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Analysis: U.S. Marijuana Policy Will Make It NAFTA’s Biggest Loser as Canada and Mexico Cash In

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Analysis: U.S. Marijuana Policy Will Make It NAFTA’s Biggest Loser as Canada and Mexico Cash In

By Luis Gómez RomeroThe Conversation | thecannabist

It looks like America’s businessman president may allow his country to miss out on the cannabis boom

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, prides himself on his business acumen. But his protectionism may get America a truly bad deal when it comes to North America’s next big market: marijuana. The Conversation

Fulfilling a campaign promise, on April 13 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau presented a bill to legalize cannabis for recreational uses (medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001).

Two weeks later, Mexico’s Congress followed suit, passing a bill to authorize cannabis use for medical and scientific purposes.

Two of three North American countries are now well positioned to unlock an industry that, according to Forbes magazine, was worth an estimated US$7.2 billion in 2016 and is projected to grow at a compound annual rate of 17%.

In the US, on the other hand, a protectionist administration has threatened to withdraw from the “terrible” North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and actively relaunched the US drug war. It looks like America’s businessman president may allow his country to miss out on the cannabis boom.

Read this entire article at thecannabist.co

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