Published Commentary

November 14, 2016 – Huffington Post - Wile Blog

Today's Canadian cannabis industry is extremely confused as the Trudeau Government constructs regulations to be rolled out next year for recreational cannabis. … To ensure that cannabis products are able to be fully accessed by Canadians seeking to use them for categorical relief and wellness purposes, federal, provincial and professional agencies must empower the naturopathic, homeopathic and other alternative medical communities to be able to authorize the use of cannabis products.

September 22, 2016 – Huffington Post - Wile Blog

The global cannabis industry is maturing, but it hasn't yet outgrown the awkwardness of adolescence. It still doesn't know how to mind its manners. That's going to change, because incentives for it to start acting like a responsible adult are coming soon. At the very time the world is focused on limiting environmental pollution, the global cannabis industry is earning a reputation as an ecological vandal.

August 03, 2016 – Huffington Post - Wile Blog

Americas Quarterly recently posed an open question: "What would you tell the next U.S. president about Latin America?" Responses from a diverse group were published in the journal's August "Memos to the Next President" issue. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos seized the opportunity to write about "an important matter for both of our nations and many other countries around the planet: the global drug problem" and express his "absolute conviction that the moment has arrived for the world to adopt a new approach in its drug control policies." I fully applaud the president's forward thinking and could not agree more.

July 19, 2016 – Patch.com

The legal landscape of cannabis use is rapidly changing, and along with it the forms of cannabis and methods of consuming it are shifting as well. Purchases of flower buds to be rolled up or packed into a pipe and smoked are giving way to vials of oil extracts to be poured into a vaporizer to be aerosolized and inhaled. “Vaporizing oil extracts is clearly the direction in which the global cannabis industry is moving,” according to Anthony Wile, who leads business activities at The Wile Group International Ltd.

July 04, 2016 – Huffington Post - Wile Blog

In the fledgling cannabis market, the environmental and economic bottom line is that the current unnatural, environmentally unfriendly, high-cost producers are unlikely to succeed. This is the challenge of the Canadian/U.S. marketplace. ... The opportunity is at hand for the world market to be supplied with low-cost cannabis grown and harvested in a natural environment with existing labor and infrastructure and a net positive environmental effect.

June 28, 2016 – The Daily Bell

In the long-running global war on drugs, arguably no country in the world has suffered more than Colombia ... But today, the courageous and forward-looking leadership of Colombia has taken another giant step on its path to turning a drug that was previously so damaging into a force for global good. The Ministry of Heath has granted the nation’s first license for the production and manufacturing of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes. This first license was awarded to PharmaCielo Ltd., a Canadian corporation with operational headquarters in Colombia.

June 25, 2016 – The Daily Bell

After years of struggle against the EU, which we documented at The Daily Bell, anti-EU forces have finally removed Britain from the European Union. The tribes of Britain were the first to make the jump back into fuller nationhood, but there will be other countries trying as well. ... However the future unfolds, the Internet Reformation has given a voice to those who wouldn’t have had a voice otherwise. And this voice is causing major changes. I’m confident that the removal of Britain from the EU is part of a larger evolution of freedom and free markets – just as we predicted years ago.

June 19, 2016 – Toronto Sun

Moving the cannabis customer base out of black-market hands into the legal white market so that governments can regulate and tax the market is a fairly simple matter, according to Anthony Wile. He points to the underlying market reality that people always act in their own self-interest, and will do so no matter what regulatory guidelines are put in place, as key. When it comes to marijuana, like most products, cost, quality and environmentally-friendly production will determine which market wins.

June 03, 2016 – Newswire.net

Colombia’s congress has voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to legalize cannabis nationwide for medicinal and scientific purposes. The new bill includes an initiative, to be funded with a portion of licensing fees, that “will ensure that schools have the resources to invest in prevention, to train teachers in prevention, and therefore enable students to develop healthy environments, or improve sports infrastructure in schools,” which Anthony Wile called "a perfect example of the leading-edge, public-health focus Colombia is embracing in its new policies."

