Managers Explain Their Cannabis ETFs: YOLOPosted by On

By Natan Ponieman and Javier Hasse.

In this four-part series, Benzinga takes an exclusive look at some of the highest valued, US-traded cannabis ETFs.

For part three, we spoke with Dan S. Ahrens, Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (NYSE:YOLO).

For part one, we examined the ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSE:MJ) and in part two, we spoke to The Cannabis ETF (NYSE:THCX).

AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (NYSE:YOLO) launched April 2019, and is the first actively managed cannabis ETF in the U.S. With about $46 million in assets, YOLO stands out for its investment exposure to the U.S. multi-state operators (MSOs), which cannot be achieved by some of its competitors due to regulatory barriers.

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