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Cresco Labs Co-founder and CEO Charles Bachtell Appointed to Cannabis Legalization Subcommittee of Illinois Governor-elect JB Pritzker’s Transition Team

Cresco Labs (CSE: CL) (“Cresco” or “the Company”), one of the largest vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators in the United States, today announced that Charles Bachtell, Co-founder and CEO of Cresco Labs, has been appointed to the Cannabis Legalization Subcommittee of Illinois Governor-elect JB Pritzker’s transition team. Cannabis Legalization is one of four subcommittees under the Governor-elect’s Restorative Justice and Safe Communities Transition Committee. Bachtell will collaborate other civic, judicial and social justice leaders named to the committee. Within the group, he is the only cannabis industry operator appointed to provide input that will shape the possibility of legal adult-use cannabis in Illinois.

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Cresco Labs CEO Charlie Bachtell is appointed to cannabis subcommittee of Governor-elect JB Prtizker's transition team (Photo: Business Wire)

The primary goals of the Cannabis Legalization Subcommittee are to evaluate and develop implementation recommendations for the Governor-elects platform on legalizing cannabis. As outlined during the campaign, these priorities include safely legalizing and decriminalizing cannabis, reviewing and commuting the sentences of people incarcerated for cannabis offenses in Illinois, intentionally including black and brown entrepreneurs in the planning and licensing of new cannabis dispensaries and reinvesting in communities hit hardest by the war on drugs and the legacy of mass incarceration.

“It is a great honor to be appointed by Governor-elect JB Pritzker to work with an esteemed group of leaders to advance legalization of cannabis in Illinois, a state that has been historically been one of the most highly regulated markets in the country,” said Bachtell. “At Cresco, we were one of the first cannabis companies to successfully win licenses and scale our business in this highly competitive market. We understand the Illinois market – our home state – very well and have been active in endorsing legislation that will protect and support the well-being of our citizens.”

Named one of the “Top 100 Cannabis Leaders of 2018” by Entrepreneur, Bachtell co-founded Cresco Labs in 2016 with the vision of normalizing and professionalizing the cannabis industry. Bachtell is an attorney with deep legal expertise in regulatory compliance and is recognized as one of the foremost authorities on regulatory affairs in some of the nation’s most heavily regulated industries. He serves as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law teaching classes on legal and regulatory matters concerning the emerging cannabis industry and has leadership positions in numerous cannabis trade associations across the country.

About Cresco Labs, LLC:

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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Last Updated: 12-Dec-2018