May 29, 2016 – The Ground Report

The CPhA recently announced its revised policy position, that pharmacists should "become full partners in the dispensing of medical marijuana in order to improve patient safety and access." The most important aspect of CPhA's position, according to Anthony Wile, is that the many patients for whom medical marijuana is a third- or fourth-line treatment and who are often on numerous other medicines "may be at risk by not receiving the same counsel and oversight provided for other drugs."

May 28, 2016 – The Daily Bell

Nestled in the mountains of South America is a breathtaking land widely known for its struggles with cocaine, drug cartels, and violence: Colombia. … For most countries, stability is cyclical. And in Colombia, the positive part of a naturally occurring cycle is happening – the fog is lifting. Peace is permeating the fabric of the nation.

May 12, 2016 – Hedge Accordingly

Big Tobacco has been at the forefront of R&D in the shift from smoking to vaporizing, and much of the technology in cannabis vaporizing is an outgrowth of Big Tobacco’s initiatives ... Its growing interest in cannabis is thus not surprising, and M&A activity is sure to increase as cannabis becomes industrialized.

May 03, 2016 – The Weed Blog

The UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, UNGASS 2016, wrapped up last week with what Human Rights Watch referred to as "a missed opportunity to end the war on drugs."

April 04, 2016 – The Daily Bell

There’s a struggle going on between those who want to control free-markets – call them elites – and those who want to experience the benefits of free markets. This is a historical struggle and the Internet has complicated it because what was once secret is now fairly obvious.

April 01, 2016 – The Daily Bell

Reflections on the many contributions and lifelong generosity of libertarian philosopher Dr. Tibor Machan, who passed away in March.

March 11, 2016 – The Examiner

The UN has a unique opportunity to set a wise course for the coming global cannabis market focused on human rights, public health and environmentally friendly practices.

March 01, 2016 – Medium.com

Savvy investors who wish to secure lifestyle insurance are looking at new developments in Colombia.

February 26, 2016 – The Ground Report

Hate speech is part of a 21st century evolution of linguistic sophistry only supportable because of confusion about what law is and what crimes are.

February 20, 2016 – The Daily Bell

In April, the leadership of all 193 UN member nations will gather to set a new policy direction for the global cannabis marketplace.

February 08, 2016 – Nuwire Investor

Second homes are part of what is emerging as a new expat buzzword – lifestyle insurance.

February 02, 2016 – Global Dispatch

Today, myriad Colombian artists working in diverse media are bursting forth onto the global stage, conveying the passion and intensity unique to a people who have endured struggle and loss.

January 24, 2016 – The Daily Bell

As for people protecting themselves at this time, I've stressed the importance of diversification. I don’t think they should panic because the world goes on and people endure hardship, and they survive. I think clearly the big, big question in the years to come will be, do democracies function or not?

January 12, 2016 – Newswire.net

Weighing in on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise to legalize adult possession, cultivation and use of cannabis.

January 02, 2016 – The Daily Bell

The "big three" trends that drove much of the news in 2015 and doubtless will be prime motivators in 2016: war, monetary debasement and media coverups.

December 22, 2015 – The Daily Bell

President Santos, by signing a decree today that enables regulated cultivation, processing and exportation of medicinal-grade cannabis products, has provided the nation with an opportunity that no other nation in the world is more deserved to claim.

December 21, 2015 – Natural News

If governments truly wish to end the bloody and ruinous war on drugs they should allow for the importation of cannabis from equatorial regions with ideal growing conditions.”

December 19, 2015 – The Daily Bell

It is getting harder and harder for officials to simply state a version of reality that significantly diverges from facts that have already been reported.

December 03, 2015 – Patch.com

Local policing and an emphasis on voluntarism might help reduce current levels of police brutality in the United States.

December 03, 2015 – Patch.com

Local policing and an emphasis on voluntarism might help reduce current levels of police brutality in the United States.

