Every quarter we update the Leafly List in an effort to answer a question we hear all the time: “Can you recommend a great dispensary near me?” The list is a snapshot of the most talked-about medical cannabis dispensaries and retail locations in 10 major cannabis markets across North America. The top locations are determined using an indexing system that ranks locations across a variety of customer engagement metrics like reviews of each location’s quality, service, and atmosphere.

Click on your state or province below to find the most relevant Leafly List for you. Remember, if you don’t see your favorite dispensary on the list, make sure you follow, rate, and review your favorite cannabis locations to let the world know where you find your favorite cannabis.

More on the Leafly List

The Leafly List index score is a proprietary statistic created by Leafly to measure the performance of medical cannabis dispensaries and retail cannabis locations across Leafly’s digital platform. It is designed to be a comparative metric that offers context as to which locations are generating the most positive buzz and pushing the cannabis industry forward through exceptional service and digital engagement. Check out the Leafly List FAQ for more information on how dispensaries are ranked.

The Leafly List is based on 100% objective customer feedback and data collected by Leafly. Businesses CANNOT pay for a spot on the list.

The Leafly List is by no means a comprehensive list of your options when it comes to cannabis access points. You can use Leafly’s Find Nearby tool to see the complete list of dispensaries or recreational stores in your area. The Leafly List is designed to let you know which locations are being reviewed, followed, and have their Leafly menus visited the most, and it also provides other web-based engagement factors. Simply put, these are the places that the Leafly community is talking about, so if you don’t see your favorite location listed, make sure you follow, rate, and review your local dispensary to let others know it’s the best.

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To read more visit: https://www.leafly.com/news/leafly-list/leafly-list-the-best-cannabis-locations-in-north-america-winter-2017

Mike Tyson launches luxury marijuana resort in California, as state’s Green Rush finds celebrity backers

Controversial boxing champ Mike Tyson has broken ground on a 40-acre marijuana growing operation and luxury resort close to Edwards Air Force Base, celebrity blog The Blast reports.

The Tyson Ranch will have half of its acreage devoted to cultivating marijuana and the other half developed into a high-end retreat with “glamping” cabins, an edible factory and an amphitheater. Tyson, who is backing the project with business partners including California City Mayor Jennifer Wood and two entrepreneurs, Robert Hickman and Jay Strommen, also reportedly plans to create a Tyson Cultivation School at the site.

“Tthe company that operates the ranch, Tyson Holistic, is comprised mainly of veterans, and says taking care of men and women who have served in the armed forces is a top priority,” The Blast reports. “The ranch is located near Edwards Air Force Base and aims at creating lots of jobs, as well as connect with and give back to the community. The mayor describes the business venture as a ‘rebirth’ for the entire city.”

You can read more about the property, and see schematics of what it will look like, here.

In California, high hopes for ‘green rush’ with advent of legal pot

LOS ANGELES: At the stroke of midnight on January 1, pot lovers in California may raise a joint, instead of a glass of champagne.

America’s wealthiest state is legalizing the growth, sale and consumption of recreational marijuana, opening the door to the world’s biggest market.

With authorities looking to cash in via heavy taxes, the stakes are high—and the Golden State’s so-called “green rush” will be watched closely.

Arcview, a firm that studies the global cannabis market, estimates that it will be worth $22.6 billion in 2021, up from $6.7 billion in 2016.

Cannabis is displayed at the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, December 27, 2017. AFP PHOTO

In California alone, the industry will be worth $5.8 billion in 2021, with almost three quarters of that from recreational use.

But 2018’s transition will not be automatic—or simple.

Although eight other states and the capital Washington have already legalized recreational marijuana use, none compare to the sheer size of California.

“The first year, two years are going to be a mess,” as cities determine their own regulations and supply and demand is established, predicts Arcview CEO Troy Dayton.

California already pioneered the legalization of medicinal cannabis in 1996, and approved the current law in 2016.

But the substance is still considered illegal under federal law, and the administration of President Donald Trump has been hostile on the issue.

