Cannabis PE Firm Merida Capital Partners Exceeds $50 Million In Assets Under Management

NEW YORK:  Merida Capital Partners, a private equity fund targeting fundamental growth drivers underpinning the rapid development of the cannabis industry, announced it has crossed $50MM in assets under management and closed transactions in nine companies in its second Fund. With the full deployment of Merida’s first tranche of Fund II and the opening of the firm’s second investment tranche, Merida Fund II will continue its focus on high-conviction investments in leading companies that have crossed the ‘fragmentation gap’ yet need strategic capital to profoundly accelerate their respective growth curves. Merida will also focus on businesses implementing capex-lite models in the traditionally capital-intensive verticals of cultivation, dispensing, and life sciences.

“Merida continues to see an acceleration of institutional interest in our core strategy,” said Mitch Baruchowitz, Managing Partner of Merida Capital Partners. “As cannabis evolves as an agricultural product, a natural plant-based medicine, a constituent in medical-grade formulations, and an adult-use consumer product, Merida will capitalize on its data, informational edge, and deep relationships in the cannabis space to make high-impact investments that deliver value to investors.”

“People always talk about taking the ‘right money’ or ‘smart money,’ and Merida has proven to be the epitome of a true value-add investor in the cannabis space,” said CEO of Kush Bottles Nick Kovacevich. “From the first day we accepted their funds they have been involved in directly impacting our strategy and growth at Kush Bottles.”

“Merida has supported us in every way,” Marion Mariathiasan of Simplifya. “The firm has given us the resources we needed to broaden our footprint in providing cultivation and dispensary compliance, which ultimately leads to a more stable cannabis industry ecosystem.”

To date, Merida has closed lead investments in: Kush Bottles, a leading supplier of cannabis packaging and production logistics; GrowGeneration, an industry leader in commercial equipment sales and large-scale grow support with hydroponic supply locations in CA, CO, MI, RI, NV and WA; New Frontier Data, an independent, technology-driven analytics company specializing in vetted data, actionable business intelligence and risk management solutions for investors and participants in the cannabis industry; Simplifya, a technology company helping businesses of all sizes track cannabis compliance through industry-leading self-audit and reporting tools; Steep Hill Labs, an analytical testing company for licensed cultivators, producers, and manufacturers of cannabis; Canndescent, a California-based cultivator of ultra-premium cannabis; Valley Agriceuticals, one of only 10 New York-state licensed cannabis cultivators and manufacturer of medical-grade medicinal cannabis treatments and herbal medicines; Mainstem, a business-to-business (B2B) solution that consolidates cultivators, manufacturers, retailers and dispensaries into one comprehensive marketplace, connecting buyers directly to sellers via a MainStem Affiliate Partners program; and Emerald Scientific, a B2B leader in cannabis science supplies, equipment, and information.

GrowGeneration Officially Opens 11th Store In Las Vegas

NEVADA: GrowGeneration, one of the largest specialty retail hydroponic and organic gardening store chains selling to both the commercial and home cannabis markets, announced the opening of its 11th store in Las Vegas on January 17th. GrowGen separately announced that it is one of 11 companies recently added to MJIC’s Marijuana Index.

GrowGen’s 11th store, located at 5885 South Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89118, is a 10,000 sq ft store, and will serve a wide range of small, medium and large scale commercial growers. Conveniently located minutes from the Las Vegas strip, we believe GrowGeneration Las Vegas is one of the largest hydroponic stores in the Nevada market.

Addition to MJIC Marijuana Index

The United States Marijuana Index tracks the leading public cannabis companies operating in the United States. The index is equal-weighted and rebalanced quarterly. The North American Marijuana Index now has 28 constituents, and the U.S. Marijuana Index and the Canadian Marijuana Index have 17 constituents and 11 constituents, respectively. The Marijuana Index includes companies that have achieved a weighted average minimum market capitalization of $30 million USD, daily trading volume of $400,000 USD and share price of $0.10 USD. Companies with more than $5 million USD of revenue over the prior year are exempted from the above trading requirements. GrowGeneration’s revenue production in 2016 qualified it for inclusion in the Marijuana Index.

GrowGen CEO Comments

Darren Lampert, Co-Founder and CEO, said, “The addition to the MJIC Marijuana Index is another validation of GrowGeneration’s rapid growth and market position as a leading supplier of equipment and grow supplies to the cannabis and indoor cultivation industry. With 11 stores and counting, we are excited to open the doors of our Las Vegas store and for the trajectory of GrowGen’s growth to be tracked in the leading index of public cannabis companies. Executing and opening our GrowGen Las Vegas operation, furthers our business plan to aggressively expand our store footprint in all adult use markets.”