Florida Marijuana Legalization 2020: The Most Profitable Surprise This Year

Florida was supposed to be huge market for marijuana legalization in 2020. So it was a letdown for cannabis investors when the ballot initiative was shot down. But something is brewing that might have legal marijuana on the table.

And one of the top marijuana stocks to buy could pop 130% as a result...

The National Institute for Cannabis Investors has put a $300 billion target on this sector for when it's fully legalized. It was just $10 billion last year. That's 2,900% growth potential, depending on when the laws change.

And we're already seeing more meaningful catalysts in a matter of months than we've seen in all the previous years legal cannabis has been around. We've even seen that a pandemic can't stop this industry, with marijuana considered essential during lockdowns.

Florida's ballot initiative was supposed to be one of those catalysts. It was shot down. But the prospect of marijuana legalization in 2020 is not over for the state.

We're going to show you a Florida pot stock that could explode from this. But first, here's why there's still hope for Florida marijuana legalization in 2020...

Marijuana Legalization 2020: Will Florida Legalize Marijuana?

Make It Legal Florida was the activist group behind a major ballot initiative that collected over 700,000 signatures for an adult-use petition this year. They got the signatures they needed, and they raised a lot of hype. But things didn't quite go as planned.

You see, gathering signatures is only one step in getting a ballot to the polls. Those signatures also need to be verified by the Supervisor of Elections in each county from which there's a signee. This takes a long time.

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This petition got the required signatures. But it was cutting it close to the deadline, shortly before February. There wouldn't be enough time to get the signatures verified.

So, Make It Legal announced they would instead pursue a legalization ballot initiative in 2022.

But that doesn't mean the issue is over in the Florida legislature...

State lawmakers can still vote cannabis legalization into law. And that's just what Republican Senator Jeff Brandes is looking for.

In January, Brandes introduced a bill that would allow adults over 21 to access legal marijuana without a medical card. Prior marijuana offenders could seek resentencing or expungement.

It would also allow marijuana growers to contract processors and retailers. This would overturn a standing requirement for medical marijuana businesses to be vertically integrated.

According to Brandes, a "super majority" support adult use in Florida. As many as 60% in the state support controlled legalization. And this speaks more loudly to the future of this Florida cannabis stock than any failed ballot measure.

Florida could legalize marijuana in 2020, which would send this pot stock beyond any analyst projection. But analysts say this medical marijuana stock is going to soar 130% by December no matter what...

The Best Florida Marijuana Stock to Buy

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Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (OTCMKTS: TCCNF) is a vertically integrated chain of cannabis dispensaries in Florida, California, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. It's still running during the pandemic. And it's poised to become a household name in cannabis as it grows.

The pandemic is actually treating the company quite well. With medical marijuana still an essential item during the pandemic, CEO Kim Rivers said Trulieve has "increased home deliveries by 500%."

Trulieve will continue to thrive as cannabis legalization ramps up, long after the current crisis. Its financials put it in good position for the next few years.

This company increased profits 313% from 2018 to 2019, from $42 million to $178 million. That was during a year when the cannabis sector saw a drop of 46%, if you look at the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEArca: MJ).

Its cash also increased from 2018 to 2019, 279%. And total assets increased 361%. This means it's not just growing rapidly, but it has the cash on hand to keep growing more.

Currently, Trulieve has a 50% market share in Florida, so adult-use legalization in the state would do wonders for its stock.

The company will try to expand its footprint until then. Today, you can purchase this stock at $11.55 per share. Analysts give it a high target of $25 per share in 12 months. That's 130% profit for today's investor.

Action to Take: Florida's ballot initiative for adult-use marijuana may have been shot down. But legislators could potentially legalize this year. In either case, it's just a matter of time. Trulieve Cannabis Corp. (OTCMKTS: TCCNF) is the cannabis stock to buy as this industry ascends to $300 billion in value. Get it now at $11.55 for 130% profit potential.

The 3 Things You Need to Consider Before You Invest a Single Penny in Cannabis

The cannabis industry is on track to become a $1 trillion industry as it goes global. With that kind of capital on the line, the profit potential here is absolutely stunning.

But you don't want to get into this blindly.

That's why the National Institute for Cannabis Investors teamed up with a very special guest to deliver you three need-to-know considerations before you touch a single cannabis stock.

You can learn all about them right here.

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Mike Stenger, Associate Editor for Money Morning at Money Map Press, graduated from the Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University. He has combined his degree in Economics with an interest in emerging technologies by finding where tech and finance overlap. Today, he studies the cybersecurity sector, AI, streaming, and the Cloud.

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