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Cannabis Investment

Three Tips from Marijuana Investment Consultant Michael Mayes from Quantum 9.

What makes a state a good marijuana investment? Engaging a marijuana investment consultant. It is worth every penny when selecting the right one.

The best piece of advice I offer is to read the state or federal regulations! Everything we know today as “medicinal” will eventually be adult or recreational use and laboratory and science companies will drive the new healthcare wave. Cannabis investments will show the same growth seen by most Biotech and Pharmaceutical industry. It is just a matter of time before the FDA and EPA start it’s oversight when marijuana or more commonly referred to as cannabis is finally considered a medicine federally. Something to look at while considering an MMJ investment is whether or not the state is seeking to go recreational in the near future, research to see if there are bills or ballot initiatives on the table.

Tip One: Make sure you understand if the state model is for profit or not for profit.  If the state is for profit, making it isn’t an issue. For non-profit medicinal marijuana states, investing and getting a return on your investment is many times a little more tricky. The question a marijuana investor wants to ask themselves is “How can I take profit out of this scheme?” Does the law allow a management company to sell cannabis consulting services to the nonprofit? In Massachusetts, a consultancy model was considered illegal. In a not for profit model the only way to get a return on your investment is money paid to a parent company or a consulting relationship.

Tip Two: What conditions are allowed for access to medical cannabis? What is the market size? If the illnesses and conditions list is light, the market size will be light as well. For example, in Illinois 11 conditions were suggested by the Department of Health Medical Cannabis Advisory Board and all 11 were not approved.

Tip Three: Does the state allow for ballot initiatives? Ballot initiatives are voted on by the people after a certain number of signatures are collected. The States that block this like New York prevent swift changes in law by the people. As a cannabis investor, you need to align with a state where sensible laws can be voted on by the people.

Other things to consider are the high scrutiny of cannabis regulations.

Recommendations from Michael Mayes Marijuana Investment Consulting Expert:

  • Red Indicates Do Not Invest
  • Green Indicates Invest (at your own risk)

Massachusetts– This State is medical but only two facilities have opened over the last three years, there are many regulation roadblocks with too much corruption. New rules introduced. No equity like participation, not investable currently, after 2016 maybe.

Connecticut: Medical, nonprofit, ban on vertical integration (meaning you are unable allow a single company or set of owners to operate the production, wholesaling, and retail operations of a cannabis business), very restrictive, retailers reliant on wholesalers- looking at chronic pain – Investable for cultivators.

Rhode Island: Medicinal- non-profit – Lose laws and cannabis is going to New York, very few licenses, The Slater Center is the second largest cannabis in country and average a $100,000 in legal cannabis sales average a day. Collectives 99 plants only, no real vertical integration, recreational is pending via the state house- enormous gray market Investable but no equity.

Maine: Medical, nonprofit, very few licenses, full vertical integration, equity-like participation, expanding in the future. In Portland they passed recreational in the local municipalities, eight licenses – 5 are owned by 1 group those groups are 6 or 7 years ahead of your cannabis investment.  Investable if you can find an entry point.

Colorado: For Profit – Very investable but saturated – residency requirements pose issues with investments. OpenVape is in Colorado, and they are on track to do a $100M in sales this year.

Washington: 502 recreational shops, soon just Recreational. Large black market and huge outdoor crops, Investable – the harvest in October floods the market after the outdoor market hits the state

Illinois: For profit, vertical integration, large population, low patient count, fingerprinting requirements and doctors are not writing recommendations, the rules are mired in litigation. Not the best investment use caution.

Nevada: For profit, reciprocity, short term doctor Certification, locations based on population, heavily regulation like gaming, hard to transfer equity Investible – but only to 9.99% equity. Ideal for debt investment.

Michigan: No dispensary program, massive illegal dispensary market, Feb 2013 Michigan supreme court ruled dispensary are illegal, patients can grow, may be the largest gray market outside of California, Investible with the right guidance from a company like Quantum 9 who is behind building one of the best Lansing Dispensaries in Michigan.

Ohio: No official program, attempted cartel takeover by Responsible Ohio, puts all medical cannabis cultivation in the hands of the bill sponsors. Major backlash. Not Investable– unless you are part of the cartel for cultivation and processing. Retail is still wide open.

Florida: For profit, vertical integration, must be partnered with a commercial ag operator with a 30-year nursery background. Very few license- 5, law could soon change, could mean a proliferation of cannabis industry, Maybe if you think the law will not change.

California: There are over 1,000,000 patients in California, this represents 50% of the market share in the United States. Not for profit (changing), the largest single market in the United States, enormous black market, Investable.

New York: Stay away. Not investable

The best advice I can give is to work with a trusted Marijuana Investment Consultant. I, Michael Mayes with Quantum 9, have worked in ten countries working on cannabis investment due diligence. I have helped raise over $39 million dollars for cannabis projects as a matchmaker and subject matter expect. I can be reached at 888-716-0404.

About Michael Mayes

As Chief Executive Officer for Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has assisted in funding some of the largest commercial cannabis projects in the world. Michael has been a cannabis investor since 2009 in Colorado’s first legal for-profit cannabis market. As the co-founder and CEO of Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has spent years designing technology and collaborating with countless consultants on the forefront of the cannabis industry. Collaborating with the brightest minds and contributing to world-class organizations has been an incredibly enlightening and rewarding experience for him. Also, he has amassed a comprehensive and award-winning team engaged globally for public policy best practices through the prioritization of environmental sustainability and patient care. Michael is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), contributor to Marijuana Business Daily, quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Tampa Tribune, Yahoo Finance, Tampa Tribune, Sativa Magazine, CBC and the Daily Herald. His media appearances include several CBS and WGN appearances and international presence on BNN Commodities in Canada. On the public policy front, Michael and his team were instrumental in their work of drafting the Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill for Senator Perry Clark. Most recently, Michael taught a class for the International Pharmaceutical Academy in Toronto, Canada. He spoke on Cannabis Pharmacology, and the effects cannabis has on the endocannabinoid system.

One Comment

  • Drew says:

    Great suggestions for whether or not it is worth it to invest in the different legalized areas of the country. This will definitely come in handy soon.

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