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Let’s legalize marijuana – I want to see us sending less people to jail for no good reason. Labeling GMOs also makes sense. Voter registration in Oregon ends on 10.14 – don’t miss this historic opportunity!

I’d love to legalize marijuana here in Oregon in a couple days. There are so many reasons this makes sense – not putting people in jail unecessarily (freeing funds for other actual problems) – creating all sorts of job – making it easier for people who need marijuana-related products for healing to receive them, legally – reducing peoples’ intake of alcohol (more on that another time, but I see a connection) – hemp may be the best answer to a lot of problems we face today – climate change, clear-cut logging of Oregon forests for paper products. Anyway, I think I could probably brainstorm about 100 reasons why this will be good for Oregon (tourism) – feel free to add your thoughts in the comments section below. The news media mainly focuses on tax revenue – but I think that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the positives!

We have 5 days left to register to vote here. And then, we get our ballots in 9 days, and then we vote.

We will also vote to Label GMOs (poison), which would delight me. As far as I can tell GMOs are poisons that are increasing the rates of cancer. By labeling any products that have them – I believe it will force food companies to reformulate their products (as they’ve done in other countries) so they can avoid having to include a GMO label. I learned about this and more in the film GMO OMG which has been showing around town. The film-makers are making screening rights free for anyone who wants to host a gathering on the topic – it’s quite brilliant and I highly recommend viewing it if you’re interested in learning more about the issue.

Some relevant links to share:

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  1. Vote yes on 91 – Legalize It! Vote Yes on 91 – Endorsers
  2. Vote yes on 92 – Label GMO (poison) – YES!

91: Video with Rick Steves

92: Lively Video about GMOs by my friend, Dana Lyons

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Cannabis Mutual Fund?

After reading this article I got the idea that it might be interesting to have a Cannabis Mutual Fund. My understanding is that it would be 20 or so firms that have anything to do with the cannabis trade. Do you know of such a fund?  On 4.20.14, I became aware of this index of 19 of the stocks.

Happy Valentine’s Day to pot growers – you can now do business legally with banks – Obama Administration, thank you!

Today’s humor and other articles (1.31.14) from the WWeek in Portlandia.  4.20.14 – Portland Mercury’s Marijuana Guide – awesome!

 

According to this article, High Times is creating such a fund. (but it doesn’t look like this will be for the small investor).

ganja and Cannabis mutual fund

1.15.14 – What I’ve come up with so far…

MMF and Cannabis mutual fund

 

and, in the news:

1.21.14 – Perhaps I was on the right track 🙂 Article – reprinted below…

14 Cannabis Stocks To Watch In 2014

January 21, 2014 3:27 PM
The green rush is here.

More than 20 states have approved marijuana use for medicinal purposes and Colorado and Washington are opening up the plant for recreational use. Marijuana companies rose more than 50 percent in 2013 and opened 2014 with a bang, rising almost 150 percent in just three weeks.

This list gives an overview of publicly traded marijuana stocks worth over 50 million, including hydroponic companies, vaporizer producers, and research houses for medicinal purposes.

Medbox

Medbox (OTC: MDBX [FREE Stock Trend Analysis]) rose from $23 to $93 in a matter of five trading sessions, with the peak on January 8th. This is a great example of uninformed investors pouring their money into a hot name. The company makes automated dispensing solutions for medications, including marijuana. Medbox has the largest market capitalization of cannabis focused stocks, close to 1.2 billion. It also does not file with the SEC.

AVT Inc.

Started in 2001, AVT (OTC: AVTC) began producing vending machines, but recently transitioned to automated retail machines. Marijuana investors took interest in the stock when Medbox announced a purchasing agreement. Medbox spends about half a million dollars a year buying dispensary units from AVT. The company has a market cap of 119 million.

Advanced Cannabis Solutions

Currently focused on Colorado, Advanced Cannabis Solutions (OTC: CANN) buys growing facilities and leases them to growers. The company looks for an ROI over 25 percent and ten year deal for contracts. With an experienced management team, Advanced Cannabis Solutions is looking to build a consulting and other marijuana related businesses. CEO Robert Frichtel stated, “Every new state that legalizes MMJ creates hundreds of new opportunities, so we’re looking to evolve with the industry’s needs.” Advanced Cannabis Solutions does file with the SEC.

