Marijuana shares in the UK have been rising quickly, with investors now looking toward a new investment class in the market: medical marijuana shares.

Last week, MGC Pharma, which is London’s first marijuana stock, debuted on the London Stock Exchange. The firm raised £6.5 million ($9 million) on its premiere, with the stock moving to 4.25p (59 cents) a share from a 1.475p (25 cents) per share opening price. This left the company with a market cap of more than £75 million ($104 million).

In a way, the increase in the London stock mirrored the American market, when investors from Reddit’s r/WallStreetBets forced the price of various marijuana stocks to rise on the back of an Aphria and Tilray merger. The likelihood of President Joe Biden’s administration federally legalizing the marijuana industry has also helped.

Tilray Inc. (NASDAQ: TLRY) rose by 50%, which added more than $2 billion in value to the company’s stock. This upped the company’s yearly gains to more than 670%. Other companies that have recorded significant gains this year are Aurora Cannabis Inc.  (NYSE: ACB) (TSX: ACB), which has increased by more than 120% so far; Aphria Inc. (NASDAQ: APHA), which was up by 280%; and Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC), which rose by 110%.

So far, London has been slow to launch medical marijuana IPOs. However, following MGC Pharma’s remarkable reception last week after a two-year campaign by Memery Crystal, a London law firm, attitudes may at last be changing.

Up until now, regulators and banks were concerned that marijuana businesses would be seen as almost-criminal enterprises; turns out, this may not be the case. Memery Crystal CEO, Nick Davis, who is also an advocate campaigning for the medicinal use of marijuana, stated that after MGC Pharma’s successful IPO, he received calls from America, Canada and Israel, all from companies that wanted to list in the United Kingdom.

Over in the United States, medical marijuana is legal in 30 states. Projections from Prohibition Partners show that by 2024, the country’s market will be valued at $37.9 billion. The firm also estimates that by 2024, nearly 340,000 patients in the UK will be using marijuana treatments. Additionally, their research states that by 2024, UK’s legal marijuana market will be valued at nearly £2.3 billion.

In the UK, research focused on the medical applications of marijuana is still in the early stages. Many are hopeful, however, that London may soon become the right place for the growing marijuana market to raise funds to finance further medical studies and research. However, advocates are still emphasizing that the whole point of this is not to help individuals get high but to help manage pain and relieve human suffering.

Furthermore, guidelines from the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence asserted that the medication from MGC Pharma was effective, which assisted in moving things along.

Back in the States, Gage Growth Corp. (d.b.a. Gage Cannabis) , which operates within the Michigan marijuana market, has initiated a number of steps intended to grow its brand. For example, the compamy has exclusive brand partnerships with some of the most recognizable brands, such as Cookies, across the country. Such partnerships are likely to see the company grow more rapidly than its competitors.

NOTE TO INVESTORS: The latest news and updates relating to Gage Growth Corp. (d.b.a. Gage Cannabis) are available in the company’s newsroom at https://cnw.fm/GAGE

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