Forbes.com and Debra Borchardt a contributor writer published a interesting article on Six Predictions For The Marijuana Industry in 2017. Which covered how Los Angeles Will Become The Marijuana Capital, A Sports League Will Green Light Marijuana, A Primetime Network Show With A Marijuana Theme, An Increase In Interest For Synthetic CBD, and The Growth of Craft Marijuana.

The article starts off with a proven fact that This year we saw big election wins for marijuana in several states. In addition, Colorado crossed the $1 billion mark for annual marijuana sales.  This milestone shows the industry that Cannabis is here to stay and its big business.  Here’s a brief on what the article said.

Los Angeles Will Become The Marijuana Capital

Move over Denver, Adam Bierman Chief Executive Officer of cannabis investment firm MedMen Capital believes that the City of Angels will steal the spotlight from the Mile High City. Bierman said that by some estimates, Los Angeles’s medical marijuana market alone is already close to $1 billion, easily overshadowing Colorado’s entire market. The city is expected to pass an ordinance in 2017 that will clear the path for a proper licensing program and open up the recreational market. Bierman said that capital is flowing into the area for local ventures as investors begin to smell money in the emerging market.

A Sports League Will Green Light Marijuana

Bierman believes that in 2017 a major sports league will approve the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Many professional athletes have turned to using cannabis to treat pain and head injuries and are rejecting prescribed opiates. With medical marijuana legal in 29 states, the players are pushing to be treated just like other patients.

A Primetime Network Show With A Marijuana Theme

With many polls showing that most Americans approve of legalizing marijuana, it won’t be long before a major network will use marijuana as a backdrop. It’s been over a decade since Showtime had a hit with Weeds. That series focused on a suburban mom that sold pot to make ends meet. It was considered ground breaking at the time with its taboo topic. Now HBO has High Maintenance and MTV’s got Mary + Jane. Adam Scott from Parks and Recreation got a green light from NBC to develop a show called Buds about a dispensary in Denver. There isn’t any timeline yet as to when the comedy could hit the air waves.

An Increase In Interest For Synthetic CBD

With the Hemp Industries Association and the DEA battling over the legality of cannabis extracts like cannabinoids or CBD, there is an expectation for increased interest in synthetic cannabinoids. Seth Yakatan, the chief executive officer of biotech company Kalytera, said, “With AG Sessions and the DEA’s clarification that plant derived CBD isn’t legal federally, there will likely be interest in synthetic forms of CBD, which is what Kalytera has been testing the efficacy of for a few years.” Aside from the debate over whether CBD is legal or not, Yakatan is right that synthetic products do not have the legal limitations of other products. However, the synthetic products are not believed to be as effective as the natural products according to some patients. Fear over legal issues could create more demand for the synthetics.

Credit Forbes.com and Debra Borchardt