Biden overhauls U.S. marijuana policy; Cannabis stocks surge

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U.S.-listed marijuana growers and sellers share prices surged on Thursday after President Joe Biden took executive action to change U.S. policy on the drug.  He pardoned all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession.

U.S.-listed shares of Tilray Brands (TLRY.O) and Canopy Growth Corp (WEED.TO), two well-known marijuana sellers, jumped 22% and 31%, respectively.

The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ.P), which includes shares of several cannabis companies, rose almost 20%.

Biden said he was asking federal officials to start a review process of how marijuana is “scheduled,” or classified, under federal law. He said that it falls under the same classification as heroin and LSD and is higher than fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Shares of Tilray, Canopy Growth Corp, and several other marijuana-related companies surged in 2018, with massive support from retail investors, as Canada legalized the drug. That rally has since dramatically reversed after companies in the industry failed to expand as quickly as investors expected.

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Despite Thursday’s rally, Tilray is down about 98% from its highest close in 2018.

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