Across North America, the pot industry is laying off thousands of workers.
That’s a stark contrast to reporting from a year ago about pot’s role as a jobs creator.
But this isn’t the industry collapsing in on itself. Rather, it marks a pivotal shift.
See, cannabis legalization shocked the world. Investors saw the chance to get in on an industry worth billions.
And the hype fueled wild dreams.
Investors threw money at companies shooting for global control. Canada would be the launch pad. But the U.S., European Union, Australia and South America soon followed suit.
The crawl toward legalization was a gut check.
Now we’re seeing the consequences of overspending with layoffs.
But don’t let the headlines scare you away. There are great opportunities for investors in this sector, and they are priced at a discount thanks to headline risk.
High CEO Turnover
C-suite executives aren’t immune from the layoffs. In recent weeks, nearly a dozen companies have seen turnover in the likes of their CEOs, chief operating officers or chief financial officers.
The only difference is that at these levels, it’s referred to as a tempered “stepping down” or “retiring.”
But the reason is the same: overspending and mismanagement.
The new line of executives and directors are from established sectors. The most notable example is Canopy Growth Corp’s new CEO, David Klein. He spent 15 years with Constellation Brands before taking charge of the Canadian pot company.
With new management comes new direction.
Investors now want to see a clear path to profitability. Plans to enter the global market are being shelved in favor of near-term success at home.
And there are already signs of whom the front-runners will be in this new era of sober growth.
New Era of Growth
Check out my latest Marijuana Market Update. I cover two cannabis companies hit hard by layoffs: Aurora Cannabis and Supreme Cannabis. I give my outlook on these two and share a bonus feature on one of the most requested stocks, iAnthus Capital. (Hint: I’m not a fan.)
While the layoffs are disheartening, I see it as a temporary move — one that will ultimately lead to more job growth. And better returns for investors.
That’s because a small number of companies went through these growing pains early. And their clean balance sheets speak to their success.
I caution against pot index funds right now. Most hold a mixed bag of companies. I see the few that are doomed dragging on the gains from the successful.
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Managing Editorial Analyst, Winning Investor Daily