Thriving black market?

According to the new law in California, anyone older than 21 can get up to 28.5 grams (one ounce) of cannabis without a prescription and grow up to six plants per residence.

It cannot be consumed in public places or while driving—nor can it be used within 1,000 feet (about 300 meters) of a school or other place for children.

The production, distribution and sale of marijuana also requires municipal and state permits.

Cities such as San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose have wasted no time, already issuing licenses to several dispensaries that can start selling recreational marijuana on Monday.

But in Los Angeles, there is a wait.

Seller Jerred Kiloh, who runs a thriving medical dispensary, will not be able to join the New Year’s party as authorities will only begin to accept applications on January 3.

Cat Packer, chief of Los Angeles’ cannabis regulation department, said the process “is not going to happen overnight.”

On one December afternoon, Kiloh’s dispensary is full.

Leaving the shop, a man says “I love your store”—which has a distinctive smell and products ranging from cannabis flowers to creams, cakes and candies.

Kiloh, who has been in the industry for a decade, says his biggest concern is that while he is closed awaiting a license, hundreds of other shops will be operating without one— offering attractive prices and drawing customers away.

Dispensaries can be seen on every corner, but it is hard to know which ones are legal.

Kiloh—who is also an economist and president of plant-based therapeutics corporation United Cannabis—claims “about 80 percent of the industry that operates in Los Angeles right now operates without a permit and without paying taxes.”

He also estimates only 135 shops operate above board.

According to Arcview, the illegal market generated $5.1 billion in 2016.

‘Crazy fluctuation’

Authorities in Los Angeles have said they are working on a plan to combat illicit drug trading.

For example, the police have the power to cut off electricity and water at illegal vendors.

Other more conservative cities will simply prohibit sales.

Meanwhile, some projections estimate that costs could hike up to 70 percent—due to state tax set at 15 percent, 10 percent sales tax, and municipal taxes of up to 10 percent on top of that—as well as license requirements and required technology such as trackers for each plant.

“You could see some crazy fluctuation in price over the first year or two,” said Dayton.

Marijuana for medical use should become cheaper and available for purchase in more quantities.

Kiloh estimates that to meet current demand, “you’d probably have to have 10,000 licenses available right now” in California.

In neighboring Nevada in July, when recreational marijuana went on sale, emergency measures had to be implemented to allow distributors to meet the astronomical demand. AFP


To read more visit: http://www.manilatimes.net/california-high-hopes-green-rush-advent-legal-pot/371306/

California’s green rush is on as state legalizes recreational marijuana sales

The new year brought with it a big change in California – the legalization of recreational marijuana. Adults, 21 and over, are now allowed to buy cannabis products at licensed dispensaries without a medical card.

CGTN’s May Lee has more.

The celebrations have begun across the state of California as recreational use of marijuana is now officially legal. Customers stood in long lines at licensed dispensaries to be the first to buy cannabis products openly.

“It’s a historic moment” said one shopper. “We were in line for an hour and a half, and I think it’s great that I’m able to come in and do this today. It is a great day.”

At Alternative Herbal Health Services, also known as AhhsWeho, in West Hollywood, business has been brisk. Dina Browner, one of AhhsWeho’s founding partners, is a pioneer in the world of cannabis, having led the way when it was thought of as nothing but an illicit drug.

Browner recalls, “We started here 15 years ago, and I actually started the first, opening the very first doctor’s office that specialized in medical cannabis recommendations in Los Angeles.”

So well-known is Browner’s dispensary that it’s the role model for the Netflix comedy series “Disjointed”. For real-life AhhsWeho customers, the legalization of marijuana gives them, not only more freedom, but also serious relief.

Robert Hughes is a combat veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009 said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He added, “I think it should have been something available a long time ago especially for troops that are coming back that are suffering from mental illnesses.”

There are, however, concerns that the legalization of marijuana will boost a black market because the price of legal cannabis is now higher due to taxes and other costs. Another concern- Will there be legal clashes among federal, state and city jurisdictions that have differing marijuana laws?

