Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Journey is the Prize

What were you doing when you were 22?    Most likely graduating university and preparing for the big bad world of finance I bet. 

I spent most of mine homeless, jobless, and having mixed success and failure with my first business venture.   I remember that summer well because I never had so much fun being homeless and jobless.  I had finished selling my last ‘Impact Knife’ (an autoglass removal tool invention) for gas money and cash.  People loved my invention, I sold every last one I made, but when my standing order for 500 Impact Knives was cancelled at Autostock (the family autoglass warehouse) because of family politics, it put me in a bind having spent all my investment on moulds anticipating production.   At 22 I had planned taking on the world with my better-mouse-trap combining two proven autoglass tools into one, but someone else had other plans. 

So after realizing my business was all but dead and what little money I had from it was draining fast, I drove my little Nissan pick-up across Southern Alberta until I ended in the Crow’s Nest Pass somewhere deep into the logging roads until I couldn’t drive anymore.   I parked, grabbed my pack and a sleeping bag, and started hiking from there.  I had no destination, I needed none.  And pretty much the entire summer, I would rewind, press play, and repeat… I always ended up at the end of another high country road and would camp and hike.  I didn’t even know much about backpacking or the backcountry.  I didn’t care.  It’s not like I had a care in the world at 22 after having my dreams dashed by family and little hope of any further investment with the death of my business partner and grandfather Herbert Skidmore.

That summer I never had a destination.  It was a tough year and with little to look out for, I wound my way around the Rockies taking one winding road after another and one cragged trail to another.  No destination ever, my only home was my soul which would eventually return me to my truck, most nights nestled in the bed of the Nissan under a canopy of stars falling asleep to the sounds of a crackling fire.  

That summer made who I am today.   Some summers I don’t even remember anymore.  But that one stands out as vivid as it was 6 months ago.  It set off a passion in me for several things like hiking which I still do today, albeit not as much.  I used to love doing day hikes and overnight marathon type hikes covering 20km to 50km.  I love the gruelling tests these hikes put on your body and mind.  It not only tests your body, but puts your spirit and core through the ringer.  And what doesn’t break you, kill you, or beat you back mentally into a thumb sucking baby… just makes you that much stronger.

I don’t hike so much these days because it’s an all-day activity you have to set aside the time for and I have kids, but I still very much enjoy burning up the Grouse Grind, BCMC, 5 Vistas, or any one of the numerous trails that populate our North Shore Mountains.   Name a trail or peak from The Lions to Golden Ears and I have hiked it.   And in any condition too, from winter trails to summer runs… there really isn’t anything I personally enjoy more.  

Hypothermia on 'The Camel'

Once my hiking partner and I got caught in terrible conditions fording a swollen Lynn Headwaters and hiking up past the snowline to ‘The Camel’ in October.  To make matters worse I had fallen on shale scrambling up scree and was bloodied, but we still pressed on. By the time we reach the lodge on Grouse Mountain, my partner and I both had hypothermia, we had to strip down to our underwear to warm up and dry out by the fire in the lobby at the lodge.  You would think we might call it a day at the lodge?  Nope. Down the BCMC to the Baden Powel and over to the Lynn Headwaters to complete one of the most gruesome day hikes ever endured in just over 12 hours.

All I can say about hikes like that and what keeps me going in spite of 100% rottenness for 100% of the time… aside from the fact that stopping in the middle of nowhere would be certain embarrassment for a North Shore rescue.

What keeps me going at the worst point when all I want to do is give up?  Over and over and over I repeat this phrase in my head…

“The Journey is the Prize”

I may not be having fun right now this moment fearing I may never find civilization and die of hypothermia behind Grouse Mountain in a snowbank, but when I look back and know I fought the fight all the way and didn’t quit.  That I preserved during the worst conditions just to exist that day means more than just a summit of a peak.  I won more than just a day’s worth of exercise.   In a sense, each hike was like a ‘Right of Passage’ pushing body, mind, and spirit past what you should normally be able to endure.  Each hike adds up to a collection of trials each with a different set of tests that eerily parallels life.  

It is so much more than making a summit.  You look back and you can see the history of your life.

It wasn’t attaining the Camel in a rainy, snowy late October day through Hanes Valley; or any other peak that I may have hiked.  It isn’t even the magnificent 360 degree view giving you the feeling you are indeed on top of the world.  Ruler of all.  After all the summits and peaks and views.  It wasn’t any of it.

It was all of it and more. 

It was the journey that was the prize. 

