NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Columbia Care Inc. (NEO: CCHW) (OTCQX: CCHWF) (FSE: 3LP) (“Columbia Care” or the “Company”), one of the largest fully integrated operators in the global medical cannabis industry with licenses across the US and EU, today announced its first adult use cannabis retail license approval by the State of Illinois. Columbia Care has been successfully serving medical cannabis patients in the Chicagoland area since 2016, and with the addition of its first adult use dispensary license, will leverage its existing infrastructure to serve all Illinois consumers when legalization begins in January 2020.
In anticipation of Illinois expanding its cannabis regulations to permit adult use, Columbia Care began optimizing its cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary facilities in the second half of 2019, and is in the final stages of completing the expansion and upgrade of its cultivation, manufacturing and packaging facility in Aurora, offering greater production capacity to supply both its own retail dispensaries and the wholesale market. In addition to these initiatives, Columbia Care will use its existing entitlements to add a second dispensary location in Cook County, the most populous County in Illinois by a factor of five, in the first half of 2020.
“As our national expansion plan to open every market where we are licensed is completed this quarter, our operational focus is turning to leveraging our fixed assets, driving profitable growth, innovating new products and services and optimizing efficiency. Positioning our Illinois business to take advantage of the sweeping regulatory expansion into adult use will enable us to achieve all of those priorities. In addition, the approval of our adult use licenses will allow Columbia Care to increase its scale and market penetration to achieve profitability at an accelerated rate. Illinois is estimated to be a $2 billion market and we intend to distinguish ourselves the way we have across the country – driving customer loyalty by defining market expectations for quality, differentiated products and unique services,” said Nicholas Vita, chief executive officer of Columbia Care. “We look forward to replicating the success we have experienced in other markets and remain firmly committed to being the provider of choice for new and existing customers.”
For more information about Columbia Care’s Chicago dispensary, including a menu of available products and hours of operation, please visit https://col-care.com/location/chicago/.
About Columbia Care Inc.
Columbia Care Inc. is one of the largest fully integrated operators in the global medical cannabis industry with licenses in 15 jurisdictions in the US and the EU. With over 1.4 million in sales transactions since its inception, Columbia Care is a patient-centered organization setting the standard for compassion, professionalism, quality, caring and innovation in cannabis, working in collaboration with some of the most renowned and innovative teaching hospitals and medical centers in the world. The Company is committed to providing the type of education and transparency patients deserve and quality of product that clinicians expect. For more information on Columbia Care, please visit www.col-care.com.
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