Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics released a new 65-page report this week detailing monetary estimates of cannabis’ future entitled, “The Road Map to a $57 Billion Worldwide Market”. The big takeaway was – you guessed it – the legal global cannabis market is expected to expand to a whopping $57 billion by 2027. According to the report, that figure represents a $38.3 billion estimate for adult-use cannabis with a medical market accounting for $19.1 billion.

Arcview’s press release gives a rosy outlook for the future, and numbers are further broken down there:

“While the adult-use market is expected to dominate in North America, the medical market will have advantages overseas due to government-subsidized health systems covering costs for patients. The report also notes that Europe, which has 739 million people and more than $1.5 trillion in healthcare spending, has the potential to be the largest medical cannabis market in the world.

“‘Outside the United States and Canada, it will be almost wholly a medical-only business until the United Nations revamps the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which will likely only come after the United States’ Federal Government ends prohibition, which we don’t expect until 2021,’ said Troy Dayton, CEO of The Arcview Group.

“‘California gets the media attention and Canada gets the investment dollars as they allow adult use, but Germany’s move to make cannabis flower available for medical use in pharmacies was really the big news of 2017 from a worldwide perspective’ said Tom Adams, Editor-in-Chief at Arcview Market Research and Principal Analyst at BDS Analytics. ‘The tables have turned in favor of legalization across the world and we predict that the trend will spread as research continues to support cannabis’ effectiveness as a medication.'”

Exciting news for the planet! A lot can happen in nine years. It just was at about that long ago when I was hanging out with Troy at a conference. He put his arm around my shoulders and whispered, “In ten years from now people are going to look back and think, ‘Why wasn’t I getting involved in marijuana policy reform way back then?!'”

Why not indeed?

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