Latin American businesses and governments are seeing the marketing and export potentials of an incipient liberalization of marijuana laws in the region. But to really cash in, it must be an investment in more than the raw material. After his stint at Stanford University business school in California, Uruguayan entrepreneur Andrés Israel began to research the nascent global cannabis industry, to find the countries with the most favorable regulations for its large-scale production and use. They were Canada and Uruguay, with the latter legalizing its recreational use in 2013. After he returned home, Israel founded the Cannabis Company Builder (CCB) to help new firms exploit Uruguay’s new legal framework. Cannabis, he says, is a “blue ocean” industry, with major growth horizon and few current regulations — and Uruguay is at its forefront.
World Crunch, 10/07/2021