Green Thumb adds Culver City retail license to its Pasadena and West Hollywood license in its California expansion Green Thumb Industries Inc. (GTI) Expands Essence Brand in California, Third Retail License Awarded

Essence Cannabis Stores Slated for West Hollywood, Pasadena and Culver City

CHICAGO and CULVER CITY, Calif., July 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Green Thumb Industries (GTI) (CSE:GTII) (OTCQX: GTBIF), a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and owner of Essence and Rise™ retail stores, today announced that it is one of only three companies to be awarded a new retail license by Culver City, located in Los Angeles County, California.

“We are honored to be awarded a retail license by Culver City and to reach more people with our quality products and excellent customer care,” said GTI President Armen Yemenidjian. “Expanding to Southern California has long been part of our vision and we look forward to partnering with the Culver City community as we welcome new guests to Essence.”

The Culver City license award follows recent license wins in Pasadena and West Hollywood, where the company is one of only five to receive a retail, delivery and consumption lounge license. This continues a significant period of rapid growth for the Essence brand, which received eight new retail cannabis licenses in Nevada last year and has three open stores in Las Vegas, including the first on The Strip. GTI has 26 Rise™ and Essence retail stores open across the country and a footprint for a total of 95.

“GTI and Essence are strong partners, both with excellent track records of winning licenses,” said GTI Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. “We look forward to opening the new Essence stores across Nevada and California and thank Culver City for welcoming us to the community.”

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About Green Thumb Industries:

Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and retailer, is dedicated to providing dignified access to cannabis while giving back to the communities in which they serve. GTI manufactures and distributes a portfolio of branded cannabis products including Rythm, Dogwalkers, The Feel Collection, and Beboe, among others. The company also owns and operates rapidly growing national retail cannabis stores called Rise™ and Essence. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GTI has 13 manufacturing facilities, licenses for 95 retail locations and operations across 12 U.S. markets. Established in 2014, GTI employs approximately 1,200 people and serves thousands of patients and customers each year. GTI was named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business.  More information is available at

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Source: Green Thumb Industries

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