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Cannabis Stocks Largely Down On Canada's First Day Of Legal Leaf

Cannabis Stocks Largely Down On Canada's First Day Of Legal Leaf

Recreational marijuana became legal in Canada on Wednesday, but cannabis stock investors don’t have much to celebrate. A sell-off in weed stocks that began Tuesday carried over to Wednesday as enthusiasm for Canadian legalization gave way to concerns over supply and market valuations.

Sell The News

One of the major reasons for Wednesday’s weakness in marijuana stocks is that investors have been anticipating Canadian legalization for months. Here’s a look at how some popular cannabis stocks have performed in the three months leading up to Wednesday: 

  • GW Pharmaceuticals PLC-ADR (NASDAQ: GWPH) is down 2 percent.
  • Cronos Group Inc (NASDAQ: CRON) is up 61.2 percent.
  • ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSE: MJ) is up 42.6 percent.
  • Canopy Growth Corp (NYSE: CGC) is up 85 percent.
  • Tilray Inc (NASDAQ: TLRY) is up 562.8 percent.

With investors sitting on short-term gains this large and the next major marijuana market catalyst an unknown, it’s understandable that traders are selling the news and locking in profits. 

Looking Ahead

Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, the reality of the uphill battle for Canadian producers may also be starting to sink in. Executives from Canopy, Aurora Cannabis Inc. (OTC: ACBFF) and Aphria Inc. (OTC: APHQF) are among those who have warned that there will be significant shortages in cannabis supply in Canada starting on day one.

420 Investor author Alan Brochstein has also told Benzinga that the initial retail marijuana rollout in Canada is disappointing.

“In Ontario, the largest province, you can only buy online," Brochstein said Wednesday. "In the other provinces, there’s only like one store or a few stores — 17 stores in Alberta — so it’s not a great experience.”

Buying Support

While marijuana stocks have experienced heavy selling pressure related to the Canadian event, some marijuana bulls took comfort in what appeared to be a sizable recovery in many top names within the first 30 minutes of trading Wednesday. The bounce suggests there could be some deep-pocketed buyers who were waiting to buy the sell-the-news event.


The buyers seem willing to stomach extreme near-term valuations in weed stocks in the hope that they will eventually be able to grow into their valuations down the line. The Canadian cannabis industry could approach $6.5 billion in retail sales by 2020, according to CIBC.

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