The acquisition will assist ONE Cannabis Group in overcoming supply chain challenges.
ONE Cannabis Group, the parent company of dispensary franchise Unity Rd., has announced that it has been acquired by vertically integrated cannabis operator Item 9 Labs Corp.
Item 9 Labs plans to solve the common challenge of securing access to a trusted supply chain for cannabis operators, as cannabis products cannot currently cross state lines. To do this, the organization will develop or partner with cultivation facilities in states where Unity Rd. franchise partners open cannabis retail shops, giving them front-of-the-line access to award-winning products.
Item 9 Labs currently offers 75-plus active cannabis strains and more than 150 differentiated cannabis vape products as well as premium concentrates. The award-winning cannabis operator is headquartered in Arizona, where the company is currently expanding its operations space by more than 650,000 square feet on its 50-acre site – one of the largest properties in the state that is zoned to grow and cultivate flower.
“Item 9 Labs has garnered a reputation as a trusted source for high-quality cannabis products that also offer transparency, consistency and well-being to those relying on us,” said Item 9 Labs CEO, Andrew Bowden.
“We’ve grown intentionally with all brands centered on helping others become the best versions of themselves. This fits well with Unity Rd.‘s mission of inspiring confidence in the benefits of cannabis for all.”
Unity Rd. was founded in 2018, and currently has multiple franchise agreements with 10 entrepreneurial groups who are in various stages of development across the U.S. Mike Weinberger, COO of ONE Cannabis, will now become the chief franchise officer of Item 9 Labs Corp.
“Extending our in-house knowledge in dispensary applications will strengthen our traction in emerging markets,” said Weinberger. “This, along with direct access to Item 9 Labs’ deep bench of premium products, are added benefits that put Unity Rd. franchise partners far ahead of any future competition.”
2020 was a big year for cannabis, and five states approved legalization in November during the election period. The market is now projected to top $24bn by the end of this year.
“If there was ever a time to invest in the cannabis industry, it’s now,” added Weinberger. “With cannabis sales increasing during the pandemic and several states looking at how tax revenue from legal cannabis could greatly offset the economic damage caused by COVID-19, the industry is poised to take-off. Those eager to enter now will greatly benefit from the knowledge and support of a franchisor to help navigate the complexities and vast inconsistencies on how states regulate.”