Marijuana News Today: CBD Explodes in Canada, Builds Excitement for Pot Stocks

Marijuana News Today
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Marijuana News Today

Pot stocks rallied after a tough week in the marijuana news today as we receive more information about the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) in Canada post-legalization.

In Canada, we are seeing more cannabis shortages, this time of CBD oil.

CBD oil, you’ll remember, is one of the more exciting segments of the market because it is purported to have medicinal benefits without inducing a high.

Naturally, that makes it popular among those on a health kick looking to benefit from the restorative qualities of cannabis without the partaking of mood-altering agents.

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“The popularity of CBD oil and CBD in general has far exceeded our expectations,” said Ray Gracewood, the chief commercial officer of OrganiGram Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS:OGRMF, CVE:OGI). (Source: “CBD oil shortage continues as marijuana producers scramble to meet demand,” CBC, March 29, 2019.)

Gracewood added, “To this point, CBD oil is the biggest surprise from an adult recreational perspective, and has got the potential to be a huge product within that channel.”

Shortages have not been uncommon in the Canadian marijuana market post-legalization. In fact, they were pretty much expected; in most U.S. states where legalization was enacted, there was a marijuana shortage following the initial rushes.

Some of the issue lies in how pot legalization was implemented. Strict packaging and shipping laws made it difficult to meet consumer demand, leading to shortages across the country.

In the case of CBD, the lack of supply stems from a number of other issues, from underestimating consumer demand to a lengthy production process.

Another impediment to meeting the needs of consumers is that CBD oil is considered a medicine, so companies like OrganiGram have to prioritize medical patients over everyday consumers.

Still, the news of shortages bodes well for marijuana stocks.

Consider the most recent quarterly reports for a number of top-tier pot companies. We’ve seen revenue soar by as much as 500% in many quarterly reports as of late, motivated by massive sales increases resulting from Canadian marijuana legalization.

As the market matures, these supply problems will disappear and marijuana companies will see higher sales—and therefore higher revenue. That’s an excellent place to be in, leaving plenty of room to continue to grow quarter after quarter.

It’s worth noting that, as marijuana companies expand their CBD oil production capacity, it will be easier to enter the U.S. market, which has effectively legalized CBD.

The passing of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 permits the cultivation of hemp across the United States. CBD can be derived from hemp, meaning it is now a legal substance and one of the more exciting markets in the U.S.

That is to say, there are plenty of opportunities in the CBD market, so marijuana stocks are likely to see big gains as the industry matures.

OGRMF Stock

Seeing as how it featured prominently in the marijuana news today, let’s take a look at today’s performance of OrganiGram stock. The stock climbed three percent in early-morning trading while, over the past week, it finds itself down nearly two percent.

The recent drop was primarily caused by an overall weak past few days for pot stocks. But overall, OGRMF stock has been performing very well so far in 2019.

To make things even better, AltaCorp Capital, an investment bank based in Toronto, has come out in support of the marijuana penny stock, saying that OrganiGram is among the most impressive pot stocks. (Source: “OrganiGram Holdings Inc (CVE:OGI) Pound-For-Pound Financial Performance Remains Unsurpassed,” Midas Letter, March 28, 2019.)

Part of the appeal of OrganiGram is the company’s impressive financials.

OrganiGram’s net sales for the last quarter hit CA$12.4 million, up from CA$2.4 million in the same prior-year period and up from CA$3.2 million in Q4 2018. That represents 419% and 287% jumps, respectively. (Source: “OrganiGram Reports Record Net Revenue of $12.4 Million Up 287% Sequentially Quarter-over-Quarter; Adjusted Gross Margin of 71%,” OrganiGram Holdings Inc, January 28, 2019.)

Net income similarly grew, hitting CA$29.5 million (CA$0.195 per diluted share). This is in stark contrast to its net loss of CA$1.2 million ($0.012 per diluted share) last year.

These are fantastic numbers and helped motivate a big surge in OrganiGram stock when they were released a couple months back.

This company continues to impress, with many investors excited about what the future holds. OGRMF stock is a marijuana penny stock with tons of opportunity for growth.

CRON Stock

One company that has not had an easy time this week is Cronos Group Inc (NASDAQ:CRON). While OrganiGram impressed with its most recent quarterly report, Cronos disappointed this week with numbers coming in under expectations.

Cronos reported revenue of CA$5.6 million, well below the consensus estimate of CA$10.8 million, and below all analyst expectations. The company also posted a loss of CA$0.11 per share for fiscal-year 2018.

Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg projected revenue growth for Cronos of more than 500%. As mentioned earlier, that’s not unreasonable, given how much other companies have grown lately. (Source: “Cannabis producer Cronos sinks after revenue comes up short (CRON),Business Insider, March 26, 2019.)

The company’s weak numbers led to a stock price decrease this week of four percent. Cronos stock also fell two percent in early-morning trading today.

While CRON stock is by no means a stinker, this was a disappointing turn of events, especially considering how well the stock had been performing up until recently.

While the small dip by no means offsets the dozens of points of gains Cronos stock has made year-to-date, it does leave the company vulnerable.

You see, this quarterly report won’t doom the company, but if the next one also comes in under expectations, that could really harm CRON stock.

If, however, the company bounces back in its next earnings report, then investors can expect to see big gains.

This situation could be a blessing in disguise, because it may have lowered expectations for the next quarter, leaving the door open for Cronos stock to impress.

OGRMF and CRON Stock Performances

The performances of OGRMF stock (black line) and CRON stock (blue line) over the past week are seen on the chart below.

Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com

Analyst Take

The marijuana news today has us excited for the future of the CBD oil market in Canada and abroad. Meanwhile, we had a mixed bag on the pot stock market.

OGRMF stock continues to do well while CRON stock is ending the week on a sour note following its worse-than-expected quarterly report.