Cannabis giant Trulieve signs $17 million Florida warehouse leaseback deal

Innovative Industrial Properties, a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on buying and leasing warehouses in the marijuana space, paid $17 million to Trulieve Cannabis for a five-building cultivation facility in Florida.

Trulieve will lease back the 150,000-square-foot marijuana cultivation centers in Quincy, Florida, from IIP.

The initial lease is for 10 years, with the rent equal to 11% of the purchase price.

Trulieve, based in Tallahassee, Florida, has two options to extend the lease by five years each, or for another 10 years.

Earlier this year, Innovative Industrial signed a sales-leaseback deal with Trulieve for a 150,000-square-foot industrial facility in Holoyke, Massachusetts. In that deal, the purchase price was $3.5 million.

The REIT will reimburse Trulieve up to $40 million for improvements to the building.

Trulieve is by far the largest player in Florida’s medical marijuana market with about a 50% market shareMarijuana Business Daily reported in September.

The 2019 Marijuana Business Factbook projects medical marijuana sales in Florida this year of $425 million-$525 million.

San Diego-based Innovate Industrial Properties trades on the New York Stock Exchange as IIPR.

Trulieve trades on the over-the-counter markets as TCNNF and on the Canadian Securities Exchange as TRUL.

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