Arizona CEO Inspired by Mom’s Battle with Breast Cancer, Helps Grow Multi-Million Dollar Cannabis Empire

2 min readPublished On: November 4th, 2021By

PHOENIX – An Arizona-based CEO’s mother’s battle with triple-negative stage 3 breast cancer inspired a move from real estate to cannabis. Four years later, she’s cancer-free and he’s running a multi-million dollar cannabis empire.

Once she was diagnosed in 2016, Phoenix entrepreneur Andrew Bowden began searching for something to help her through treatment and it was through his connections at Item 9 Labs that he found a product to help her eat and sleep through the pain. Thanks to the support of her family, her determination and Item 9 Labs product, she survived three different, arduous routes of cancer treatment.

After seeing the positive effects cannabis had on his mother’s battle with breast cancer, Bowden joined Item 9 Labs Corp. (OTCQX: INLB) —a cannabis dispensary franchisor and operator that produces premium, award-winning products—as a board member in 2018 and was appointed to CEO in 2019. His goal is to give the same opportunities to others who need help.

“Cannabis is truly a medicine,” said Bowden. “This is what will help future cancer patients thrive and enjoy the rest of their lives. I want to see everyone live life to their fullest, pain free.”

Bowden’s mother explains how cannabis helped her overcome cancer: https://vimeo.com/462706131

Since Bowden’s appointment to CEO, Item 9 Labs Corp. has seen seven consecutive quarters of growth; most recently, posting quarterly revenue up 203% year-over-year. The Company is developing the national footprint of its dispensary franchise brand, Unity Rd., and Item 9 Labs cannabis products; construction is more than 75% completed at its Nevada cultivation site and the Company will soon begin the master site development of its Arizona operations. Further, the first Unity Rd. franchised shop opened in June 2021.

Went Pink by Giving Green for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Item 9 Labs, the 20-plus-time award-winning cannabis product brand from Item 9 Labs Corp., gave back this October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The elevated mainstream Arizona brand sold limited-edition pink boxes with non-strain-specific broad-spectrum cartridges to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.

For every pink cartridge box sold, Item 9 Labs made a donation to the American Cancer Foundation and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk that took place on October 23. In total, Item 9 Labs donated $5,000. JARS Cannabis also matched every 50-cent donation.

(This information is primarily sourced from Item 9 Labs.  Highly Capitalized has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this news release. Read our Disclaimer here).

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