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Justin Bieber's new pot play isn't accessible to you — try these OTC weed stocks instead

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Justin Bieber's new pot play isn't accessible to you — try these OTC weed stocks instead
Justin Bieber's new pot play isn't accessible to you — try these OTC weed stocks instead

Justin Bieber already makes up to $80 million a year, according to estimates from multiple sources — but cannabis could make him even richer.

The Canadian-born singer is partnering with Los Angeles-based cannabis company Palms to launch a limited-edition line of pre-rolled joints called Peaches. The name references his recent hit song "Peaches," which has a line, “I got my peaches out in Georgia. I get my weed in California."

The Peaches product is currently sold in California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Florida.

Since Palms is a private company, retail investors can't get a piece of the action.

But you can still get a hit off the cannabis boom. Several publicly traded companies are well-positioned to capitalize on it, and one of those could be worth buying into, even with only your pocket change.

Trulieve Cannabis (TCNNF)

Trulieve dispensary in Tallahassee, Florida, Sept. 1, 2020.
Trulieve

California might be Bieber’s favorite weed spot, but investors should put Florida on the map, too.

Case in point: Trulieve Cannabis entered Florida by winning the first medical marijuana application in the state in 2015. Today, the company has 90 stores, over 600,000 patients and around 2 million square feet of cultivation in the Sunshine State.

In fact, Trulieve is by far the No. 1 player in Florida’s cannabis market, with an estimated share of 46%.

Trulieve’s financials have grown tremendously, and even the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t stop the momentum. In 2020, revenue rose 106% from the previous year, to $521.5 million.

In the first six months of 2021, revenue surged another 89% year over year, to $408.9 million.

The stock has nearly tripled since the beginning of 2020. But in recent months, it has cooled.

In fact, Trulieve has pulled back more than 40% from its March peak. But given the growth momentum in its business, now could be a good time to add some Trulieve shares to your portfolio, even if you are starting with only $10.

Green Thumb Industries (GTBIF)

STUTTGART, GERMANY - Aug 14, 2021: Mobile phone with webpage of American cannabis company Green Thumb Industries Inc  on screen in front of logo  Focus on top-left of phone display
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Green Thumb is a vertically integrated cannabis company headquartered in Chicago. It has 16 manufacturing facilities, six consumer product brands, more than 60 operating stores, and licenses for 111 retail locations.

Just like Trulieve, Green Thumb delivered huge returns to early investors, but the stock hasn’t been able to continue its upward momentum: Though it has gained 91% year over year, it has fallen about 4% over the last six months.

Still, Green Thumb's business has only been going up.

Revenue totaled $221.9 million for the quarter that ended in June, up 85.4% from the year before and 14.1% from the previous quarter.

But the best part has been the bottom line. Green Thumb turned a profit of $22.1 million for the quarter, compared to a loss of $12.9 million in the year-ago period.

Curaleaf Holdings (CURLF)

Curaleaf dispensary in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Curaleaf

With a market cap of around $8 billion, Curaleaf is a bigger company than both Trulieve and Green Thumb.

It has a huge presence in the U.S. cannabis industry, with 30 processing facilities, approximately 2 million square feet of cultivation capacity, 111 retail locations and around 2,000 wholesale partner accounts.

Operational in 23 states already, Curaleaf has exposure to a population of 192 million.

During the second quarter, revenue increased 166% year over year to $312 million. For the full year, the company is projected to bring in $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion.

With a revenue run rate trending at about $100 million a month, Curaleaf is a name pot investors should not ignore.

Bieber’s other fine weapon

Since these are over-the-counter stocks, they might seem risky compared to the NYSE- or Nasdaq-listed pot companies like Canopy Growth, Cronos, or Tilray.

But the truth? They’ll likely all fall violently in the event of a larger market crash.

If you want to invest in something that has little correlation with the ups and downs of the stock market, you might want to consider another one of Bieber’s favorite assets — fine art.

Investing in fine art by the likes of Banksy and Andy Warhol used to be an option only for the ultra-rich like Bieber.

But with a new investing platform, you can invest in iconic artworks too, just like Bezos and Peggy Guggenheim.

On average, contemporary artworks appreciate in value by 14% per year, easily topping the average returns of 9.5% you’d see with the S&P 500.

This article provides information only and should not be construed as advice. It is provided without warranty of any kind.