- Canopy Growth expects to have an active presence in the US cannabis market by late 2019, CEO Bruce Linton said at an event on Tuesday, according to Cowen.
- Linton’s announcement came after the US Senate voted Tuesday to approve the hemp-friendly Farm Bill. The House will vote on the bill Wednesday.
- The US-hemp market is expected to be worth $US1.6 billion by 2021, said Vivien Azer, an analyst at Cowen.
- Watch Canopy Growth trade live.
Speaking at a New York City-based Contractors Association Lunch on Tuesday, Canopy CEO Bruce Linton said he expects his company to have an active presence in the US cannabis market by late 2019, Cowen says.
Hemp is a source of the popular ingredient cannabidiol, or CBD, one of the primary cannabinoids that occur naturally in cannabis. This corner of the market is one to keep an eye on as Coca-Cola reportedly held talks with Canopy rival Aurora Cannabis to develop beverages infused with CBD.
So far in the US, nine states and Washington, DC, allow recreational marijuana, while 31 states and Washington, DC, allow medical marijuana.
Canopy Growth moved its stock listing from Toronto to the New York Stock Exchange in May. Shares were flat for the year until August, when Constellation Brands, the beverage maker behind Corona beer and Svedka vodka, announced a $US4 billion investment in the company, sparking a so-called green rush into the cannabis sector and causing companies across the industry to see their valuations more than double in a matter of weeks.
However, shares have been under pressure as of late – after the company missed big on second-quarter revenue on November 14. Canopy was down 44% from its all-time high of $US56.89 set on October 15, two days before Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalise marijuana for recreational use.
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