Mark Leibovit's 'The Cannabis/VR Vice Letter' provides investors, portfolio managers and traders his unique insights, opinions and recommendations on 'sin' or 'vice' equities which includes cannabis (marijuana), alcohol, weapons and defense, gaming, entertainment, travel including cruises, luxury goods including jewelry, and luxury cars (e.g. a Tesla), fast food restaurants and even big pharma (drugs are a Vice too!).
While economic cycles come and go, and the lower end of the leisure market suffers from people having less money for fun when times are tough, the pursuit of a good time and the good life are universal goals. While you may feel alcohol or marijuana is socially irresponsible, it is not for investors or traders. We feel there is no reason to sit on the sidelines and miss out on opportunity. Do you know there are dozens of publicly traded marijuana/cannabis related stocks? Some say there are as many as 200 and we keep digging daily to find them.
Twenty-six states and the District of Columbia currently have laws legalizing marijuana in some form. Three other states will soon join them after recently passing measures permitting use of medical marijuana.
Seven states and the District of Columbia have adopted more expansive laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Most recently, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada all passed measures in November legalizing recreational marijuana. California’s Prop. 64 measure allows adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes. Other tax and licensing provisions of the law will not take effect until January 2018.
Several legislatures in states recently passing legalization measures are debating regulatory proposals around the use and sale of marijuana. Massachusetts lawmakers are weighing bills that would lower the amount that residents can legally possess or place restrictions on retails stores. In Nevada, one proposal calls for businesses to obtain permits allowing for the public use of marijuana.
A number of states have also decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. Other states have passed medical marijuana laws allowing for limited use of cannabis. Some medical marijuana laws are broader than others, with types of medical conditions that allow for treatment varying from state to state. Others states (not shown on the map below) have passed laws allowing residents to possess cannabis oil if they suffer from certain medical illnesses.
Our map shows current state laws and recently-approved ballot measures legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. Medical marijuana laws recently passing in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota have yet to become effective.
Information is current as of Jan. 30, 2017.
The medicinal use of cannabis is legal in a number of countries including Canada, Czech Republic and Israel. Possession is effectively in the Netherlands and Uruguay.
Not only is 'vice investing' fun, but it can be quite financially sound, especially when timing is correct. The phrase from Gordon Gekko that 'greed is good' is appro-pro. Companies that derive a significant portion of their revenues from products or services considered socially irresponsible are covered and traded herein. In the U.S., consumers have an appetite for luxury. The emerging middle class in China is buying automobiles and engaging in international travel. In Russia, the nouveau rich are sipping champagne and eating caviar. Whoever they are and wherever they are, consumers are spending money on more than just the basics and companies are profiting from their purchases. And, now the legalization of cannabis for both recreational and medical use has created a new 'gold rush' of investment opportunity.
Mark Leibovit Bio:
Mark Leibovit, CIMA, is Chief Market Strategist for VRTrader.Com. His technical expertise is in overall market timing and stock selection based upon his proprietary VOLUME REVERSAL (tm) methodology and Annual Forecast Model.
Mr.Leibovit’s extensive media television profile includes seven years as a consultant ‘Elf’ on “Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street Week” television program, and over thirty years as a Market Monitor guest for PBS “The Nightly Business Report”. He also has appeared on Fox Business News, CNBC, BNN (Canada), and Bloomberg, and has been interviewed in Barrons, Business Week, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal.
Mark Leibovit was ranked Timer Digest’s #2 Gold Market timer for 2011, and has also been named the #1 Gold Market timer for the 5 year period ending in 2010, and the #1 U.S. Market Timer for 2006 and the #1 Intermediate U.S. Market Timer for the ten year period December, 1997 to 2007.
He was a 'Market Maker' on the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the Midwest Options Exchange and then went on to serve as Director of Research at Freehling & Co. and later Director of Technical Research at Rodman and Renshaw (both in Chicago). Mr. Leibovit now publishes a series of newsletters at www.LeibovitVRNewsletters.com and hosts his own weekly national radio talk show - Wall Street Raw through the GCNlive.com network along with affiliated radio stations. He is both a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) and Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF), and is also a member of the Market Technicians Association and CFA Institute.
Mr.Leibovit’s specialty is Volume Analysis and his proprietary Leibovit Volume Reversal Indicator is well known for forecasting accurate signals of trend direction and reversals in the equity, metals and futures markets. He has historical experience recognizing, bull and bear markets and signaling alerts prior to market crashes. His indicator is currently available on the Metastock, eSignal and TradeStation platforms.
His comprehensive study on Volume Analysis, The Trader’s Book of Volume published by McGraw-Hill is a definitive guide to volume trading. It is now also published in Chinese. Mark has appeared in speaking engagements and seminars in the U.S. and Canada and provides customized Volume Analysis for managers and institutions.
His WALL STREET RAW radio program is heard weekly on GCNLIVE.COM, Saturdays 10 am ET and on Sundays 10 am MT on KFNN 1510 Phoenix.
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