420 Investor Unveils First Index for Licensed Canadian Cannabis Producers

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One of the most exciting aspects of the global cannabis legalization has been the progress since the 2014 implementation of the federally legal medical cannabis program in Canada, MMPR, which created a regulated system of production and distribution that includes what is now 22 companies holding 27 different licenses.  There are currently seven publicly-traded companies in Canada that allow investors to participate in the growth of the industry, which could see a significant expansion over the next few years as more patients enter the system and as the country moves towards legalization for adults following the recent change in leadership of the federal government.

420 Investor, the first service to focus on the publicly-traded cannabis sector, has devoted substantial attention to the Canadian cannabis stocks, and it will now offer a benchmark to the public so that investors can measure the progress of the licensed producers.  The 420 Investor Canadian Cannabis Index will include all publicly-traded stocks that trade on a Canadian stock exchange that meet the following initial guidelines:

  • Members must hold a Health Canada license to grow or be invested in companies holding such licenses
  • The index will be rebalanced monthly
  • Index weighting will be equal-weighted but with two tiers, including a top tier that carries a double-weighting per member.
  • The initial criterion for top tier will be quarterly sales in excess of $1mm in the most recent quarter

Based on the current information, the index, which will be published on 12/31 with a baseline value of 100, will include:

The index will be published with public access at 420 Investor. As the industry matures, selection criteria and rules for weighting members are likely to change.

Simultaneous with the release of the 420 Investor Canadian Cannabis Index, 420 Investor will be sharing with subscribers a model portfolio designed to outperform the index.  The monthly 420 Investor Newsletter will also publish the index and model portfolio.

Editor’s Note – index weightings were finalized and changed on 12/31, as Organigram was reduced because it was just under $1mm.

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Exclusive article by Alan Brochstein, CFA
Alan Brochstein, CFA
Based in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online communities 420 Investor, the first and still largest due diligence platform focused on the publicly-traded stocks in the cannabis industry. With his extensive network in the cannabis community, Alan continues to find new ways to connect the industry and facilitate its sustainable growth. At New Cannabis Ventures, he is responsible for content development and strategic alliances. Before shifting his focus to the cannabis industry in early 2013, Alan, who began his career on Wall Street in 1986, worked as an independent research analyst following over two decades in research and portfolio management. A prolific writer, with over 650 articles published since 2007 at Seeking Alpha, where he has 70,000 followers, Alan is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a frequent source to the media, including the NY Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg TV. Contact Alan: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn | Email

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