Jones Soda’s Cannabis Brand Continues National Rollout Following Strong Performance in California –
SEATTLE, March 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Jones Soda Co. (CSE: JSDA, OTCQB: JSDA), the original craft soda known for its unconventional flavors and user-submitted photo labels, today announced an agreement expanding distribution of its new Mary Jones cannabis-infused beverage brand to both Michigan and Nevada, the fourth and eighth largest cannabis markets in the U.S., respectively. The Mary Jones line debuted last June in California and is slated to launch in Washington State in Q2, continuing a planned national rollout to all recreational use markets.
Mary Jones already ranks as the #1 seller in the cannabis-infused carbonated beverage category in California, where it is carried in more than 275 dispensaries. Retail adoption has been so rapid, fueled by Jones Soda’s reputation for flavor innovation and iconoclastic brand persona, that Mary Jones has become the fastest new cannabis brand launch in the state.
Mary Jones manufacturing and distribution in Michigan and Nevada will be handled by Maxxx Labs, a cannabis contract manufacturing and distribution company specializing in beverage manufacturing. The company operates licensed cannabis manufacturing facilities in both states as well as licensed dispensaries in Michigan, with planned expansion into the Ohio, Florida and Texas markets.
The new agreement brings Mary Jones into two states that are currently expanding their cannabis footprints. Michigan voters legalized adult-use cannabis in 2018, has more than 1,050 cannabis sales locations throughout the state, and is set to open the first Detroit dispensaries this year following the recent award of 33 licenses out of the 160 permitted under the city’s recreational cannabis ordinance. Nevada legalized recreational cannabis use in 2017, now ranks second in the nation in cannabis sales per capita, and is slated to distribute licenses this year for cannabis consumption lounges that are expected to create a marijuana zone in Las Vegas.