- President Biden issued a pardon for federally incarcerated inmates with minor marijuana possession charges, urging governors to do the same at the state level
- The President also requested a reclassification of cannabis, as it is currently listed above other drugs which are key factors in the overdose epidemic
- Flora Growth, through its Colombian cultivation, is producing a higher quality product at lower-than-average cost margins due to the country’s stance on cannabis regulations
With midterm elections right around the corner, voters in five states – Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota – will determine the legality of recreational marijuana use within each state on voting day. If passed, these states will join 19 states, two territories, and D.C., which have embraced recreational marijuana use legalization. Currently, 37 states, three territories, and D.C. already recognize the legal use of cannabis for medicinal reasons. According to Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, “When you look at ballot campaigns in the past, you’ll see that this is an issue that crosses traditional party lines. We anticipate similar outcomes this November” (https://ibn.fm/9BJbc).
Early in October, President Biden released a formal statement on his goals for marijuana reform across the country. Citing how criminal records can impose unnecessary barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities – more disproportionately to those people of color who are more often arrested, prosecuted, and convicted. His announcement included three steps – pardoning all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession, urging the governors to do the same in their respective states, and initiating a review by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Attorney General to review the classification of marijuana, which is classified higher than drugs currently driving the overdose epidemic (https://ibn.fm/J9zGk).
President Biden’s request for the reclassification of marijuana and the pardons issued at the federal level is helping to change the landscape of the cannabis industry. An international cannabis company, Flora Growth (NASDAQ: FLGC), is focused on cannabis brand building, leveraging natural, cost-effective cultivation practices to supply cannabis derivatives to its diverse business divisions, including cosmetics, hemp textiles, and food and beverage. The company operates one of the largest outdoor cultivation facilities in the world with the aim of marketing higher-quality premium products at below-market prices. Flora Growth offers low-cost cannabis cultivation, an expansive brand and product portfolio, and a strategic global distribution platform. The NASDAQ listing of the company precludes it from participating in the US domestic market for adult use presently due to federal prohibitions.
The global cannabis cultivation market was valued at $323.9 billion in 2022. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 21.4% from 2022 to 2030, resulting in a market valuation of $1,844.1 billion by 2030. The growing interest in legalizing cannabis for medicinal and recreational use is a driving factor in the market’s growth (https://ibn.fm/oeLUe). Liberalization of laws regarding cannabis cultivation, especially hemp cultivation, has created opportunities in the market – which Flora Growth is leveraging, with the cultivation of its product at a key Colombian farm for international markets.
Flora Growth’s Colombian cultivation provides key advantages, including location, climate, and natural resources – all of which reduce the costs of traditional cultivation. With Colombia’s administration focused on progressive cannabis regulations, Flora Growth can produce high-quality, high-margin products leveraging Colombia’s geo-advantageous location. Over 70% of all cut flowers imported into the US come from Colombia – but Flora Growth is taking it one step further by reducing the associated costs, coming in at just $.06 per gram.
For more information, visit the company’s website at www.FloraGrowth.com.
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