La marihuana legal sube el precio del suelo

En el New York Times:

Commercial real estate developers say they have never seen a change so swift in so many places at once. From Monterey, Calif., to Portland, Me., the new industry is reshaping once-blighted neighborhoods and sending property values soaring. In some Denver neighborhoods, the average asking lease price for warehouse space jumped by more than 50 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to an industry report. In the city over all, there are five times as many retail pot stores as stand-alone Starbucks shops.

Wall Street is even cashing in. A few months ago, a real estate investment trust focused on leasing out warehouse space to growers started trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

The sharp rise in property prices follows the booming market for legal marijuana. Sales of legal cannabis reached $6.7 billion in the United States last year, and are expected to top $20 billion by 2021, according to Acrview Market Research.

“This is a new segment of the industrial real estate market that is being created in front of our eyes,” said George M. Stone, a longtime real estate executive now focused on the pot business. “It’s a huge industry and only getting bigger.”

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