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Cresco Labs Opens Ninth Pharmacy in Illinois; Juul Sues for Illegal Sales

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The Sunnyside Pharmacy in Schaumburg is now Cresco Labs‘ largest retail store with over 11,500 square feet.

Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multi-state cannabis operators in the United States, today announced the opening of a new retail location in Schaumburg, a northwest suburb of Chicago. Cresco’s retail chain Sunnyside Pharmacy is the company’s ninth in Illinois.

“We are thrilled to bring the Sunnyside retail experience to the largest shopping mall in Illinois. The Woodfield Mall is home to hundreds of shops and restaurants, and in a normal year attracts more than 27 million visitors,” said Charlie Bachtell, Cresco Labs’ CEO and co-founder. “We continue to focus on building a strategic retail footprint to showcase our brands and deliver customers the Sunnyside experience. Our Illinois retail footprint compliments the 215,000 square feet of cultivation we have in the state, driving strong retail and wholesale growth.”

The new store will employ 40 employees and will have nearly 20 sales points. Sunnyside Schaumburg has an area of ​​more than 11,500 square feet and is Cresco’s largest pharmacy in Illinois and its national retail business.

Cresco has nine Sunnyside pharmacies in Illinois: Wrigleyville Chicago, River North Chicago, Elmwood Park, Buffalo Grove, Rockford, Champaign, Danville, South Beloit, and now Schaumburg. Cresco’s tenth Illinois store in central Chicago is expected Will open at the end of the year.

Juul Sues for Illegal Sales

Juul Labs and its Canadian subsidiary Juul Labs Canada (Juul Labs Canada), has filed a lawsuit against a global entity and personal network that illegally purchases and resells authentic Juul pods and devices worldwide.

The main target of its legal action is the provider of PodVapes and PodMaster websites, which is an entity headquartered in Canada that purchases Juul products from the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States, and then ships them for sale around the world.

Among the main targets of its legal action are the purveyors of the PodVapes and PodMaster websites, entities based in Canada that acquired Juul products from the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. to ship all over the world.

PodVapes, for example, acquired authentic Juul pods from Canada and the U.K. in nontobacco and nonmenthol flavors and shipped them into various states in the U.S. to be illegally resold, according to Juul Labs.

According to Juul Labs, for example, PodVapes purchased authentic Juul pods in nontobacco and nonmenthol flavors from Canada and the U.K. They shipped them to various states in the United States for illegal resale.

“Through investigations, we have confirmed that PodVapes actively sells diverted Juul pod packs into the U.S.,” Juul Labs wrote in a statement. “PodVapes also shipped Juul devices that were explicitly developed for non-US markets into the U.S. in violation of FDA laws and regulations.”

Juul Labs said that evidence of such illegal activities began to appear as early as February 2019. Although the sales of diverted products initially discovered in the New Zealand and Australian markets by websites targeting these countries/regions, the sales quickly spread to websites targeting the U.K. and the U.S., and most recently, Canada.

“As Juul Labs continues to reset the category, it is imperative that the company acts as a responsible partner to regulators and other stakeholders around the world, wherever our products are sold,” Juul Labs stated. “We are committed to aggressively going after bad actors in the vapor category and helping to ensure a responsible marketplace for adult smokers seeking legal alternatives to combustible cigarettes.”

The original source: Cannabis Dispensary Mag; Vapor Voice.

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