AWH Continues Chicago Expansion with Pending Acquisition of Midway Dispensary on Southwest Side

AWH signs definitive agreement to acquire dispensary near Midway Airport following regulatory approval

CHICAGO – (Dec. 15, 2020) – Ascend Wellness Holdings, LLC (“AWH”), a multi-state cannabis operator, announced the execution of an agreement to acquire Chicago Alternative Health Center, LLC and an affiliated entity, which operates the Midway Dispensary, an adult-use and medical cannabis dispensary, located at 5648 S. Archer Avenue (“Midway Dispensary”).

Pending transaction approval by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, AWH will own Midway Dispensary, including Midway Dispensary’s right to open a secondary site adult-use dispensary under Illinois’ adult-use cannabis program, which, once approved, would be AWH’s eighth Illinois retail location assuming completion of pending transactions.

“We are excited to continue to expand in Chicago and fortunate to be able to partner with one of the original operators in the state that serves the southwest Chicago market. I want to thank Midway Dispensary’s current owners, Kraig Koester, Neal McQueeney and rest of team, for all their hard work,” said AWH Founder and Chief Executive Officer Abner Kurtin.

Midway Dispensary first opened under Illinois’ medical cannabis program in 2016 and has since expanded its menu to adult-use. Its location is in an ideal location in the southwest Chicago area.

“It’s been a challenging and exciting journey to get where we are. A company with the experience of AWH will be able to take the Midway Dispensary to the next level and expand access to thousands of people here in Chicago,” said Kraig Koester.

About AWH

AWH is a vertically integrated operator with assets and partners in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Jersey. AWH owns and operates state-of-the-art cultivation facilities, growing award-winning strains and producing a curated selection of products with effect-based categorization. AWH produces and distributes Ozone branded products. For more information, visit


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Michigan Supply and Provisions Continues Market Expansion with Interactive Provisioning Center in Ann Arbor

Michigan Supply and Provisions Continues Market Expansion with Interactive Provisioning Center in Ann Arbor

Fourth MS&P Provisioning Center joins Detroit, Battle Creek and Morenci locations

Ann Arbor, MI (Aug. 28, 2020) – Michigan Supply & Provisions (MS&P), one of the first recreational cannabis provisioning centers in the state, is continuing its aggressive state-wide expansion efforts, announcing the opening of its new provisioning center in Ann Arbor.

The new recreational provisioning center is the fourth location statewide for MS&P and the third it has opened this summer joining Battle Creek and its flagship medical only provisioning center in Detroit. MS&P’s original retail outlet in Morenci opened in late 2019.

“Ann Arbor has a rich and progressive cannabis history and we are excited to be a part of its unique culture with our own one of a kind cannabis brand,” said MS&P CEO Francis Perullo.

The newly remodeled Ann Arbor provisioning center located at 2019 W. Stadium Blvd, features 2,200 square feet of premium interactive retail space and will bring 25 full and part-time jobs to the Ann Arbor community.

MS&P features a wide selection of the highest quality flower, vapes, concentrates, edibles and topicals including its exclusive Ozone line of products. The center’s 22 full time staff were hand selected and trained to provide knowledgeable guidance to consumers of all experience levels. Hours of operation will be 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week.

In a proactive response to keep patients, customers and employees as safe and healthy as possible during the Coronavirus pandemic, MS&P will operate by online pre-ordering and dispensary pickup. Customers can learn about products and place orders at Michigan Medical cannabis card holders will receive a 15% discount on purchases.

Michigan Supply and Provisions plans to open additional provisioning centers throughout Michigan in 2020


Michigan Supply & Provisions is one of the first recreational cannabis provisioning center retailers in the state of Michigan. The forward thinking, innovative brand opened its first location in Morenci in late 2019 and has expanded to four locations statewide including recreational locations in Battle Creek and Ann Arbor. MS&P’s also serves Michigan medical cannabis patients with its flagship location in Detroit, which opened in July of 2020. For more information visit

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AWH Announces Expansion into Chicago Cannabis Market with Pending Retail Acquisitions in River North and Logan Square


Growing MSO files definitive agreement to purchase Modern Cannabis dispensaries following regulatory approval; Completes latest funding round at $69 million

CHICAGO – (Aug 25, 2020) – AWH, a multi-state, vertically integrated cannabis operator, announced its intent to enter Illinois’ largest cannabis market with an agreement to acquire a pair of well-known dispensaries in two iconic Chicago neighborhoods – Logan Square and River North.

