Ascend Wellness files for IPO as investor demand for U.S. weed grows

Ascend Wellness Holdings Llc, one of the largest U.S.-based cannabis operators, filed for an initial public offering of up to $125 million on Monday, as investor demand for U.S. marijuana firms continues to rise…

The Boston, Massachusetts-based company has applied to list its Class A common stock on the Canadian Securities Exchange and for U.S. over-the-counter trading, according to a regulatory filing. (

Ascend’s filing places it among the first U.S. ‘multi-state operators’, or MSOs, to tap the public markets in what is expected to be a record year for cannabis debuts as key markets such as New York move towards legalization of recreational marijuana and banking reforms make progress in the country.

The company, like other U.S. firms whose businesses involve harvesting or selling marijuana, cannot currently list on the Nasdaq or NYSE as pot remains illegal at the federal level.

Michigan-focused Gage Cannabis Co, backed by prolific cannabis investor Jason Wild, is another U.S. firm pursuing a direct listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Ascend Wellness, which operates in…

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