Coronavirus


Recent retail cannabis sales in California, Colorado and Washington state

COVID-19 has disrupted day-to-day operations for many marijuana businesses. In the face of uncertainty, retail cannabis operators have been keeping a close eye on shifts in purchasing behavior.

This chart highlights daily sales trends for select markets during this period.


Mexico Senate suspension over COVID-19 puts cannabis legalization deadline in doubt

The Mexican Senate struck an agreement to postpone most legislative activity as part of the second phase of contingency measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The decision casts serious doubt on the feasibility of complying with the April 30 deadline the Supreme Court set for the legalization of cannabis. Senate commissions approved a legalization bill earlier this […]

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Green Organic Dutchman shelves large Quebec facility, lays off staff

The Green Organic Dutchman (TGOD) is the latest large Canadian cannabis firm to shelve one of its greenhouses and lay off staff, continuing a trend that has seen significant facility postponements and workforce reductions across the nation’s marijuana industry. TGOD temporarily laid off most employees at its facility in Valleyfield, Quebec, as it moves to centralize […]

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List of cannabis events hit by coronavirus

From South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, to Spannabis in Spain, at least 15 conferences with ties to the cannabis industry have been postponed, canceled or rescheduled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here is a list – which will be updated – and links to some of the events impacted so far by the coronavirus: American […]

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Harvest Health, Verano end mammoth marijuana merger

What was one of the largest acquisitions ever announced in the marijuana industry – a deal valued at $850 million when Phoenix-based multistate marijuana operator Harvest Health & Recreation said a year ago it would buy Chicago’s Verano Holdings – has been mutually terminated, the two companies said Thursday. The coronavirus and other financial and regulatory […]

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Farm Credit Canada COVID-19 assistance available to cannabis sector – with a catch

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) said cannabis businesses hit by economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for short-term, government-backed credit and loan payment deferrals, a move that could provide a financial lifeline for some companies. The credit, extended in the form of a loan, would come from a 5 billion Canadian dollar ($3.5 […]

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COVID-19 might delay Maine’s adult-use cannabis launch beyond June

The long-awaited launch of Maine’s recreational marijuana market could be delayed further because of the coronavirus, according to a memo from state regulators. Earlier this month, a state agency projected that the first adult-use marijuana shops would open in June, three months later than the initial forecast. But now that timetable may be overly optimistic. “Several communities […]

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Florida, Oklahoma classify medical marijuana stores as ‘essential’

Count Florida and Oklahoma among the states in which medical marijuana dispensaries are considered “essential” businesses that can remain open during the coronavirus pandemic. A Florida statute considers medical cannabis dispensaries in the state to be an essential service such as pharmacies, the Tampa Bay Times reported. In Oklahoma, the state’s Medical Marijuana Authority posted the following message […]

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Quebec cannabis stores ruled ‘priority enterprises’; suppliers to stay open

(This story has been updated with a comment from Société québécoise du cannabis.) Quebec’s government-owned cannabis stores are “priority enterprises,” and businesses producing raw materials for the stores must maintain their activities in accordance with the directives of public health authorities. Neighboring Ontario also classified its regulated adult-use cannabis producers and retailers as “essential” this week, […]

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Marijuana retailers using drive-thru service to help limit contact with customers amid coronavirus

Some cannabis businesses are closing their doors – by choice or order – and they’re relying more on drive-thru windows as a way to better serve customers and avoid spreading coronavirus. It’s yet another example of how retailers are adapting to cope with the pandemic and keep their marijuana sales on track. Edgewater, Maryland-based Mana Supply Co., which […]

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