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9 Things Cannabis Investors Should Know

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9 Things Cannabis Investors Should Know

9 Things Cannabis Investors Should Know

The swift regulatory changes taking place in the global cannabis sector are almost without modern precedent.

While some find the situation analogous to the repeal of Prohibition in the United States, it’s also fair to point out that such events happened 85 years ago in the midst of the Great Depression. It was a long time ago, and in a very different economic climate.

Today’s infographic comes to us from Evolve ETFs, and it shows what investors should know as the legal cannabis sector comes out of the dark.

What Cannabis Investors Should Know

Since there is so much happening at once with little precedent for what such a market will look like, it’s worth summing up the sector’s potential in broad strokes:

1. Global Size
According to research from The Brightfield Group, the size of the legal cannabis sector is expected to surge from $7.7 billion to $31.4 billion between 2017 and 2021.

Currently the recreational market makes up only 37% of the global total – but by 2021, that will rise to 57%.

2. Versatile Uses
Cannabis comes in different forms. One gram of dried cannabis is roughly equivalent to:

  • 5g of fresh cannabis
  • 15g of edible product
  • 70g of liquid product
  • 0.25g of concentrates
  • 1 cannabis plant seed

These can be used in various medical applications, including to fight chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, multiple sclerosis, and nausea. Cannabis can also be used to treat Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and cancer.

3. North American Growth
By 2021, it’s estimated that North American sales will make up 86% of the global market. Specifically, the U.S. legal market is projected to hit $18.1 billion by that time, while the Canadian legal market is expected to be $8.9 billion in that same year.

4. A Shifting Legal Landscape
Canada will be the first G7 country to legalize cannabis at a federal level.

In the United States, recreational cannabis is already legalized in nine states – but this could change swiftly as various states undergo referendums.

5. European Markets
In 2017, the legal market for cannabis is estimated to be just $0.11 billion, but by 2021 it will have expanded to $3.8 billion.

According to The Brightfield Group, growth will be quite impressive in Western Europe: Germany’s market will grow at a 284% annual rate, the Netherlands at 364%, and Spain at 334%.

6. Rest of the World
Although markets outside of North America and Europe will not see the same growth in absolute dollar terms, the legal cannabis market will still expand from $80 million to $350 million, led by activity in Latin America.

7. Pharmaceutical Research
Israel has a special place in the cannabis world – the country is world leader in medical cannabis research, and industry expects that it will eventually translate into a $1 billion export opportunity. That said, export plans have hit a recent road bump.

8. Investment Activity
Compare the start of 2018 to that of 2017, and you’ll see an impressive difference in investment activity.

For this we use Canada with its impending recreational legalization as an example: in the first six weeks of 2018, investment was up nearly 7x over the previous year. Further, the average deal size increased from $5.6 million to $18.7 million.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Cannabis Index rose 201% between January 2017 and January 2018.

9. How to Invest?
There are a variety of ways to gain exposure to the sector, including:

  • Licensed producer stocks
  • Biotech stocks
  • Ancillary services stocks
  • Licensed retailer stocks
  • Cannabis ETFs

Regardless of how you play it, the legal cannabis sector is coming out of the dark – and it will be interesting to see how the industry takes shape.

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Ranked: Top 20 Countries by Plastic Waste per Capita

Visualizing plastic waste per capita reveals a surprising list of countries that you may not have expected.

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Ranked: Top 20 Countries by Plastic Waste per Capita

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Single-use plastic waste is perhaps one of the biggest environmental issues of our time. Every year, millions of tons of plastic end up in oceans and landfills, harming wildlife and ecosystems.

To make matters worse, plastics take hundreds of years to decompose, leading to long-term environmental and health hazards as they break down into microplastics that contaminate water and food sources.

In this graphic, we visualized the top 20 countries that generated the most single-use plastic waste per capita in 2019, measured in kilograms per person. Figures come from research published in May 2021, which we sourced from Statista.

Data and Key Takeaways

The data we used to create this graphic is listed in the table below.

RankCountryKg per personPounds per person
1๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore76168
2๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia59130
3๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ Oman56123
4๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands55121
5๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium55121
6๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel55121
7๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong55121
8๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland53117
9๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ U.S.53117
10๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE52115
11๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Chile51112
12๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท S. Korea4497
13๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK4497
14๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผ Kuwait4088
15๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Zealand3986
16๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland3986
17๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland3884
18๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Japan3782
19๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France3679
20๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia3577

Countries from all around the world are present in this ranking, highlighting how plastic waste isn’t concentrated in any one region.

It’s also interesting to note how most of the countries in this top 20 ranking are wealthier, more developed nations. These nations have higher levels of consumption, with greater access to packaged goods, take-out services, and disposable products, all of which rely on single-use plastics.

Where’s China and India?

Note that we’ve visualized plastic waste per capita, which is different from the total amount of waste produced by a country. It is for this reason that major polluters, such as China and India, are not present in this ranking.

It’s also worth noting that this focuses on the demand side of plastics, rather than where plastic products were initially created or produced.

If you’re interested to see more visuals on plastic waste, check out Which Countries Pollute the Most Ocean Plastic Waste?.

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