Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Business Highs & Lows ~ U.S. Marijuana/Cannabis Industry PT:2




With so much information and such a huge investment opportunity in the medical/recreational marijuana industry. I had to add an additional segment to my last post. There are many pieces to expose as mainstream society, especially here in the USA, becomes a little less scrutinizing. That's not to say that there are no pitfalls. 

With different regulations and laws provided by the many states and countries. Navigating where and how to use or invest into this industry is more like playing a game of chess.




The global financial 
impact rest around $400 billion. While still in a relatively infant stage. The potential for incredible financial gains are there with one important obstacle. Current laws that vary from place to places!
And a federal law that strikes fear in every investor.

When we  look across the planet we find places like Canada, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Peru, Spain,  Switzerland & Uruguay are countries that allow it's citizens to consume, cultivate and even distribute in small personal quantities. 

As with the countries above, the laws vary. Where in many other countries it may be illegal yet, it is decriminalized or simply accepted as long as you are not involved in any other activity that is of a criminal nature. 

Of all places, North Korea allows it citizens to grow, consume and sell. California's recreational laws that takes effect this year, includes business that can not operate within 600 ft. of a school. Must have 24-hr. surveillance and close by 10pm. In Amsterdam, if you are 18 yrs. of age, social smoke caf├ęs known as "Coffee shops" allows recreational use within it's facilities.

In Jamaica, the ganja, because of it's spiritual practices  amongst the Rastafarian, has it's own set of by-laws. And in Israel, they are considered the leader in world cannabis research for medical patient use.

As you can see, this is just a small portion of the countries around the world that view the plant in a less criminal manner.



However, though there are 46 U.S. states with some kind of legalization to use the THC plant. All the while, on the federal level, marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug, that puts it in the same classification as Heroin, LSD, Ecstasy & Quaaludes. That essential says.......that the government sees marijuana as a highly addictive drug having no medical benefits nor uses. 

So we can see where this could represent some legalities when it comes to operating a business. The agency does provide some guideline to prosecutors that so that these businesses as well as medical cannabis curriculum can follow, allowing some leeway for states to operate without prosecution. 

These guidelines include the prevention of distribution to minors, revenues from sales can not go into criminal activities, such as gangs or cartels. No violence associated with the cultivation or distribution. And guidelines that prevent the growing or possession on federal property or that would danger the environment.





Despite any and all negative branding on marijuana. The latest reports finds that 2018 expects to exceed all expectations to a tune of over $10 billion.  



It's reasonable to say, that the complete legalization for medical & recreational usage is really not that far behind.



We would hope that as the powers to be grapple the potential financial implications, finding a way to profit while politicians seat on their hands is another obstacle. 


My guess is, even the current administration is putting the numbers together.....and will come to their senses as these figures show substantial tax revenue increases, huge job developments in manufacturing, retail & agriculture. The healthcare industry could fare very well also.  Not to mention, the votes he could pull in. ( Bet that would get the ball rolling pretty fast!!!!)

Seeing as most major banks and credit card fear putting/backing any business could be interpret as money laundering under the current US laws.  Waiting for an eventual passing of laws that will legalize the plant. Is like burning money and trying to put it out with gasoline.




Is investing in the business stocks or finding ETF  surrounding this industry a way to get your piece of the pie? Perhaps companies that supply machinery and parts are a safe bet till our government get their act together. Until then,  my research continues........



ETFs To Watch For:


  • American Growth Fund Series Two Class E (AMREX) $5.05 +0.06 1.20%
  • Cronos Group Inc. (PRMCF) $8.20 -0.60    6.87%
  • ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJX) $37.33 -1.233. 19% 
  • Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences  (HMMJ) $22.14 -1.08  4.65%

 01/26/2018 Market Summary


Dow Jones @ $26.392.79 (+140.67   0.54%)


Nasdaq         @ $7,411.16 (-3.90 0.05%)

S&P 500   @ $2,839.25 (+1.71  0.06%)





 'HODL" On those cryptocurrencies!
  • BTC Bitcoin  - $11519.40  -1.00% (24 hr. Change)
  • BCH Bitcoin cash - $1,662.23  -1.77%
  • ETH Ethereum - $1,068.36  -2.42%  
  • XRP Ripple -  $1.31  -4.09%
  • LTC Litecoin -$180.86  -1.74%
  • Neo - $139.14  -2.91%
  • ADA Cardano - $0.641  -3.46%

