Columbia Care Expands Dispensary Footprint
NEW YORK -- 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 the addition of four new dispensaries with openings in Maryland, Delaware and Florida.
Columbia Care’s facility in Chevy Chase represents the Company’s first dispensary in Maryland, a state with more than 100,000 registered patients and a market projected to reach sales in excess of $200 million by year end 2019. The facility’s proximity to Washington, D.C., Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania, all markets where Columbia Care operates, allows it to serve as one of the cornerstones for the Company’s mid-Atlantic strategy.
Columbia Care also opened its second dispensary in Delaware, located in Wilmington. With approximately 9,000 patients expected to be registered in the state’s medical program in 2019, Delaware lawmakers are expected to introduce adult use legislation in 2020, which could significantly increase patient access as well as the size of the total addressable market.
Finally, the Company has added two more dispensaries in Florida with the opening of its Sarasota and Jacksonville facilities, bringing the total number of dispensaries open in the state to three. With over 375,000 registered patients, Florida remains one of the largest medical cannabis markets in the world.
“No debt and a significant cash position gives Columbia Care one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry with access to the growth capital required to fund our 2019 strategic plan to operationalize all of our existing licenses,” said Nicholas Vita, chief executive officer of Columbia Care. “We are proud to execute on the plan we previously described to our investors, and by leveraging this strong foundation, we look forward to reaping the benefits of having one of the largest organically developed national cannabis platforms in the US. Opening these four additional dispensaries in key markets across the country represents significant progress and points to an accelerated pace of activity as we near the completion of this transformational year.”
The Company will offer the CNC Card, the nation’s first legal credit card for cannabis purchases, at each of these new locations. In addition, subject to regulatory approval, the company also intends to offer its proprietary home delivery service, “CC@Home,” which, together with the CNC Card, is designed to provide a convenient and comfortable guest experience as well as improved access to high-quality cannabis products capable of addressing a range of unmet health and wellness needs.
For more information about the Chevy Chase, Sarasota, Jacksonville and Wilmington dispensaries, including a menu of available products and hours of operation, please visit https://col-care.com/all-locations/.
Additional information on the CNC Card can be found at www.columbianationalcredit.com/.
About Columbia Care Inc.
Columbia Care Inc. 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 1.2 million 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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