November 25, 2015 – Cannabis Now Magazine

Colombia’s decree creates a regulatory legal licensing framework for the cultivation, processing, research and development and exportation of cannabis for scientific and medical purposes.

November 24, 2015 – Cannabis Now Magazine

Colombia’s decree creates a regulatory legal licensing framework for the cultivation, processing, research and development and exportation of cannabis for scientific and medical purposes.

November 22, 2015 – The Daily Bell

The most thorough and robust strategy for asset protection is an international trust. Nothing else comes close to the level of safety it can give you.

November 15, 2015 – The Daily Bell

I argue that the policy of government prohibition causes us all much harm and provides no benefits. Legalization creates opportunities for many economic benefits.

November 15, 2015 – Green Living Ideas

At the highest level, policy makers are codifying sustainable development initiatives that will be implemented in trade treaties and by the UN via a global development agenda setting priorities for the next 15 years.

November 14, 2015 – The Daily Bell

The government of Colombia took a giant step forward in its peace process when it announced it had formalized a legal framework to regulate cannabis for scientific and medical purposes.

November 08, 2015 – The Daily Bell

NORML Canada has put a lot of energy into crafting a post-prohibition regime that respects the rights of individuals to possess and use cannabis, and to grow their own while creating a barrier to access by children.

November 07, 2015 – WeedBlog

Some articles have raised concerns that the cannabis industry is simply not mature enough for most investors to take the plunge right now, even after considerable due diligence.

November 07, 2015 – The Daily Bell

The world's economic implosion is getting closer. It's not something that is a staple on the nightly news, but it is taking place.

November 02, 2015 – Globe & Mail

Cannabis markets will evolve as the world aggress on regulations, and investors are wise to take it slow until then.

October 25, 2015 – The Daily Bell

Once you mine gold, you have to sell it to pay for the extraction. It makes no sense to mine and sell this gold for your shareholders in return for cash when the whole point to being a shareholder is to protect your wealth by owning gold.

October 24, 2015 – The Daily Bell

We are actively involved in investing in what we believe are the best opportunities for developing significant wealth over the next several years in the global cannabis industry as it continues to whiten.

October 23, 2015 – Before It's News

A growing number of law enforcement officials are coming out in support of marijuana decriminalization, rejecting the now 35-year-old war on drugs.

October 23, 2015 – Digital Journal

A dark cloud is looming over the cannabis industry: indoor growing. While municipalities that have legalized marijuana are reaping the financial rewards, experts believe it may come at a greater cost.

October 18, 2015 – The Daily Bell

The momentum is continuing to build and we are well past the point of no return. Colorado, California, Canada, US presidential candidates ... There's no stopping this train now!

October 17, 2015 – The Daily Bell

The reason I say most gold and silver mining stocks – the vast majority of them – are bad investments is because the companies that issue them are not actually in the business of creating ongoing value from precious metals at all.

October 16, 2015 – Stockhouse.com

Internet-based media observers like analyst Anthony Wile are warning that the Federal Reserve’s lack of action regarding interest rates is aggravating asset bubbles in the US and around the world.

October 09, 2015 – Mining Feeds

For Wile and other such observers, the efforts of the Indian administration to provide more native gold are probably not going to spark a near-term gold rush, and even Fed moderation may not help the sector.

May 17, 2015 – The Daily Bell

Drug cases have had a huge impact on me because they are victimless crimes and they oftentimes carry ridiculously long, outrageously immoral mandatory minimum sentences. I think it is an outrage that we put peaceful people behind bars for sometimes decades.

April 12, 2015 – The Daily Bell

Post-FATCA, while privacy for financial assets like bank and brokerage accounts is essentially dead, non-financial assets, like foreign real estate are a different story. Owning foreign real estate is one of the very few ways Americans can legally keep some of their wealth abroad while still retaining a measure of privacy.