Saved by a Branch

One of the hikes of have done quite a few times and still love to do every so often is “The Lions”.  It is not a hike for the faint of heart and I find whenever I go up I am free climbing areas others are roped into.  At any rate, we used to drive out to Lions Bay to ascend from sea level instead of driving up Cypress and then hiking across for a photo shoot.  Obviously for myself, the tougher the journey, the more satisfying the prize.

At one point we had made it to the first peak on the Lions back and were dropping down to climb the Lion’s head when I caught a rock on my toe and hurtled forward off the ledge I was standing on to the ledge directly below.  I landed on my feet, but landed on loose, dry dirt and my feet started sliding off the ledge as I tried to brace myself from the fall.  What seemed like hours, but must have only been seconds; my foot stuck to a pine branch not more than 18 inches long growing out of the side of the ledge which stopped my foot and my momentum from going over the second ledge I had fallen on to. 

I peered over what I had almost fallen off.  It was a 1,000 foot drop to the reservoir below.

It is times like those when you realize that it could all end just like that and really, if it wasn’t for a freak of nature, would have.  It shouldn’t take near death experiences to ‘wake you up’ (or in my case several) and realize you were meant for more than a drop off a cliff.  But I knew from that day on, after almost becoming another stat on The Lions  that I could never live life in fear death knowing I am already living on some else’s clock.  I should not be here.  So I relish in the struggle that is placed before me because without it, it would not make me into the person who I am or who I am going to become.  Since these three life altering experiences I have always viewed the world a bit differently, not in cherishing the conquest of victory, but in fighting the good fight until there is no fight left.  That is ultimately where I want to derive life’s riches and lessons from, from struggle each one of us endures each day to make ourselves before our death.  The struggle to ultimately make as much an impact and difference on others while living yours.

That is the real prize. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

5 Holy Grails of Medical Marijuana

5 Holy Grails of Medical Marijuana


If you have been underneath a rock for the last year or out in the bush hibernating, there has been a mainstream development in investing, medicine, and in societal acceptance medical marijuana.  Society is finally realizing the benefits of this versatile plant which is about to kick start a revolution in modern medicine as cannabinoids are turning out to be one of the best and most versatile forms medicines, from nature or man.  

Science and medicine have ignored cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system for the last 40 years primarily because of the drug war.  As a result of ignoring this critical system in the human body, cannabinoid medicine is now the last low hanging fruit in the biotech sector.   We are a generation behind in cannabis science creating a sub theme in biotech investing playing more than 40 years of catch up in this area of medicine.

The Endocannabinoid System

The Endocannabinoid System is one of the body’s great re-balancing mechanisms.   It is the system that regulates other systems in the body.  It regulates your blood sugar, cholesterol, circulation, immune system, brain function, nervous system and metabolism.   Cannabinoids target the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system whose receptors exist in the central nervous system, the brain, the immune system, gastrointestinal tract, and peripheral nervous system. 

Within the emerging opportunity of medical marijuana there are at least 5 ‘Holy Grails’ of cannabis medicine within reach of the pharmaceutical and natural medicine industries. 
  • Immune & auto-immune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Pain & inflammation
  • Metabolic diseases
  • Neurological disorders

Immune and Auto-Immune Diseases - $100B

Speaking from experience, one if the best medicines for HIV, is cannabisIt is so powerful; 'Cannabinoid therapy' can even become an alternative to HAART therapy and ARV medication.  CBD interacts with CB2 receptors stimulating the immune system and CD4 cell count production while THC slows down transcription of the HIV virus.  Even after almost 9 years of diagnosis, the more cannabis I put into my system, the better I feel with the caveat I don't smoke it.

Who knows what an ideal dose is for a person with HIV like myself or even what that ideal dose will do to someone with HIV.  Currently I do about 1,500 mg of THC a day and want to increase this dose at least 10 fold and show no signs or symptoms of HIV or AIDS.  At a high enough dose; a theory is cannabinoids may be able to shut down the virus similar to HAART. 

There is also an emerging problem in the US where HIV patients are outliving HAART cocktails whose virus is becoming resistant to available drug cocktails.  What is an HIV patient going to turn to when drug manufacturers refuse to make any more HIV drug cocktails?  The logical conclusion is cannabis of course.  My health strategy is the opposite, use cannabis to delay the onset of AIDS and then use HAART cocktails as a last resort after I have exhausted all other options.  If I am correct in my approach, I should outlive most other HAART patients by the period before I started using ARV medication, which so far is 10 years. 

There are over 30M people in the world who live with HIV and only 8 million of those use HAART medication.  In 2014 this is still an under-served market simply because drug manufacturers refuse to sell HIV patients in 3rd world countries affordable medication.  The HIV drug market is estimated at $20B with $13B of this market spent in the US.  Cannabis could conceivably take a huge chunk of this market as HIV patients start running out of ARV options.

