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Cannabis Industry Licensing

By November 23, 2018June 15th, 2021Uncategorized


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The cannabis industry is out of the shadows and emerging into one of the fast-growing global industries. Once illegal, it is now impacting other industries such as food, beverage, recreation and medicine. Medical marijuana is already legal in more than half the United States, and eleven states (plus Washington DC) have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Just recently, Canada and South Africa joined Uruguay in legalizing recreational marijuana use.


Research and development in the areas of medicine and production are industry growth drivers. We identified a sample of 16 cannabis related technology licenses.

Ten licenses relate to medical treatment. Six licenses focus in area of production, such as cultivation, testing, extraction, processing and equipment.

For the entire sample, the range of royalty rates was from 1% to 50% of sales with a median rate of 8.8% of sales. The license agreement dates ranged from 2012 to 2018.

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