4 Best Marijuana Stocks to Buy On This 420 Day

A lot has changed since the connection between 420 and cannabis took root in 1971. Today, cannabis is legal throughout much of the U.S. and is legal at the national level in Canada. Cannabis has also become a big opportunity for investors. But some alternatives are…

much better than others. Here are my picks for the four best cannabis stocks to buy on this 420 Day.

1. Innovative Industrial Properties

I think that Innovative Industrial Properties IIPR 0.04% ) belongs in a league of its own among cannabis stocks. The company is organized as a real estate investment trust (REIT) and focuses exclusively on the regulated cannabis market in the U.S.

IIP is highly profitable. Its earnings soared 75% last year to $112.6 million. Likewise, IIP’s adjusted funds from operations (FFO) also jumped 75% to $175 million.

The company’s business model is simple and repeatable. IIP specializes in sale-leaseback transactions. Cannabis operators sell their properties to IIP and then lease the properties from IIP. The operators receive an influx of cash to fund operations. IIP receives steady long-term cash flow.

IIP currently owns 108 properties in 19 states. Its tenants include several leaders in the U.S. cannabis industry. The cannabis markets in the states where it currently operates continue to expand. There are also another 18 states that have legalized medical cannabis where IIP doesn’t own properties. The company should be able to continue delivering strong growth for years to come.

2. Cresco Labs

Cresco Labs CRLBF -0.63% ) stands out as one of the cannabis leaders that lease from IIP. The company currently operates in 10 states. It owns 49 dispensaries and ranks as the No. 1 wholesaler of cannabis products in the U.S.

The biggest knock against Cresco is that it’s not consistently profitable yet. However, the company has made significant improvement on its bottom line. And in its latest quarter, Cresco delivered adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of $57 million, more than tripling year over year.

Cresco is poised to soon become the biggest U.S. multistate cannabis operator based on revenue. The company plans to acquire Columbia Care for $2 billion. This deal will give Cresco more than 130 retail stores in 18 markets — including all of the top 10 largest and fastest-growing cannabis markets.

The stock is attractively valued as well. Cresco’s shares trade at 1.72 times trailing-12-month sales and only 1.13 times expected sales once the Columbia Care acquisition is finalized.

3. Village Farms

I wouldn’t touch most Canadian cannabis stocks with a 10-foot pole. However, Village Farms VFF -1.33% ) stands out as a notable exception.

For one thing, Village Farms is profitable — something that most of its Canadian peers can only dream about. Its cannabis business has also delivered 13 consecutive quarters of positive adjusted EBITDA.

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