As little as 400mg of THC per day is enough to delay the onset of AIDS for years.  If 35M HIV patients took half a gram of 80% THC cannabis oil a day at a long term price of $5 per gram, at minimum, that is a $30 billion market.  In my opinion, every HIV patient in the world should take at least half a gram a day irrespective of their drug program.  For someone in Africa, $2.50 per day is much more affordable than the outrageous programs for ARV medication. 

It is not just HIV; cannabis works on many different immune and auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.   Auto immune diseases affect 50 million Americans, 50 times the amount of Americans infected with HIV.

A stand dose for cannabis oil seems to be between 0.5 grams and 1 gram of 80% THC oil...  clearly the potential market just in this category is staggering.

Cancer - $150B

The biggest revolution in oncology in the last 5 years is the discovery that cannabis can cure cancer.  I say that with a grain of salt because I believe cancer is a chronic disease caused by the body being out of balance from both external factors like asbestos exposure and/or internal body factors like having a poor PH.  The facts are the facts, people are beating cancer with cannabis.  So maybe you can’t say cannabis cures cancer, but what it does do is kill cancer cells and hundreds of people throughout North America are on a version of Rick Simpson’s Phoenix Tears.  What people can no longer deny is that concentrated cannabis kills cancerous tumors and will stop the spread of cancer if taken in high enough doses.

Cannabis performs several anti-tumor functions …
  1. Anti-proliferative  – prevents cancer cells from reproducing
  2. Anti-angiogenic  – prevent the formation of new blood vessels needed by tumor to grow
  3. Anti-metastatic -   prevents cancer from spreading to other organs
  4. Apoptotic – induces cancer cell to seek its own death hastening death of cancer cell
THC and CBD are proving to be a very powerful one two punch against many forms of cancer.  THC has powerful anti-tumor properties and acts to kill tumors directly while CBD helps induce cell death and helps stop the cancer from spreading.  The ratio of THC to CBD is different with every cancer at every stage and could be 100% THC all the way to 100% CBD; but it is generally thought a 3:1 THC to CBD ratio is a good shot gun approach, although GWPH’s cancer drug has a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio.  What I am finding is people are prescribing THC oil to attack the cancer directly and CBD's to supplement the therapy.

There are a few studies out there using CBD's to kill cancer cells, but by no means is CBD the primary cancer killer, THC is. There seems to be a strong correlation with tumor-less cancers requiring higher CBD concentrations while tumor heavy cancers responding to high THC concentrations.  Another major factor for cancer seems to be tissue content.  If the cancer is in a high fat tissue/cell area or made up of fat cells, THC seems to bind to the cell better and be much more effective. 

The most revolutionary part of cannabinoids and their anti-tumor properties is they target cancer cells while leaving healthy cells completely untouched.   Cancer is a $100B plus industry and cannabis is poised to take a huge bite out of this market.   All the following cancers have been beaten with cannabis oil like Rick Simpsons Phoenix Tears or FECO made in the US, even big name celebrities like Tommy Chong using cannabis oil to beat prostate cancer.   
  • Brain cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Leukemia
Cancer cells have even been reverted back to healthy living cells by encapsulating them in cannabinoids.  This work is being done right here in the MMAR clubs in Vancouver by doctors volunteering their time for research.    

Metabolic Diseases - $125B+

Cannabinoids play a major role in regulating and re-balancing the body’s active metabolisms such as weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.  Cannabinoids have the potential to play a key role in preventing and maintaining type 2 diabetes as well as many other metabolic related diseases, many of which stem from poor health.  Cannabis cannot only help stimulate appetite and increase weight in those who are underweight; but it can also help signal to the body a decrease in appetite in those that are overweight or even suppress appetite.  In short, it helps re-balance the entire body.

The endocannabinoid system is the body’s greatest mechanism in regulating and fixing the bodies other vital systems.  Cannabinoids stimulate the endocannabinoid receptors which then tell the body what it needs or does not need and then rolls out a response system appropriate to the ailment.  Diabetes is a major 21st century epidemic and cannabis could play an important role in helping to stabilize a person’s body in a variety of metabolic disorders.  Diabetes alone affects 25M Americans who spend close $130B annually on the disease.

Pain/Inflammation - $100B

$35B is spent every year managing pain.  The anti-inflammatory market is nearly double that at $70B per year.  Combined, this $100B plus US market represents a major market segment for cannabis.  Cannabinoids are more effective pain management mechanisms for many types of pain than opiates, and CBD’s have been found to be 50 times more effective at calming inflammation than Ibuprofen in some cases.  Inflammation medicine is another area in medicine which could be greatly improved utilizing receptors in the endocannabinoid system.  Most effective anti-inflammatory medications are steroids which are not safe for everyday consumption,  certainly not for most patients, who deal with chronic inflammation.

