Introducing the $35 billion dollar industry on the horizon

Last year, over 1 million Americans used medical marijuana to treat or ease a medical condition in states where it was legalized. As of April 2015, half of the United States - 25 states, plus D.C. - have legalized cannabis for medical use. Meanwhile, the industry is estimated to reach $35B by 2020.


Medical cannabis companies are publicly traded, and every year more R&D startups are cropping up across the world. The medical cannabis landscape is ripe with investment opportunity.


Read on to learn more about industry that is projected to surpass both the NFL and organic food industries by 2018.

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Medical Marijuana in the Mainstream

The marijuana industry experienced a major milestone when Founders Fund, the Silicon Valley-based, Peter Thiel-backed venture capital firm, became the first traditional investment house to put capital into the cannabis industry. Founders Fund participated in a recent $75 million round for Privateer Holdings, a hybrid between an investment firm and incubator for marijuana-related development. (VentureBeat)
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Medical Cannabis:

The Next Frontier of Medtech Investing

Jonathan Medved is an investor, serial entrepreneur, and according to the Washington Post, ”one of Israel’s leading high tech venture capitalists.” Medved has invested in over 100 Israeli startup companies, helping 12 of them to get to valuations in excess of $100 million dollars. 

Evelyn has more than a decade of experience in Israel’s venture capital and technology industries. Positions include Sr. Editor at Seeking Alpha, Sr. Associate at  JVP and Director of Business Development at CipherIT, an early stage mobile security company. 

Zack has been growing investment businesses for the past decade. He's held senior leadership positions and consulted to some of the top next-generation finance sites including Seeking Alpha, Lending Club, LearnVest, Wall Street Survivor, Covestor, and SigFig. 





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The industry being built around medical cannabis – including its implications – is enormous. Here are a few facts that tell the story of this budding industry.

Medical Cannabis: By the Numbers

  • In 2015, 25 US states have legal medical marijuana laws; 10 countries have legalized medical marijuana: Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain

  • The legalization of medical cannabis is a mainstream 2016 election issue (Newsweek)

  • A bipartisan bill - the CARERS Act - allows doctors, patients, and businessmen to freely participate in the cannabis industry and federal funding of cannabis-related research


  • Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain (WedMD)

  • How does medical marijuana affect the brain? Watch this CNN video

  • There are over a dozen health conditions and diseases that medical cannabis has shown to help, including: AIDS/ HIV, Arthritis, Cancer, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma and Multiple Sclerosis (CNN)


  • $2.7B of legal cannabis was sold in the US in 2014; those numbers are predicted to grow to $10 billion by 2018 and $35 billion by 2020 (Washington Post)

  • By 2020, the legal cannabis market will be worth more than the NFL and organic food industries

  • Entering the financial mainstream: In early 2015, Peter Thiel-backed VC firm invested in medical cannabis

A World Leader in Advanced Medical Cannabis Policy and Tech: Israel

“Israel is truly at the forefront of medical marijuana,” said Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance in Washington.

With its R&D reputation and nickname of Startup Nation, is it any wonder that Israel is a world leader in medical marijuana research and development – as well as implementing legislation for supporting the use of medical marijuana. Here are a few ways in which Israel is shaping policy and medical marijuana practice:

Gadi founded and managed three startups in character and voice recognition and wireless communications, and sat on an advisory board of RIM (BlackBerry).  He also served on the US Senate committee that defined the US public alert system, and in the spring of 2013, Gadi was awarded entrepreneur of the year award from Blackberry. 


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David began his career as an investment analyst at Blackstone in the Real Estate Private Equity group, where he was involved in multiple leveraged buyout acquisitions with a combined value of over $700 million.


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Three years later, the company starts its second round, aiming for $75 million




Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund is first institutional cannabis investor; joins Privateer’s second round




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As a medtech leader, Israel has also produced several companies focused on developing solutions for improved medical marijuana use.  These cannabis tech leaders include publicly-traded R&D pharmaceutical and treatment company One World Cannabis and agro-breeding solutions company BreedIT Ltd.

There are also investing opportunities in medical cannabis as earlier-stage startups bring their solutions forward. As mentioned earlier, Syqe Medical is the world's first medical-grade metered-dosed cannabis inhaler, giving physicians the assurances needed to prescribe cannabis as a standardized drug.


The first approval is granted for a patient to use medical marijuana




Israel's Health Ministry starts its medical marijuana program




Permission for 20,000 patients to use medical marijuana; number of physicians able to prescribe jumps 30%.




The number of Israelis with prescriptions for medical marijuana will rise from 14,000 to 40,000 (Washington Post)



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Patients will soon be able to purchase their medical marijuana from authorized pharmacies



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Medical Challenges and Potential Solution 

Why is it  currently impossible to obtain FDA approval on medical marijuana? 

FDA approval on any drug requires carefully conducted clinical trials in up to thousands of people to determine benefits and risks medication. To date, it has been impossible for researchers to conduct a large-enough scale trial of marijuana; without a meter-dosed device to control the study, reliable tests cannot be done.

What is the problem with cannabis as medication in its current form?  

Any dose of cannabis in its current form is problematic as it cannot be reliably measured, it is impossible to repeat, and effects are unpredictable.  

How are these challenges being overcome in the marketplace? 

One player making waves on the medical cannabis scene is Syqe Medical, the developer of the world's first meter-dose botanical inhaler. Syqe solves both challenges: With the Syqe Inhaler, doctors can measure and track patients' doses with the device and accompanying dashboard software. The inhaler is built to provide prescription-grade precision; instead of measuring the plant in grams, medical doses can be measured in tens of thousandths of a gram.

With this type of precision, this device also allows for effective clinical trials to take place and FDA-approval could be on the horizon. 

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