By any measure, 2016 was a great year – a watershed, in fact – for the tech- and pharma-heavy cannabis niche.
For instance, ever since Sept. 2, when I sent my Nova-X Report subscribers the 30 pot stock recommendations in my "weed investors' bible," "The Roadmap to Marijuana Millions," we've seen incredible gains all across the market sector.
And what had been a phenomenal year got even better with a massive victory: On Nov. 8, voters in five states (five juicy untapped markets) voted to legalize medical and recreational marijuana. That boosted the cannabis niche's growth prospects immensely. Remember, this is an investing arena that was already expected to grow by more than 31% a year until at least the early 2020s.
But… the buoyant marijuana markets took notice when President-elect Donald Trump tapped U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to be the next U.S. attorney general. The nation's would-be top cop is known for his, shall we say, "retrograde" views on marijuana – legal and otherwise.
That news cast a great deal of uncertainty on investments with an otherwise vertical trajectory.
So, naturally, pot stock investors – and those considering it – are wondering what the future might hold for this high-growth, immensely profitable investing niche.
"A Problem of Resources"
Sen. Sessions is, in fact, an outspoken critic of marijuana.
In an April U.S. Senate meeting, for instance, Sessions said, "We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized."
He also said in the same meeting that "good people don't smoke marijuana."
Still, it's quite a stretch to think that, even in his new position of power, Sessions will be able to effect the kind of massive public policy overhaul it would take to revoke legalization.
Currently, marijuana is illegal under federal law. But because of a congressional rule from 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice is not allowed to use funds to interfere with the implementation of state cannabis laws. Also, a recent Aug. 16 court ruling states the DoJ can no longer prosecute medical marijuana businesses where the defendants are following state laws.
Fundamentally, this means one certain thing: Marijuana legalization is determined by state voters right now.
And it's highly likely to stay that way.
I'm confident of that assertion because of what Donald Trump himself has been telegraphing so far. From a policy perspective, the president-elect is on the record saying marijuana policy is something best left to the states.
Plus, during his confirmation hearing earlier this week, Sessions played down his anti-marijuana stance. While he said he wouldn't "commit to never enforcing federal law" he added that enforcing anti-marijuana laws is "absolutely… a problem of resources for the federal government."
What's more, the president has no power to nullify state laws, and only Congress has the power to pass federal laws. As it stands, Congress' attitude toward marijuana is l…
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Michael A. Robinson is a 35-year Silicon Valley veteran and one of the top technology financial analysts working today. He regularly delivers winning trade recommendations to the Members of his monthly tech investing newsletter, Nova-X Report, and small-cap tech service, Radical Technology Profits. In the past two years alone, his subscribers have seen over 100 double- and triple-digit gains from his recommendations.
As a consultant, senior adviser, and board member for Silicon Valley venture capital firms, Michael enjoys privileged access to pioneering CEOs and high-profile industry insiders. In fact, he was one of five people involved in early meetings for the $160 billion "cloud" computing phenomenon. And he was there as Lee Iacocca and Roger Smith, the CEOs of Chrysler and GM, led the robotics revolution that saved the U.S. automotive industry.
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