Reddit Traders Now on to Weed Stocks

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Retail traders on Reddit who pushed the AMC and GameStop stocks to soaring highs now have a new target: cannabis stocks.

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One post on the Reddit forum WallStreetBets told users that shares of producers Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) and Aphria Inc. (NASDAQ: APHA) have “more room to rise,” which sent the shares surging today. That post was liked by 10,000 other users in just 12 hours, according to Reuters.

Tilray, a Canadian pharmaceutical and cannabis company, saw its stock jump 36% today, while cannabis company Aphria’s stock jumped 12%.

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The Democrats’ promise to end the federal marijuana prohibition is also fueling the cannabis rally.

Earlier this month, Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) issued a joint statement regarding comprehensive cannabis reform legislation in the new Congress.

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“The War on Drugs has been a war on people — particularly people of color. Ending the federal marijuana prohibition is necessary to right the wrongs of this failed war and end decades of harm inflicted on communities of color across the country. But that alone is not enough. As states continue to legalize marijuana, we must also enact measures that will lift up people who were unfairly targeted in the War on Drugs,” the senators said in the statement.

The senators added that they are committed to working together to put forward and advance “comprehensive cannabis reform legislation.”

They plan to release a draft on comprehensive reform to ensure restorative justice, protect public health and implement responsible taxes and regulations in the earlier part of the year, according to the statement.

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.

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