Marijuana producer Tilray up another 50% as cannabis stocks blossom

The CEO argued that the same can be said for food and beverage companies. Aurora Cannabis has rallied nearly 30 percent this week in Canadian trading after Canadian news service BNN Bloomberg reported Coca-Cola is in talks with Aurora to develop weed-infused beverages.

Quickly becoming one of Wall Street’s most-followed stocks of 2018, Tilray posted its second-best day ever on Tuesday after announcing approval from the Drug Enforcement Administration to import pot to the United States for medical research.

The company’s U.S.-listed shares jumped 29 percent in the prior session with 19 million of the company’s 21.7 million floating shares exchanging hands.

Tilray said Tuesday it will work with the University of California San Diego Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research to study the safety, tolerability and efficacy of marijuana for a neurological disorder.

“Clinical trials build a halo around the brand. They inspire confidence and trust with physicians and regulators around the world and they give us data and information to talk to pharmacists and physicians that they just can’t obtain from our competitors,” Kennedy said.

Tilray’s market cap, despite the company posting $9.7 million in revenue as of last quarter, is larger than more than one-quarter of the S&P 500.

For reference, the company’s valuation exceeds that of Chipotle and E-Trade.

— CNBC’s
Chloe Aiello
Elizabeth Gurdus
contributed reporting.