When John Mueller sold Acres Cannabis to Curaleaf in 2019, it was an arm’s length deal with a noncompete that forced him to break ties with what he and his partners had built out West.
As the CEO of Acres, Mueller steered a ship in Nevada that included nearly 270,000 square feet of operating cultivation facilities, a state-of-the-art production and extraction lab, and an immersive 19,000-square-foot dispensary in Las Vegas—the largest retail spot in the state until Planet 13’s SuperStore came along in late 2018.
That Acres dispensary in Las Vegas hosted a “Marijuana Farmers Market” every weekend, offered a museum steeped in cannabis culture, and it had an open-view processing kitchen where customers could look on as technicians worked with edibles and extracts.
Mueller’s Nevada vision also included another 133,000 square feet of cultivation that was under construction on 37 acres of land the company owned in the Amargosa Valley—an unincorporated area about 75 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Upon completing that undertaking, Acres expected to generate 100,000 pounds of dry flower per year at full scale.
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“The day we signed, they pretty much took over operations,” Mueller said of Acres’ $70-million deal with multistate operator Curaleaf. “Obviously,