Star Power and Artisanal Cultivation Add New Dimensions to the Cannabis Market

The evolving cannabis market has gained substantial popularity through the advocacy of prominent public figures. Cannabis used to be a taboo in most societies, however now, cannabis is becoming a topic that is publicly endorsed by millions. Notably, a handful of celebrities have brought the industry into the spotlight with their support as influential figures such as Seth Rogan, Snoop Dogg, Olivia Wilde, Jay Z, Danny DeVito, Wiz Khalifa, and Willie Nelson have all voiced their supportive opinions on the legalization of cannabis. Furthermore, certain celebrities have even launched their own cannabis-based brands for consumers to enjoy. For instance, Willie Nelson operates his own cannabis company called “Willie’s Reserve.” On his site, he sells a variety of products such as pre-rolled joints, dried flower, edibles, and oil concentrates. Moreover, Nelson has his own strain that was bred for him. The strain is named directly after him and causes uplifting and euphoric effects for its consumers. According to Wikileaf, many users have said they feel an increase in their creative spark and are filled with energy. Additionally, the strain is also popular among those looking to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depression. Furthermore, other consumers have utilized the strain to suppress nausea, glaucoma, migraines, and inflammation. The Willie Nelson strain is comprised of two Sativa strains, Vietnamese Black and Highland Nepalese. Generally, before the emergence of the legal cannabis market, many consumers had no idea where their supply came from. However, following the proliferation of legalization, vendors are required to disclose the seed-to-sale process of the plant to consumers. And overall the plant’s legalization is causing more consumers to avoid the black market and purchase their cannabis from a legal source instead. As a result, by 2024, the cannabis market is expected to reach USD 89.1 Billion from USD 14.5 Billion in 2018, according to Mordor Intelligence. Additionally, the market is expected to register a CAGR of 37% during the forecast period from 2019 to 2024. Pasha Brands Ltd. (OTC: CRFTF) (CSE: CRFT), Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA) (TSX: APHA), Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: OGI) (TSX-V: OGI), Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. (OTC: CURLF) (CSE: CURA), iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. (OTC: ITHUF) (CSE: IAN)

Supreme Cannabis: At the Epicenter of Premium Products — CFN Media

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USDA New Target Deadline for Hemp Regulations Could Boost Cannabis Stocks

Cannabis farmer stocks could garner even more investor interest, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prepares to introduce federal hemp rules in August 2019, speeding up previous plans to roll out guidelines by 2020. The USDA noted regulations would address land usage, standards for testing, disposal, law enforcement compliance, inspections, and certification for both products and industry workers. The news comes months after hemp was legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill. However, until the USDA releases its new guidelines, farmers must follow earlier-established rules under the 2014 versions of the legislation. When those guidelines do change, it will open a wide range of opportunity for companies including MYM Nutraceuticals Inc., (CSE:MYM) (OTCQB:MYMMF), Village Farms International Inc. (TSX:VFF) (NASDAQ:VFF), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE:ACB) (TSX:ACB), Aphria Inc. (NYSE:APHA)(TSX:APHA), and Curaleaf Holdings Inc. (CN:CURA)(OTCQX:CURLF).

Alcohol Consumption Drops With Cannabis Legalization Abound

The steady decrease in alcohol consumption has led consumers to find new alternatives. And specifically, the rise of cannabis is directly correlated with declining alcohol consumption rates. Investment bank firm Cowen & Co. reported that legal adult use cannabis states witnessed binge drinking rates fall by 9% below the national average, and 11% below non-cannabis states. However, newly added states such as California and Nevada currently have higher rates of binge drinking intensity and lower levels of cannabis consumption. As a result, Cowen said it is reasonable to assume that as more states legalize adult use cannabis, the alcohol binge drinking rates will begin to falter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 17% of the U.S. population engaged in binge drinking, meaning that 1 in 6 reported doing so 4 or more times a month. In states that legalized adult use, the number of binge drinking sessions per month was 9% below the national average. In particular, many millennials have opted to consume cannabis over drinking alcohol. For instance, according to a MarketWatch article, a millennial said that she prefers to consume cannabis over alcohol because it saves her more money and doesn’t cause intoxicating effects of alcohol. According to a Yahoo News poll in 2017, it was concluded that the majority of the 55 million recreational marijuana users in the U.S. are millennials. Meanwhile, a national survey conducted by the Monitoring the Future Study uncovered that the share of college students drinking alcohol daily fell from 4.3% in 2016 to 2.2% in 2017. Furthermore, Cowen & Co. analysts project the U.S. cannabis market to reach sales of approximately USD 75 Billion by 2030. And while the U.S. accounts for a majority of the global cannabis market share, other regions are rapidly emerging and witnessing faster growth rates. Pasha Brands Ltd. (OTC: CRFTF) (CSE: CRFT), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB), Aphria Inc. (NYSE: APHA) (TSX: APHA), Organigram Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: OGI) (TSX-V: OGI), The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (OTC: TGODF) (TSX: TGOD).

The Must-Know Cannabis Stocks Before Vapes Hit Canadian Shelves in December 2019

Consumer buying habits are shifting, as the cannabis industry evolves. As that happens, investors are being offered incredible opportunities. For example, according to GMP Securities, “demand for extracted products is going to explode this fall with the arrival of vape pens and infused products,” as quoted by Marijuana Business Daily, adding that vape pens could lead with 20% of the extracts sector. In addition, Aphria Inc. says, “The expected legalization of vapes and concentrates will mark a significant turning point in the Canadian market, providing more choice and new experiences, while opening the door to a range of new consumers,” adding that vapes and concentrates will represent close to 30% of the entire Canadian adult-use market by 2021. Better, Canadian consumers will be able to buy edibles, concentrates, and vape pens in mid to late December 2019 after Health Canada released the final version of regulations. That’s opening a wide range of opportunity for companies including Vapen MJ Ventures (CSE: VAPN), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB), The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TSX: TGOD) (OTCQX: TGODF), Aphria Inc. (NYSE:APHA) (TSX: APHA), and GW Pharmaceuticals PLC (NASDAQ: GWPH).