Twilla Frosco, a tourist from Oklahoma, isn’t sure what’s in store when she tries to return home with her cannabis, but she said, “I’m going to figure it out.”

Though there are still many unknowns when it comes to the marijuana laws here in California, there’s one thing that isn’t really being questioned and that is the potential size of the market. It’s predicted to grow to about seven billion dollars in a few years. That’s much bigger than the entire market was in the U.S. in 2016.

To read more visit: https://america.cgtn.com/2018/01/03/californias-green-rush-is-on-as-state-legalizes-recreational-marijuana-sales

Big labour sees growth potential in California’s marijuana fields

Unions have caught a whiff of a rare opportunity to organize a whole new set of workers as recreational marijuana becomes legal in California.

The United Farm Workers, Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers are looking to unionize the tens of thousands of potential workers involved in the legal weed game, from planters to rollers to sellers. The move could provide a boost to organized labour’s lagging membership – if infighting doesn’t get in the way.

The United Farm Workers, co-founded by iconic labour leader Cesar Chavez, says organizing an industry rooted in agriculture is a natural fit and growers could label their products with the union’s logo as a marketing strategy.

“If you’re a cannabis worker, the UFW wants to talk with you,” national vice-president Armando Elenes said.

But United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents grocery-store employees, meat packers and retail workers, registered its intent to organize cannabis workers across the country.

“We would hope they respect our jurisdiction,” UFCW spokesman Jeff Ferro said.

Teamsters organizer Kristin Heidelbach said there’s no need for unions to battle each other. There will be plenty of workers needing representation as small cannabis businesses run by “happy stoner” types give way to large pharmaceutical corporations, she said.

The green rush that begins in 2018 is an opportunity for unions to regain influence that began declining in the late 1950s, said David Zonderman, a professor of labour history at North Carolina State University. But discord between unions could upend it. As could resistance from cannabis-business leaders.

“Are they going to be new-age and cool with it,” Mr. Zonderman said, “or, like other business people, say, ‘Heck, no. We’re going to fight them tooth and nail?'” Last year, California voters approved sales of recreational marijuana to those 21 and older at licensed shops beginning Jan. 1.

Cannabis in California already is a $22-billion (U.S.) industry, including medical marijuana and a black market that accounts for most of that total, according to University of California, Davis, agriculture economist Philip Martin. Medical marijuana has been legal since 1996, when California was the first state to approve such a law.

Labour leaders estimate recreational pot in California could employ at least 100,000 workers from the north coast to the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Joaquin Valley, harvesting and trimming the plants, extracting ingredients to put in liquids and edibles and driving it to stores and front doors.

Other pot workers have organized in other states, but California should be especially friendly territory for unions, said Jamie Schau, a senior analyst with Brightfield Group, which does marketing analysis on the marijuana industry.

The state has one of the country’s highest minimum wages and the largest number of unionized workers across industries. Its laws also tend to favour employees.

At least some workers say they’re open to unions.

“I’m always down to listen to what could be a good deal for me and my family,” said Thomas Grier, 44, standing behind the counter at Canna Can Help Inc., a dispensary in the Central Valley community of Goshen.

The dispensary – with $7-million in yearly sales – sells medical marijuana.

Called a “bud tender,” Mr. Grier recently waited on a steady flow of regular customers walking through the door to pick out their favourite strain.

So far, no unions have contacted him, he said. Mr. Grier gets along with his boss and said he doesn’t want to pay union dues for help ironing out workplace disputes. But he hasn’t discounted the possibility of joining.

After recently entering the marijuana industry, Los Angeles resident Richard Rodriguez said one sticky traffic stop three months ago converted him into a “hard core” Teamster. He’d never been in a union until this year.

Mr. Rodriguez said an officer pulled him over delivering a legal shipment of pot and detained him for 12 hours as he was accused of following too closely behind a truck.

A union lawyer stepped in, and Mr. Rodriguez said he was released without being arrested or given a ticket.

