12/29/2017 08:26 EST | Updated 12/29/2017 08:40 EST

Shares of several Canadian cannabis companies temporarily halted on TSX

TORONTO — Several Canadian cannabis companies had their stocks temporarily halted on the Toronto Stock Exchange early Friday afternoon.

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) halted trading on Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED), Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB) and MedReleaf Corp. (TSX:LEAF) between approximately 12:15 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. ET. Trading resumed for all shares within about 10 minutes.

IIROC said the reason for the halt was the single-stock circuit breaker rule, which limits sudden price swings of major Canadian stocks.

This means that a five-minute halt of trading in a security is automatically triggered — and may be extended for an additional five minutes — across all Canadian marketplaces if the price of the security swings 10 per cent or more within a five-minute period.