Forget Marijuana -- This Drug Offers a Far Bigger Opportunity

Legalized marijuana sales are booming in the U.S., with the industry growing by a whopping 74% last year. Even so, total sales came in less than $3 billion in 2014, according to a report from the ArcView Group, showing that the drug remains in its infancy in terms of its economic potential. 

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The interesting part from an investing viewpoint, though, is that although the medical marijuana market is expected to grow to over $10 billion by 2018, that figure still pales in comparison to other rapidly growing healthcare segments, such as treatments for severe pain.

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The opioid market for severe pain in the U.S., for instance, already tops an estimated $11 billion, with 25 million Americans reportedly using these drugs to control intense bouts of pain on an annual basis. And that figure balloons up to 100 million for chronic pain suffers. 

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