“No-Touch” Approach Reduces Risk as Public Companies Tap Explosive Growth of Cannabis Industry

The marijuana industry is the new investing frontier. As a result of last November’s elections, eight states and the District of Columbia now allow the recreational use of marijuana, while another 28 states permit its use for medicinal purposes. In what has been touted as the fastest-growing industry in the U.S., investment opportunities in the cannabis space appear boundless. Companies like Singlepoint, Inc. (SING) (SING Profile), American Cannabis Company Inc. (AMMJ), General Cannabis Corp. (CANN), The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG) and Terra Tech Corp. (TRTC) are all employing a “no-touch” approach to their cannabis business models. By creating business models that indirectly deal with marijuana plants, these companies reduce or eliminate the risk of falling foul of changing federal laws and restrictions.

According to ArcView Market Research, regulated marijuana sales in North America reached $6.9 billion in 2016, an increase of 30 percent compared to 2015. Sales are expected to continue their pace and reach $21.6 billion by the year 2021, representing CAGR of 26 percent. New Frontier Data projects growth in the medical cannabis market at 12 percent CAGR through 2025, growing from $4.7 billion in 2016 to an estimated $13.3 billion in 2025. During the same period, adult use sales will experience…

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