One of Canada's largest marijuana growers is going public on the New York Stock Exchange

One of Canada's largest marijuana growers is going public on the New York Stock Exchange


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Small marijuana plants grow in a lab at the new Commercial Cannabis Production Program at Niagara College in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, October 9, 2018


Aurora Cannabis, one of the largest Canadian marijuana producers, is going public on the New York Stock Exchange.

Shares of the company are set to begin trading under the ticker ACB before the end of October.

The Edmonton-based cultivator, or licensed producer, currently trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker ACB. The firm grows cannabis for both the adult-use and medicinal market.

As of Wednesday, marijuana is legal in Canada. The US federal government still considers it an illegal, Schedule I drug.


Aurora is also hiring like crazy as Canada's legal marijuana market opens. The company has a whopping 11 pages of job openings on its website. These positions are based across Canada and range from high-level executive positions to laboratory research positions and industrial cleaners.

Read more: Some of the hottest companies in the booming cannabis sector are going on hiring sprees as Canada's legal marijuana market opens

While US-based exchanges were initially reticent to list marijuana producers, companies like Tilray(which conducted an initial public offering on the NASDAQ in July) Cronos Group, and Canopy Growth all now list on US exchanges.

To get listed on a US exchange like the NYSE, cannabis producers have to prove they are not violating any federal laws by importing cannabis into the US, except under specific circumstances.

Tilray received approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration to import a marijuana product from Canada to test whether THC and CBD - the active ingredients in the cannabis plant - are effective in treating tremors.


Despite the recent fervor around marijuana stocks, the sector's stocks were under pressure on Wednesday.

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