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Exportation of Cannabis

Will the US ever consider it?

On December 28th, 2018, it was reported that the Israeli governing body, the Knesset, recommended the passage of a law that would allow for the exportation of medical cannabis products to the global market. “Among the countries reportedly eager to trade with Israel include Australia, Germany, Austria and Mexico,” the article states. Just last week, on January 27th, Market Watch reported that the law received final approval, and Israel has officially become the third country, after the Netherlands and Canada, to legalize the exportation of medical cannabis products.

As the number of countries exporting cannabis grows, and intense competition between the American and Canadian cannabis industries is growing, the question has been raised as to whether the United States would ever consider exporting cannabis as well?

I believe the answer is yes.Though it will not happen for some time, and only if and when the Federal Government decides to legalize cannabis use nationwide, there is too big of a demand for cannabis nationwide and worldwide to stop the American corporate machine from taking a stab at dominating the medical cannabis exportation market. Once national corporations consolidate their hold over the national cannabis industry following legalization, competition and expansion will force their eyes outwards.

The answer is also ‘Yes’ because of the way our global economy and scientific exchange works in today’s world. American grain feeds billions of people worldwide; Chinese manufacturing provides machine parts for everything from cars to electronics to the little electric vapes that power our cannabis habit. Germany may make cars, but it gets the parts from Mexico. We are in a Global economy, and among other things that means we are increasingly dependent upon global trade to maintain the low prices and fast manufacturing times we have become accustomed to.

And let’s be honest. American expansionism is not a thing of the past. We see all manner of it to this day, in good ways and bad. So, let’s not kid ourselves that when the opportunity arises for American businesses, technology, and science to become major contenders in the worldwide cannabis marketplace, they would do so with trepidation.

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