The agreement will allow AWH to take ownership of both MOCA – Modern Cannabis dispensaries following approval from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

“We are pleased to enter the third largest city in the United States though our pending purchase of Modern Cannabis. MOCA has been a leading player in the Chicago market, and we are excited to pair it with our Illinois Supply & Provisions (IS&P) dispensaries which include the top performing retail outlet in the state in Collinsville,” said AWH Founder Abner Kurtin.

MOCA is one of Chicago’s original cannabis dispensaries, first opening to serve medical patients in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood in February, 2016. Today the location serves both medical and recreational customers and recently opened a new recreational-only location in River North.

“AWH is a great fit for us. They have a clear, focused strategy and a nimble, ambitious team. Of the several partnerships we considered, AWH made the most sense for us in terms of their state and national size, growth trajectory, and company culture,” said MOCA founder Danny Marks.

AWH, one of the fastest growing cannabis companies in the U.S., is also announcing the final closing of its latest funding round at $68.2 million, of which $41 million is new capital that will be used to further the company’s expansion of retail and grow operations.

“We are pleased to continue to have access to capital and be fully financed to build out our flagship retail locations and scale grow operations in our five states of focus,” said Kurtin.

The addition of the two MOCA properties would give AWH six retail licenses in Illinois. The company will continue to seek new acquisitions and partnership opportunities to reach the state limit of 10 licenses per ownership group.

AWH currently owns and operates two of Illinois’ most successful cannabis dispensaries under the IS&P brand which led to the expansion into Illinois’ largest and most competitive cannabis market. IS&P locations in Springfield and Collinsville (the top grossing dispensary in the state) serve hundreds of patients and customers each week.

“The Illinois cannabis program is structured in such a way that we believe it’s in the best interest of our company, staff, customers and medical patients to join a cultivator. We are excited to add our own flavor to the mix and help build a great cannabis company that is well positioned to thrive in the next phase of US cannabis legalization, ” added Marks.

AWH’s state of the art cultivation and processing center in West Central Illinois, the produces its own popular line of Ozone branded cannabis products to licensed retailers across the state. AWH will keep the MOCA brand in place and operate both dispensaries as a separate brand.

About AWH

AWH is a market leading, vertically integrated operator with assets in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Jersey. AWH is breaking down traditional walls in the cannabis marketplace to provide easy and accessible products and exclusive brand partnerships.

AWH owns and operates state-of-the-art cultivation facilities, and is known for growing award winning strains and producing curated selection of products with effect-based categorization.

AWH operates Illinois Supply and Provisions and Ohio Provisions, and has a strategic partnership with Michigan Supply and Provisions. AWH produces and distributes Ozone branded products. For more information, visit

About MOCA

MOCA is Chicago’s leading independent dispensary company, located in two of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. The original location in hip Logan Square was the second dispensary to open in Chicago. The new River North location, right on the main entry into downtown’s tourism and entertainment center, will be the city’s largest dispensary. Delivering a first-class customer experience through compassionate, knowledgeable service and expert product curation is MOCA’s core mission. The brand reflects the diverse, hip communities where the stores are located by incorporating art and culture into a modern cannabis shopping experience.

AWH Continues Michigan Market Expansion with Provisioning Center Launches in Detroit and Battle Creek

AWH Continues Michigan Market Expansion with Provisioning Center Launches in Detroit and Battle Creek

Growing MSO Opening Seven Provisioning Centers/State-of-the-Art Cultivation and Processing facility in 2020

NYC – (June 1, 2020) – AWH, a multi-state, vertically integrated cannabis operator, today announced the resumption of plans to bring its transformative retail experience throughout Michigan with the opening of two Michigan Supply and Provisions (MS&P) retail locations in Detroit and Battle Creek this week.

