One of only 17 large-scale Level I cultivation licenses granted after highly selective award process
State-of-the-art cultivation facility receives Certificate of Operation to begin supplying state licensed distributors and manufacturers in the seventh most populous US market with pharmaceutical-quality cannabis
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Columbia Care Inc. (“Columbia Care” or the “Company”) (NEO: CCHW, OTC: COLXF), one of the largest fully-integrated operators in the global medical cannabis industry with licenses in 15 jurisdictions across the US and the EU, today announced that it has begun operations in Ohio with the opening of its Level I cultivation facility in Mt. Orab. As one of only 17 provisionally licensed Level I cultivators in the state of Ohio and one of nine with a Department of Commerce Certificate of Operation, Columbia Care’s 56,000 square foot facility will utilize the maximum available cultivation space permitted under state regulation as the Company intends to become vertically-integrated in Ohio through management of several dispensaries and manufacturing operations.
Through its unique site identification and optimization model, the Company selected the Brown County location for its attractive labor market and proximity to the underserved, southern part of the state, allowing Columbia Care’s cultivation facility to be ideally positioned to supply high-quality cannabis flower wholesale utilizing one of the most competitive expense models in Ohio. The Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program has experienced a 13% growth rate on a month over month basis with more than 35,000 patients registering over its first five months, as well as over 500 physicians registered year to date. As one of the 10 most densely populated US states, Ohio is ranked seventh by absolute population, is the fourth largest state where medical cannabis is legal and has seen total program sales of $13.5 million during the first five months of sales.
Leveraging its seven-year history as a multi-state operator, the Company used its expert buildout team to design and construct this efficient and eco-friendly state-of-the-art cultivation center as it has done in other jurisdictions throughout the country. Cheston Agles, Ohio market director, commented, “Our objective is to serve one of the largest and most highly regulated markets in the United States with the most efficiently cultivated and highest quality flower. Our facility uses the past seven years of collective experience at Columbia Care and integrates the latest cultivation techniques and cloning methodologies combined with process automation for optimal air quality, water application and plant fertigation, to ensure low environmental impact.”
Nicholas Vita, chief executive officer of Columbia Care, added, “2019 is the year we operationalize every market where we are licensed. We announced the launch of operations in California two weeks ago, Florida last week and Ohio this week. With several more market launches to come, this is a very exciting period for the company. The opening of our facility in Mt. Orab marks the launch of our statewide strategy to establish a leading presence in Ohio, one of the most attractive, limited license markets. By bringing our extensive operational experience and unwavering commitment to providing pharmaceutical-quality cannabis-based products to the market, we expect to prove to the Ohio community that Columbia Care is the preeminent, most reliable cultivator of cannabis flower. We have designed this facility, with its state-of-the-art features and expansive grow space, to serve as the foundation for our larger business plan in Ohio, including wholesale operations throughout the state and future dispensaries. This milestone further demonstrates our ongoing, relentless commitment to expanding our consolidated operating platform throughout the US as we seek to set the standard across the medical cannabis industry.”
About Columbia Care Inc.
Columbia Care is one of the largest and most experienced multi-state operators in the medical cannabis industry, with licenses in 15 jurisdictions in the US and the EU. With over 1,000,000 successful sales transactions since its inception, Columbia Care is a patient-centered organization setting the standard for compassion, professionalism, quality, caring and innovation, 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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