Another black market is opening up… And it’s bigger than cannabis
From Justin Spittler, Editor, Casey Daily Dispatch:
History was made in 2012.
Colorado, along with Washington, became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana.
For many people in Colorado, this was the best thing that ever happened. For others, it was a mistake. And those people will probably never see eye to eye.
Still, there’s one thing almost everyone can agree on… and that’s the economic benefits of marijuana legalization.
Marijuana legalization has generated billions of dollars for Colorado’s economy. It has created thousands of jobs. And it’s brought the state much needed tax revenue.
In fact, the state took in almost $70 million in taxes, licenses, and fees from the marijuana industry in 2014. And that figure has only gone up.
Last year, Colorado’s government collected $247 million off $1.5 billion in marijuana sales.
In short, Colorado has shown what can happen when a state legalizes marijuana. So, it wasn’t surprising that other states followed suit.
Today, 30 states have legalized medical marijuana…
And nine states, plus Washington D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana.
Of course, regular readers know this already. I, along with Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno, have been covering the legal marijuana industry for over a year.
But this isn’t another marijuana essay. No… I wrote this essay because Colorado’s on the verge of legalizing another black market. And just like with marijuana, this presents a huge opportunity for investors.
I’m talking about sports betting…
Until recently, sports betting was illegal in every state except Nevada.
That changed in May, when the Supreme Court struck down a 26-year-old federal law that barred single-game gambling in every U.S. state, except Nevada.
Now, this doesn’t mean that the Supreme Court legalized sports betting nationwide. Instead, it gave each state the power to license, regulate, and tax sports betting within its borders.
Seven states—Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Mississippi—have since legalized sports betting. Another dozen or so states are considering doing the same.
In short, legal sports betting is sweeping the nation just like legal marijuana swept the nation.
And I have good reason to think Colorado will be the next domino to follow.
Walker Stapleton wants to legalize sports betting…
Stapleton is a Republican gubernatorial candidate. And he’s pushing to legalize sports betting for a simple reason: He wants to tax the industry. Last month, Stapleton told a group of real estate investors…
Sports gambling is coming to Colorado… I think we should assess a tax on people placing a bet and use that to build up our roads and bridges.
Now, I have no idea if Stapleton will win the election. But it may not matter.
Colorado’s state legislature is expected to look at a sports betting bill in early 2019. And that bill is reportedly being “seriously considered.”
That’s why I think Colorado could legalize sports betting within the next year. But it certainly won’t be the last state to do so.
I say this because practically every U.S. state is in dire financial conditions. Just look at the public pension system. It’s a ticking bomb.
Everyone knows this. So, don’t be surprised if politicians try to buy themselves time by legalizing and taxing sports betting.
But this isn’t just an opportunity for desperate governments… It’s also a huge opportunity for savvy investors.
A lot of money will flow into legitimate businesses if states legalize sports betting…
And I mean a lot…
The American Gaming Association estimates that the illegal market for sports betting brings in $150 billion every year. That puts it on par with the global marijuana industry.
But even that might be lowballing the market’s potential. In fact, Bank of America Merrill Lynch says the illegal market for sports betting is worth $200 billion.
Meanwhile, the research firm Eilers & Krejcik Gaming estimates that the legal sports betting market in the U.S. was worth around $270 million last year.
That means the legal market for sports betting would become 37 times bigger if legitimate businesses captured just 5% of the underground market.
And many of the companies poised to benefit from this are publicly traded.
That means you can enjoy a share in their profits…
In other words, you can profit from the legalization of sports betting by speculating on casino and gambling stocks.
The easiest way to do this is with a fund like the VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK). This fund invests in 43 casino and gaming stocks. That makes it a relatively safe way to bet on this megatrend.
For even more upside, consider investing in small casino operators. Specifically, focus on operators located in states that recently legalized sports betting… or are likely to.
These are exactly the kinds of companies that E.B. Tucker encourages his readers to buy in his Strategic Investor newsletter…
E.B. has been researching this opportunity for the past six months… And he’s found four specific companies primed to soar from this tidal wave of legal revenue.
And each of those stocks are “buys” at current prices. These picks are still flying under the radar today. If you’re not a Strategic Investor subscriber, you’ll want to sign up before these stocks take off.
And that’s not the only massive moneymaking idea E.B. has recently uncovered. He also told his readers about “America’s Third Powershift” that’s underway. You can learn more – and see how to access all of E.B.’s picks – by clicking here.