It doesn’t matter what type of pain it is or what is causing the inflammation, cannabis is one of the most effective medicines for both pain and inflammation.  Again, it’s the one two punch of CBD and THC that combat to dull pain, and decrease both localized and general inflammation in the body.  Chronic pain, migraines, inflammation related pain; cannabis does not discriminate and works on it all.  As science begins to understand how cannabinoids interact in our body, the next generation of pain and inflammation medicine derived from cannabis should make most opiates a distant second choice to cannabinoid pain killers.

Managing pain and inflammation is another area I receive immense benefit from cannabis having endured 3 knee surgeries including a broken tibia plateau with 7 screws and a plate inserted into the left knee.  Without cannabis, running 1000 km per year at a 4:30/km clip with a screw still inserted through the width of the base of my knee would be impossible.

Neurological Disorders - $100B+

This might be the biggest category in cannabinoid medicine simply because it encompasses so many conditions from migraines to epilepsy and everything in between, many which remain unsolved and untreated by the science and medical communities.   3 million Americans live with epilepsy and it is estimated 65 million people live with the disease worldwide.  ALS is another disease recently in the limelight for whom most would greatly benefit from cannabis including slowing down the progress of the disease similar to how it works on many other diseases.

What is clear and is not a coincidence is that because we ignore the one thing that has the greatest impact on our neurological system, we continue to struggle to solve many of these ailments.   The irony is cannabis has been rejected because it causes a ‘high’ and we fear how it may impact our brains, but the reality for many of us, it will save our brains.

Someone once told me my greatest enemy was fear, we fear the unknown which keeps us from embracing truth.   What we do know is that both CB1 and CB2 receptors affect the nervous system indicating regulating the central nervous system is a primary function of the endocannabinoid system.
  1. Brain damage/dysfunction
    • Alzheimer’s
    • Dementia
    • Concussions
  2. Spinal cord disorders and injuries
    • Spina Bifida
  3. Peripheral neuropathy
    • ALS
  4. Seizure disorders
    • Epilepsy
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Alcoholism
    • Brain Hemorrhage
    • Stroke
  5. Movement disorders
    • Parkinson’s
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Muscle Spasms
  6. Sleep Disorders
    • Narcolepsy
  7. Neuropsychiatric illnesses
    • OCD
    • Tourette’s
    • Huntington’s
    • PTSD

Cannabinoid Medicine

Cannabis is poised to revolutionize both natural and pharmaceutical medicine.  Cannabinoid medicine has much potential because it can make nutraceutical health plans more effective by helping the body absorb and distribute nutrients where it is needed.  Cannabis has the potential to open up a new class or even several new classes of drugs in the pharmaceutical industry.

Cannabinoids like THC and CBD have little potential to be synthesized on their own or this would have been done already.  Products like Marinol have had little success against naturally derived THC.  The real potential is to combine pharmaceutical drugs with different cannabinoids to make the pharmaceutical drugs more effective.  One example of this is THC and its ability to cross the blood brain barrier.  Combining THC with other drugs that haven’t been able to cross the BBB may open the door to help solving and eventually curing diseases like dementia.  Certainly for diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s the blood brain barrier is a major issue and combining cannabis with drugs that to carry them across would provide immediate synergies.  THC also acts to protect the brain so there are other synergistic activities THC performs on the brain as well making this area of medicine extremely promising.

I have serious doubts synthetic cannabinoids will replace the cannabis plant.  Natural medicine continues to grow and become an increasingly popular source of alternative medicine.  This includes cannabis and the ‘whole plant medicine’ that many patients source from their plants.  In fact, synthetic cannabinoids are far less effective.  What will emerge, is a new class of drugs based on combining natural cannabinoids with pharmaceutical medicine which will help revolutionize many programs from chemotherapy to pain medication.

This is where most biotech companies will fit in.  Not in growing MMJ or selling it like a MMPR company, but sourcing raw cannabinoids for production in their own medicines.   In effect this is where COC Cannabis Oil Corp wants to fit in.  Not in your traditional selling buds to the public, but producing a concentrated raw THC and raw CBD product for use by drug manufacturers, MMPR suppliers, gourmet kitchens, nutraceutical companies, and other retail medical marijuana outlets that may be allowed to exist in the future similar to the 40 or so ‘compassion clubs’ clubs active in Vancouver. 

