Marlboro Maker Invests $1.7 Billion in Cannabis

The cannabis industry announced a groundbreaking $1.7 billion megadeal with big tobacco that has the sector on the upswing last week.

Marlboro maker Altria Group (MO), one of the largest tobacco companies in the world, announced a $1.7 billion investment in Cronos Group (CRON), one of Canada’s largest cannabis companies.

Here are some more details from Bloomberg.

Altria has agreed to take a 45 percent stake in Toronto-based marijuana producer Cronos Group Inc., marking a major tobacco company’s first foray into cannabis. It has the option to take majority control in the future.

With U.S. smoking rates falling fast, Richmond, Virginia-based Altria is under pressure to find new avenues to expand. Marijuana is now allowed in an increasing number of states but is still illegal on the federal level in the U.S. That makes Canada, which legalized recreational use in October, a large laboratory for the nascent industry.

“We believe cannabis is an excellent strategic fit for tobacco,” Jefferies analyst Owen Bennett said in a research note earlier this week. It’s a logical fit, because “big tobacco knows how to cultivate crop, knows how to deal with regulators, they are at the forefront of vaporization technology, and they also arguably have less reputational risk than other fast-moving consumer goods,” he said.

The good news gave Cronos a nice boost – shares jumped 25% and settled just shy of the 52-week high. Continue reading "Marlboro Maker Invests $1.7 Billion in Cannabis"

Chicago Ready To Legalize Cannabis

Chicago just took a big step toward becoming the cannabis capital of the Midwest. Not only would that be good for the broader US cannabis industry – it would be great news for two young and promising cannabis companies operating a string of cultivation facilities and dispensaries all across Chicago and Illinois.

The catalyst for Chicago’s cannabis potential? Governor-Elect JB Pritzker.

Pritzker is a major advocate of legalization. It was a staple of his campaign and now that he has won Pritzker says his goal is to legalize recreational cannabis as quickly as possible.

According to a recent report from the Chicago Tribune, Illinois legislators are expected to introduce a bill as early as January that could be passed by May.

Sponsors plan to introduce a new legalization bill in January and hope to get it passed before the session ends in May. The proposed measure would allow the commercial sale and regulation of marijuana, similar to alcohol, for adults 21 and over. There would probably be a six-month waiting period for officials to draw up rules before issuing licenses for growing and selling it. Sponsors say existing medical marijuana companies would likely get the first crack at sales.

Illinois already has a booming medical cannabis industry. Continue reading "Chicago Ready To Legalize Cannabis"

Farm Bill Could Unleash $1 Billion In US Hemp Sales

The US hemp industry is on the verge of a groundbreaking legal victory. Powerful politicians are about to open the floodgates for billions in new sales to flow into the hemp industry in the next few years with a controversial piece of legislation.

This potential legal breakthrough is the perfect catalyst for a promising young US cannabis company that is an early leader in the high-growth hemp and CBD markets.

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Picture from ministryofhemp.com

However – hemp’s seemingly supernatural powers have plenty of applications.

The total sales for the U.S. Hemp Industry in 2017 were $820mm. $190mm were for Hemp-Derived CBD products, $181mm were for personal care products and $137mm were for hemp food products. Food sales were led by the Snack Food category and Industrial Product sales were led by the Automotive category.

US hemp

Despite all of these applications, hemp is still classified as a Schedule 1(I) drug by the Federal Government. That classification has significantly stunted the growth of the US hemp industry.

That could all change as early as this week. Continue reading "Farm Bill Could Unleash $1 Billion In US Hemp Sales"

Record $4 Billion Cannabis IPO Debuts Today

Cannabis IPOs have been red hot in 2018.

Tilray (TLRY), one of the largest cannabis companies operating in Canada and the US, is a great example.

This early industry leader began trading on the US-based NASDAQ exchange on July 20 at $24.20. Today shares are up more than 300%, trading above $100.

Cannabis IPO

These kind of huge gains in a short amount of time are unusual.

However – I see another cannabis IPO ready to go off on Thursday that reminds me a lot of Tilray.

Acreage Holdings (ACRG.U) is set to become the largest cannabis IPO in the history of the US cannabis industry.

Shares started trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Estimates are predicting Acreage could be worth around $4 billion after the IPO – potentially making this the largest IPO in the history of the US cannabis industry.

There are two reasons this should be an exciting cannabis IPO. Continue reading "Record $4 Billion Cannabis IPO Debuts Today"

O, Canada! Huge Day For Cannabis Investors

O, Canada! What a historic moment for the cannabis industry!

Canada just became the first developed country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis.

Now that legalization has set billions of dollars in motion, Cannabis Stock Trades members are in a prime position.

We've been prepping our portfolios to capitalize on this giant day and it's finally here.

Cannabis stocks have a clear history of jumping higher before and after these key legalization dates.

Let's take a look at three recent examples.

1. Cannabis stocks soared when Colorado went legal on Jan 1, 2014.

On January 1, 2014, Colorado became the first US state to legalize recreational cannabis.

It was a breakout moment for the US cannabis industry – and it sent US cannabis stocks soaring. Continue reading "O, Canada! Huge Day For Cannabis Investors"