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    Former US House speaker to promote legalizing marijuana

    Former US House speaker to promote legalizing marijuana


    DAN SEWELL
    ,Associated Press•April 11, 2018

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization as a way to help veterans and the nation's deadly opioid crisis.

    The Ohio Republican, an avid cigarette smoker, has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings , a multistate cannabis company. The company also announced that former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has joined its advisory board.
    Weld, a Republican as governor, ran in the 2016 presidential election on the Libertarian Party ticket that was headed by legal-pot advocate Gary Johnson.

    Boehner said in a statement his position "has evolved" from opposing to supporting legalization of marijuana.

    "I decided to get involved because of the struggles of our country's veterans and the opioid epidemic, after learning how descheduling the drug can potentially help with both crises," said Boehner, now 68.

    He said he wants to see federally funded research done and to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer marijuana as a possible treatment option for such conditions as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Boehner also said the move would curtail federal-state conflict on marijuana policies.

    While marijuana is illegal at the federal level, most states have legalized pot in some form.

    President Donald Trump's administration in January lifted a Barack Obama-era policy that discouraged federal authorities from cracking down on the pot trade in states where the drug is legal.

    New York-based Acreage, which has cannabis operations in 11 states, said Boehner and Weld will serve on its board of directors when that is formed. Boehner had an earlier stint on a tobacco's company's board.

    Paul Ryan, Boehner's successor when he resigned as speaker in 2015, had talked about the work of getting the smell of cigarette smoke out of the speaker's office after Boehner's departure.

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    Boehner could care less about our veterans (IMO). This is probably all about the greenback for him. Of course I guess there is an outside chance he gave up his heavy drinking and is now toking on the laughing grass.
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    He said he wants to see federally funded research done and to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer marijuana as a possible treatment option for such conditions as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.
    New York-based Acreage, which has cannabis operations in 11 states, said Boehner and Weld will serve on its board of directors when that is formed. Boehner had an earlier stint on a tobacco's company's board.


    $$$$$$$$$$ - on the board, guess stock for sure too. The latest big money maker "weed". They could actually use the cannabanoid part w/o the thc and no smoke method but might not be as popular.

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    Good! But just get the damn feds out of it. Legalize and let the states handle their own marijuana businesses. They'll do a good job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    Good! But just get the damn feds out of it. Legalize and let the states handle their own marijuana businesses. They'll do a good job.
    Sort of like California is doing on illegal immigration?

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    Top 4 Marijuana Stocks to Watch

    By Kevin Johnston | Updated April 2, 2018 — 7:19 PM EDT SHARE

    ADD TO WATCHLISTABBV
    AbbVie Inc
    93.64
    +0.02%



    SMG
    The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co
    82.15
    -1.55%


    INSY
    Insys Therapeutics Inc
    6.22
    +1.47%


    CRON
    Cronos Group Inc
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    California joined the list of states to legalize recreational marijuana use at the start of 2018, and the markets are showing some enthusiasm for stocks related to the controversial plant. But some of that cheer was muted when reports of stricter federal law enforcement on marijuana came to light. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to rescind an Obama-era rule of federal non-interference in state marijuana law enforcement.

    Currently, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, while the substance is legal for medical purposes in 29 states. However, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.


    The rush to get in on the marijuana craze has created hundreds of startups, but the odds are that many of these will fail. With a federal clampdown, the probability is higher that many marijuana-based startups won't survive. The winners in the industry so far are established companies that are adding marijuana to their focus.
    (See also: Want to Make Money in Marijuana? Read This First.)


    We have selected four marijuana stocks that have the potential to make significant gains.

    These stocks were chosen based on their array of marijuana-related products. These products are either in use or awaiting approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All figures are current as of April 2, 2018.


