Original article by: Jenna Amatulli,The Huffington Post
Leaders of the legalized marijuana and hemp industries flocked to New York City’s Jacob Javitz Center this week for the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo, and the mood there was clearly upbeat.
The prevailing thought: Countrywide legalization is coming. The only question is how fast. Leaders believe the U.S. market will be a $35 billion behemoth by 2020, stretching from high-end lifestyle products and pharmaceuticals to just about everything else.
This is “the definitive business event for the cannabis industry” and it’s no joke.
It’s not the makeshift head shop-y event that outsiders might assume it to be. Men and women walked around in suits and ties, discussing cannabis in medicine, proper packaging, preventative care, stress relief and more.