Blockchain and Cannabis are two of the hottest markets for investors in 2018
These markets could provide blockbuster gains this year!
Here are the stocks we are watching…
The blockchain is a decentralized and encrypted ledger that offers a secure, efficient, verifiable, and permanent way of storing records and other information without the need for intermediaries. The markets have been squawking about the many companies that have changed their business models over to blockchain technology. These companies are scrambling to buy computers designed for mining and negotiating with power companies for cheap electricity to run them. Let us remember, a year ago there were virtually zero publicly traded companies in the blockchain space.
In January 2018, the Miami Blockchain Conference was held with over 6,000 people in attendance. There was strong enthusiasm and determination from some of the smartest people looking to revolutionize our world with blockchain technology. Make no mistake, the blockchain industry will not just be limited to tracking cryptocurrency. The implementation of blockchain will begin to appear in finances, healthcare, asset management, voting, government, and many other spaces.
Imagine a world where the banks and Wall Street can’t commit an endless amount of fraud. If their transactions are on an open source ledger, they won’t be able to do that anymore. We could have more orderly markets, with a lot less fraud.
Long Blockchain Corp. (NASDAQ: LBCC) Long Blockchain (formerly Long Island Iced Tea Corp.) is focused on developing and investing in globally scalable blockchain technology solutions. It is dedicated to becoming a significant participant in the evolution of blockchain technology that creates long term value for its shareholders and the global community by investing in and developing businesses that are “on-chain”.
The company said on Friday, January 25, 2018, it has formed a “Blockchain Strategy Committee” to help focus the company’s shift toward blockchain technology. The new committee will be chaired by board member Shamyl Malik, who is currently the global head of trading at foreign exchange trading firm Voltaire Capital.
MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (OTCQB: MGTI), with facilities in WA state, ranks as one of the largest U.S. based Bitcoin miners. The Company currently owns or operates approximately 5,000 Bitmain Antminer S9 Bitcoin mining rigs and 50 GPU-based Ethereum miners, capable of generating over 65 Ph/s of computing power when fully deployed by the end of February. Moreover, MGT is in negotiations that would triple its mining power over the next several months.
The company recently announced that it entered into agreements to secure reliable and adequate electric power in Sweden and expects to begin deployment of mining rigs there by the end of January 2018. Moreover, the initial phase of this relationship will give the Company 25 MW of power, enough for over 15,000 Bitmain S-9 mining rigs.
Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) is leveraging its expertise and a network of professional advisors to build and support blockchain technologies. It is establishing an Advisory Board with technical experience intending to become a leading authority and supporter of blockchain, while providing investment exposure to the rapidly growing Bitcoin and blockchain ecosystems.
On January 30, 2018 the company announced it has appointed Christopher Ensey as its Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Ensey comes to Riot from Dunbar Security Solutions, where he served as Dunbar’s Chief Operating Officer managing over 150 security professionals across physical and digital operations while capturing over 100 mid to large enterprise clients.
The adoption of legal recreational cannabis use in California last November sparked new life into marijuana stocks. California is not the first state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but it by far the largest. Soon thereafter, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made comments that created a bit of a potential headwind for the industry. That said, these cannabis stocks remain poised for growth.
The international market for cannabis is projected to hit $31.4 billion by 2021, according to a new report from the Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research firm. Currently, the global market is estimated to be worth $7.7 billion and will see a compound annual growth rate of 60 percent as other countries liberalize their marijuana laws. Canada plans to legalize recreational marijuana by July 2018.
Organigram Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: OGRMF) is also a TSX Venture Exchange listed company whose wholly owned subsidiary, Organigram Inc., is a licensed producer of medical marijuana in Canada. Organigram is focused on producing the highest quality, condition specific medical marijuana for patients in Canada. Organigram’s facility is located in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the Company is regulated by the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (“ACMPR”).
The Company’s Phase 2 expansion is set to be completed by end of January 2018 and the Company has submitted all required documentation to Health Canada in order to begin its vegetation cycle in February, making this expansion available for cannabis harvest and sale in time for the adult recreational market. When the Phase 2 expansion is fully operational, the Company’s total run-rate production will be increased to 16,000 kg/year (about 35,000 pounds) in total.
General Cannabis Corp. (OTCQB: CANN) is a comprehensive national resource for the highest-quality service providers available to the regulated cannabis industry. They are a partner to the cultivation, production, and retail sides of the cannabis business. They do this through a combination of operating divisions such as security, marketing, operational consulting and products, real estate, and financing.
The company recently signed a $955,000 two-year contract today to manage a grow facility in California. This represents the largest single contract the company has undertaken since inception. The Company also plans to provide significant other services, including hardware and supply procurement, in addition to the initial contract terms. This new contract for Next Big Crop, the business consulting and management arm of General Cannabis, represents the second major California-based project for the company. Iron Protection Group, the firm’s security division, opened an office near Sacramento earlier in 2017. California is projected to be a $7 billion state-wide market.
Potnetwork Holdings, Inc. (OTCPINK: POTN) is a holding company for its subsidiaries, First Capital Venture Co., the owner of Diamond CBD, Inc., the maker of Diamond CBD oils. Diamond CBD focuses on the research, development, and multi-national marketing of premium hemp extracts that contain a broad range of cannabinoids and natural hemp derivatives. Diamond CBD’s team consists of hemp industry pioneers and natural product experts, chemists, doctors, and scientists, dedicated to producing the finest and purest cannabidiol (CBD) oils.
The company recently announced that as a result of the rapid growth in sales of its wholly owned subsidiary, Diamond CBD, Inc., it had achieved approximately $14.5 Million in revenues for calendar 2017. Earlier Company projection had been for $8.3 Million, which were exceeded by over 70%, due to rapid month-over-month growth in sales.
Blockchain and Cannabis are volatile markets and these stocks could make significant moves throughout the year. All the data indicates that these markets are going to grow and grow rapidly. Don’t sit on the sidelines and WATCH this growth happen, be a part of it.
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