The cannabis industry, like nearly every facet of the economy, has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis, or the Coronavirus. Numerous states across the country have imposed a variety of measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, including stay-at-home orders, business closures and bans on gatherings between 5-10 people. While medically necessary, these measures have been financially difficult for many businesses across a variety of industries. However, COVID-19 has had a mixed impact on the cannabis industry.
Over the last few weeks – as the crisis ground many economic sectors to a halt – individual states have implemented a patchwork of policies to combat the spread of the Coronavirus and, ultimately, preserve their respective economies. Within the last month, seventeen states so far have issued stay-at-home orders, cautioned residents from leaving engaging in ordinary activity. Just this week, some Governors, including Governor Baker here in Massachusetts have issued orders minimizing non-essential activities outside of the home along with corresponding directions to close “nonessential” businesses. Of those seventeen states, fourteen have operational and integrated marijuana industries. Finally, nearly twelve of those fourteen have permitted some cannabis companies to remain operational during the Coronavirus crisis. In fact, only two Delaware … Keep reading