    [Just like any stocks, marijuana stocks need to be properly analyzed before deciding if they are a smart investment. If you're looking to learn how to use fundamental analysis to make investment decisions, Investopedia Academy offers a Find Great Value Stocks course that could be right for you. ]


    1. AbbVie Inc. (ABBV
    ABBV
    AbbVie Inc
    93.64
    +0.02%

    )


    AbbVie is a pharmaceutical company that is ahead of the pack because it has a cannabis-based drug on the market. The FDA approved Marinol, which helps alleviate nausea or vomiting for chemotherapy patients. The drug also helps AIDS patients who have lost their desire to eat. It is important to note that Marinol is not AbbVie's flagship drug. In fact, it is not even the company's biggest seller.

    AbbVie has reported increasing revenues in the past four years. In addition, its operating income has been increasing steadily. The company is benefiting from a host of useful drugs, including Marinol. Therefore, AbbVie is a way to play the marijuana trend without incurring 100% exposure to the plant. One risk of owning AbbVie is that it concentrates almost exclusively on U.S. markets, whereas most pharmaceutical companies market internationally. If the domestic market falters, the stock could see a drop in value. For investors, this risk is offset by the dividend, which is currently 3.91%. (For more, see: How AbbVie Makes Its Money.)




    2. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG
    SMG
    The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co
    82.15
    -1.55%

    )


    An interesting way to play the marijuana boom is Scotts Miracle-Gro. Known for its lawn and garden-care lines, the company is developing products for cannabis growers and also several pesticides for use on marijuana plants.

    The stock entered a sideways pattern in December 2016 and then dropped sharply in June 2017. Scotts shares moved up again into year end, touching all-time highs of over $109 in January 2018. However, Scotts Miracle-Gro shares plunged 15% on Jan. 30 as the markets reacted to a disappointing earnings report, settling at around $90 before continuing their decline in March toward current levels around $83. In a press release, the company's CEO attributed the weak performance in pot-related business to "the slower-than-expected pace of regulatory changes in California." For investors who are bullish on marijuana and Scotts' more traditional core businesses, the recent pullback could represent a buying opportunity.
    (See also: Scotts Miracle-Gro Seeks High Profits in Marijuana.)


    • Average Volume: 650,168
    • Market Cap: $4.741 billion
    • P/E Ratio (TTM): 18.92
    • EPS (TTM): $4.40
    • Dividend and Yield: $2.12 (2.49%)


    3. INSYS Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY
    INSY
    Insys Therapeutics Inc
    6.22
    +1.47%


    )


    Although this company markets many non-cannabis drugs, it is in the process of developing a synthetic cannabis drug to treat childhood epilepsy. INSYS is working on a spray technology to deliver pharmaceutical cannabinoids.

    INSYS has had flat revenues for the past three years, but its operating income showed a sharp drop at the end of 2016 as the company spent more on research. Gross profit is higher than it was three years ago. Throughout October 2017, the stock fell sharply below prior support levels of $9 per share and then began moving sideways at just above $5 per share. The stock saw a sharp breakout in December and into the New Year, more than doubling in value to over $13, but it has recently pulled back to just under $6. There has been more volatility than a prudent investor would usually want to see, but given that this is a biotech stock, the action is acceptable.
    (For more, see: INSYS Stock Breaks Out, but How Long Will Rally Last?)


    • Average Volume: 1,426,372
    • Market Cap: $439.636 million
    • P/E Ratio (TTM): N/A
    • EPS (TTM): -$3.16
    • Dividend and Yield: N/A (N/A)


    4. Cronos Group Inc. (CRON
    CRON
    Cronos Group Inc
    6.36
    -0.16%


    )


    Toronto-based Cronos Group became the first cannabis "plant-touching" company to be listed on the Nasdaq in February 2018. The company has medical marijuana production and distribution operations across many different countries like Israel, Canada, Germany and Australia.

    The move to Nasdaq from the OTC market, where Cronos shares traded as American Depository Receipts (ADRs), saw the stock surge more than 20%. However, the challenge for Cronos is that, unlike other geographies in which it operates, marijuana and cannabis continue to be illegal in the United States at the federal level. For a company that does not have active operations in the country and operates in a sector that could see significant tightening of regulation, that might just be a tough spot to be in.
    (For more, see: Cronos Group Will Be Nasdaq's First Pot Stock.)


