According to the U.S., marijuana was the most widely used drug globally in 2014 with around 183 million users. Such a large user base makes it highly lucrative taxable opportunity, which is influencing various governments worldwide to initiate studies regarding legalization of the drug for medicinal use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse is conducting research on cannabis (marijuana) to treat numerous diseases and conditions such as autoimmune disease, pain, inflammation, seizures, mental disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Regulatory compliance is a key factor that influences cost, quality, and safety of cannabis (marijuana) medicines, as well as the capacity for the manufacturers in the medical cannabis market to be responsive, scalable, and innovative.
According to the Medical Marijuana, Inc., an estimated size of the legal marijuana industry in the U.S. was US$ 7.1 billion in 2016 with increase of 25% Y-o-Y. In 2016, 28 states in the U.S. have legalized marijuana for medicinal purpose with some more gearing up for votes on the recreational use of marijuana. California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts states in November 2016, voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The accelerated pace of legalization of cannabis (marijuana) in the U.S. has attracted the attention of global investors in the medical cannabis market. However, lack of formulation of a comprehensive law pertaining to medical marijuana in some states inhibits patient access to the drug.
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Legalization of medicinal cannabis in various economies is expected to drive the market growth
Some of the major factors driving growth of the market include increasing approval of medicinal cannabis products and increasing research and development activities. For instance, in March 2017, a law that allows the use of cannabis plant was signed by the German parliament. This would in turn allow the healthcare professionals to prescribe medicinal cannabis products to the patients suffering from severe health issues such as chronic pain, vomiting, and nausea
Key features of the study:
This report provides in-depth analysis of medicinal cannabis in medical sector and provides market size (US$ Million) and Cumulative Annual Growth Rate (CAGR %) for the forecast period (2017 – 2025), considering 2016 as the base year
It elucidates potential revenue opportunity across different segments and explains attractive investment proposition matrix for this market
This study also provides key insights about market drivers, restraints, opportunities, new product launches or approval, regional outlook, and competitive strategy adopted by the leading players
It profiles leading players in the global medicinal cannabis for medical sector market based on the following parameters – company overview, financial performance, product portfolio, geographical presence, distribution strategies, key developments and strategies and future plans
Potential medical cannabis markets other than the U.S. include Canada, Israel, Australia, and Spain. Mexico is also in process to consider the legalization of cannabis. For instance, in February 2016, Medical Marijuana, Inc. launched the HempMeds Mexico- a CBD hemp oil product in the Mexico. With the launch of HempMeds Mexico, company is intended to expand its cannabis business in the Latin America, by establishing the labs, manufacturing, sales and distribution facilities in the Mexico, in coming years. Other economies are expected to consider legalization of the drug, once conclusive evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of cannabis are obtained through extensive research.
Some of the key players operating in the global medical cannabis market include BOL Pharma, Tilray, Medreleaf Corporation, Aurora Cannabis, Inc., Canopy Growth Corporation, Insys Therapeutics, Inc., Aphria, Inc., MGC Pharmaceuticals Limited, GW Pharmaceuticals, plc, and Medical Marijuana Inc.
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