That is our primary focus.  To produce a raw THC and CBD product you can infuse in any product or take straight in a gel cap.  So when you think of medical marijuana, most envision an individual smoking a joint to relieve pain or some weird disease under-served by the medical community.  That is part of it, and it will continue to be a large part of medical cannabis… but the horizon of this emerging industry is much more than that.

 Medical marijuana has the potential to revolutionize medicine and could help eradicate many 21st century medical epidemics like cancer and diabetes.

Christopher Skidmore

COC Cannabis Oil Corp

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Stock Picks

Summer Stock Picks


There are two cycles to the Beat the Market investing/swing trade year. 

Beat the Market Cycle 1 (October to May)

This is the meat of the investing season during most typical cyclical bull markets which run from October/November through to May in the US.  There is a very simple adage to follow…

“Buy in September and remember, sell in May and go away.”

It works remarkably well although I like to start the meat of the year in November as opposed to September because that time period can historically be quite volatile.  Waiting until November to make the majority of your purchases will help you avoid some major market corrections which tend to occur over that time.  November also times well with the beginning of tax loss selling season so you can get some pretty good value at this time of year.   Lastly, November is usually when the market gets direction.

The caveat to this rule is that in Canada this season usually ends around PDAC which is March/April.  Although this year crude is on a tear which has the TSX and many energy stocks breaking out at what is normally a peculiar time of year for momentum in energy.  Considering MARCH is when most commodities peak out and Canadian Stocks are commodities weighted, it is no surprise that the TSX tops out before US indexes, but the eve of WW3 and recent events this Sunday in Ukraine speak to the continued escalation of the conflict and not de-escalation in Eastern Europe.

Ukraine Conflict Continues to Escalate

Apparently some Kiev controlled ‘Right Sector’ militia gunned down an unarmed citizen controlled checkpoint in Eastern Ukraine.   This is obviously going to increase tensions considering one of the men gunned down was an unarmed 53 year old bus driver father of 2.  Several others were hit with bullets in the back fleeing the melee after the initial man was killed by an assailant.  In spite of the recent de-escalation talks in Ukraine between Russia, US, EU ad Ukraine, I feel it necessary to include this conflict in my macro analysis.  I see only lip service from both sides and Russia will protect its interests which include a major Russian population in Ukraine.

I really haven’t said much because I hate war and hope it will just go away, but it is clear that we are escalating towards a global conflict since Syria and Ukraine is the new front.  Up next is Turkey and the Kurdish movement to organize in SE Turkey.   A new power block of states is emerging including China and Russia forming a geopolitical and economic alliance that could bring the traditional Silk Road economic route back to major economic prominence.   A part of this will be the establishment of Kurdistan by the Silk Road Alliance which will help stabilize the Middle East with a progressive nation that the west has refused to help establish.

War trade to help establish a bottom in POG

I am a nervous short on POG.  I would be covering in the first few days of June, considering POG like oil, will carry a war trade.   As much as WW3 is about the establishment of trade in USD in every country the US decides to destabilize called the Petro Dollar.  Gold is going to play a major prominence in the WW3 as an assault on the USD will be part of the plan to cripple the US.  The Eastern Financial block that is emerging is cash rich, resource rich, and has slowly bought up all the world’s physical gold the last few years.   WW3 will be about establishing financial trade around the globe among money other things for Western powers because the Central Bankers have the ultimate monetary tool as long as the USD stays the Petro dollar.

Debt Monetization. 

So one way the Silk Road is going to do this is set up their own economic system and simply stop trading in USD.   Recently a bock of countries announced they would no longer be trading oil in USD so we are on that route.  The biggest thing you have to realize is that Western Powers represent a minority of the population so unless the West beats the East with its military might… the cash strapped western system will decline while the Eastern financial system backed by cash, gold, assets, above ground commodities and below ground natural resources will rise in prominence over the next century.

Like it or not… this is the beginning of the end of the USD as the Petro Dollar which in my opinion will at some point mark POG’s second leg up.   Is the Ukraine conflict the catalyst that finally puts the bottom in gold?  We are going to find out this summer.   If things truly de-escalate then I expect gold to naturally track lower in anticipation of a fall correction and washout type action.

Atypical Season

We are already shaping up to be somewhat of an atypical year which may mean the market continues to grind higher this summer with no May selloff.   In addition to markets grinding higher is the extra cold winter which has delayed spring in North America.  This could serve to be a launching pad for improving economic data the next few months as winter savers turn into summer spenders and boost retail economic spending.

Normally March/April/May is the time you want to be taking a profit on the investments you made back in October and November.    Because this year might be atypical with markets thrashing about in a directionless manner, we may go higher this summer into a serious correction this summer fall.

