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Cresco Labs Continues First to Market Strategy in Ohio by Facilitating First Legal Sale of Medical Marijuana under State Program


(CSE:CL) ("Cresco" or "the Company"), one of the largest
vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators in the United
States, today announced the opening and first legal sale of medical
marijuana in the state of Ohio at its CY+ dispensary, making this the
second state medical marijuana program in which the Company has been
first to market.

"In Ohio, we are continuing our pattern of ‘firsts' across the U.S. As a
multi-state operator, we have repeatedly proven our ability to gain
access to selected markets, get operational, distribute product and
claim a first mover advantage in market share," said Charlie Bachtell,
CEO of Cresco Labs. "Following our similar achievement in Pennsylvania
where we were the first operator to be approved and come to market as a
cultivator, Ohio is the second state in a row where our expeditious path
to market positioned us to serve the patients of the state by making the
first legal sale of marijuana, officially launching Ohio's statewide
medical marijuana program."

Cresco Labs' new dispensary, named CY+ (pronounced "see why plus"),
opened its doors on January 16 and offers a wide selection of
pharmaceutical-grade marijuana for physician-certified patients across
Ohio. In December 2018, Cresco Labs was granted the first certificate of
operation for a medical marijuana dispensary in the state, over a month
before other cannabis operators received the same approvals.

"Cresco has repeatedly scaled the steepest learning curves in the most
highly regulated markets to get operational and to establish a dominant
market position," Bachtell added. "Our achievement in Ohio again shows
Cresco Labs' ability to efficiently put capital to use for the benefit
of state programs, patients and our shareholders."

In addition to the Wintersville dispensary, the Company has built an
environmentally advanced 50,000-square-foot growing and cultivation
facility located in Yellow Springs, Ohio that will supply statewide

CY+ will launch with flower only products but, in addition to other
brands, will eventually carry Cresco's full brand suite—Cresco, Remedi,
Reserve, and Mindy's Edibles, an infused edible line created by James
Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal — providing a full suite of
consistently dosed products catering to all consumers.

CY+ is located at 180 Main Street in Wintersville, Ohio and can be
reached at 740/617-8649.

About Cresco Labs:

Cresco Labs, based in Chicago, is a leading U.S. cannabis company with
experienced management, access to capital and a demonstrated growth
strategy. As a differentiated grower, processor and retailer of premium
cannabis operating in seven states, the company focuses on entering
highly regulated markets with outsized demand potential and high
barriers to entry. Its impressive speed-to-market gives Cresco a
distinct competitive advantage as it replicates its model to expand its
national footprint. Cresco's proven ability to execute is complemented
by a cutting-edge brand strategy spearheaded by several of the brightest
minds in consumer marketing in the nation. Cresco's products are
tailored to all major consumer segments: everyday cannabis, medicinally
focused, connoisseur grade, and chef inspired edibles by James Beard
Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal. Learn more about Cresco Labs at

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