“Most companies can’t or are unwilling to do that,” he said, “because employees are easily replaced.”

To read more visit: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/international-business/us-business/big-labour-sees-growth-potential-in-californias-marijuana-fields/article37429504/

Top 3 Reasons Women Consume Cannabis

Ever wonder what the top 3 reasons women consume cannabis were? Luckily, a cannabis lifestyle brand has the answers you want.

A recent survey reveals the top 3 reasons women consume cannabis. This in-depth study of women and cannabis use comes from the female-focused cannabis lifestyle brand Van der Pop. Their goal was to learn more about the demographic they aspire to serve to the highest standard. Here’s what else the survey found.

The Survey

While medical marijuana programs, and to a lesser extent legalized recreational weed, are spreading throughout the United States, our neighbors to the north gear up for a nation-wide lift on cannabis prohibition. It seems that both countries are moving toward a happier, greener future. But we can’t make any meaningful changes without data!

The Seattle-based cannabis lifestyle brand, Van der Pop, primarily serves female clientele. To better understand the needs and concerns of their client base, they conducted a survey. The survey attracted a grand total of 1,530 women in the United States and Canada. They found that the top 3 reasons women consume cannabis are to manage pain and symptoms of various illnesses, alleviate stressand just to relax. To put it into numbers, 27 percent of women use weed for pain relief, 17 percent use it to relax and 31 percent use it to combat stress and anxiety.

Other Results

Despite the spreading legalization and acceptance of cannabis, an overwhelming 70 percent of women who consume cannabis think that there is a negative stigma attached to the herb. Furthermore, 66 percent of women surveyed reported hiding their usage at one point or another.

But stigma or not, North American women of all walks of life embrace cannabis. The survey also had a section for mothers who consume weed. 38 percent of Mary Jane-lovin’ moms even said that it made them “more patient and playful” with their kids. Furthermore, 46 percent of mothers reported that they would rather their children choose cannabis over alcohol. And the majority of mothers (89 percent!) surveyed talk to their kids about responsible cannabis use.

Van der Pop

Van der Pop calls itself “The Cannabis Digest For Discerning Women”. Located in Seattle, it was founded by April Pride with the goal of serving women who are both novices and veterans in the world of cannabis.

“It’s time to put the image of the under-achieving stoner to rest and have a frank conversation about where cannabis fits in the modern woman’s life,” Pride says.

Van der Pop’s website hosts an advice column, weekly newsletter and features about women in the legal cannabis industry. It even has an online store where you can buy accessories like grinder cards, vaporizers, and elegant containers. They also even sell hemp seed oil-infused skin care products!

Final Hit: Top 3 Reasons Women Consume Cannabis

We’re glad we have more data about women and cannabis use. But we also can’t help but lament the fact that so many women are still feeling the effects of the antiquated stigma attached to cannabis consumption. While the “stoner stigma” negatively affects everyone, it seems that women feel a sharper impact. This may be due to a combination of a lack of reliable information about cannabis and old-fashioned sexism. To combat this, it’s imperative that more women who consume cannabis speak up about their usage. An open dialogue about cannabis use could very possibly reduce and eventually eliminate the stigma attached to it.

To read more visit: https://greenrushdaily.com/top-reasons-women-consume-cannabis/

Medical Marijuana Reverses Tobacco Caused Ischemia

I don’t think I am making a controversial statement here by saying that weed is probably safer than tobacco. Sure, we are still producing minor carcinogens when combusting cannabis—but without all of the gross additives in cigarettes.

Aside from the big one (cancer), smoking cigarettes can cause a whole plethora of other problems, one being Thromboangiitis obliterans (TO), a disease that displays itself as the clotting of capillary blood vessels in the arteries/veins of our digits (fingers and toes) from inflammation of surrounding tissue. A case study out of Israel found that extensive use of cannabis reversed the effects of TO.

