Illinois budget problems are well known. Govenor J.B. Pritzker has been an advocate for marijuana legalization as a part of a solution to help the state’s finances. The governor had an aggressive agenda and was recently able to broker a bipartisan agreement on the budget and a massive new infrastructure plan which includes a provision to legalize recreational marijuana use in the state.Read More
With Scott Gottlieb stepping down as FDA chief, uncertainty surrounds the fate of guidelines for the usage of CBD in food or beverages. In December, the Farm Bill legalized hemp and opened the door for the industry to explode. However, the FDA regulates the ingredients within products that are sold here in the U.S….Read More
2019 could be a transitional year for the legal cannabis industry. Here are some thoughts and predictions for the new year: (NOTE: THESE ARE OPINIONS ONLY AND MAY OR MAY NOT OCCUR IN 2019)
More Operations come online - Even though a state or country passes a marijuana legalization provision, the products are not available immediately for sale. Rules and regulations have to be passed to facilitate the sale within the state.
President #Trump signed the 2018 Farm Bill into law and one provision legalizes industrial #hemp as an agricultural commodity. Here is a look at some of the provisions and why it is game changer for the broader #cannabis market.
The most significant impact is that it removes industrial hemp from the Schedule 1 Controlled Substances List.Read More
If your doctor was recommending a major surgery that could affect you for the rest of your life, would you get a second opinion?
You trust your doctor. He’s credentialed. (hopefully) You have known him for a long time. He treats your friends and family as well. BUT… you would still probably get a second opinion. Right?
Sometimes receiving another point of view can be helpful in solving a problem. In fact, an alternative viewpoint could illuminate solutions that you didn’t even know were available. And just because you get another outlook, it doesn’t mean you have to follow that plan.Read More
Governor Cuomo in New York is moving quickly forward to legalize recreational cannabis use. Cuomo had been an opponent of legalization, but his stance has softened in the last few years and changed completely after a recent study suggested “the benefits of taxing and regulating the drug outweighed any negative effects.” Various organizations and groups are already fighting for the revenue legalization will produce.Read More
A common complaint many people have about life insurance is that they will be dead when the benefit pays out. : ( Well, John Hancock’s new “Vitality” program is solving that problem.
My term life insurance policy was coming to an end, and I needed a new policy. My friend told me about the Vitality program because he had been doing it for about 8 months and loved it.Read More
The 2018 Farm Bill is nearly ready to go to President Trump’s desk for a signature. The Farm Bill includes many provisions, but one of the most interesting is the inclusion of hemp.
The bill will LEGALIZE INDUSTRIAL HEMP
This is ANOTHER huge step forward for the cannabis industry in general. If passed, industrial hemp will be removed from the Controlled Substances List and will officially be a legalized agricultural commodity.Read More
Big tobacco entered the cannabis market today with Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, investing $1.8 BILLION dollars in the cannabis company Cronos Group. This is a huge development for the industry as a whole.Read More
The midterm election results were very positive for the growing legal cannabis industry. Here are the highlights:
Democrats captured the House of Representatives. A large majority of Democrats favor legalization efforts which could create a legislative tailwind for the industry.
The Democrats successfully retook the House last night in the U.S. Midterms. The question is, “What does that mean for your portfolio?”
With a divided Congress and polarization at extremes, the Trump/Republican legislative agenda will likely come to a screeching halt. The Democrats do not have enough control to really “undo” anything, but they can stand in the way of further moves by Trump.Read More
A number of national studies, such as the recent Pew Research Center study, suggest that 62% of Americans support marijuana legalization. An informal poll makes me wonder if this number is actually higher.
I recently put up a billboard to advertise my cannabis investment strategy here in town.Read More
I have been pretty bearish (i.e. a negative outlook) on the market since the spring and recommended positioning more defensively. In my September Newsletter I go into some details about some of the red flags I am seeing in the market as well as a catalyst that could create a significant downturn.Read More
There are a number of newsworthy events coming up in the next few months that could affect the legal cannabis market. Here are some thoughts on each –
Oct 17 - Canada goes “recreation legal” nationally next week, and from my understanding, the ramp up to this has been difficult. There could be long lines and supply shortages as companies have tried to comply with the regulations.
“The Opioid Epidemic” is a major national problem here in the United States. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimate 130+ PER DAY die from opioid-related drug overdoses. I personally know numerous people who have been touched by the opioid crisis in some way.Read More