In response to yours,
1. LA will most likely proclaim itself to be the capital of the industry, however that won't actually be true. Las Vegas will probably try it as well, spending a lot on advertising and tours of grow rooms/etc. San Francisco will proclaim itself as the king of gimmicky vaporizers/cannabis startups, and quality all around CA will fall after 2017.
2. Do you have a tip on that or something lol? I'd love to know if so, one of my dreams is to have cannabis brands endorsed by sports stars. The MLB tolerates it (in the major leagues only) so does the NBA to an extent, while the NFL, NHL, MLS, etc have a lot of work to do (as far as I know).
3. Vice, MTV, CNBC, and probably more already have cannabis shows on national tv. I'm surprised there hasn't been a shitty low brow "Big Bang Theory" type show about dispensaries released yet though, I'll be expecting it in 2017.
4. I agree on that.
5. I think people will buy cannabis that is BRANDED as organic, high class, etc--however, how that oversight is implemented will be questionable. Lots of companies will bribe testing labs so pesticide saturated flower will be sold, made into CO2 oil, etc...
6. That is hilariously sad to see they're trying to allow incompetence like that... but no doubt there will be laws made to cater to newb incompetent growers who have put millions into facilities they have no idea how to run.
1. The biggest barrier for "red" states had to legalizing in the past few years, is that the only examples of legalization were CO, WA, CA, etc--states that at the beginning, had largely unregulated systems (in their mind) and that made them uneasy. With NY, FL, IL, PA, and more recently making extremely bad and over regulated medical programs, I'll expect a lot of southern prohibitionist states to legalize+implement overly bureaucratic systems such as these. However after 2017, this attitude will become more liberal.
2. California will savor the last year of full 215. While Prop 64 will allow for SOME more freedoms, patients will realize many of their best producers are leaving.
3. In many states, the call for decriminalization will be stronger than the call for medical/rec legalization.
4. Colorado's market will drop. We see articles everyday about how they have $1billion or so in sales in a year, and how that will exponentially grow.. but as California, Nevada, Mass, and Maine have legalized-a lot of the Colorado cannabis tourism will go down. Couple this will the increased black market enforcement for people shipping out of state+black market growers, and CO will drop down in sales, and after steadily rise in the long term.
5. The first NASDAQ public company to own a vertically integrated business will emerge, and multiple more will shortly follow.
6. In my most optimistic prediction--In this post (and others) I've referenced a lot of big money investors who have built million dollar grow warehouses, how they have mismanaged them and pushed out many a pound of poison product to both med and rec consumers. On top of that, their operating procedures are VERY inefficient (some have costs per pound of $1500)... Remember years ago when CO+WA first legalized, and we all freaked out about the possibility of Pharma and Tobacco coming in and monopolizing the industry? Lots of us thought the only way to make a living would be to sell the "picks and shovels" (ancillary products)... well, I predict the opposite will come true. They will soon see how they can shove hundreds of millions of $ into growops, but they're still incompetent. They may acquire+own many of the soil companies, greenhouse manufacturers, etc, but we will have many chances to shape this industry if we push hard enough. But for this to truly happen, we must pay homage and respect to those who have passed in the name of prohibition. I have faith