The Marijuana Stock Recovery You Need To Know About

The Marijuana Stock Recovery You Need To Know AboutThe Marijuana Market In One Chart

The marijuana market is blowing up and by some accounts, it is Reddit’s fault. The Reddit Warriors or whatever you want to call them are ganging up on another market and artificially driving up the prices. Only that isn’t what’s going on at all. Yes, the Reddit crowd of retail traders has a lot to do with the price action in the cannabis market but they are not why the market is moving higher. Unlike Gamestop and other heavily shorted names, names ripe for a squeeze, there is a recovery underway within the cannabis market that will drive shares higher now and over the long-term.

 That Was Then, This Is Now

This is not the first time we have used the phrase that was then, this now to describe the cannabis market. In the old days, the cannabis market was a wild-west of hyped-up forecasts and overblown expectations fueling not only investor craze, but CEO craze as well. No few of the early CEOs of the industry fell prey to overzealous planning in the face of rapidly deteriorating fundamentals. The market hit its peaks on the expectations the market would be worth an instant $5 billion Canadian in the first year and then grow to $10 billion over the next five to ten.

The reality is that annualized sales in the first month were just over $600 million and slow to grow. Bottlenecks and hurdles in the rollout of Canadian licenses and the opening of new stores compounded another problem, overcapacity and oversupply, and that burst the bubble. The next year and a half will see the industry scramble to shore up balance sheets, scale back production, focus on operations and governance, and basically get itself into better shape.

The Marijuana Stock Recovery You Need To Know About

Now, in early 2021, the Canadian cannabis industry is in the best shape its been in since it was legalized. Sales across the country are up more than 400% on a monthly basis and annualize to $3.2 billion Canadian dollars or about $2.5 billion USD. And it’s still growing. The combination of improved operations, growing sales, and widening distribution channels also has these companies on the verge of profitability if not already producing positive income.

And there is the U.S. angle to consider as well. The U.S. cannabis market is already worth $18 billion and growing at a high-double-digit. While still impacted by the lack of Federal regulation the U.S. market grew 67% in 2020 and is on track to grow by double-digits again in 2021. And that’s not counting the Biden administration and the growing probability of Federal regulation by the end of his term. The takeaway is that the cannabis market is healthy, growing, and profitable where it wasn’t before and that has share prices moving higher. The Reddit crowd only added fuel to the fire.

The Technical Outlook For Cannabis Is Very Bullish

The chart of the Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) just about says it all. The weekly candles show a market that clearly bottomed with the pandemic and then confirmed support at a higher level. Rising support was driven by the rapidly improving fundamentals within the cannabis market and began to accelerate in early 2021. Now, with the market in full-blown reversal and showing some very bullish signals, there is an influx of retail traders pushing the market even higher. While there is a risk of significant corrections due to the rising volatility it is our view that any such pullback would be a buying opportunity.

The daily chart is showing a pretty significant peak right now and one that should be considered bearish. The caveat is that, while the near-term may be dominated by profit-takers, the long-term outlook is still bullish. Not only is there an extreme peak showing in the MACD on the weekly charts but there is also one showing on the daily charts and that is a signal we have come to respect. It may not come soon but investors should expect to see this market bottom again and retest the recent high (if not set new, much higher highs) before the end of the year

The Marijuana Stock Recovery You Need To Know About

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Thomas Hughes

About Thomas Hughes


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Technical and Fundamental Analysis


Thomas Hughes has been a contributing writer for MarketBeat since 2019.

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Technical analysis, the S&P 500; retail, consumer, consumer staples, dividends, high-yield, small caps, technology, economic data, oil, cryptocurrencies


Associate of Arts in Culinary Technology

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Market watcher, trader and investor for numerous websites. Founded Passive Market Intelligence LLC to provide market research insights. 

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