Beat the Market Cycle 2 (May to October)

Typically the second part of the Beat the Market season happens when the general market sells off in May.  You don’t want to be buying too much in May because it can mean you being under water in your investment for a long time, that is why the philosophy about Summer Stock Picks changes.  If you happen to be under water on any stock… you want to be under water in the cream of the crop, so in the summer you plan out the best companies you can find. 

And when I say best companies, I don’t mean Apple, or Google or even TSLA.  Double digit returns suck!!!  I mean the cream of the crop stories.  The AAA of the group, the companies you don’t mind buying at 52 week highs or 52 week lows. 

So unless you are extremely optimistic about a company’s future like in Poet Technologies PTK.V  or are buying what you believe will be a “World Class’ company 50 years in the future like Plandai Biotechnology PLPL, you want to be at cash during this period for the most part. 

The majority of stocks I picked way back in November…  you probably should have cut the majority loose unless you are absolutely in love with the story… and in that case… the summer period is when you buy more and accumulate.  In the worst case scenario… that is all it ends up being… an accumulation period if you are wrong and your pick doesn’t take off.

So what do PTK and PLPL have in common?  Certainly not their charts!!!  PTK I might be selling to buy PLPL.  Since our last technical indication to get back in PTK.V it has nearly doubled while PLPL has dropped 50%.  Not only that but PLPL has made a definitive turn at $0.50 and looks to bounce back to $1.  The PTK.V chart on the other hand looks like it is topping out and probably one I would avoid until June.

What these two companies have in common is I feel these companies will be billion dollar market cap companies one day.   

 In PTK’s case… it could even be this year and a potential bidding war for the company once their expected prototype successfully tests on third party’s platforms.   PTK is obviously closer to realization than PLPL, but within these two stocks you should be able to trade them back and forth and now I would be heavily weighted in PLPL and very light on PTK over the next month even though I am leading with PTK in my summer stock picks category.

Do you see the psychology I am getting at when I am looking for summer stock picks? 

I am looking for ‘Balls to the Wall Buys’ that you can’t refuse in any season.  That is why if in the doggiest dog days of summer you made a bad buy in the May June July season; at least you get to buy your favorite stock even cheaper.  

That is when you want to average down… and about the only time.  When you pre-ejaculate with a beautiful lady, you don’t turn tail and run away.  Hell no.  You try again.  It’s a beautiful lady and you keep on trying until she kicks you to the curb or robbed you of your last dollar!

You were so attracted you couldn’t help yourself.  The same goes with the best stocks.  We all pre-ejaculate with them and buy them when we shouldn’t.  The worst case scenario in Beat the Market Summer Stock Picks… is you end up accumulating the cream of the crop stories.   It is generally these stories that will turn first if the market doesn’t go your way.

It’s all I really try and do in summer… look for the best stories.  No hard thinking.  No number crunching. Just look for a good read.

Poet Technologies PTK.V

Share Price… $2.54

Shares Out… 150M
Market Cap… $375M

So what has this stock pick flying? 

Quantum Computing. 

When the company announced a patent March 31 around quantum computing, the stock has taken off and not looked back.

I have no idea what quantum computing is, but it sounds pretty cool and POET chips will allow quantum computing to happen.  Actually I kind of do know what quantum computing is and it represents a major leap forward in technology allowing computers to theoretically break or decode any algorithm or encryption.   NSA is going to love this technology but it also means the opening up of doors to science and technology allowing computers to perform functions and test theories that man could not possibly calculate even with the aid of today’s most powerful computers.

Quantum computing is definitely a major leap forward in tech and it makes PTK that much more desirable as a stock and why the company has nearly tripled in the last month. 

Optical chips are almost here.  Finally.

PTK has a pretty certain future locking up another patent and why this stock has flown past all my expectations and tapped on the $3 door in April.    I hate telling you to buy stocks that have gone 500% in 4 months and then include it in my summer stock pick selection like PTK is going to keep on chugging along… but I cannot put any other rating on this company other than STRONG BUY.

Plandai Biotechnology PLPL

Share Price… $0.635

Shares Out… $125M
Market Cap… $71M

The marijuana boom is as over is a fast as it started.  NOT!!!  But the stocks have come back to the prices they were pre-pot boom.  Well most of them anyway.  This gives an excellent second chance for stragglers and investors caught unaware and it has also allowed me to review the sector and the companies that I want going forward.  Undeniably PLPL after surging to $2.50 and back to $0.50 has me drooling all over this company.    Unlike the rest of the companies with suspect management and pump and dump credentials, PLPL stands out above the rest as a premiere POT stock.