CannaVest

CannaVest is one of the bigger players in the industry with a market cap near one billion. The company produces Cannabidiol (CBD), a marijuana concentrate, from hemp. CannaVest hopes to grow a test crop of industrial hemp in 2014. The company does file with the SEC.

Cannabis Sciences

This is one of the most followed marijuana stocks although it has one of the smallest market caps (70 million). Cannabis Sciences (OTC: CBIS) is staffed with PhDs, the company is a leader in THC product research for medicinal markets. Two preclinical drugs focus on HIV and cancer. A key concern for the company is a huge amount of share dilution, with the amount of common stock 24 times greater than it was three years ago. The company does file with the SEC.

Fusion Pharm

Fusion Pharm’s (OTC: FSPM) PharmPod product is a “plug-and-grow” hydroponics solution. The company looks to capitalize on commercial growers and small operations with its scaleable product. The company emphasises that the PharmPod only requires 20 percent of the water of a more traditional growing solution and is very customizable. The company does not file with the SEC.

GW Pharma

GW Pharma (OTC: GWPRF) is one of the few cannabis stocks that trades on a major exchange (Nasdaq), meaning its financial information is much more closely regulated. The company is a biotech, however, meaning it has its own set of risks. Based in the UK, GW Pharma is developing cannabinoid medications, primarily for multiple sclerosis and cancer. The company has one of the largest market caps at 930 million.

Hemp Inc.

With several nutrition products on the market, Hemp (OTC: HEMP) cannot seem to sell any of them. Using hemp as a key ingredient, its supplements seem to fall in three key categories: protein, sexual performance and general nutrition. Hemp does not file with the SEC.

mCig

mCig (OTC: MCIG) has an interesting product: a ten dollar mini vaporizer for bud and wax. Just over five inches long, mCig is very portable and even offers three different heat settings. The company launched the first generation of its product at the end of October and sold out in several days. The second generation began selling at the start of the year. mCig does file with the SEC.

Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana (OTC: MJNA) produces a series of cannabinoid oil products, advertising the health benefits of consuming CBD. These include, a chewing gum, shampoo and lotion, and liquid CBD oil. CannaVest, mentioned above, was spun out from Medical Marijuana, which is now a minority shareholder. The company recently had a lawsuit filed against it, which suggests potential fraud; the company does not file with the SEC.

Nuvilex

Nuvilex (OTC: NVLX) was a big winner in 2013, with shares gaining 258 percent. Nuvilex is a biotech company with research focused on “live-cell encapsulation,” a process to protect healthy cells from disease. The company hopes to use its research primarily to fight breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and diabetes. Although its market cap is just 78 million, the company does file with the SEC.

GrowLife

GrowLife (OTC: PHOT) is a favorite amongst marijuana investors in a recent survey: 48 percent expect GrowLife to gain the most value in 2014. The company makes equipment for growing cannabis, selling 150,000 units over 25 years. The Phototron system, which includes a pod for each stage of growth, is advertised to speed up harvesting by three to four times. Growlife does file with the SEC.

Vape Holdings

Vape Holdings is currently trading under the ticker PLPED (OTC: PLPED), but will change to VAPE on February 2. Investors are very interested in a ceramic nail the company is producing for dabbing. The ceramic nail is expected to be superior to the glass or titanium because it is easier to clean, more durable, and lasts longer. The company is expected to sell 10,000 units in January, the majority of which have been preordered. Vape does file financial statements with the SEC.

Terra Tech

Terra Tech (OTC: TRTC) is another investor favorite with 17 percent of 420 Investor members expecting shares to gain the most value in 2014. The company currently uses hydroponics to grow vegetables and herbs, but plans to focus on marijuana or hemp when legally feasible. The company’s produce is currently available in Fairway markets in New Jersey, Connecticut, and New York.

Updated Watch list – 1.21.14

1.21.14 and Cannabis mutual fund
1.22.14 – Updated GWPRF (was wrong industry, I believe) and added a few from the Daily Dab. Up to 20 now.
Cannabis mutual fund
Daily Dab’s picks for 1.31.14 – shows you a good collection of the players in this field. Seems to be a growing list..
Dab 1.31.14 List of Picks and Cannabis mutual fund

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