The two new provisioning centers are the latest locations MS&P will open in 2020 across Michigan. MS&P, part of the AWH family of companies, will launch its new medical only, flagship store in Detroit on June 4th following the opening of its new recreational provisioning center in Battle Creek on June 2nd . The two new locations are the second and third for MS&P in the state, after opening one of Michigan’s first recreational provisioning centers in Morenci in December of 2019. Both locations will feature MS&P’s innovative online pre-ordering and appointment pick up system which will significantly reduce wait times while keeping patients, customers and employees safe. Customers can learn about products and place orders at

“We are excited to continue our mission to bring the highest quality products, service and knowledge to people all across Michigan. Now more than ever, patients and consumers deserve a care-free experience and products they can count on to relieve pain and stress,” said AWH Founder and CEO Abner Kurtin.

The newly remodeled Detroit flagship center features 2,500 square feet of premium retail space. MS&P Detroit features a wide selection of the highest quality flower, vapes, concentrates, edibles and topicals including its exclusive Ozone line of products. The staff in Detroit and Battle Creek have been hand selected and trained to provide second-to-none guidance to consumers of all experience levels. Hours of operation will be 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Ascend Wellness Holdings Receives Provisional License from Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

The five-story metro-based store in the heart of downtown is positioned to become the largest dispensary on the East Coast

January 9, 2020 – BOSTON, MA – Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH), a multi-state, vertically-integrated cannabis operator, announced today that its subsidiary, Ascend Mass, received its provisional license from the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission for what will be the largest dispensary on the East Coast.

Situated near Faneuil Hall and the newly renovated TD Garden in the heart of downtown Boston, the groundbreaking adult-use concept store will serve as an iconic destination to the more than 15 million tourists who pass through the city each year. In fact, Faneuil Hall is the 8th most visited tourist attraction in the U.S. and Ascend Mass will be the first dispensary to operate within Boston city limits.

The landmark building commands 16,000 square feet of retail at 272 Friend Street. During the planning phase, the project received broad support from the community and state leaders. Now, as the adult-use store nears opening its doors, it’s set to become an iconic destination that’s at the heart of Massachusetts’ vibrant cannabis community.

“This is a very significant and exciting step for Ascend said Andrea Cabral,” CEO of Ascend Mass. “MA licensure standards are quite high and we are incredibly proud of our team’s work to achieve this milestone.”

The Andrus Group, an award-winning design firm that has worked on other high-volume urban stores for companies such as Apple, Burberry and Tesla, managed construction on the project. Once opened, the Boston store will bring together innovation and education to create a unique and engaging in-store experience for adult consumers.

“Boston is a known technology hub, and Ascend’s newest flagship store complements the dynamic and energetic city where it resides,” said Abner Kurtin, Founder of Ascend Wellness Holdings. “We are thrilled to bring a state-of-the-art retail experience to the City of Boston that will raise the bar for cannabis dispensaries throughout the industry.”

The Boston store is slated to open late 2020. Ascend Wellness Holdings operates adult-use cannabis stores in Illinois and Michigan and looks forward to opening a world-class cannabis retail experience in Massachusetts.

Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH) Welcomes Thousands of Customers To Illinois Retail Locations on First Days of Legal Cannabis Sales

January 3, 2020

Ascend Wellness Holdings (AWH) Welcomes Thousands of Customers To Illinois Retail Locations on First Days of Legal Cannabis Sales

Collinsville and Springfield Dispensaries serve nearly 3,000 adult-use patrons on historic first day in Illinois

ILLINOIS – Illinois Supply and Provisions (IS&P)- (HCI Alternatives until Jan 27th) – is officially calling the first day of legalized cannabis sales in Illinois and overwhelming success.

Between its two locations in Collinsville and Springfield the vertically integrated operator served 2,990 customers over the course of the day that started at 6 a.m. in central Illinois and ended at 9 p.m. in the metro-east. Long lines that stretched for blocks at both locations began forming on New Year’s Eve and continued well into the early evening hours of January 1st as cannabis enthusiasts embraced the day of celebration.

“We are overwhelmed with the enthusiasm and energy of our first-day customers. Despite the long lines, which we expected, customers were about as respectful and happy as you could want and we share in that celebration with them,” said Ascend Wellness Holdings Founder Abner Kurtin. “We have an incredibly hard-working and knowledgeable team that makes the true difference with our customers,” Added Kurtin.

