Marijuana’s hazy legal status in Europe has made cannabis strictly a niche industry until now. Tolerated though not strictly allowed in many countries, and of course traditionally associated with drop-outs, the drug hasn’t featured in too many mainstream economic forecasts.
Sharon Singleton has three decades of experience as a business and financial journalist based on three continents. She cut her teeth on London’s financial papers, where she learned the nuts and bolts of both corporate and personal finance.
In search of adventure, she then left for Hong Kong where she worked for global media organisations including Reuters, CNBC and Agence France Presse. Her main focus at that time was timely analysis and news coverage of the handover of Hong Kong to China.
Sharon then moved to Milan where she covered the byzantine world of Italian banks for Bloomberg. This was a period of unprecedented consolidation as the network of alliances that governed the sector broke down. She also covered the crisis at Fiat, Italy’s pre-eminent industrial company as well as the rich cultural side of Italian life.
In 2007, she moved to Canada where she managed business coverage for the Quebecor group of newspapers. Now Sharon is back in Europe and living in Spain, continuing to work as a business correspondent and also acting as a consultant.