SEC Allows Pot Dealer To Register Stock

NEW YORK:  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has allowed a share registration to proceed for a company whose business model includes cultivation and sale of marijuana, which are both illegal under federal law, though legal under some state laws.

This approval appears to be the first green light for a share registration by a company in this line of business and could set a precedent for marijuana dealers to access the equity markets, but the agency’s ambivalence about such a business model is clear from the way it handled the registration.

Irvine, Calif.-based Terra Tech Corp. TRTC, +2.35%   recently received approval for its disclosures and the registration of its shares.

Another company planning to cultivate and sell marijuana also has a pending application with the SEC, a source familiar with the company said.

 

 

 

Bloom Off Of Pot Stocks On Wall Street

NEW YORK: Wall Street seems to be losing its appetite for pot.

Marijuana stocks were high flyers — so to speak — after Colorado and Washington states legalized pot sales and several other states announced they may legalize sales or decriminalize possession. Shares in about 20 marijuana-related companies began soaring, with some gaining more than 500% off 52-week lows.

But marijuana mania continues to fade as investors realize there’s more smoke than fire at many companies, which show “pot-tential” but little actual revenue. CannaVest, which specializes in industrial hemp production, had climbed to $180 a share last month. After dropping 11% to to $61.45 Thursday, it’s lost nearly two-thirds of its market value.