April 05, 2015 – The Daily Bell

I am not sure what will come out of UNGASS, but I certainly hope that it involves real reform and downgrades the war on drugs to at least a "harm reduction" mode that would accept the commercialization of marijuana and a medical approach to the harder drugs.

March 01, 2015 – The Daily Bell

Taxes are like an extra tip that goes to the government. So like when you go to a restaurant, half of that money goes to the government and the dinner bill is higher because you have to pay the government.

January 04, 2015 – The Daily Bell

Thirty years from now the entire war on drugs will be seen as one of the greatest acts of folly in the history of public policy. What has it cost, $60 billion a year, since Richard Nixon? Yet there are more people using worse drugs than ever before.

December 14, 2014 – The Daily Bell

I'm still extremely optimistic about agriculture, more so than many sectors of the world economy. As far as gold and silver, I own gold and silver ...

November 23, 2014 – The Daily Bell

Now that some places within the United States are doing away with prohibition, and the country as a whole is reconsidering its policies, many other nations that we have pressured to mimic US-style drug control are also reconsidering how they treat marijuana.

October 19, 2014 – The Daily Bell

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, professor in the Department for Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products at Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and School of Pharmacy, Institute for Drug Research, is often referred to as the "Father of Marijuana Research."

August 24, 2014 – The Daily Bell

We're putting people in jail for having medical problems, and also making the cost of these drugs astronomical, which has, of course, created many more people willing to meet that demand. You must understand that as long as the demand is there it will be met. That's true locally and it's true nationally and it's certainly true internationally.

August 03, 2014 – The Daily Bell

Some states say they're legalizing the use of marijuana for medicine but just CBD, cannabidiol. I think that's foolish because CBD is remarkable but it seems to work best in what I call the ensemble effect. In fact, without the ensemble effect it very often doesn't do much at all.

July 27, 2014 – The Daily Bell

The War on Drugs has helped spawn a multitude of illegal activities – extortion, kidnapping, money laundering, smuggling, horrid violence, etc. – in Mexico. These things are now part of the fabric of life in Mexico.

July 06, 2014 – The Daily Bell

Legalization does provide entrepreneurial opportunities but in looking at the bigger picture, there's a reason why they did it – and that is to get tax revenues. It's like gaming. In the same way that provided a revenue stream of taxes to states, so too is the legalization of pot and any other drugs that follow.

June 22, 2014 – The Daily Bell

I think the most important thing is education, spreading the message, which is where we're having success, and getting people to understand free-market economics – why it's good and why it's beneficial to the largest number of people and the reason we had a large middle class at one time.

June 15, 2014 – The Daily Bell

International diversification strategies allow you to be not wholly dependent on any one particular country. When you are sufficiently diversified one government doesn't totally control your destiny and you can live a much freer life.

June 08, 2014 – The Daily Bell

NORML believes that an adult has the right to use cannabis in private for his or her own personal use regardless of what their motivation for that use is. ... Recreationally, spiritually or therapeutically, NORML supports an adult to be able to engage in that behavior responsibly without running afoul of criminal or civil penalties.

May 11, 2014 – The Daily Bell

The majority of Americans think it is time to end marijuana prohibition. Like any commercial product that is being produced for and sold to the public, it needs to be controlled. That is the benefit of regulation.

May 04, 2014 – The Daily Bell

Marijuana should be legal and regulated according to public health principles adapted from alcohol and tobacco regulation. We don't need to re-invent the wheel. We know "what works" with the regulation of psychotropic substances from a public health standpoint.

January 27, 2014 – The Daily Bell

Big business loves the EU because it allows them to operate in a market with exceptionally high barriers to entry, thus keeps their 'abnormal profit' levels above what a market moving towards perfect competition would result in.

August 07, 2011 – The Daily Bell

There you have it, folks. A nine-year-old boy has a pretty good idea as to what money is and what it is not. He also seems to grasp the wrong-headedness of those who believe that the US military-industrial complex should continue to interfere in other people's backyards.