Canopy Growth Corp (CGC, WEED), the largest cannabis company, just made history in the US cannabis industry.
Canopy just became the first cannabis company ever to receive a permit from the state of New York to grow hemp.
This is a big win for Canopy and a shot in the arm for the US hemp industry. The new license gives Canopy a valuable first-mover advantage in the high-growth US hemp market. That should help Canopy build on its early industry leadership in the global cannabis market.
I’m also impressed by how quickly this deal happened. The Farm Bill passed less than a month ago and the state of New York has already issued its first hemp permit. This is an important indicator. It tells me the US hemp market is about to be unleashed with states such as New York ready to open the door.
The US hemp industry is on the verge of a groundbreaking legal victory. Powerful politicians are about to open the floodgates for billions in new sales to flow into the hemp industry in the next few years with a controversial piece of legislation.
This potential legal breakthrough is the perfect catalyst for a promising young US cannabis company that is an early leader in the high-growth hemp and CBD markets.
However – hemp’s seemingly supernatural powers have plenty of applications.
The total sales for the U.S. Hemp Industry in 2017 were $820mm. $190mm were for Hemp-Derived CBD products, $181mm were for personal care products and $137mm were for hemp food products. Food sales were led by the Snack Food category and Industrial Product sales were led by the Automotive category.
Despite all of these applications, hemp is still classified as a Schedule 1(I) drug by the Federal Government. That classification has significantly stunted the growth of the US hemp industry.
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