    • Average Volume: 4,239,321
    • Market Cap: $1.061 billion
    • P/E Ratio (TTM): 781.25
    • EPS (TTM): $0.01
    • Dividend and Yield: N/A (N/A)


    Read more: Top 4 Marijuana Stocks to Watch | Investopedia

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    Illegal immigration is determined by federal law. I'm saying legalize weed at the federal level which means states will set their own laws and regulations on marijuana and run their own programs. States who don't want it, ban it. States who do want it, regulate and tax it.

    But if states were allowed by the federal government to have their own state laws on illegal immigration that either conformed with or exceeded federal regulations, they would do a much better job of enforcing US immigration law than the feds have demonstrated until President Trump came along, and it would be much cheaper. Then the feds could focus on the borders and assisting the states. States that refuse to enforce immigration laws in their state would be handled by the feds and the cost would be deducted from their federal highway, education and Medicaid funding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe2 View Post
    Top 4 Marijuana Stocks to Watch

    By Kevin Johnston | Updated April 2, 2018 — 7:19 PM EDT SHARE

    ADD TO WATCHLISTABBV
    AbbVie Inc
    93.64
    +0.02%



    SMG
    The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co
    82.15
    -1.55%


    INSY
    Insys Therapeutics Inc
    6.22
    +1.47%


    CRON
    Cronos Group Inc
    6.36
    -0.16%
    View Watchlist

    California joined the list of states to legalize recreational marijuana use at the start of 2018, and the markets are showing some enthusiasm for stocks related to the controversial plant. But some of that cheer was muted when reports of stricter federal law enforcement on marijuana came to light. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to rescind an Obama-era rule of federal non-interference in state marijuana law enforcement.

    Currently, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, while the substance is legal for medical purposes in 29 states. However, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.


    The rush to get in on the marijuana craze has created hundreds of startups, but the odds are that many of these will fail. With a federal clampdown, the probability is higher that many marijuana-based startups won't survive. The winners in the industry so far are established companies that are adding marijuana to their focus.
    (See also: Want to Make Money in Marijuana? Read This First.)


    We have selected four marijuana stocks that have the potential to make significant gains.

    These stocks were chosen based on their array of marijuana-related products. These products are either in use or awaiting approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All figures are current as of April 2, 2018.


    [Just like any stocks, marijuana stocks need to be properly analyzed before deciding if they are a smart investment. If you're looking to learn how to use fundamental analysis to make investment decisions, Investopedia Academy offers a Find Great Value Stocks course that could be right for you. ]


    1. AbbVie Inc. (ABBV
    ABBV
    AbbVie Inc
    93.64
    +0.02%

    )


    AbbVie is a pharmaceutical company that is ahead of the pack because it has a cannabis-based drug on the market. The FDA approved Marinol, which helps alleviate nausea or vomiting for chemotherapy patients. The drug also helps AIDS patients who have lost their desire to eat. It is important to note that Marinol is not AbbVie's flagship drug. In fact, it is not even the company's biggest seller.

    AbbVie has reported increasing revenues in the past four years. In addition, its operating income has been increasing steadily. The company is benefiting from a host of useful drugs, including Marinol. Therefore, AbbVie is a way to play the marijuana trend without incurring 100% exposure to the plant. One risk of owning AbbVie is that it concentrates almost exclusively on U.S. markets, whereas most pharmaceutical companies market internationally. If the domestic market falters, the stock could see a drop in value. For investors, this risk is offset by the dividend, which is currently 3.91%. (For more, see: How AbbVie Makes Its Money.)




    2. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG
    SMG
    The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co
    82.15
    -1.55%

    )


    An interesting way to play the marijuana boom is Scotts Miracle-Gro. Known for its lawn and garden-care lines, the company is developing products for cannabis growers and also several pesticides for use on marijuana plants.

