US (IL): Acquisition of Illinois THC cultivation center license and associated assets

Red White & Bloom Brands has signed today a definitive agreement to acquire Cannabis Capital Partners, an arm’s length Ontario special purpose vehicle with rights to concurrently purchase medically and recreationally-approved THC cultivation center licenses in the State of Illinois, a 23,572 ft2 active cultivation and manufacturing operation, the associated inventory, and the real estate assets including 2 acres of land. 

"The current operation is located in Shelbyville, Illinois and was one of the original 21 medical cannabis cultivation center permits," Red White & Bloom team explains. "The entity is currently operated by a not-for-profit entity that employs rehabilitation patients and is in good standing with the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the regulator of Illinois’ cannabis cultivation centers."

Strategic Plan
After closing of the transactions, and upon approval by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), RWB intends to migrate the cultivation licenses to its wholly-owned subsidiary’s (Mid-American Growers Inc.) state-of-the-art 3.6 million square foot cultivation facility in Granville, Illinois. Within the parameters of the cultivation center license, RWB would be permitted to expand the plant canopy to 220,000 ft2, which would translate to roughly 450,000 ft2 of total cannabis operations when including the non-canopy areas as well as processing and manufacturing.

In tandem with cultivation planning, RWB would also have the ability to launch both the Company’s Platinum Vape brand as well as the Company’s exclusively licensed High Times brand throughout the State as the cultivation center license allows for processing of extracts as well as manufacturing of infused goods.

"RWB has been cultivating premium CBD and novel cannabinoid flower at the Granville facility for over one year, and the segment of the greenhouse earmarked for the THC operations is near-ready with only minimal retrofits required to convert for THC," they point out.

Brad Rogers, Chairman & CEO of RWB commented: “I think for us to enter a state that has a limited license program and has quickly established itself as one of the largest markets by revenue in the US is a watershed moment for our shareholders. We have become familiar with the Illinois market, have a core of skilled employees in our multi- million square foot facility in Granville, and have the rights to High Times branding in Illinois as well as own one of the top selling brands in Platinum Vape, all of which can be leveraged for success in Illinois. I believe that these assets coupled with our commitment to social equity programs and corporate citizenship will provide us with a great opportunity for growth.”

Jeff Field, President of CCP commented: “We’ve been deeply immersed in the Illinois cannabis program since its inception and are thrilled to have secured this deal with Red White and Bloom in their acquisition of one of the premier cannabis permits in the country. We were focused on working with only industry-leading cannabis MSO’s whose mission aligned with ours regarding social equity and record expungement. Their commitment to these initiatives, along with their proven operating team, played a key role in our decision-making. We look forward to working with RWB on implementing the State’s transformational social equity initiatives while bringing RWB’s premium and trusted product lines to the Illinois market.”

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