The legal cannabis industry, which anticipates massive growth over the next few years, is seeing constant innovation as companies move to provide essential services needed for that growth.
- The global cannabis industry, which was worth $7.7 billion in 2016, is expected to reach $65 billion by 2023.
- The industry’s upward trajectory is happening despite legal restrictions that have forced cannabis businesses to seek alternative payment solutions.
- These solutions are among many innovations in the sector, which has a strong strand of research and design.
Net Element (NASDAQ: NETE) (NETE Profile) recently launched a compliant, secure payment processing solution focused on serving the legal cannabis industry. Medical cannabis company Tilray, Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) is supplying materials for a range of research projects around the world that are studying cannabis’ potential in medicine. Canopy Growth Corporation (NYSE: CGC) (TSX: WEED) has received massive investment from a beverage company and is likely to be one of the first companies selling cannabis-infused drinks. And the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved cannabis-based drug has just gone on sale from GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (NASDAQ: GWPH). Meanwhile, new uses for the plant are being found, as exemplified by Cronos Group, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: CRON) (TSX: CRON) research on the use of cannabis in skin cream.
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About Net Element
Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) operates a payments-as-a-service transactional and value-added services platform for small to medium enterprise (“SME”) in the U.S. and selected emerging markets. In the U.S., it aims to grow transactional revenue by innovating SME productivity services using blockchain technology solutions and Aptito, the company’s cloud based, restaurant and retail point-of-sale solution. Internationally, Net Element’s strategy is to leverage its omni-channel platform to deliver flexible offerings to emerging markets with diverse banking, regulatory and demographic conditions. Net Element was ranked as one of the fastest growing companies in North America on Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500. In 2017, Net Element was recognized by South Florida Business Journal’s as one of 2016’s fastest growing technology companies. Further information is available at www.NetElement.com
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