POINT ROBERTS, Wash. and DELTA, British Columbia, Dec. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investorideas.com, a leading investor news resource covering real estate and cannabis stocks, releases a snapshot looking at the synergistic opportunity for both sectors.

As the emerging cannabis market explodes with increased legalization across North American markets, Metrospaces, Inc. (OTC:MSPC) Company Executive President Mr. Oscar Brito highlights the considerable market opportunities in real estate that many investors may have overlooked.

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Metrospaces, Inc., a real estate investment firm that invests in operating companies, has made moves in the cannabis space. Brito said the emerging market is growing too fast to ignore and that most of the attention of institutional investors has been focused on aspects other than real estate.

“We’re looking around for new opportunities in the marketplace and obviously cannabis is something that is getting to the point where you just can’t ignore it any longer,” he said. “Everybody jumps into the operating side and that’s where the money has really been rushing into. At the same time, we’ve seen [that] the real estate side has been completely ignored or largely ignored by institutional investors.”

The interest of a company like Metrospaces reflects wider trends in the cannabis market that have seen significant market opportunity where legalization has taken effect. An article on Crew Network analyzes the real estate boom that cannabis has helped to instigate in certain parts of the U.S. Pointing out that the sector relies on real estate for cultivation, manufacturing, warehousing and brick-and-mortar stores, the article argues that in cities where it is already legal, cannabis is causing “a spike in warehouse and other industrial property values.” The article adds that:

“Data centers, self-storage properties and factories are all being repurposed for cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana. Land values have escalated in states where outside cultivation is permitted.”

This is further reflected by the experience in Canada, where a so-called “green rush” is resulting from recreational cannabis legalization on the federal level in October. A piece in the Financial Post cites research from real estate consulting firm Altus Group, indicating that “marijuana-growing facilities have already consumed 8.7 million square feet in the first nine months of 2018,” and that “another six-plus-million square feet are in the pipeline.” An example of this is Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s (NYSE:ACB) (TSX: ACB) construction of an 800,000 square-foot facility near Edmonton, Alberta, helping to propel that city’s commercial real estate sales value to over $1 billion.

More recently, it was announced that tobacco company Altria (NYSE:MO) had acquired 45 percent of Cronos Group, Inc. (NasdaqGM:CRON) (TSX: CRON) stock and would convert existing tobacco farmland into cannabis farmland.

However, as with Metrospaces, it isn’t only operators that are taking advantage of the market opportunity. Crop Infrastructure Corp. (CSE:CROP) (OTC: CRXPF), a company that constructs, owns and leases real estate solutions to cannabis operators, has massively expanded their portfolio recently. The company announced on December 6 that it had begun a first phase development covering 1,729,000 square feet (40 acres) of outdoor cannabis and 60,000 square feet of greenhouse at its 1,000-acre cannabis farm in Nevada.

Brito said the position was ideal, as it allows companies like Metrospaces to stick with property without having to worry about the frequently troublesome regulation of the cannabis sector itself.

“We like this quite a bit because we can do what we do best – which is invest in real estate – and being on the real estate side lets you cover yourself from the regulatory situation that we have now, where in some places it’s illegal and it’s still federally prohibited,” he said.

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