Editor's Note
The Washington Post reports that despite the storied history and high-quality production of U.S. marijuana products, federal prohibitions are getting in the way of efforts to grow the U.S. marijuana business into a global industry. This has allowed several other countries, Canada among them, to capitalize on this unfilled demand and dominate the export market. Currently, 11 states and D.C. approve recreational use and 33 states have legalized medical
marijuana, leading industry insiders to believe marijuana may be
legalized nationally in the near future, greatly expanding its
Because marijuana is legal in many states but still illegal federally, marijuana growers are unable to ship their products to other countries or even other American states that have legalized the drug. So while U.S. cannabis firms have driven product innovation and mastered large-scale grow operations, they restlessly wait for the export curtain to lift.

Instead Canada has emerged as the dominant exporter in the
burgeoning global marijuana trade, which ArcView Market
Research and BDS Analytics estimated at $14.9 billion in sales for

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