Over the first two days of sales, IS&P locations were able to see 5,200 customers in large part due to the logistical preparation of company staff. While customers waited in line for hours due to the demand, the average transaction took just under 6 minutes.

“Our ability to see so many people on the first few days is really a testament to the hard work of our staff whose tireless efforts over the last several months really made a huge impact in allowing so many to participate in this historic day,” said AWH Regional Director Kathleen Olivastro.

To better serve customers in a rapidly growing market, IS&P dispensaries are undergoing complete renovations to add more square feet of floor space and point of sale positions as well as doubling its dispensary staff. IS&P plans to open at least two additional, adult-use only, Illinois locations – one in Springfield and one in Fairview Heights – in 2020.

About Ascend Wellness Holdings Ascend Wellness Holdings is a market-leading, vertically-integrated operator with retail and production facilities in Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts and New Jersey; and strategic partnerships in Michigan. AWH is breaking down traditional walls in the cannabis marketplace to create a unique,

Illinois Scores Best-Selling Cookies Strains in 2020, via Ascend Wellness Holdings

- Midwest adult-use cannabis customers get the authentic lineup of Cookies flavors in 2020

- Ascend, the largest retailer/cultivator in southwestern Illinois scores partnership to grow, sell 40 of the world's most coveted cannabis varieties

The world's best-selling, most in-demand cannabis varieties are coming to Illinois aficionados in the New Year through a new partnership between two leading U.S. brands: Oakland-based Cookies Enterprises, and Illinois cultivator-retailer Ascend Wellness Holdings.

Just in time for adult use sales in Illinois in 2020, Cookies and Ascend Illinois announced that Ascend Illinois will grow 40 new, potent and exotic-flavored cannabis strains from the entire family of Cookies brands—including Lemonnade, Runtz, Powerzzzup, Minntz, and Grandiflora. On sale statewide in early 2020 at "Illinois Supply and Provisions (formerly HCI Alternatives)" outlets— Illinois cannabis fans will get access to authentic Cookies products; which are widely counterfeited in the region's illicit markets.

There are 12.7 million people in the state, 82,000 are already medical patients. The partnership brings potentially millions of midwest Cookies fans the official family of Cookies brands, while cementing Ascend's role as a leading cultivator in the massive midwest state, producing 25,000 pounds in 2020 indoors in soil under a new adult-use cultivation license.

Cookies' co-founder and CEO Berner said he couldn't wait to hook his dedicated midwest fans up with the flavors they deserve.

"Chicago's the center of midwest hip-hop and rap. And they closely follow Cali's flower trends," said the top-charting artist. "Taking this step ensures Illinois gets the best genetics and flower out there."

"Cookies varieties have dominated sales since they came out in California a decade ago," said Abner Kurtin, Founder and CEO of Ascend Wellness Holdings.

"Ascend Illinois is excited to bring Cookies, the leading California cannabis brand, to customers in Illinois. The cultivars developed by Cookies are the most unique and popular in the California market and we think they represent a meaningful addition to the adult market in Illinois," said Kurtin.

The multi-state grower-retailer Ascend earned the Cookies partnership by focusing on extra-high-quality craft cultivation. Cookies only produces top-shelf cannabis for licensed markets and will be hand-selecting the types of plants Ascend grows in Illinois to ensure Cookies' rigorous standards. Ascend Wellness Holdings operates as "HCI Alternatives" in Illinois and debuts its first Illinois Supply and Provisions outlets in Springfield and Collinsville Jan. 1.

Illinois' six-year-old medical cannabis market approaches $240 million in annual revenue this year. Recreational market revenues could total $2.5 billion. State officials approved 55 dispensaries in the last three years.

Illinoisans can follow @berner415 to learn when Cookies becomes available at their local dispensary.

Ascend Wellness Holdings Awarded Massachusetts Cultivation License

On Thursday, the Cannabis Control Commission awarded MassGrow, our cultivation facility in Athol, Massachusetts, their final license. In doing so, AWH is now authorized to cultivate, harvest and process cannabis in Massachusetts. We will begin growing cannabis in November.

