Aurora Cannabis is a medical marijuana producer in Canada with plans to transition to recreational marijuana in anticipation of national legalization. With two additional grow facilities on the way, if Prime Minister Trudeau gets recreational marijuana passed then Aurora Cannabis hopes to participate in the potential growth of the cannabis industry.
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Aurora Cannabis is a licensed producer and retailer of medical marijuana in Canada, with the company citing approximately 12,800 active registered patients as of its second-quarter earnings report in late February. As a reminder, Canada legalized the use of medical cannabis for patients all the way back in 2001, so it’s had an established medical weed industry for more than a decade.
Currently, Aurora Cannabis’ lone producing facility is a 55,200 square foot facility in Mountain View County, Alberta. However, as we’ll discuss in a few moments, it has two additional grow facilities in the works.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been campaigning for the legalization of recreational marijuana for years, and it appears 2017 may finally be the year when legislation passes to make this a reality. If Canada’s government agrees, weed could be legal throughout Canada, as opposed to certain cities and locales, by sometime in 2018.
Aurora Cannabis has been very clear that it intends to shift some of its production to the rapidly growing recreational side of the equation if Canada’s maple leaf turns green in the months to come. For added context, the Canadian government has estimated that recreational weed could add $5 billion to $7 billion in revenue per year.
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