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The legal marijuana industry, 101.

Legal cannabis is now America’s 6th most valuable crop. (Forbes, 2022)

The U.S. cannabis industry is expected to reach $72 billion in annual sales by 2030. (Forbes, 2022)

The legal cannabis industry employs over 400K Americans. (NORML, 2022)

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Frequently asked questions

What is the Marijuana industry?

The industry is composed of cultivators and packagers of cannabis plants, dispensaries for medical and recreational marijuana, plus companies that use cannabis byproducts called CBDs, which are non-psychoactive derivatives of cannabis and can be used for a variety of purposes such as inflammation, chronic pain, and depression.

It also includes the production of hemp, which can be used to make fabrics and textiles, as well as health food and body care products.

And it all makes for big business. The marijuana industry is expected to reach $72 billion by 2030, according to Forbes—that’s more than the GDP of Costa Rica in 2022.

How can I invest in the business of marijuana?

Investors in the U.S interested in adding cannabis to their portfolios have a few options. They can purchase shares of stock in cannabis-related companies that are publicly-traded on an exchange.

Another option is to purchase shares of a fund, which offers exposure to many companies leading the way in this growing sector.

Investing in Cannabis: Single stocks

A single stock is just that, a share of ownership of a company. For example, investors can purchase shares of stock in companies in the Legal Marijuana industry.

Investing in Legal Cannabis: Exchange-traded funds

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a basket of investments bundled into a fund that's traded on an exchange like the Nasdaq or NYSE.

That fund owns the stocks within it and generally tracks an index – or group of investments that represent part of an industry or investment theme. For more info on ETFs, click here.

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