DENVER, CO, May 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via NewMediaWire -- American Cannabis Company, Inc. (OTCQB: AMMJ) (“ACC” or “Company”) is pleased to announce that on April 30, 2021, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) and the City of Colorado Springs granted regulatory approvals for the Company’s acquisition and operation of Medihemp, LLC, and its wholly owned subsidiary SLAM Enterprises, LLC, and Medical Cannabis Caregivers, Inc., all doing business as Naturaleaf™, a long-standing vertically integrated cannabis business.
As a result of the regulatory approvals and the closing of the asset purchase, the Company acquired Naturaleaf’s three medically licensed retail stores, and a 10,000 square foot cultivation and extraction facility located in the metropolitan area of Colorado Springs. Naturaleaf™ has earned a strong reputation for its quality products and customer experience, having served its loyal and growing patient base since 2009.
“We are incredibly happy to have completed this acquisition, and this is only the beginning,” said Terry Buffalo, Chief Executive Officer of American Cannabis Company. Buffalo continued, “With the approval from the regulatory bodies now behind us, this is where the real work starts. Brand integration is key for success, and our team is working diligently to dial in processes and procedures, as well as implementing ACC’s company culture and core values, while also maintaining Naturaleaf™ brand integrity. We look to expand production capacities by revamping the cultivation operation, adding technology and equipment, including our proprietary cultivation methodologies and ‘just add water’ all-natural potting mix, SoHum Living Soils®, to effectively grow a consistent, high-value flower product. In addition to the modifications we plan to make in the back of the house, we also aim to elevate the retail experience by adding best-in-market products, new retail equipment and technologies to maximize customer/patient experience, as well as maintain consistent inventories. With this acquisition we anticipate over $2mm+ in gross revenue, and we look to increase upon that. For more details, please read the Company’s most recent 8-K filings.”
Scott Saunders, owner of Naturaleaf™, commented: “We are happy to have been acquired by American Cannabis Company. Since 2009 Naturaleaf has been pioneering the local medical market. The staff is excited to transition under the ownership of a public company, and I am excited for the people of Colorado Springs to see what American Cannabis Company is going to bring to the local community.”
Overall Transaction Background
On December 10, 2020, American Cannabis Company announced that it had executed a non-binding letter of intent to acquire all three (3) Naturaleaf™ medical marijuana centers along with its ten thousand (10,000) square foot commercial cultivation facility that also includes non-volatile extraction facilities.
On March 11, 2021, American Cannabis Company announced that it had executed the official Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) and on April 20, 2021 the Company received a contingent approval letter from Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), outlining the change of ownership.
After now having obtained final regulatory approval transferring the Naturaleaf™ licenses to the Company, and finalizing the closing of the asset purchase transaction as of April 30, 2021, the Company plans to acquire additional local and national cannabis assets and brands, with the goal of creating a portfolio of cannabis assets elevating the consumer experience through a commitment to wellness, quality products, and cleaner green practices.
For a complete disclosure of the asset purchase agreement, see the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission:
For a complete disclosure of the acquisition for Naturaleaf™ and the received regulatory approval, see the Company’s Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission:
About American Cannabis Company, Inc.
American Cannabis Company, Inc. offers end-to-end solutions to existing and aspiring participants in the cannabis and hemp industries. We utilize our industry expertise to provide business planning and market assessment services, assist state licensing procurement, create business infrastructure and operational best practices. We are continuing to grow the company by promoting our operational management services and license the American Cannabis Company brand as well as continuing to analyze acquisition opportunities worldwide. American Cannabis Company also developed and owns a portfolio of branded products including: SoHum Living Soils® – Winner of the High Times S.T.A.S.H. Award for “Best Potting Mix,” The Cultivation Cube™ and the High-Density Cultivation System™. American Cannabis Company also designs and provides other industry-specific custom product solutions.
For more information about American Cannabis Company, please visit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aENC4aeNZis (High Density Cultivation System)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9rNxFph_tQ&t (Cultivation Cube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoIcopO2yE8&t (SoHum Living Soils®)
Naturaleaf™, a well-known brand frequently sought out by locals in the Colorado Springs area, has been providing medical patients with cannabis and cannabis-derived products for over ten (10) years. Its staff and patient specialists maintain a very active presence in the local community, strive to find patients the right medicine for present or given conditions, and promote cannabis education to its patrons in a one-on-one retail concierge experience.
For more information on Naturaleaf™, please visit:
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Cannabis Remains an Illegal Schedule 1 Drug Under Federal Law
Thirty-five states, including Colorado, the District of Columbia and four U.S. Territories currently have laws broadly legalizing cannabis in some form for either medicinal and/or recreational use governed by state specific laws and regulations. Although legalized in some states, cannabis is a “Schedule 1” drug under the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. § 811) (“CSA”) and is illegal under federal law. Cannabis and its derivatives are viewed as being highly addictive and having no medical value. The United States Drug Enforcement Agency enforces the Controlled Substances Act, and persons violating it are subject to federal criminal prosecution.
As a result of the November, 2020 federal elections, and the election of Joseph R. Biden as president, it is expected that the federal government will move to amend parts of the CSA and de-schedule cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug.
In late January, 2021, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said lawmakers are in the process of merging various cannabis bills, including his own legalization legislation. He is working to enact reform in this Congressional session. This would include the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, that would federally de-schedule cannabis, reinvest tax revenue into communities most affected by the drug war, and fund efforts to expunge prior cannabis records. It is likely that the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act would be incorporated.
Other federal legislation under review for possible submission includes the SAFE Banking Act (or Secure and Fair Enforcement Act), a bill that would allow cannabis companies to access the federally-insured banking system and capital markets without the risk of federal enforcement action, and the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States Act (or STATES Act), a bill that seeks protections for businesses and individuals in states that have legalized and comply with state laws.
Notably with respect to our business, on November 1, 2019, Colorado Bill HB-19-1090, was passed and made effective. This law allows publicly traded corporations to apply for and qualify for the ownership of Colorado cannabis licenses. Other states that have legalized cannabis for recreational and/or medicinal use restrict public companies from owning interests in state cannabis licenses altogether, or have enacted regulations which make it difficult for corporations to comply with application requirements, including all shareholders submitting to and passing background checks.
On September 18, 2020, Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), approved the Company’s application for suitability, establishing the Company as one of the few publicly traded companies authorized to acquire and operate various cannabis licenses throughout Colorado, in both the recreational and medical markets.