“In working with Ascend, that group undertook a major investment in a property that sat substantially vacant for about three decades," stated Shaun A. Suhoski Town Manager of Athol. “The community took some pride seeing lights on in the facility at night and knowing that millions of dollars investment were flowing back into the community.”

The first harvest in March will launch Ozone, our premium brand, in Massachusetts. Ozone is built on a foundation of Integrity, Craft, Experience and Respect. Ozone elevates the entire cannabis experience to its highest potential. Ozone has launched in both Illinois and Michigan to critical acclaim and market success.

“This is quite a milestone, " said CEO of Ascend Mass and MassGrow, Andrea J. Cabral. "MassGrow is a model cultivation facility and we are beyond ready to start producing the finest quality cannabis in the Commonwealth.”

AWH has proudly completed Phase I of MassGrow which marks the launch of this state of the art cannabis facility. Upon completion, MassGrow will have 360,000 sq ft of space with 100,000 sq ft of canopy making it one of the largest cannabis facilities in the Eastern part of the United States. With a lab and delivery hub, MassGrow will house the leading brand partners in the industry all under one roof. We are thrilled to be a part of this momentous cannabis campus.

Let's grow!

Michigan Supply & Provisions Opens First Of Several Planned Cannabis Dispensaries In The State

MORENCI, Mich., Oct. 14, 2019 -- Michigan Supply & Provisions, a transformative medicinal marijuana dispensary brand providing premium cannabis products, opened the doors to its first dispensary this week at 1096 East Main St. in Morenci, Mich. The store, featuring nearly 1,700 square-feet of customer consultation space, is the first of seven stores slated to open across Michigan by the summer of 2020.

Michigan Supply & Provisions (MS&P) offers its customers a curated selection of cannabis products spanning concentrate, edible, flower, pre-roll, tincture, topical and vape categories. The company is committed to full-body health and wellness delivered in a user-friendly retail environment with effect-based categorization of products and an approachable staff of experts to assist.

"We have developed what we believe is a significantly different approach to the traditional cannabis dispensary model," said Brian Thienel, Regional Director at MS&P. "We want to provide new access, certainly, but we also want to eliminate barriers to understanding for new patients. We offer superior manufacturing, production and retail spaces. However, it is just as important that we remain focused on a patient-centric experience that is as inviting as it is affordable and accessible."

Michigan Supply & Provisions will bring 20 new jobs to the greater Morenci area. The company's plans for growth include adding hundreds of new full and part-time positions across the state during the coming year.

According to Michigan's Marijuana Regulatory Agency Statistical Report, there are 283,770 patients with a medical marijuana card as of June 30, 2019, plus 39,500 caretakers with a card, allowing those individuals to obtain marijuana for designated patients. The state approved recreational cannabis last year and the full timetable for implementation is expected in 2020.

Michigan Supply & Provisions' Morenci store is open Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 a.m., and Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"Morenci represents a great start for our brand," said Coleman LaBarr, General Manager of MS&P. "We have plans for growth that will provide the access and experience that patients living in Michigan deserve."

For more information about Michigan Supply & Provisions, visit

About Michigan Supply & Provisions
Michigan Supply & Provisions is a family of dispensaries that share the same ethos and mission: to supply and provide high quality, safe and reliable cannabis products to patients and customers in Michigan. The company seeks to transform the dispensary landscape in Michigan by breaking down walls to stand shoulder to shoulder with our patients so we can meet each customer at their unique place in the cannabis journey.

Miranda Lee
Michigan Supply & Provisions
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AWH Launches OZONE Premium Cannabis Products in Michigan and Illinois

Ascend Wellness Holdings is proud to announce the launch of our Ozone brand into the Michigan and Illinois markets. Ozone represents our first branded launch of premium cannabis products targeting the core consumer in each marketplace. Additional brands targeting other newer consumer segments are set for launch in 2020.

Built on a foundation of Integrity, Craft, Experience and Respect, Ozone elevates the entire cannabis experience to its highest potential. Utilizing proprietary genetics and advanced grow methodologies such as growing from seed, cold-curing and hand trimming, Ozone delivers one of a kind cannabis experiences across product categories.

Ascend is excited to offer Ozone to the marketplace initiating our efforts to elevate the cannabis experience across multiple states.