This Cannabis Catalyst Is Particularly Powerful Now

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For the past several years, specific events have driven cannabis stock prices most of the time. Some, like Constellation investing in Canopy Growth, have been surprises, while many have been scheduled. Some of those that stand out include Colorado legalizing at the beginning of 2014, the 2016 elections, California legalizing at the beginning of 2018 and Canada legalizing in October 2018. In all cases, these events proved to be buy-the-rumor and sell-the-news items.

With the exception of Canadian legalization, which was stunted horribly by having almost no retail stores initially, these catalysts failed to persist for stocks because there was no connection to the underlying companies. For example, when Colorado legalized, there were literally zero companies actually operating in the market. This was essentially the case with California as well.

This November, voters in New Jersey and South Dakota will definitely be voting on legalization, and voters in Arizona and Montana will likely be doing so as well. Unlike in the past, when election results or even legalization had no clear impact on specific companies, 2020 is quite different. We shared some background recently on New Jersey, which has six publicly traded MSOs operating. Further, several of these and additional MSOs are operating in nearby states that are likely to move forward with legalization through legislative action. So, a New Jersey election win would be a catalyst likely to persist.

Similarly, Arizona is a massive and relatively mature medical cannabis state. Like New Jersey, several public companies are operating in the state. BDSA data for May indicated that overall cannabis sales increased 58% to $93 million during the month. With 7.3 million residents, penetration in the state as of May was 3.3% (246K patients).

We are less than a month out from when the major MSOs begin reporting June financials, and we are expecting solid revenue growth and improved profitability ahead of the election catalyst. We expect that the elections, which include not only key state initiatives but also the potential to see Democrats take the Senate, which would likely be perceived positively for the sector, will help drive more persistent interest in the cannabis stocks. Unlike the past, investors will be able to see how the news will impact public companies directly rather than just the sector more generally, with potentially near-term positive impact.

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Exclusive article by Alan Brochstein, CFA
Alan Brochstein, CFA
Based in Houston, Alan leverages his experience as founder of online community 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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