Friday Vernal Equinox


U.S. stocks went on the rally mode as investors and traders alike seemed to celebrate the first day of spring, aka Vernal Equinox. Unfortunately, it looks like at least one more taste of winter for folks in the northeast. Weather aside, stocks rallied today, ending a great week on a positive note. The S&P 500 closed up 0.90% to 2,108.

Cannabis stocks have not enjoyed the broad market enthusiasm, which is not surprising, but it remains disappointing. News was quiet and so was volume for the most part. Not surprising given the day of the week; Fridays are generally weak for the sector. Finally, something rational has occurred at the federal level around cannabis. Believe it or not, this time it was the IRS that extended a considerate shift in policy with Allgreens, a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver.

As we have noted several times, the fact that the industry faces so many restrictions in terms of banking has been a crippling issue. Also, these companies cannot write-off business expenses, which is difficult when trying to operate. However, the kick in the teeth was that they were fined for paying their federal taxes in cash, even though paying with a check wasn’t an option. While the IRS has refunded Allgreens, there’s no word on whether or not the IRS will refund other compliant cannabis businesses that pay their taxes in cash.


The discussion above is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer of, or solicitation for, any investment services or products offered by the author. The author is not making any investment recommendations and the opinions above do not constitute investment advice. Reference to above indices [and companies] is based on information provided by sources the author believes to be credible. Investing in the cannabis industry, as with other industries, presents certain risks including the risk of loss on an investment.

Morgan is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Poseidon Asset Management. He is the Chief Investor of their Cannabis Focused Fund. Morgan previously worked for a privately owned Registered Investment Adviser and earlier was at UBS Financial Services focusing on wealth management. Morgan believes in the potential of the cannabis industry and likes having an active involvement as it develops. You can follow him on Twitter @PoseidonAsset.

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