Beleaguered cannabis company MedMen Enterprises (OTC: MMNFF) does not want the courts to shift its unpaid lease dispute with Thor Equities to a point out court docket from a Federal court docket. According to Legislation360, the organization is hoping that a Federal courtroom will blame Thor Equities for leasing to a federally illegal hashish operation and then will not hold MedMen dependable for not shelling out hire. A condition court docket could be more favorable to Thor Equities’ statements.
Thor had at first filed the case in New York Federal court mainly because Thor Equities is largely centered in New York. Now the firm has said it wishes to shift the circumstance to California, where MedMen is primarily based mostly.
Really don’t Lease to Hashish Co’s
MedMen continues to talk to for the case to be dismissed even as it acknowledges signing the lease and not paying the rent. MedMen is arguing that hashish is an unlawful item and so Thor Equities shouldn’t have signed a lease with them. MedMen mentioned in its most up-to-date Memorandum:
It is unlawful below Federal legislation to lease any area for the intent of distributing any managed material, which include cannabis, as Plaintiff did below.
MedMen is arguing that the rent contract should not be enforced since the Federal govt deems hashish to be an unlawful compound.
Even though the Lease and Guaranties that ponder the operation of a cannabis dispensary my be legal under Illinois law, it is respectfully submitted that they are not lawful beneath Federal legislation and can not be enforced in this Court docket.
The latest shift is based mostly on a complaint filed on July 15, 2022, in which Thor Equities claimed MedMen owed the business $950,960.02 in unpaid lease for 942-944 West Fulton Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611. The lease was signed on June 28, 2019, and Thor suggests MedMen has not paid out any hire considering the fact that August 2021. Both equally events agree that a agreement was signed and the rent wasn’t paid out.
The criticism stated, “For each thirty day period from August 2021 to the existing, Tenant was demanded to pay out Landlord foundation hire of $70,726.67, running costs of $2,666.67, and insurance coverage fees of $556.29. The month-to-month serious estate charge of $4,429.26, in influence in August 2021 via March 2022, improved to $5,014.59 in April 2022.” The leaseholder is technically MM Enterprises Usa LLC. In addition, MedMen’s guarantor is MedMen Enterprises Inc. which agreed to shell out if MedMen did not have also ditched the landlords and not paid out the rent. According to Thor, MedMen owes the principal amount for the previous 11 months of $864,509.11.and late charges of 10% of that sum, or $86,450.91.
MedMen does have a dispensary in Chicago, but it is not on Fulton St, as an alternative, it’s at 1142 Lake St, found in Oak Park IL. The Chicago Tribune documented in 2020 that MedMen was thinking of a various area at 1001 W. North Ave.
MedMen very last claimed earnings earlier in September when the organization filed its 2022 annual report. While MedMen did supply $140 million in earnings for the 12 months, it also noted that its total liabilities strike an eye-popping $641 million. The organization has offered its Florida property, but the deal with Ascend Wellness to acquire its New York property fell via. Those people houses are again on the market.
The once-a-year report also stated, “The Corporation has experienced recurring losses from functions, is in violation of numerous debt covenants and has a web cash deficiency that increase substantial doubt about its potential to proceed as a heading concern.”
As of June 25, 2022, MedMen had cash and funds equivalents of $10.8 million and a working money deficit of $164.9 million. The business stated it has incurred losses from continuing functions of $165.5 million and $124.3 million in the fiscal calendar year 2022 and 2021, respectively, made use of dollars in continued operating routines of $18.9 million and predicted that it would keep on to incur losses until finally these types of time as revenues exceed functioning costs and it is equipped to comprehensive its restructuring program. As of June 25, 2022, MedMen stated it was in violation of the bare minimum liquidity covenant of its phrase financial loans. The term financial loans involve the firm to keep a $15. million bare minimum hard cash harmony.