Hurdles and Hopes in the Development, Production and Distribution of Cannabis

The opening of a vast, albeit disjointed, North American cannabis market is driving investment in R&D and production.

Attitudes and laws are changing in drastic ways these days. One area where this is particularly evident is in North America’s growing acceptance of the use of medicinal and recreational marijuana.

Canada has been at the forefront of the legalization of marijuana, but even the United States is getting involved. Medical marijuana, or cannabis used to cure or alleviate the symptoms of medical conditions like glaucoma, is already legal in more than half of the US states, and for far more than half the population. Recently recreational marijuana use has also been legalized in eight US states as well.

The medical properties of cannabis are often dismissed by US authorities. White House press secretary Sean Spicer alleged a correlation between cannabis use and opioid addiction when, in fact, a recent University of Michigan study found that...

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