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of how cannabis may be doing this, let’s quickly go over some of the medical terms we will be seeing. Though the patient exhibited signs of Buerger disease (another name for TO), it was found because of what is called ischemia.

Ischemia is essentially the dying of tissue (skin/muscle)  due to lack of nutrients (i.e. glucose, oxygen, etc.) from poor blood circulation. This lack of blood flow was caused by the clotting from T.O. The disease is a direct result of tobacco use, whether it is smoking or chewing. While the mechanism by which tobacco produces these symptoms is unknown, the only people who have Buerger’s disease smoke tobacco. Interestingly, it appears as though men have a greater likelihood of acquiring Buerger’s disease, though this could be attributed to a higher rate of tobacco usage with men.

OK, let’s now get into the story. How did the doctor know to prescribe cannabis, especially when this relationship between medical marijuana and TO had never before been looked at before? The truth of the matter is that the doctor did not initially prescribe pot.The patient, who we will refer to as Bob, was a heavy smoker, nearly 2.5 packs of cigarettes per day. Bob came into the hospital with severe pain in his foot; he had a massive infection and ischemia due to T.O. It had progressed so bad that Dr. Robinson recommended an amputation below the knee. Bob refused and opted to self-medicate with marijuana, twice daily. After the first six months, his pain had reduced, and it continued to reduce for the next two and a half years. During this time, he also cut back on his cigarette smoking.

With the first six months down, Dr. Robinson was able to prescribe Bob medical cannabis in the form of what is called MCT (medical cannabis treatment), and Bob’s MCT dosage steadily increased over the course of a few years. After three years of MCT, and antibiotics for the initial infection, Bob’s ischemia had almost completely reversed—leaving minimal scarring.

Dr. Robinson attributed the cannabis’ action to the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD, gradually returning blood flow to the ischemic limbs. He did note, however, that this is a case study, and no statistical significance can be attributed to cannabis’ effects on ischemic-reversal until further research is done. Until then, I think this is a beautiful study further showing the potential for cannabis in modern medicine and society!

To read more visit: https://hightimes.com/health/science/medical-marijuana-reverses-tobacco-caused-ischemia/

Hemp-Based Wellness Goes Mainstre

Want to know why hemp CBD has earned strong sales growth in the natural health and wellness sector? These five big reasons explain it…

Hemp is hot – and it’s soaring popularity impacts multiple retail markets. No longer associated with Cheech and Chong or excessive use of the word ‘dude,’ hemp-based products earned $170 million in sales last year, according to market research firm Brightfield Group.1

The U.S. is the largest consumer market for hemp products worldwide, and the market for hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) is on track to reach an astonishing $1 billion by 2020, representing a 55% compound annual growth rate.23

CBD made from hemp contains less than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive ingredient associated with marijuana. Often called hemp oil, hemp CBD is now sold in most states and online, making it more accessible than marijuana-derived CBD.4

Hemp CBD market overview
Understandably, demand for hemp CBD products is strongest in states where marijuana is difficult to buy, mostly in the Midwest.5 In terms of distribution channels, Brightfield reports 65% of sales come through e-commerce websites, followed by smoke shops (18%) and dispensaries (9%), as well as health stores and doctor’s offices.

The top five online brands are CW Hemp, PlusCBD Oil, HempMeds (RHSO), Elixinol and CannazALL.6 Among CBD Hemp makers, only three are publicly traded companies with sales of $100,000 or more: CV Sciences, Medical Marijuana, and Laguna Blends.7 This means small and medium players across the U.S. are fueling the market’s massive growth.

