Cresco Labs Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200392306/composite CRLBF +3.68% /zigman2/quotes/205276242/delayed CA:CL +2.17% said Thursday it has entered a senior secured term loan agreement for an initial sum of $100 million with an option to borrow up to $200 million. The Chicago-based cannabis company expects to complete an initial drawdown by Jan. 30 and will use the funds to expand operations in Illinois, where cannabis became legal for adult use this year. Cannabis companies have been struggling to access capital in recent months after a steep selloff in the sector last year and many have been forced into dilutive financings or have resorted to sale-and-leaseback arrangements using their own real estate. "Through this deal, we have diversified the Company's funding sources, improved our cost of capital in a non-dilutive manner and given ourselves flexibility in a dynamic capital environment," Chief Executive Charlie Bachtell said in a statement. Loans made on the initial closing date will bear interest at a rate of about 12.7% per year for 18-month loans and about 13.2% for 24-month loans, payable quarterly in arrears, said the statement. Cresco's U.S.-listed shares were not yet active premarket, but have fallen 2.9% in the last 12 months, while the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF /zigman2/quotes/204332491/composite MJ +5.99% has fallen 40% and the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.24% has gained 26%.