The world may be about to see one of the biggest economic booms in history.
All thanks to marijuana.
Sure, it’s still one of the most controversial investing ideas on the market.
But it’s one of the best ways to make money over the next decade. In fact, consider this.
According to Forbes, “The marijuana industry is growing so fast that if the government legalized it nationally it would outsell ice cream. A new report from Marijuana Business Daily estimates that the total demand for marijuana, including the black market is $45-$50 billion. Annual ice cream sales are only $5.1 billion. Total recreational cannabis sales in the U.S. at this estimate would also top movie ticket sales ($11.1 billion) and snacks like Doritos, Cheetos and Funyuns ($4.9 billion).”
Making the industry even more attractive, more than 29 U.S. states plus Washington, D.C. have approved its medicinal use, and as eight states have approved its recreational use, we could be about to witness a repeat of the returns some stocks have already seen.
Another 15 states are pushing for legalization, too.
On top of that, 61% of Americans now believe marijuana use should be legal.
Up to 88% of Americans favor its medicinal use, too.
In other words, a growing majority of Americans fully support its legalization, which has lead to its decriminalization and the potential for significant cash inflows.
Millions of people could soon have full access to legal marijuana, creating a sizable supply-demand crunch, sending marijuana prices and stocks skyrocketing, too.
But that’s just in the United States.
Even Canada could see millions, it not billions in sales.
In fact, Canada is likely to legalize its use later this year.
By 2021 analysts say Canada could have nearly four million recreational marijuana users, creating a monstrous $4.5 billion industry. The industry could balloon to $8.7 billion shortly after, as marijuana retail sales just in Canada are likely to surpass beer, wine and spirit sales combined. That’s big money.
Plus, consider, this.
Canadians are among the world’s largest consumers of cannabis.
And once the country approves its usage – expected by August 2018, and more states approve its use, we could see quite a boom in related stocks, like MedReleaf Corporation (MEDFF), Aphria Inc. (APHQF), Canopy Growth (TWMJF), OrganiGram Holdings (OGRMF), Kush Bottles (KSHB), Pot Network Holdings (POTN) and biotech firms like GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH).
Even big business is pumping money into legal marijuana stocks.
According to Fortune:
Tribeca Investment Partners, a boutique fund manager based, confusingly, in Sydney, Australia, rather than New York, used bets on marijuana companies to help generate a 145% return over the year, the best of over 10,000 funds tracked by data provider Preqin. According to Bloomberg, 22 percentage points of that, or nearly $20 million of its investment gains in 2016, was due to gains in marijuana stocks, such as Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth. The shares of the medical marijuana producers more than tripled last year.
Even Constellation Brands, a $43.07 billion beverage company just took a 9.9% stake in Canadian marijuana grower, Canopy Growth (TWMJF). That’s because consumers are beginning to reduce their alcohol intake in favor of marijuana.
“We believe alcohol could be under pressure for the next decade,” Cowen analysts said, as quoted by Fortune. “Consumer survey work suggests [about] 80% of consumers reduce their alcohol consumption with cannabis in the mix.”
It doesn’t matter how controversial the topic is, you’d be foolish to ignore the profit opportunity.