** Shares of cannabis firms jump as U.S. House Judiciary Committee approves a bill to legalize marijuana
** Shares of Canopy Growth and Aurora Cannabis up more than 20%, Aphria Inc 14%, Tilray Inc 10%, Cronos 15%, Sundial Growers 17%
** The bill removes marijuana from the list of federally-controlled substances (bit.ly/2QHmbgf)
** The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019, or MORE Act, was passed by a 24-10 vote on Wednesday
** Federal legalization would be a big positive for investor sentiment surrounding cannabis equities, which have been battered by oversupply and a steep price decline - Garrett Nelson, senior analyst at CFRA Research
** Alternative harvest ETF, which tracks cannabis-related stocks, down ~25% YTD
** Alan Brochstein of New Cannabis Ventures, which ranks top revenue producing cannabis companies, says it’s such an early step in a long process that there are no near-term implications for cannabis stocks, adding that the Senate isn’t likely to approve it (Reporting by Arundhati Sarkar in Bengaluru)
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