By / September 23, 2019

Columbia to receive cannabis dispensary licenses

Columbia has reported that more than 1,500 license applications for cannabis have been seen. Although less than 300 have been approved, this shows strong movements of companies in terms of investment. They estimate that the investments that companies made to develop their activities reached levels that exceeded $600 million.

Furthermore, in the first months of this year, business movements generate among companies for more than $100 million. Investments for businesses made between mergers, acquisitions, and shared projects.

Foreign investment

The Financial Times highlight companies such as Canopy Growth. With a market capitalization of more than $13,000 million, the company invested $60 million. They aim to develop Spectrum Cannabis Colombia, with growing areas in Huila.

Despite these successful cases, some companies are staying on the road to permits, because as marijuana remains illegal in various parts of the world, Colombia must have a permanent rule and control that amounts to more bureaucracy in the processes. 

Colombia landscape cannabis
There are little in the way of concrete details, such as hectares with legal marijuana crops. (Source)

Just the first step

Rodrigo Arcila, president of the Colombian Association of the Cannabis Industry (Asocolcanna), said that “they need not only the licenses of the Ministry of Justice, but that is the first step. There are all the ICA permits and authorizations of the National Narcotics Fund (FNE) because there are regulations in which if the plant is psychoactive and not, it would cause it to be monitored by the FNE ”.

Despite this, the business remains profitable. All the companies that have arrived for the exploitation of cannabis have chosen Colombia for their fertile lands and the effect it has on production costs. The consulting firm Crop America has calculated that, as recorded during 2018, taking a gram of the Colombian marijuana flower is worth between $0.5 and $0.8. Thus the price is the most competitive compared to other countries where it has been produced or there are crops in force.

Varying prices and conclusion

For example in Bolivia, the rate goes up for the same amount to a range between $0.7 and $0.9; in Peru, it ranges from $1.8; while in other countries like Canada it reaches $2.1 and in Holland, it is between $2.2 to $2.5.

As the first records of private investments with companies related to the cannabis sector come from 2017, there are still few detailed figures, such as hectares with legal marijuana crops.

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