Episode 26: Boris Jordan, Chairman Curaleaf - Cannabis Reform in the Lame Duck?
The slow rolling legalization of cannabis in the United States is providing an interesting investment opportunity. Since Covid, cannabis sales are up tremendously. The legal industry is growing as more states legalize medicinal and/or recreational use. As large, licensed multiple state cannabis operations grow, they are increasingly cashflow positive. All of this despite having no access to the US banking system and paying a particularly high effective tax rate – frequently north of 70%.
In the beginning of 2021, banks, wary of unclear Federal law, began to prevent their brokerage clients from investment in public cannabis companies. Since that time, we’ve seen these stocks fall over 80% in valuation. At the same time, fundamentally, the businesses continue to grow and thrive.
As we speak, the lame duck Congress is considering legislation that would open up the banking system to state-licensed cannabis companies. My guest today addressing the state of the industry is Boris Jordan. Boris is the Founding Partner of cannabis-dedicated asset manager Measure 8 Venture Partners, as well as Chairman of Curaleaf, which he founded and built into the world’s largest cannabis company. Prior to his current focus in cannabis, Boris had a legendary career as a banker and private equity manager in emerging markets starting in the 1990’s..
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