If you notice I have made major renovations to my Beat the Market Mock Portfolio so you might want to check out who I dropped and who I maintained and who I added to the list among Pot Stocks.

If I were to pick slam dunk billion dollar pot stocks I would pick Medbox MDBX, GW Pharma GWPH, Plandia Biotechnology PLPL and Tweed Marijuana TWD.V.  

Why Plandai Biotechnology?
  • Has a history with Diego Pellicer with branding power and instant recognisability
  • Has management with Jamen Shively with investment connections including Microsoft
  • Has recognizable products and formulas.
  • Recognizes international importance as legalization of cannabis is a global issue setting up shop on the horn of Africa.

Why not Plandai? Is what you should be asking yourself.

This is a company that is beyond reproach and has already put in place the necessary arrangements to succeed on a global scale.

Tweed Marijuana Inc. TWD.V

Share Price… $3.15
Shares Out… 35M
Market Cap… $110M

Is Tweed Marijuana Inc. going
to be the best Canadian Marijuana company?

Probably not, but they are the first legitimate story in Canada.

Looking at Tweed has got my thinking and evaluating marijuana companies at a different level from investing and looking at the industry, where it’s going, and what MMJ patients’ need.  Bottom line is in Canada there really are none when it comes to real medical opportunities as only MMPR can sell and they can only sell cannabis which I don’t consider medicine for the majority of MMJ applications.  For me Tweed is a recreation stock under the guise of a medical program.  Is weed medicine?  It is.  But when compared to concentrated products you get from marijuana like cannabis oil and tinctures and waxes.  There is no comparison.  And then there is one of the keys to Cannabinoid Therapy, that many diseases, including mine theoretically require massive doses of cannabinoids.  Something I am still not on and just barely getting by on a minimal dose.  For myself, I could take 5 to 10 grams of Cannabis Oil a day and live a great healthy life and never have a problem with HIV.   One of my theories is that maybe just maybe if I take enough cannabinoids, I might even kill HIV like some people are doing with cancer once they get on massive doses of up to 5 grams of oil per day.

So speaking as a MMJ user who is still massively underserved bit being on a proper treatment of a minimum of 5 grams of oil per day… The vast medical needs of patients are not being met with the old or new programs.    Especially when there is product that most people would benefit a lot more form taking orally than smoking a joint…. It frustrates me and makes me angry that everyone is scrambling to sell pot to the public and lost in whole thing is Medical Marijuana and the science behind it.

Cannabis Oil is a product at I would drop vaping shatter in a heartbeat to use.  But I can’t get it and the amount 5 to 10 grams orally is ten to 20 time the amount I currently use and is beyond anything I could ever reasonably afford until after prohibition.   I am mad.  You got a bunch of filthy greedy dirt bags populating this industry that don’t have care about the patient or don’t even understand cannabinoid therapy, the endocannabinoid system, or even know how to make products from cannabis for MMJ patients.

They just want to sell Canadians POT.  And it pisses me off even more when I see LOSERS AND DEADBEATS POPULATE THIS SPACE.   People are going after the cash grab while ignoring patients.

 I am designing a plan to develop a company that develops key concentrated cannabinoid products for people with HIV, cancer, and diabetes.  That is it.  I don’t want to sell pot.  I want to help people get their lives back like cannabis has done for me.  I have two products; Cannabis Oil (HIV and Cancer) and a unique diabetic Massive Dose Cannabinoid Therapy product I have designed for my JV partner with type 2 diabetes.   Is Cannabis Oil unique?  Nope.  But Cannabis Oil will be the number one cannabis product aside from raw marijuana and the first movers will take over this niche market.  First movers like myself who are using my status to take advantage of an injunction to get a 18 month head start on everyone else when it comes to making Cannabis Oil in Canada are going to establish a supplay chain in Canada that will hard to supplant.

No one else is doing Cannabis Oil... so why not me?

This is all I am going to say for now on this, but I leave you with a couple calculations why everyone is going gaga for marijuana….

From a study of 77 illegal grow ops in the Netherlands; a typical indoor growing system will yield 0.1 pounds per harvest per square foot.  Assuming four harvests in a year, you are looking at (4) 1,000 pound crops from every 10,000 feet of growing space.  Can you see why you should be GAGA over Tweed and why the first mover status is huge?

170,000 sq. ft is a massive facility which should be able to produce 68,000 pounds of cannabis a year which is $150M selling cannabis at $10 per gram.  That is an average indoor illegal grow op and not a massive commercial grow-op where the company can take advantage of significant economies of scale to maximize yields and reduce costs.  68,000 lbs. of cannabis times 454 grams times averaging selling price of $10 per gram…   $308.72M revenue per year once fully operational.   What are the operating costs you say?

