MEDFORD, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Grown Rogue International Inc. (“Grown Rogue” or the “Company”) (CSE: GRIN) (OTC: GRUSF), a multi-state cannabis company with operations and assets in Oregon and Michigan, announced today that its partner, Canopy Management, LLC (“Canopy”), has acquired a 60% controlling interest in Golden Harvests, LLC (“Golden Harvests”). Canopy is controlled by Grown Rogue’s chief executive officer, Obie Strickler (“Strickler”). In order to expedite regulatory approvals, Canopy obtained the option to acquire 60% ownership of Golden Harvests and signed a new agreement under materially similar terms to the previous option agreement with GR Michigan, LLC. Simultaneously, Strickler provided Grown Rogue Unlimited, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company) a right to acquire 87% of the membership units of Canopy pending state and regulatory approval. Canopy filed all of the necessary paperwork and has received both local and state approval to purchase the 60% controlling interest of Golden Harvests. It is expected that Grown Rogue Unlimited, LLC will exercise its option to acquire 87% of the membership units of Canopy by the end of 2021.
“The Michigan market has grown exponentially, and Golden Harvest remains an important strategic asset for us. Canopy exercising the option is an important milestone for Grown Rogue as we continue our successful expansion into this market,” said Obie Strickler, CEO of Grown Rogue. “We have implemented our best-in-class SOPs and leveraged over a decade of operational, grow, and sales experience, and have seen great results in Michigan as we gain market share. We are excited to finalize this transaction and continue providing consistent and quality flower to retailers and consumers alike.”
GOLDEN HARVESTS FACILITY
Approximately 25,000 sq. ft. of the facility is currently online and operating with seven separate flower rooms, vegetative, clone, packaging, trimming, and other infrastructure required to operate a best-in-class cultivation facility. Golden Harvests currently has four licenses, two medical and two adult use, allowing for production of 7,000 plants. Golden Harvests has applied for four additional licenses as they continue to expand, anticipating constructing 6 additional flower rooms in 2021 to meet the increasing demand for the Grown Rogue branded, proprietary, nitrogen sealed flower jars. Grown Rogue and Golden Harvests anticipate production in 2021 will exceed 3,500 lbs.
Golden Harvests was one of the first licensed Michigan operators receiving a Class C grow license in late 2018, with their first harvest in the spring of 2019. Building on the positive reputation and strong sell of Golden Harvests flower, Grown Rogue has already completed agreements with retail partners across the state and started building long-lasting relationships to drive the top line and profitability for all parties while inspiring, educating, and empowering consumers.
“During the past year, Grown Rogue has brought in a wealth of experience and accelerated our business growth in Michigan,” said Dave Pleitner, founder of Golden Harvests. “This acquisition by Canopy helps us get to the finish line and clears the way for new opportunities and focus in our growing market.”
As part of the acquisition of the 60% controlling interest in Golden Harvests, Canopy will pay the existing members of Golden Harvests an aggregate of USD$660,000 in cash and cause Grown Rogue to issue 600,000 common shares of Grown Rogue (“Shares”) in three tranches:
- Tranche 1 – US$200,000 in cash and 200,000 Shares due February 6, 2021, which was extended for 12 months with US$100,000 cash having been paid and 200,000 Shares issued;
- Tranche 2 – US$260,000 in cash and 200,000 Shares due February 6, 2021, which was extended to August 6, 2021 for consideration of issuing 200,000 Shares; and
- Tranche 3 – US$200,000 is due at exercise of the option plus 200,000 Shares, which has been satisfied in full.
For more information about Grown Rogue please visit www.grownrogue.com
About Grown Rogue
Grown Rogue International (CSE: GRIN | OTC: GRUSF) is a multi-state Cannabis family of brands on a mission to inspire consumers to “enhance experiences” through cannabis. We have combined an expert management team, award winning grow team, state of the art indoor and outdoor manufacturing facilities, and consumer insight-based product categorization, to create innovative products thoughtfully curated from “seed to experience.” The Grown Rogue family of products include sungrown and indoor premium flower, along with patented nitro sealed indoor and sungrown pre-rolls and jars.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
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The Company is indirectly involved in the manufacture, possession, use, sale and distribution of cannabis in the recreational cannabis marketplace in the United States through its indirect operating subsidiaries. Local state laws where its subsidiaries operate permit such activities however, these activities are currently illegal under United States federal law. Additional information regarding this and other risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's business are disclosed in the Company’s Listing Statement filed on its issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information or forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected.
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