Medicine Man Technologies Inc. (OTCQX: MDCL) become the first publicly-traded company to receive suitability approval by the state of Colorado. The Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) has approved the company’s application for suitability.
“We are thrilled that Medicine Man Technologies is the first publicly-traded company to receive suitability approval. This is a huge milestone in our march to become the largest cannabis company in Colorado,” said Justin Dye, Chief Executive Officer. “We appreciate the responsibility of running a credible cannabis company and are laser-focused on merging Colorado’s leading cannabis companies into one organization with a true focus on consumers.”
Last year, the Colorado legislature passed, and the Governor signed House Bill 19-1090 which allowed publicly traded companies to own Colorado cannabis licenses. The state has a mandated review designed to ensure that companies are suitable to run an above-board and compliant cannabis company.
Medicine Man Technologies said it has entered into agreements with 11 premier cannabis operators across Colorado to become one of the largest vertically integrated seed-to-sale operators in the global cannabis industry. Once the company closes on this series of pending acquisitions, it will have 13 cultivation operations, five product manufacturing operations, 34 dispensaries, and product development and innovation all under a single entity.
Last year the company went on a spending spree. The company bought Roots Rx, a cannabis operator with six dispensaries located in the ski and mountain towns of Colorado. As part of the deal, the company got Roots Rx’s outdoor cultivation facilities located outside of Aspen. RootsRx cost $15 million and was also a combination of cash and stock. It acquired Colorado Harvest Company, which operates two dispensaries in Denver and one in nearby Aurora. That deal cost $12.5 million and was also a combination of cash and stock.
The company also said last year that it was picking up an additional four unnamed dispensaries for $36 million. Williams added, “This proposed acquisition of these additional dispensaries will continue the expansion of our retail presence in Colorado.”