6 Best-Performing Marijuana ETFs for June 2024

Marijuana exchange-traded funds give you the chance to invest in a range of cannabis-related companies. But don’t expect stability from these budding funds.
Chris Davis
By Chris Davis 
Edited by Arielle O'Shea

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  • The best-performing marijuana ETF by one-year performance is the Roundhill Cannabis ETF (WEED).

  • The largest marijuana ETF in terms of assets under management is the AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF (MSOS).

  • Investing in cannabis — including cannabis ETFs — comes with considerable risk.

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Pot stocks are surging in recent weeks, in the aftermath of an announcement that the Drug Enforcement Administration will reclassify marijuana from Schedule I (the most prohibited grade of controlled substance) to Schedule III (one of the least-prohibited grades).

Individual stocks get all the attention, but marijuana exchange-traded funds may be a better alternative. Marijuana ETFs let you invest in companies that operate in every vertical of the marijuana industry, from product conception to consumption.

For example, the AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF (by far the largest cannabis ETF in terms of assets under management) invests in companies from across the entire marijuana industry, including:

  • GW Pharmaceuticals (cannabinoid-focused medicine).

  • Cronos Group (production and distribution).

  • Canopy Growth Corporation (research and product development).

  • Aurora Cannabis (product development and production).

Investing in marijuana ETFs spreads your risk across multiple companies and segments of the industry, rather than concentrating it in any single stock. This strategy, known as diversification, is a proven method in any kind of investing, but it’s especially important in a sector as new and volatile as the cannabis industry.

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Best-performing marijuana ETFs

Below are the best-performing cannabis ETFs available to U.S. investors (excluding the over-the-counter market). It’s important to remember that past performance doesn’t guarantee future results, but looking at a fund’s recent price movements often provides a good place to start your search. For a deeper dive, look into the fund's three-year or five-year returns (if it's old enough to have them) to see how the fund has performed over longer periods.



Performance (Year)


Roundhill Cannabis ETF



AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF



AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF



Amplify Seymour Cannabis ETF



Amplify Alternative Harvest ETF



Amplify U.S. Alternative Harvest ETF


Source: Finviz. Data is current as of market close on May 31, 2024. Data is intended for informational purposes only.

Marijuana ETFs vs. stocks

There are hundreds of cannabis stocks to choose from, many of them risky penny stocks or stocks of companies with extremely small market capitalizations. Given the industry’s young age, there’s ample room for shakeout that could significantly affect a stock’s price. There will likely be many losers, and it’s hard to predict the number of potential winners. The current state of the industry makes an already risky strategy — picking individual stocks — even riskier.

Marijuana ETFs still come with considerable risk, but you’ll at least broaden your exposure to dozens of companies. If one company in the fund fails, ideally those losses will be offset by another company’s success. It’s true that you could miss out on the sky-high returns of an individual breakout stock, but investing in cannabis ETFs could help you avoid the significant losses investors are likely to see in such an unproven industry.

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The risks of marijuana ETFs

Investing in cannabis — including cannabis ETFs — comes with considerable risk. Regulatory uncertainty, financing hurdles and sheer unpredictability in business models and operations could significantly and quickly alter the future landscape, and in turn, the value of marijuana stocks and ETFs.


While recreational marijuana consumption and possession is now legal in several states (and medical marijuana is legal in even more), in the eyes of the federal government, it’s still an illegal substance. The recent decision to shift it from Schedule I to Schedule III could open up more avenues for medical research and commercialization, but it stops short of full recreational legalization.

This classification can lead to gray areas between state and federal laws. For example, the U.S. attorney general has the power to decide whether the Justice Department will enforce federal marijuana laws within states that have passed legalization laws, and this stance has already shifted from one presidential administration to the next. As long as enforcement is fluid, uncertainty will persist.

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Financing and banking

While the earliest dispensaries and marijuana businesses may have struggled to find traditional financing and banking services, that isn’t as big of a concern today, and more change could be on the horizon.

In 2023, the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act was reintroduced in the House. If it becomes law, it would help protect depository institutions that supply financial services to marijuana companies. Moreover, the National Credit Union Administration issued interim guidance in 2019 to help credit unions navigate how to provide services to legal hemp businesses. This guidance was in response to the 2018 Farm Bill, which delisted hemp (which, in this context, means a marijuana plant containing less than 0.3% of the psychoactive ingredient THC) as a controlled substance at the federal level.

On top of all that, the number of depository institutions that provide banking services to marijuana companies has risen steadily since 2014, reaching 553 banks and 162 credit unions by the third quarter of 2019, up from about 100 banks and a handful of credit unions five years earlier.

Still, many of these developments aren't yet concrete. While they suggest legislation favorable to the marijuana industry could be forthcoming, the landscape is still being formed, which will likely result in continued uncertainty in the short term.


If you’re a new investor or are looking for predictability, there are other index funds and ETFs better suited for you. But if you’re willing to stomach the volatility of an uncertain market in exchange for getting in at an extremely early stage — and your portfolio is in a well-diversified, healthy state — you may have a case for investing in cannabis ETFs.

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Neither the author nor editor held positions in the aforementioned investments at the time of publication.
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