My next 5 of 20 companies that I am researching in 2018. These are not recommendation as stated, yet, are companies within industries that I feel are worthy of potential gains

ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit ~

Founded in 1994,  (ARE) provides its innovative tenants with highly dynamic and collaborative environments that enhance their ability to successfully recruit and retain world-class talent. An S&P 500 company, their urban office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative life science and technology campuses in AAA innovation cluster locations, with a total market capitalization of $16.1 billion and has an asset base in North America of 28.6 million square feet, as of Sept. 2017. 

SYNA  Synaptics Inc.                             

Synaptics ignited the human interface revolution with their touch, display, touchpads for notebook PC, including the software driver and biometrics products designed to optimize the user experiences in the mobile, PC and automotive industries. Has shipped more than 5-billion units.  More than 1900 patents that are either pending or issued.  And 70% of it's employees work in technology, engineering and product-design functions.

IBB     iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF
Started in 2001 to track the performance of the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, which consists of equities of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange. Since its inception, the fund demonstrated an average annual return of 9.65%


TWMJF   Canopy Growth Corp         

 A world leading diversified cannabis company. We operate a collection of diverse brands and curated strain variety, supported by over half a million square feet of indoor and greenhouse production capacity, partnered with some of the leading names of the sector.

KEYS    Keysight  Technologies        

A world leader in electronic measurement transforming today's measurement experience through innovations in wireless, modular, and software solutions. With its Hewlett-Packard and Agilent legacy, Keysight delivers solutions in wireless communications, aerospace and defense and semiconductor markets with world-class platforms, software and consistent measurement science. The company's nearly 10,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries. 



WeHit's 2018 PICK & TRACK  01/26/2018 
COMPANY LAST CHANGE     %
AMBA  Ambarella Inc $50.10 +0.14                0.28%             
ACBFF  Aurora Cannabis Inc $10.64 -0.71                6.26%
AVAV    AeroVironment Inc $53.48 +0.16                 0.30%
EXEL    Exelixis Inc $30.46 -0.02                0.07%
A      Agilent Techn. Inc. $73.86 +0.28                0.38%
HIMX   Himax Techn. Inc. $8.36 +0.28                3.47%           
HTC      HTC Corp$69.30 +0.70                1.02%  
RIOT    Riot Blockchain Inc $17.91 -1.33                6.91%             
SIEB     Siebert Financial Corp. $10.12 -1.54               13.21%                  
STM     STMicroelectronics $22.91 -0.42                1.80%                 
ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit $126.97 +0.35              0.28%
SYNA    Synaptics Inc. $43.97 -0.70               1.62%                 
IBB      iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF $116.60 +0.73              0.63% 
TWMJF  Canopy Growth corp $25.67 -2.66              9.38%           
KEYS     Keysight Technologies $45.74 -0.29              0.63%  
VFFIF    Village Farms International  $7.17 -0.05              0.68%                    
O A         Orbital ATK Inc.$132.56 +0.50              0.38%
VRTHF  Veritas Pharma  $0.60 -0.04              6.12%                     
VTC       Vertcoins $4.59                       -3.78%  
VUZI     Vuzix Corp. $9.75 -1.05             9.72%    





DAILY  5  WINNERs & LOSERs  @ Sessions Close 
COMPANY LAST CHANGE     %
Varian Medical Systems Inc. $127.01 + 11.00                12.39%


                   
Eversource Energy $64.57 + 3.44                 5.63%


                  
W.W. Grainger Inc. $286.44 +14.47                 5.32%


                     
McCormick & Company$105.09 +5.00                  5.00%


                     
Albemarie Corp $116.90 +4.50                  4.00%

Newell Brands Inc. $24.81 -6.42                 20.56%


                   
Range Resource Corp $15.32 -1.68                  9.88%


                    
Union Pacific Corp $133.60 -7.57                 5.36%


                     
Xilinx Inc$69.74 -3.74                 5.09%


                    
F5 Networks Inc. $134.94 -7.19                 5.06%


                    



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