Cannabis Stocks Finally Go Green Thanks to TerrAscend

Morgan Stanley removed TerrAscend from its restricted list.

Cannabis investors have been mired in a bear market for almost two years as stocks plunged as much as 90%. Now it seems TerrAscend’s (OTC: TSNDF) uplisting to the Toronto Stock Exchange was the catalyst needed to bump stocks higher.

However, it wasn’t the uplisting itself that prompted higher stock values, it was the response from Morgan Stanley that kicked off the buying.

TerrAscend Executive Chairman Jason Wild tweeted out a note from Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), which said that TerrAscend was identified as a “permissible” stock and was removed from the restricted list. This means investors can trade the company’s stock like any other on the TSX.

While the company had to restructure its U.S. holdings in order to make the move, it is still essentially the only U.S. multistate operator available to buy on Morgan’s trading platform.

Stock Moves

The AdvisorsShares Pure US Cannabis ETF rose 3.7% on Thursday following the news. At roughly 2 p.m., the buying began and brought the group higher. TerrAscend stock jumped by 2.5% on the news to lately sell at $1.71. While it has a way to go to return to its 52-week high of $3.09, it has moved further away from the year low of $1.00.

Still year-to-date, TerrAscend stock is up 51.3%, while the S&P/TSX Composite is up 4.6% according to Yahoo Finance.

Another benefit from the uplisting is that TerrAscend could potentially end up on an American exchange as an American Depository Receipt (ADR). These instruments are used to trade with foreign companies in the U.S.

Wild has also said that the uplisting is expected to unlock international institutional capital which had been either reluctant or unable to work with companies on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

More To Come

Several other cannabis companies have been watching these moves closely and said they may try to mimic TerrAscend’s move. Not all of them can restructure in the necessary way to uplist, but no doubt several will try.

Wild also said recently on a Twitter space with The Dales Report that he has quit trying to pin hopes on positive legislative moves in the U.S. saying he operates on the premise that nothing will happen.

Debra Borchardt

Debra Borchardt is the Co-Founder, and Executive Editor of GMR. She has covered the cannabis industry for several years at Forbes, Seeking Alpha and TheStreet. Prior to becoming a financial journalist, Debra was a Vice President at Bear Stearns where she held a Series 7 and Registered Investment Advisor license. Debra has a Master's degree in Business Journalism from New York University.

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