5 reasons hemp CBD is so hot
Want to know why hemp CBD has earned strong sales growth in the natural health and wellness sector? These five big reasons explain it:

  1. Versatility
    Hemp products are available in the form of balms, capsules, and drops across diverse product categories such as nutritional supplements, skin care products, beverages, foods, recreational and medicinal uses.8Hemp seeds can be pressed and made into hemp oil to make such items as cleaning products, body care products, building materials, health food, textiles, and plastics.9 Supermarkets have increased their offerings of plant-based milks, including hemp varieties.10
  2. Therapeutic value
    Consumers increasingly turn to hemp CBD products help to solve common health care conditions. For instance, hemp CBD items are used to improve skin health, reduce stress and anxiety, and promote weight loss, digestion and joint pain relief, among other health conditions.11 Among the food and beverage categories, hemp seeds are considered the most nutritious seeds in the world, used for thousands of years as an edible source of fiber.12
  3. Millennial demand
    Boston Consulting Group found 10% of Millennials are cause-driven, environmentally-minded consumers who love hemp-based, recycled, eco-friendly products.13 This generation also greatly values health and wellness. Millennials particularly crave healthy, fresh, on-the-go foods that are convenient – including prepared hemp seed salads. As such, hemp is being marketed to Millennials as a nutrient-rich superfood, as it is high in omega 3 and antioxidants.14
  4. Mainstream appeal
    Several retail giants sell hemp CBD products, adding to the booming industry. Hemp-based clothing and other textiles are readily accessible through companies like Patagonia and REI, plus smaller suppliers.15Walmart.com offers multiple lines of CBD products. However, rather than sell CBD products directly, Walmart uses their website as a third-party seller, meaning the retail giant assumes no legal liability. Amazon is also a third-party provider of CBD products.16Although hemp products are legal, certain retailers distance themselves from these items to mitigate risk to their brand and avoid liability. For instance, although Target advertised four hemp supplement products on their website, the company promptly removed them following media attention.17 While sales of cannabis-derived products could be allowed under certain state-based marijuana programs, selling such products across state lines is illegal. That said, Target sells other hemp-derived food and beauty products, including hemp-seed hearts and hemp-based milk, soaps and shampoos.18
  5. Legislative changes
    While hemp CBD is legal as long as it’s under 0.3% THC content, Americans also demonstrate changing attitudes toward the legalization of recreational marijuana in California and Nevada, which contributes to hemp CBD’s popularity. To date, 31 states have passed legislation that allows hemp farming in line with the 2014 Farm Bill.19 Currently, only 15 states allow CBD, in addition to the 28 states plus Washington DC, which have legalized medical marijuana, Forbes reports.20

Hemp CBD is emerging as a powerful retail trend, impacting grocery, pharmacy, apparel and health and beauty, among other categories. To gain a competitive advantage, retailers and suppliers can educate consumers by emphasizing the wide range of health, wellness and therapeutic applications hemp CBD products offer. Retail companies must also stay up-to-date with evolving political, competitive and consumer trends to stand out and sell in this thriving market.

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10. Clark, Melissa. Vegan Ice Cream Enters a Golden Age. The New York Times. July 21, 2017.
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20. CBD and Hemp Sales Projected to Remain Strong. The New York Times. October 4, 2017.

Legal Pot Sales Will Hit $10 Billion This Year

North American cannabis sales have once again managed to shatter expectations, with legal pot sales set to hit $10 billion this year

It’s no secret that the cannabis industry is a lucrative one, but it appears we may have underestimated just exactly how lucrative it might be.

While plenty of experts expected the industry to see rapid growth in North America, no one could have predicted the extent to which it’s happening right now.

Record-Breaking Highs

According to a report from Arcview Market Research, retail cannabis sales are set to increase 33 percent from 2016’s figures and hit the $10 billion mark in 2017.

Additionally, researchers believe 2018’s number will increase by an even higher percentage, due to the pending legalization of recreational pot in several prominent areas.

“Aside from cryptocurrency, there is simply no other industry changing as rapidly or as unevenly as the cannabis sector,” said Troy Dayton, CEO of The Arcview Group.

Canada, for example, is set to legalize recreational pot on July 1, 2018. It will become the second country to ever do so after Uraguay did so back in 2013. Canada will, however, own the distinction of being the largest (and most prominent) country to federally legalize the plant.

Nevada, who legalized recreational weed this past July, saw $27 million in sales during its first month of retail. Due to its early success, the state is now expected to expand the industry by introducing cannabis tourism, something that is, by and large, expected to exponentially increase its profits.

