ILLINOIS: Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, today announced that it has been awarded a second merit-based license for dispensary operations in Pennsylvania. The permit allows Cresco Labs six months in which to become operational before it can begin dispensing medical marijuana. The Company is licensed for three dispensaries under its second license.
“Our marquee platform in Pennsylvania showcases our success as the first cultivator to bring branded products to market, the first dispensary approved to open, and the first sale of product to a customer in that state’s program,” said Charles Bachtell, CEO of Cresco Labs. “We are extremely proud of our accomplishments in Pennsylvania and look forward to continuing to provide relief to patients as we open three new dispensaries. After New Kensington, we plan to open our fourth Pennsylvania dispensary in Reading and then expand into the southeast region of the state.”
The Pennsylvania medical marijuana program was signed into law in early 2016 and provides access to state residents with one of 17 qualifying conditions, including epilepsy, chronic pain, and PTSD. Following Cresco Labs’ successful win in the state’s first highly competitive application process, the Company first entered the Pennsylvania market in February 2018 with the opening of its Butler retail dispensary, making the first ever legal sale of cannabis under Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program. Cresco’s ﬂagship location in Pennsylvania, which opened in June 2018, is located in the historic Strip District of the city of Pittsburgh. The Company expects to open its third Pennsylvania dispensary in New Kensington during the first quarter of 2019. Under terms of its first license, Cresco Labs also operates a cultivation facility in Brookville, PA and the products manufactured there are on the shelves of every dispensary in the state.
“Winning merit-based state application processes is the first part of our two-pronged growth strategy, complementing our focus on strategic acquisitions of assets in established regulated markets with high growth potential and barriers to entry,” Bachtell added. “This second license win in Pennsylvania allows us to continue to build our market leadership in one of the most attractive and highly coveted markets in the country and to expand the relief we provide to patients in that state.”
Pennsylvania operates as a high-barrier market with very limited market participation. Retail sales opened in February 2018 to a limited number of retail locations across the state. Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana market is expected to become one of the biggest markets in the U.S.1 and due to the rapid acceleration of cannabis demand in Pennsylvania, Cresco Labs is currently implementing a 70,000 square foot expansion that will provide an additional 45,000 square feet of cultivation space at their Brookville facility.
In the state of Pennsylvania, Cresco Labs does business as Cresco Yeltrah.