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Fly News Breaks for June 10, 2019
IGC, ACB, MLCPF, TLRY, CRON, CNTTF, CANN, CGC, CVSI, APHA, ZYNE
Jun 10, 2019 | 08:32 EDT
After Washington D.C. lobbyist Michael Esposito, who also works closely with President Trump's administration, spoke at his firm's conference, Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Lavery believes cannabis regulation could become a top 2020 election issue. By supporting cannabis, Trump may be able to incrementally broaden his appeal with swing voters without alienating his base, Esposito tells investors in a research note. Though Trump has indicated his willingness to support the STATES Act, his enthusiasm could depend on whether or not Elizabeth Warren, author of the bill, is his opponent, adds the analyst in a note titled "Handicapping US Legalization Outlook: Politics Are Complicated." And while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is a roadblock for legislation in the Senate, Trump could use executive orders between now and the election to show support for the industry, potentially relating to cannabis banking or medical research, says Lavery. The analyst has Overweight ratings on both Canopy Growth (CGC) and Tilray (TLRY). Other names in the space include Aphria (APHA), Aurora Cannabis (ACB), CV Sciences (CVSI), CannTrust Holdings (CNTTF), Cronos Group (CRON), General Cannabis (CANN), India Globalization Capital (IGC), MediPharm Labs (MLCPF) and Zynerba (ZYNE).