reliable and automated age verification for provincially mandated online recreational cannabis portals.

Namaste has implemented a multi-level identity verification system on Namaste MD for patient consultations that includes facial recognition technology and verification by scanning an identifying document and instantly checking it against a self-portrait and authoritative Canadian databases. Identity and age verification is a critical component of Namaste’s platform. Namaste MD connects potential medical patients with doctors through a Telehealth application, in order to facilitate a smooth process for issuing of medical prescriptions.

Authenticating’s technology will be integrated directly with Namaste MD via API, to provide high confidence, low friction, automated identity verification. The verification process will use facial recognition technology to compare the patient’s face to the photo in the ID provided. The barcode on the ID is scanned and the data extracted is instantly checked against Canadian consumer, utility and electoral databases.

Namaste MD is Canada’s first Telehealth program focused on connecting medical cannabis patients with doctors to facilitate a smooth and secure process for consultations, verification and issuance of medical prescriptions. The Namaste MD portal will provide access for many doctors to participate in consultations across all provinces in Canada. Namaste plans to leverage customer data and e-commerce expertise to build a strong patient network that will be serviced through Namaste’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CannMart. Founder and CEO Steven Ward comments: “We're excited to partner with Namaste MD to provide medical marijuana patients in Canada a way to privately prove their identity online while minimizing the amount of personal information they need to share.”

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