This March 21 picture from Steve Templeton's Twitter shows the good and the bad. He captioned the pic, "Down $3k today on $GWPH. Still up $113k. #noworries." (Via

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Amateur trader Steve Templeton turned a $77,500 investment in pot stocks into more than $325,000 in about a year. Since much of that profit came from highly volatile marijuana penny stocks, Templeton has seen his fair share of luck — including the prosperous market that defined much of 2013.

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But Templeton has also worked out an investment formula that appears to work, as he openly shares with his Twitter followers daily via @PotStocker. We talked with him about his penchant for dabbing, his Smoke and Stash portfolios and three of his favorite marijuana stocks at this very moment.

The Cannabist: You’re a self-taught trader who has made a lot of money via marijuana stocks. How’d you do it?

Steve Templeton: My initial deposit was $2,500. I added $75,000 more throughout the year. And now it’s worth $320,000.

TC: You have the two portfolios of pot stocks, aptly named Smoke and Stash. What’s your strategy with these two portfolios?

ST: Smoke is my working portfolio where I keep and recycle all my cash. Stash is where Smoke goes after graduation. Stash is all the free shares I have been paid to take. I work with Smoke, and I intend to sell Stash after 2020 when weed is legal.

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TC: So if you want 1 million of one particular stock …

ST: I’ll buy 2 million of them. And when it goes up in price, I’ll keep the million I made for free and sell the rest. I have 120 different pot stocks now, but I’d like to have all 180 of them.

TC: And you’re keeping your Stash portfolio until 2020?

ST: Sure, I’ll sell my Stash in 2023 and be a damn millionaire.

TC: You’re saying that because you think marijuana will be federally legal then?

ST: I’m sure of it.

TC: You post your good and bad days on Twitter for all to see.

ST: Yep. I made $17,000 yesterday. I’m at $10,000 now for today, and I was at $25,000 earlier. I always ask myself: “Is it lean?” If yes, I buy it. If not, I don’t. But pot never loses. It sells like sex. Weed always wins.

Read the rest of our interview with amateur investor Steve Templeton here