Marijuana Stocks Surge 20%-80% as Investor Optimism Over Cannabis Swells


Shares of public cannabis companies started off 2014 with a bang, posting huge gains on the first day of trading since the successful launch of recreational marijuana stores in Colorado.

Many stocks rose at least 20% in intra-day trading on Thursday vs. their 2013 closing price. A handful surged more than 60%, and one touched 80%. That’s a stark contrast to the broader stock markets, which dipped into the red.

Only a handful of marijuana stocks declined.

The stock spikes reflect excitement over the future of the cannabis industry after retail cannabis shops successfully launched in Colorado on Wednesday. The first stores encountered huge demand, and the “cannabis chaos” that some predicted didn’t materialize.

That stoked optimism among investors about the continued spread of marijuana laws – and the businesses that benefit from them.

Cannabis stocks – all of which are listed on the over-the-counter markets – are subject to rapid price changes, as they are thinly traded. So they could relinquish some or all of these gains quickly.

Regardless, it’s a great way to start 2014 for the industry.

Last year, nearly half a dozen cannabis stocks ended the year down, though the sector as a whole experienced a late-December rally.

Here are some of Thursday’s biggest cannabis stock movers (note – prices reflect intra-day highs as of mid-afternoon Eastern Standard Time):

– MediSwipe (ticker symbol: MWIPD) rose 80% – or 9 cents – at one point to hit 20 cents, while Cannabis Science (CBIS) and GreenGro Technologies (GRNH) saw their share prices increase more than 70%.

– MedBox (MDBX) soared as high as 60% – or nearly $11 a share – as did Endocan Corp. (ENDO), while Hemp Inc. (HEMP) and Fusion Pharm (FSPM) rose more than 50%.

– Growlife (PHOT) shares increased 35% in early afternoon trading, hitting a 52-week high of 20 cents, and Medical Marijuana Inc. (MJNA) jumped 25% at one point.

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