It was the strangest raffle I’ve ever seen.
Sitting on the table was a giant jar of marijuana.
You could pick up the jar. You could inspect it from any angle. You could even smell what was inside.
You then wrote how much marijuana you thought was in it. The person with the closest guess would receive the entire jar.
It was completely absurd. I’ve never seen anything like it. But that was the scene at the Cannabis Life Conference in Vancouver recently.
You might be wondering what I’m doing in Canada…
After all, it’s a long way from Casey Research’s company headquarters in South Florida.
In short, I recently did something I’ve been waiting years to do.
I sold all my belongings…packed up a couple suitcases…and hit the road.
That’s right. I left Florida to do a worldwide “boots on the ground” tour.
I guess you could say I was inspired by Doug Casey. You see, Doug’s the original International Man. He’s been to more than 145 countries. And he’s called more than a dozen “home.”
Doug’s travels have helped him better understand the world. They’ve also led him to opportunities that he never would have known about had he stayed put like most people.
Now, I’m doing the same. I’m scouring the globe for the best investing opportunities…and bringing readers what I find.
Vancouver was the first stop on my tour…
I came here to get an up-close and personal look at Canada’s booming marijuana industry.
You see, the legal marijuana market in Canada is being born before our eyes. We have the rare chance to get in on the ground floor of what should be a marijuana bull market for the ages.
That’s why I went to the Cannabis Life Conference. I had to see how the industry was developing from the inside. And that raffle told me everything I needed to know…
When I got to the booth, about 15 people had entered the contest…
Guesses ranged from 80 to 130 grams.
I figured it was probably somewhere in between. So, I wrote down 111 grams.
Just so you know, I didn’t win. I also don’t know how much was in the jar. They didn’t announce the winner that day.
But here’s what I do know…
If I won that contest, they would have given me the jar. And I’m not a medical marijuana patient…or even a Canadian resident.
And that’s not even the craziest part.
The company would have shipped the marijuana directly to my doorstep…
They wouldn’t use their own driver or even a private company. They would have sent the marijuana through Canada Post, Canada’s version of the U.S. Postal Service.
If this sounds illegal, that’s because it is.
You see, recreational marijuana isn’t legal in Canada yet. That won’t happen until next July.
And yet, this company’s whole business is sending marijuana through the mail.
They’re an online marijuana store. If you were in Canada, you could order high-grade marijuana directly off their website. The marijuana would show up at your doorstep a few days later.
You don’t need to prove that you’re a medical marijuana patient, either. You just need to be at least 21 years of age.
Again, this is totally illegal.
And yet, the company’s been at this for the past four years…
It’s sent out more than 13,000 packages.
According to the sales manager I spoke with, none of those packages have been intercepted. The government leaves them alone.
It’s not the only Canadian company doing this, either. Two other companies at the conference do the exact same thing.
They were all there to tell people about their business…and to show off their product. See for yourself.
Now, I knew Canada was at the forefront of the global marijuana boom…
But I had no idea how lax their marijuana regulations were until I saw it for myself.
This isn’t just great news for recreational pot smokers. It’s also incredibly valuable information for investors.
You see, everyone's trying to figure out how to get rich off marijuana. Most investors are focusing on the United States.
But the real opportunity is north of the 49th parallel…
Canada has been pioneering the global marijuana market for nearly two decades…
It legalized medical marijuana nationwide back in 2000. And it’s been building out its legal marijuana market ever since.
Last year, the government issued the first-ever marijuana export permits. These allow Canadian producers to ship medical marijuana to countries like Germany, Croatia, and Australia.
Starting next July, you’ll be able to legally buy recreational marijuana across Canada. It will become the first major developed country to legalize marijuana outright.
It’s a much different story south of the border…
There, the U.S. federal government still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug. This means that the feds consider it more dangerous than cocaine or methamphetamine.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that legalization is sweeping across the country.
Twenty-nine states (plus Washington, D.C.) have already legalized medical marijuana. Eight states (plus D.C.) have legalized recreational marijuana.
At this point, the legal marijuana industry employs hundreds of thousands of people. It generates billions of dollars in tax revenue every year.
This is why Donald Trump won’t go after the industry like many people think…
It would be political suicide, frankly.
At the same time, I don’t see Trump legalizing marijuana at the federal level anytime soon. And U.S. companies will be at a huge disadvantage to Canadian companies as long as that’s the case.
That’s why Canada is the place to get rich off marijuana right now.
After all, Canada’s legal marijuana industry is poised to quadruple in size over the next eight years. Not to mention that Canadian producers will get first crack at a $200 billion global marijuana market.
More on this to come soon…
Editor, Casey Daily Dispatch