The growing cannabis market
As the cannabis industry continues to advance, more and more companies are moving to get their stocks listed on Canada Securities Exchange. Cannabis is no longer just a plant. The debate on its legality, decriminalization, health benefits, among others, are now the main focus of attention. Cannabis has emerged as a viable commodity for international trade, and raw material for consumption, with several companies listed on the stock market and shareholders who speculate on its rise or fall according to news of its legalization in more corners.
A great example of this InnoCan Pharma (CSE: INNO, FSE: IP4), a specialty pharmaceutical company, developing products that harness the unique properties of Cannabinoids combined with smart delivery formulations. InnoCan just recently announced a worldwide exclusive license agreement with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to develop a first-of-its-kind CBD drug delivery platform based on liposomes. This Patent-Pending platform is based on a unique-controlled liposome-release method to be administrated, for the first time, by injection, turning Pharma Cannabinoids-based Medicines to an ever-accessible injectable drug.
Although the debate will always be present, more and more countries have chosen to decriminalize and even promote the use of cannabis, especially for medicinal purposes. The likes of Germany, Argentina, Italy, Canada, etc already allow the use of CBD derivatives to treat health problems, always under medical prescription, but often even facilitating their access to patients.
Cannabis for recreational activities is now an emerging discourse, and borders that seemed immovable a while ago have been crossed. Canada passed a regulation in 2018 that made it one of the few countries that fully allowed recreational consumption and the first of the G-8.
It thus joined Uruguay, a country that has always had a fairly permissive position. And the Netherlands, which despite the fame of its cannabis sale in coffee shops, has not changed its regulation in recent years (The Netherlands does not allow cultivation for self-consumption). As well as Mexico, who in a wide debate in recent years, have legalized marijuana for medical use. In the United States, almost 30 of its states have opened the door to medicinal consumption, and about 10 of them, including California, to recreational use.
The growth of the marijuana-related market has exploded in recent years and according to GlobeNewswire, “The global legal marijuana market size is expected to reach USD 73.6 billion by 2027.” This includes medicinal, recreational, and derivatives.
Furthermore, “It is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 18.1% during the forecast period. The increasing legalization of cannabis for medical as well as adult-use is expected to promote growth. Based on type, the medical segment held the leading revenue share of 71% in 2019, owing to the growing adoption of cannabis as a pharmaceutical product for treating severe medical conditions, such as cancer, arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease among other neurological conditions. Moreover, an increasing need for pain management therapies along with the growing disease burden of chronic pain among elders is expected to boost the product demand.”
In this context, in recent years numerous companies, especially in the pharmaceutical industry, have begun to fully immerse themselves in this buoyant market with the expectation that over time it will become increasingly legal in more countries. Most of these companies are Canadian, and they have emerged in the glow of the country’s decriminalization momentum.
Some are dedicated to distribution for recreational consumption, those that lean more to the medical side, and those that are specializing in derivatives. Several things unite them: they are all Canadian for their reference in legalization, they are all growing, and a lot of them have successfully been listed on the stock market.
Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE)
Without a doubt, the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) has played a vital role in strengthening the marijuana-related market in Canada. Led by a visionary CEO, Richard Carleton, it has emerged as one of the pillars of cannabis investment in the country. Exchange operators have critically guided affairs, bringing about the availability of a variety of investment options for cannabis investors.
The CSE is Canada’s fastest-growing stock exchange. With more than 600 listings and a cumulative market capitalization of approximately C$23 billion, the Exchange continues to attract entrepreneurial companies that are looking for the most efficient path to the North American capital markets. With the help of the Canada Securities Exchange, Canadian companies can choose to test the waters outside Canada, particularly in the United States, as long as they can allay the fears of shareholders. Presently, cannabis is illegal on a federal level in the USA, however, it is legal for medical and recreational purposes in a good number of states.
The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) is the go-to platform for cannabis companies who are still developing. It offers much-needed exposure for the growth of these emerging companies, while also giving established organizations, such as multi-state operators in the US, a chance to gain a competitive advantage in the global market.
According to Richard Carleton, “It is always gratifying to see companies capitalizing on opportunities in the public market to pursue their vision for growth. The CSE has a mandate to facilitate entrepreneurial activity such as this.”
Looking at the medical aspect, he further believes that large and small companies have complementary roles in the pharmaceutical industry. Start-up companies play an important role in conducting early research and development in identifying new drug therapies. History shows that a lot of value creation happens in this space before the drugs are taken through clinical trials and ultimately brought to the market by the pharma giants and are prescribed to patients worldwide. In addition, regardless of their size, pharma companies need to have exceptional technical and logistical talent to develop a drug and move it through regulated trials.
Presently, there is a tremendous amount of effort in the pursuit of therapies and vaccines for COVID-19. This recent activity is a good reminder of how powerful the public markets are at organizing capital to solve real-world issues. You can be sure that whatever health challenge society is presented with next, the market will be here to find solutions.