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Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (2017)
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On April 4, 2014, Tweed Marijuana Inc ('Tweed'), became the first federally regulated producer of cannabis in North America to have its shares traded publicly. Initially listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in Toronto, Tweed would be the first of a spate of cannabis producers to list their shares on Canadian exchanges, a decision that would require these companies to report their public financial statements under IFRS. As retail and institutional investors both began pouring investments into these cannabis companies, several oddities in these companies' public financial statements became apparent. Companies were routinely recording and reporting gross margins in excess of 100%, while companies with no revenues whatsoever were nonetheless reporting positive net incomes. This case study looks at how the application of IFRS, specifically IAS2 Inventories and IAS41 Agriculture, has raised questions about financial reporting in one of the world's fastest growing industries. This case aims to guide students through the 'seed-to-sale' reporting process, and ultimately, what key decisions go into deciding the fair value of a crop and how this is reflected on the financial statements.


Legal marijuana; Accounting; North America; Canada
USD7.2 billion
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