Cannabis Market Begins to Mature in Legal States

Marijuana is big business

NEW YORK: According to a report by Ameri Research Inc., the global legal cannabis market was valued at $14.3 billion in 2016 and is forecast to grow at a CAGR of 21.1% between 2017 to 2024 and culminating to $63.5 billion by 2024.

The market is going through a period of strong growth thanks to increasing legalization and decriminalization of cannabis products across North America and Europe. The report indicates that legalization wave is moving beyond the U.S. region. In 2017, the Canadian prime minister has introduced a bill to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. The proposed bill mandates the legal age for consumption of cannabis at 18 years, and provides clarity on the federal and state laws in regulating the cultivation, storage and distribution of cannabis across the country.

Strong sales in the cannabis market resulted in economic growth in states where sales of cannabis products are legal. The Ameri Research Inc. explains that, “Growing user base for recreational marijuana in states such as ColoradoCaliforniaAlaskaMassachusettsWashington DC and other states is a key factor boosting the tax revenues. For instance, in 2016 Colorado reported revenues exceeding 1.1 billion from the sale of marijuana products and the tax collected from the sale of these products is diverted into specific community development projects such as the construction of schools and infrastructure development, which is anticipated to improve the overall economy of the region.”

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