Jeff Sessions' War on Marijuana Rattles Cannabis Stocks, but the Battle Is Far from Over – Hacked

North American marijuana stocks plunged for a second straight session Thursday, as investors continued to weigh the Trump administration’s policy U-turn on recreational cannabis.

North America Marijuana Index

The Marijuana Index, which tracks 39 of the leading cannabis companies in November America, plunged 6.4% to 327.58. It was the index’s second consecutive decline and third major reversal since Jan. 4, the day Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Obama-era guidance on cannabis laws. In a one-page letter, Sessions said the government would renew its commitment to tackling the cannabis industry.

Despite recent volatility, the has gained more than 73% over the past month.

Canadian Marijuana Industry

Much of the decline on Thursday was concentrated on the Canadian side of the border. The Canadian Marijuana Index, which is capitalized at $28.4 billion, fell 9.8% to 908.27.

Canadian pot stocks started off the year with a bang as a number of major deals were announced. In the first week of January, Edmonton-based Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB) announced a $55 million acquisition of The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings, an Ontario-based licensed medical cannabis producer.

Emerald Health Therapeutics, another licensed medical marijuana producer, also announced an undisclosed Canadian investor agreed to buy a $25 million stake in the company.

Meanwhile, Aphira Inc. of Leamington, Ontario announced it had closed a $115 million bought-deal share offering.

Sessions Unlikely to Deter Cannabis Market

The Attorney General appears to have reignited Washington’s war on marijuana. The policy of overarching federal enforcement of cannabis laws will likely create some hesitation on the part of investors and entrepreneurs, but is unlikely to change the course of history following broad legalization campaigns in several states.

Democratic representatives from pro-marijuana states, such as California and Colorado, have criticized Sessions’ reversal on the Obama administration policy that allowed states to

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