NEW YORK: According to a new report from Brightfield Group, the global cannabis market is currently worth $7.7 billion and is expected to reach $31.4 billion by 2021. The United States accounts for about 90 percent of the market. But the U.S. domination of the market is expected to drop to 57 percent due to legalization of cannabis in other countries. Canada is considered as one of the biggest markets for cannabis. Canada plans to legalize recreational cannabis by July 2018. Other countries in South American and Europe are also expected to legalize cannabis for either recreational use or medical use before 2021.
The booming cannabis market is expected to have positive economic benefits, such as creating more jobs and generating tax revenue. According to MG News, Vivien Azer of Cowen & Co. said in a report: “When you consider ancillaries such as growers, testing labs, security, etc., the economic impact could range from $12.7 to $22.6 billion. Of note, these numbers do not include the impact of tourism, business taxes, licensing fees and paraphernalia sales, which could drive the economic impact higher.”