But perhaps the biggest contributing factor to another exponential increase is California’s recreational weed market, which will debut in just under a month on January 1.

As it stands, California’s medical marijuana industry (which has now existed for over two decades), is as big as the markets in Colorado, Oregon and Washington… combined. The introduction of recreational pot is poised to drive the market to new highs.

Final Hit: Legal Pot Sales Will Hit $10 Billion This Year

Currently, Arcview projects the legal cannabis market to reach sales of $24.5 billion by 2021. However, this number remains simply an educated guess, as the same experts could not predict the $10 billion figure we are seeing today.

Growth in the burgeoning marijuana market remains exclusively dependent upon states changing their own laws regarding the plant. If certain states like New Jersey, which is currently in discussions to legalize the plant, manage to do so successfully, there’s no telling just how high the market could rise.

And if it ever becomes legal on a federal scale, those original projections would be shattered. Although at this point, that doesn’t seem likely by 2021.

Regardless, what’s happening now is a step in the right direction.

To read more visit: https://greenrushdaily.com/legal-pot-sales-will-hit-10-billion-year/

Why The Green Rush Means A New High In Real Estate Markets

What exactly is causing this new high in real estate markets? As it turns out, cannabis legalization is beneficial to a wide variety of businesses.

Is cannabis legalization causing a new high in real estate markets? Experts in the field seem to think so. Images of people relocating to other states in search of better access to the medicine they need may come to mind. But it’s not just people looking to consume legal weed who are causing a new high in real estate markets. It’s the people who are looking to grow it.

Follow The Green

Now that more states are starting to get in on the Green Rush, more business owners and growers are making their love of the plant public. Marijuana industry hopefuls find themselves making what might be the most important decisions of their lives. Or at least, of their career aspirations. They are considering the possibility of completely uprooting their lives to follow the green. Literally.

Real estate agents and other professionals in the field have noticed a recent boom in the demand for suitable spaces for those in the legal cannabis industry. While it would be understandable to think that the spaces in demand are storefronts, this is not actually the case.

Those working in the property and real estate realm say that the majority of people moving to states with legalized cannabis are looking for appropriate buildings to grow their plants.

The Grass Is Always Greener

So why is the demand for space overwhelmingly for growing, rather than selling?

Part of the reason may be due to the amount of red tape involved in opening and operating a dispensary. The process for obtaining a permit or a license to legally sell cannabis varies state by state. It gets even more specific on a micro level. Different towns, cities and municipalities have their own local ordinances regarding the legal marijuana industry.

Because of this, and because of the increasing need for plants and products, many are choosing to get their hands dirty and sink their nails into the cultivation side of things. And while growing cannabis outdoors is less expensive than indoor grow operations, those in the know are choosing to bring their plants inside.

Although the allure of a less expensive grow operation is strong, the factors working against that option is stronger. A successful outdoor grow is dependent on consistent climate, including ideal levels of humidity, sunshine and rainfall. It’s hard enough to accomplish that, but then you also have to consider things like plant-ruining pests and environmental catastrophes like wildfires.

Cultivating cannabis indoors makes it easier for growers to control all of these variables. This control makes indoor growing, although more expensive, appealing to those in the industry. And so, growers are renting out large, industrial spaces. Once they secure their venue, they’re able to customize it to their liking and tailor it to their specific needs.

Final Hit: Why The Green Rush Means A New High In Real Estate Markets

In true “rush” fashion, nearly every industry is affected by the spreading legalization of cannabis.

While some are finding relief in getting easier legal access to the herb, others are taking advantage of the new business opportunities legalization presents. For growers, this means that they can openly rent spaces to cultivate their plants, which in turn is causing a new high in real estate markets. If nothing else, the evidence is clear and compelling: cannabis legalization stimulates all areas of the economy.

To read more visit: https://hightimes.com/news/green-rush-means-new-high-real-estate-markets/