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MedMen Responds To Vendor Payment Crisis

Adam Bierman the CEO of MedMen sits down to discuss the issues

Green Market Report’s Editor-in-Chief Debra Borchardt spoke with MedMen CEO Adam Bierman regarding the word from vendors that payments have been delayed. This interview has been edited slightly. 

Editor-in-Chief GMR Debra Borchardt:

We’ve confirmed that the emails posted online from MedMen telling vendors that payments will be late are real. We’ve also confirmed that vendors had said they haven’t been paid.

MedMen CEO Adam Bierman:

Those emails are absolutely, real emails. We’ve never denied those emails. We’ve been very forthright with the public, and with our investment community at large about the fact that at the end of last year we entered into a restructuring in the business, exiting the hyper-growth stage of the business, and getting into sustainability, and with that, there’s a lot of pain. And that pain starts at the employees that were on this mission with us, building this platform with us that we had to part ways with. A lot of them are like family that has been with us for a very long time.

That’s unfortunate. That’s hard. But it was, it was necessary. During that timeframe, we stopped payments to certain vendors as would be commonplace in the restructuring of a retailer. We turned over our accounts payable to a restructuring consulting firm (FTI Consulting) so that we could preserve and allocate the cash as we got through and out the other end of restructuring. These are brands that heavily rely upon MedMen for their business. Especially in California, we understand how important MedMen is to that ecosystem and we understand what happens, and the impact, and the ripple effect it has on these manufacturers. They’re having discussions like that with our teams about structuring payments.

Some of these people are my very good friends that we came up in this business together for the last decade. But I also say that there have been plenty of times where, well, roles have been reversed and we’ve been asked to be partners, long term partners to some of these groups. I think that’s just part of building an industry. There will be times when you’ll be asked to help others out in the industry. And there’ll be times when it’s vice versa.  We are probably 30 days away from being out the other end of this restructuring.

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