Maybe $100 per pound.

And again, I would fully expect TWEED to blow this number out of the water when it comes to production once they have fully utilized their capacity.

Even at wholesale prices of $1600 per pound… TWEED would do $110 with gross margins exceeding 80% to 90%.    These huge gaps in profit are why prices will drop as legalization happens and competition enters the market.  There is no way the prices will stay that high.

But until we have full legalization, Tweed has a licence to sell direct making them unique in the Canadian public company landscape.   Tweed is not the only company who has or will have massive Canadian operations.  Bedrocan plans on ipo’ing in Canada soon; Cen Biotech and Medican are also building massive marijuana grow op facilities as well.

Fission Uranium FCU.V

Share Price… $1.40
Shares Out… 332.4M
Market Cap… $465M

Fission has been a good pick.  The SP hasn’t done anything lately, but the company has done so many spinoff your cost base on Fission should be negative or near negative over the last few years.   The big problem with Fission in spite of having the greatest discovery in the Athabasca Basin; is that the shares outstanding has tripled over the last year.  This is where most of the growth in the company has come from being valued at nearly half a billion market cap.  That being said, Patterson Lake is undeniably shaping up to be the greatest discovery anywhere in Saskatchewan. 

How big is big?  Well let’s look at the meat of the zone from 495E to 1080E.   If you can do math and understand mapping, that is about 600 meter strike length of the main zone which 150 meters to its widest to about 75 meters at its thinnest.    The biggest significance of this winter’s drill program is two holes that extend the PLs to the east another 500 to 600 meters.   There is big time potential to extend continuity to the east which will make PLS a true monster.

Let’s do a little math.  Let’s say 100m average width by 100m of the mineralized zone plus  times 600 meters in strike length times a 2.5 density and just in the meat of the PLS zone you have 15 million tonnes of open pit high grade uranium grading 2 to 5 percent.

Just with in this small zone which looks like it is expanding significantly to the east.  Another 600 meters of similar resource to the east will bring PLS to 30 million tonne high grade deposit which is INSANE.

Just to give you an idea… 30Mt @ 5% U3O8 is 3 BILLION POUNDS of uranium.   Not that I think PLS is 30Mt @ 5% U3O8.

That is the upside of PLS.  So when you think of HAT being a relatively small resource and much deeper than PLS and the size of PLS will potentially dwarf Roughrider… Undoubtedly I believe a buyout of PLS will be in the billions and not hundreds of millions like Hathor.

My initial target for a PLS resource is 5Mt to 10Mt @ 2% to 3%.   They announced these massive intervals but most of the resource grades are lower outside of the flashy high grade lengths.   If I had time to throw all of PLS drill info into excel I could come up with a better number, but that is a project for the summer.  Dumping PLS results into excel and analysing them.  

At any rate…

 FCU is a solid buy despite of the massive shares outstanding as I believe this deposit is a one of kind and will yield a massive open pit uranium mine.  I cannot see this ever NOT getting the go ahead as this mine will be the lowest cost producer in the industry once in operation.  Uranium sells off in March so May/June could be an opportunistic time to buy FCU as uranium is increasingly starting to come back into favor in spite of all the bad press.

FCU remains my top pick.   The coming fall correction will be an excellent time to review uranium stocks in earnest, but for now, Fission is a top story transcending any specific sector.    I will never ever be able to let go of materials completely as the gains are always breathtaking… I am always game for a world class discovery.

Haven’t seen too many in the Gold sector… but here is one from the Uranium sector.

3D Pioneer Systems DPSM

Share Price $0.60
Shares Out… 75.4M
Market Cap… 445.8M

DPSM is an early pick.  Despite the rest of the 3D space continuing to consolidate, DPSM has shown some life so we will continue to go with it through the summer.

If it goes back to $0.40…YAY!  Buy more.

That is the attitude you have with the summer stock picks, you are buying stocks you think have the best stories and 3D Pioneer Systems is a company I believe is on track to making major market penetration in roads in the consumer 3D printing market.

Since the recommendation, the company announced the build of ‘Appaloza’ which is a proprietary e-Commerce Cloud Marketplace and 3D Printing application.   It will allow customers and designers a place to store, edit, buy, and sell original 3D designs.   The site so far is not much more than a homepage, but the concept for consumer 3D printing is amazing and what I think is a big part of making 3D Printing a reality in the home.  Bringing in the everyday developer to designs 3D prints like an APP developer for apple store of android would.  It is brilliant because you are offloading everything to do with product offering and selection.  If someone wants it, they will design it, upload load it and print it and sell reprints to others.


Christopher Skidmore

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