Should You Take Your Marijuana Company Public?

As a founder of One Gro (along with my partner PJ Martinez), I am often asked by friends and colleagues, “Are you planning to take One Gro public?” 
My answer is basically this: I’m not planning on “going public” anytime soon, but reasonable minds can differ on this and even do around the proverbial company “water cooler” (You know, that place where people used to hang out to talk about “appointment TV shows” before streaming TV made everyone “spoiler policemen” and before Facebook and text messaging made face-to-face human interaction uncommon).
PJ and Mike at a “One Gro University” class on “Corporate Governance.”
My personal One Gro “exit strategy” would look more like a merger or acquisition or staying private and closely-held.  Or, if things go really, really well, maybe we get lucky and do the acquiring of a public company one day.
I see major marijuana consolidation on the horizon nationwide in the recreational marijuana industry and definitely in Oregon.  Why should four different Oregon cannabis companies have four different delivery drivers, managers, CEOs, CFOs, etc.?  Why buy supplies separately when you could pool the buying power of a consolidated powerhouse?  Consolidation decreases duplicative inefficiencies and ultimately the consumer wins with lower prices.
Also, why should a cannabis company have to learn from scratch delivery logistics when there is an alcohol distributor in every town that already knows how to sling psychoactive organic chemicals made by plants and is already servicing state liquor licensees.

Liquor Will Consume Cannabis

I predict that after the regional alcohol distributor mergers settle down a bit, they will quickly turn their sites on marijuana.  It will likely be non-public, closely hold alcohol beverage distribution corporations rather than publicly traded alcohol companies.  They will be more likely to be the first Wall Street acquisition of Weed Street companies.  Alcohol will likely do it before Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, or Big Ag.  Then in the next twenty years you could ironically see some strange acquisitions of Big Ag and Big Pharma as the new monster companies take over the world.  The future could be ETOH-THC post-acquisition powerhouses ruling the corporate world.  What do you think? Comment below.
Another possibility is that the big marijuana players of Canada and the US West Coast will quickly consolidate over the next 18 months and WEED WILL ACQUIRE ALCOHOL thereafter, picking off a few distributors here and there and then continuing to merge.
Mike at a One Gro farm with his parents
Guess what this could mean: It is possible that Big Weed becomes bigger than anything else as alcohol loses consumer dollars everyday to new cannabis consumers looking for a healthier lifestyle or opiate users switching to THC at a huge loss to Big Pharma.  The future is exciting to speculate about and will be even more exciting to live through and be part of.   The next Apple or Microsoft or Google or Nike exists out there somewhere in cannabis land.  There is someone you’ve never heard of before that will be the first Mark Zuckerman of cannabis. I love this industry!
One Gro on NASDAQ? A little bit kinda…
One Gro’s Press Release on Its Successful Inhaler Product Launch

On a less serious note, today One Gro Investment Group‘s inhaler made it “on NASDAQ”……..via a press release. Ha. Seriously though, going public right now is a bad idea for a company like ours. We would much rather pursue a merger/acquisition strategy as we grow the company’s value via sales and thus proof of concept.

But if someone asked me, “Are you planning for an imminent acquisition?” my answer would be a guarded “not really.”  It would be a costly acquisition now without the financials to back it up.  We would be a very tempting acquisition but we would have to make sure the valuation represented next year’s value reduced to present value because I’m willing to bet on myself
But, in any event, One Gro Investment Group‘s inhaler made it “on NASDAQ”……..via a press release. Ha. Seriously though, going public right now in Canada seems tempting for the “easy money” but it’s expensive regulatory overhead that eats to far into the margins with very little to gain, in my not-so-humble-and-often-incorrect-but-usually-correct-more-often-than-not opinion.

Where Can I get a THC Inhaler Outside of Oregon?

Contact us about a partnership or licensing arrangement in your medical, rec, or not-yet-legal state. Text or call 541-897-2147 or send an email.

Where Can I get a THC Inhaler in Oregon?


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Forward Looking Statements

Positive Forward-looking Plus Yes Optimism Think

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