Better Cannabis Play: GW Pharmaceuticals vs. Innovative Industrial Properties

You don’t have to buy shares of a marijuana grower to profit from growth in the cannabis sector. Actually, some of the biggest winners in 2020 belong to companies that aren’t pure-play pot stocks. These top stocks include GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH) and Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE:IIPR).

GW Pharmaceuticals ranks as the largest cannabinoid-focused biotech. Innovative Industrial Properties is the leading real estate investment trust (REIT) specializing in the medical cannabis market. Both stocks have jumped more than 20% year to date. But which is the better cannabis play now?

Cannabis leaf on top of a $1 bill

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The case for GW Pharmaceuticals

Many people have viewed cannabadiol (CBD) as an effective treatment for epilepsy for years. But GW Pharmaceuticals became the first to win FDA approval for a CBD drug in treating two rare forms of epilepsy in 2018. That drug, branded as Epidiolex, emerged as a tremendous success story. 

GW reported revenue of $120.6 million in the first quarter of 2020, more than tripling the amount from the prior-year period. Epidiolex generated $116.1 million…

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