    The stock entered a sideways pattern in December 2016 and then dropped sharply in June 2017. Scotts shares moved up again into year end, touching all-time highs of over $109 in January 2018. However, Scotts Miracle-Gro shares plunged 15% on Jan. 30 as the markets reacted to a disappointing earnings report, settling at around $90 before continuing their decline in March toward current levels around $83. In a press release, the company's CEO attributed the weak performance in pot-related business to "the slower-than-expected pace of regulatory changes in California." For investors who are bullish on marijuana and Scotts' more traditional core businesses, the recent pullback could represent a buying opportunity.
    (See also: Scotts Miracle-Gro Seeks High Profits in Marijuana.)


    • Average Volume: 650,168
    • Market Cap: $4.741 billion
    • P/E Ratio (TTM): 18.92
    • EPS (TTM): $4.40
    • Dividend and Yield: $2.12 (2.49%)


    3. INSYS Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY
    INSY
    Insys Therapeutics Inc
    6.22
    +1.47%


    )


    Although this company markets many non-cannabis drugs, it is in the process of developing a synthetic cannabis drug to treat childhood epilepsy. INSYS is working on a spray technology to deliver pharmaceutical cannabinoids.

    INSYS has had flat revenues for the past three years, but its operating income showed a sharp drop at the end of 2016 as the company spent more on research. Gross profit is higher than it was three years ago. Throughout October 2017, the stock fell sharply below prior support levels of $9 per share and then began moving sideways at just above $5 per share. The stock saw a sharp breakout in December and into the New Year, more than doubling in value to over $13, but it has recently pulled back to just under $6. There has been more volatility than a prudent investor would usually want to see, but given that this is a biotech stock, the action is acceptable.
    (For more, see: INSYS Stock Breaks Out, but How Long Will Rally Last?)


    • Average Volume: 1,426,372
    • Market Cap: $439.636 million
    • P/E Ratio (TTM): N/A
    • EPS (TTM): -$3.16
    • Dividend and Yield: N/A (N/A)


    4. Cronos Group Inc. (CRON
    CRON
    Cronos Group Inc
    6.36
    -0.16%


    )


    Toronto-based Cronos Group became the first cannabis "plant-touching" company to be listed on the Nasdaq in February 2018. The company has medical marijuana production and distribution operations across many different countries like Israel, Canada, Germany and Australia.

    The move to Nasdaq from the OTC market, where Cronos shares traded as American Depository Receipts (ADRs), saw the stock surge more than 20%. However, the challenge for Cronos is that, unlike other geographies in which it operates, marijuana and cannabis continue to be illegal in the United States at the federal level. For a company that does not have active operations in the country and operates in a sector that could see significant tightening of regulation, that might just be a tough spot to be in.
    (For more, see: Cronos Group Will Be Nasdaq's First Pot Stock.)


    • Average Volume: 4,239,321
    • Market Cap: $1.061 billion
    • P/E Ratio (TTM): 781.25
    • EPS (TTM): $0.01
    • Dividend and Yield: N/A (N/A)


    Read more: Top 4 Marijuana Stocks to Watch | Investopedia

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    Nasdaq to Get First Pot Listing - Bloomberg
    https://www.bloomberg.com/.../nasdaq-to-get-first-pot-listing-as-cronos-group-joins-e...
    Feb 26, 2018 - The Nasdaq Stock Market will list its first cannabis shares on Tuesday, marking a key milestone for an industry that has been rejected by the Trump administration. Cronos Group Inc., which already trades in Canada, will be the first marijuana company on a major U.S. exchange -- right alongside Nasdaq ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe2 View Post
    Nasdaq to Get First Pot Listing - Bloomberg
    https://www.bloomberg.com/.../nasdaq-to-get-first-pot-listing-as-cronos-group-joins-e...
    Feb 26, 2018 - The Nasdaq Stock Market will list its first cannabis shares on Tuesday, marking a key milestone for an industry that has been rejected by the Trump administration. Cronos Group Inc., which already trades in Canada, will be the first marijuana company on a major U.S. exchange -- right alongside Nasdaq ...
    Not exactly something to boast about in my opinion.

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