I must say, putting together these Friday roundups for you has become one of my favorite things to do each week.
A few Fridays ago, I thought it would be a good idea to send you some of the important headlines after what had been a busy and exciting week in the major investment themes we’re following.
I constantly read these stories anyway to stay current on all of the ongoing progress, and honestly, they are just one reason I get so fired up about the opportunities we have to make a lot of money. I thought you would enjoy knowing the same information.
This was yet another good week.
The CBD Parade Continues… Literally
We’ve talked about how CBD is rapidly going mainstream. Thanks to the legalization of hemp, it is becoming ever more available in places like CVS, Walgreens, Kroger, Walmart, and more.
Last weekend, Parade magazine featured an article called “What is CBD? 12 Ways to Try the Chillest New Wellness Trend.” Parade says it reaches 44 million readers, so more people are finding out about this latest craze. The article highlighted a variety of CBD-infused products, such as coffee (including one from Willie Nelson, Mr. Marijuana himself), gum drops, body lotions, bath bombs, lip balm, candles, and… pet treats.
Speaking of CBD and pets, Martha Stewart was the keynote speaker at the World Cannabis Congress in Canada. She talked about CBD in the wake of her deal with Canopy Growth (CGC) to advise the company on CBD products for people and pets.
“By 2029, more than half of the U.S. population will be over 65 years old,” she said. “And if CBD and cannabis can offer an alternative to other kinds of medicines – wow, how great will that be?”
I’ve said before that if CBD were a drug, we would call it a wonder drug. The more scientists look into it, the more possible benefits they discover. This week, a new study showed that CBD may also be an antibiotic. More research needs to be done, but in this study CBD killed different types of bacteria, including staph, strep, and some strains resistant to other antibiotics.
You can see why the CBD industry is set to experience such a huge boom over the next decade. We’re talking nearly 40X growth in four years. I am not aware of any other industry that has that kind of potential.
Marijuana Legalization Spreads
Illinois officially became the 11th state (plus Washington, D.C.) to legalize marijuana when Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation on Tuesday.
This bill is particularly interesting in a couple of areas. First, it expunges criminal records of nearly 800,000 people for past marijuana crimes. And second, 25% of marijuana tax revenue will go toward redeveloping poor communities. Money talks, and the potential for higher tax revenues is a big motivator for states to legalize marijuana, especially when neighboring states take that step. I mentioned two weeks ago that Colorado has brought in over $1 billion in state revenue since marijuana was legalized in 2014.
Then we have New York, which voted to decriminalize marijuana but not legalize it.
So it’s not a crime in some instances, but it’s also not legal. Uh… okay.
Believe it or not, possessing a small amount of marijuana (less than 25 grams) at home has not been a crime in New York for more than 30 years. But anyone caught outside the home with a small amount now gets hit with a violation rather than a crime. Sounds like you get a marijuana ticket instead of a speeding ticket. (And we all know everyone drives the speed limit, right?)
Still, it’s only a matter of time before New York joins the wave of legalization sweeping the U.S.
And finally, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is now calling for his state to do much the same thing… decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and eventually make it legal.
The opportunity in legal weed is much like the opportunity internet stocks offered in 1994… or that Bitcoin offered in 2015. It is set to grow so much over the next 10 years that it will turn out to be one of the biggest investment opportunities of your entire life – no matter when you were born.
Next-Generation Battery Progress
The coming battery breakthrough will be the biggest yet and ignite a multitrillion dollar revolution in so many aspects of our lives. It could change just about everything in your life – from how you get around to how you communicate with others… even the way you think about the world.
No wonder the race is on to get there first.
Imec, which calls itself an international research and development (R&D) and innovation hub, announced that this week it has doubled the energy density in its solid state batteries. This is what we want to see to get us closer to electric vehicles that can travel longer distances. Imec expects to increase energy density another 150% in the next five years, moving its solid state batteries past the density of current lithium-ion batteries.
I also found it interesting that Imec says new battery cells can be made with slight changes to current manufacturing lines used for lithium-ion batteries. That would speed up the adoption of solid state batteries even more.
Solid state batteries charge faster, hold their charges longer, and are much safer. We learned this week about more problems with lithium-ion batteries when Apple announced it was recalling older MacBook Pro laptops because the batteries “may overheat and pose a safety risk.”
Remember the problems with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phone? If you tried to bring the phone on an airplane, the flight attendants would confiscate it because the lithium-ion batteries had started catching fire. In early 2018, HP had to recall 50,000 laptops for a similar reason.
But next-generation batteries don’t have that fire risk. In one memorable test, a startup called Ionic Materials shot its battery with a Remington .22. It took three bullets, did not catch fire, and kept working!
These potential new batteries are amazing. And for early investors, they present the kind of moneymaking opportunity that could turn a tiny initial stake into an absolute fortune.
Apple’s Back in the Game
I told you a couple of weeks ago that Apple (AAPL) was reportedly looking into acquiring self-driving vehicle startup Drive.ai and its 100+ engineers.
It’s a done deal. This week, we got confirmation that Apple indeed bought Drive.ai.
I was a surprised earlier this year when Apple reassigned 200 employees who had been working on autonomous vehicles (AVs), which many took as a sign the company was abandoning its plans to be part of the revolution.
So I’m not surprised Apple is back in the game. The opportunity is huge, and nobody wants to be left behind in the shift to Transportation 2.0. Trillions of dollars will be changing hands as the industry is reshaped with self-driving electric vehicles.
Apple doesn’t want to miss out on all that potential, especially since it was once at the top of the AV pack. The company logged nearly 80,000 test driving miles in fiscal 2018 – the third-highest amount of any company.
Now it’s back in the race with all of the other big names in technology and cars. There will be multiple winners in this race, and smart investors will be among them.
P.S. The market will be closed next Wednesday for the July 4th holiday. Trading typically slows down in the summer months, but that actually makes it a good time for my next Cannabis Cash Calendar buy.
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I already know what date we want to buy the next stock: July 8.
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