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Marijuana Business Daily | 3/21/2020

John Schroyer
All licensed marijuana businesses in California can continue with business as usual during a statewide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, under a clarification document Gov. Gavin Newsom issued late Friday night. The document identified businesses and industries categorized as essential and allowed to keep operating during the lockdown Newsom announced on Thursday. Cannabis retailers are on that list, alongside hospitals and other medical facilities. The entire cannabis supply chain including all state-licensed MJ businesses, such as farmers, distributors, manufa.... View more in new window

High Times | March 20, 2020
A.J. Herrington
Regulators in New York, California, and Ohio have determined that cannabis dispensaries are essential businesses, allowing them to remain open during mandatory closures enacted to help contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The decisions to permit marijuana retailers follow similar moves by government officials in other states struggling to cope with the outbreak. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced at a press conference on Friday morning that all nonessential business in the state would be required to close as of Sunday evening and all residents were being ask.... View more in new window
NORML | March 20, 2020
There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting businesses around the world, and smaller businesses especially. That is why this week, NORML reached out to our numerous allies on Capitol Hill to ensure that any Unemployment Insurance aid packages considered by Congress provide relief to cannabis-industry personnel who have been or will be either furloughed from their jobs. Given the tremendous amount of uncertainty in the broader economy, the hundreds of thousands of American workers who are employed by the state-legal marijuana industry must be respect.... View more in new window
NORML | March 18, 2020

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws is issuing the following statements regarding the continued operation of medical cannabis dispensaries during the COVID crisis. NORML commends the decision of various state governments and local jurisdictions during this pandemic to designate medical cannabis facilities as essential to the community. This designation permits them to continue to provide important services to patients who rely on them, stated NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri. There are several million state-licensed medical cannabis patients in .... View more in new window

Marijuana Moment | March 20, 2020

Ben Adlin
As Congress scrambles to reach a consensus on how to help Americans caught in the financial fallout of COVID-19, a coalition of marijuana industry trade groups is urging federal lawmakers not to forget about the hundreds of thousands of workers in state-legal cannabis industries. Legal marijuana now employs an estimated 240,000 people in the U.S. but, because cannabis remains federally illegal, marijuana businesses remain cut off from nearly all benefits at the federal level, including emergency relief funds. In a letter sent Friday to leaders of the House and Senate, maj.... View more in new window

Marijuana Moment | March 19, 2020

Ben Adlin
As more Americans across the country are sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, a major Colorado cannabis retailer announced that it has received the states first permit to deliver medical marijuana directly to patients doors. Boulder-based medical cannabis dispensary The Dandelion, which is owned and operated by the retail chain Native Roots, obtained Colorados first state-issued delivery license last week, the company announced on Thursday in a press release. Delivery services wont be available immediately, however. Shannon Fender, director of public affairs f.... View more in new window

High Times | March 18, 2020

A.J. Herrington
State regulators in Maine issued the first conditional licenses for cannabis businesses last week, setting the stage for retail marijuana sales to begin in late spring. Officials with Maines Office of Marijuana policy issued provisional approval for a total of 31 cannabis growers, manufacturers, and retailers pending their completion of the licensing process. We have said the adult-use industry will launch in spring 2020, Erik Gundersen, the director of the agency, said in a statement Friday. Todays announcement moves us another step closer to honoring that pledge. The co.... View more in new window

High Times | March 17, 2020

A.J. Herrington
Concern over the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic has led regulators in Michigan to temporarily permit cannabis dispensaries to offer curbside pickup services. The move is an effort to support social distancing measures encouraged by health officials as a way to slow the spread of the virus. On Monday, the states Marijuana Regulatory Agency MRA issued a statement containing temporary rules that allow customers to purchase cannabis products from licensed medical marijuana provisioning centers and adult-use retailers without entering the building or standing in line. C.... View more in new window

Marijuana Policy Project | Mar 17, 2020

Good news Both chambers of the General Assembly have approved HB 83, a bill that would automatically shield past cannabis charges occurring before October 1, 2014, in which possession was the only charge in the case. The bill now heads to Gov. Larry Hogans desk for final approval. If enacted, HB 83 would shield nearly 200,000 cannabis possession charges from public view on the Judiciarys Case Search website. Unfortunately, this is not a full record expungement. Full record expungement of marijuana possession is available by application after four years. You can find more i.... View more in new window

Marijuana Business Daily | 3/18/2020

Bart Schaneman and Eli McVey
Recreational marijuana retailers throughout several markets in the U.S. saw a dramatic spike in sales in recent days, according to new data, an unambiguous sign that the coronavirus pandemic is prompting consumers to stock up on products. The run on cannabis stores may come from the fear that marijuana shops will be closed indefinitely, similar to measures taken in several states to shutter bars and restaurants. According to point-of-sale data provided by Seattle-based Headset, daily sales in California spiked 159 percent on Monday over same-day sales in 2019. Colorado an.... View more in new window

Marijuana Business Daily | March 16, 2020

Bart Schaneman
Fort Collins, Colorado, cannabis retailer Organic Alternatives closed voluntarily on Monday over concerns about the spread of coronavirus and many more marijuana shops likely could do the same soon despite the loss in sales theyll experience. Worries around marijuana retailers closing also could lead to a run on cannabis stores, where consumers buy out products due to fears that businesses will remain shuttered. Additionally, that could lead to higher costs and lack of medical marijuana for patients. Although he declined to give a dollar amount, Maka Kalai, director of.... View more in new window

Marijuana Moment | March 17, 2020

Ben Adlin
As state and local governments across the U.S. shutter businesses and prohibit gatherings in an attempt to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical marijuana patients and advocates are urging policymakers not to close down cannabis dispensaries completely. Such a move, they warn, would leave hundreds of thousands of patients stranded without access to medicine, and many would have no choice but to turn to the illicit market. In an emergency call to action sent Monday to governors of legal medical marijuana states, Americans for Safe Access, a leading nonprofit m.... View more in new window

Marijuana Moment | March 17, 2020

Kyle Jaeger
New York lawmakers have rolled out a revised bill to legalize marijuana as uncertainty abounds about the state legislative and budgetary process amid the coronavirus outbreak. The proposal filed on Thursday, which would allow individuals 21 and older to purchase cannabis from licensed retailers and cultivate up to six plants for personal use, has undergone several changes from prior versions as lawmakers continue negotiations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo D included legalization in his budget proposal for the second year in a row, and he discussed the importance of passing the refor.... View more in new window

The Joint Blog | March 18, 2020

According to a marijuana testing lab in San Diego, almost 80 percent of the unregulated cannabis vape cartridges they tested were deemed unfit for consumption, reports ABC10 News. Platinum Vape manufacturing company produces high-potency, pesticide-free cannabis products that go through rigorous testing, reports ABC10. Co-founder George Sadler is on a mission to spread awareness about the serious potential health risks of using products from unlicensed vape makers and sellers. Its horrible, he tells 10News, adding, Its doing so much harm to people, versus walking into a l.... View more in new window | 3/17/2020

Graham Abbott
As U.S. citizens begin to prepare for social isolation efforts aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus, dispensaries in adult-use states have reported surges in both online sales and foot traffic. News outlets from around the country have pictured empty grocery store shelves as Americans stockpiled toilet paper and non-perishables, but food and supplies are not the only items flying off store shelves. After they filled their pantries, it seems consumers went out and filled their stash boxes too, said Liz Connors, Director of Analytics at Headset. .... View more in new window

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