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.


In letter to cannabis producers, Health Canada pledges ‘limited inspections’ amid COVID-19 crisis

Canadian cannabis license holders received new guidance from Health Canada on Tuesday, detailing the federal health department’s approach to regulating the marijuana industry during the COVID-19 crisis. Among other things, Health Canada said it will continue some licensing activity and license inspections at a modified pace, allow temporary security clearances for some staff and extend […]

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Is marijuana ‘recession-proof?’ Industry experts say yes – to a point – and alcohol might be a guide

The legal cannabis industry appears poised to enter uncharted waters: an economy engulfed by a full-fledged recession. The coronavirus is inflicting severe damage to the world economy, raising the specter of a major economic contraction, and some economy watchers – including Bank of America – have already asserted the U.S. is in a recession. How would […]

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Organigram expects layoffs, production decrease from COVID-19

Canadian cannabis company Organigram is anticipating voluntary and nonvoluntary layoffs as well as a slowdown in production and packaging as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Brunswick-based producer is currently “managing its production and staffing levels at its Moncton facility – where not all functions can be addressed remotely – to protect the […]

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Canada cannabis licensing inspections delayed due to COVID-19, CannTrust says

Health Canada is slowing down on-site field inspections of cannabis facilities until the end of the month amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a disclosure from beleaguered cannabis producer CannTrust. Reduced field inspections could slow the pace at which the federal marijuana production regulator issues new licenses and amendments, presenting a new challenge to Canadian […]

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Ontario’s cannabis sector deemed ‘essential’ amid COVID-19 outbreak

Regulated cannabis stores and producers have been deemed essential workplaces by Ontario’s government and will not be required to close their doors by midnight Tuesday amid the province’s effective lockdown to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. Ontario released a list late Monday identifying the essential workplaces allowed to remain open. The closure of […]

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Denver reverses course, allows adult-use cannabis shops to stay open

The operators of adult-use marijuana stores in Denver caught a break late Monday afternoon when the city announced they can remain open. Earlier in the day, while announcing a new stay-at-home order for Denver residents in the city’s battle against the coronavirus, Mayor Michael Hancock’s order didn’t include recreational marijuana stores as essential businesses, meaning they […]

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Oregon allows marijuana curbside deliveries

Oregon marijuana regulators on Monday approved a temporary rule that allows licensed cannabis retailers to conduct limited transactions outside of their brick-and-mortar buildings. Under the interim rule – an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus – the state’s marijuana businesses will be allowed to deliver product to a customer within 150 feet of […]

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More states say medical cannabis shops can stay open amid COVID-19

Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio joined several other states in declaring that medical marijuana dispensaries can remain open in light of stay-at-home orders designed to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. Here is a look at what is happening in each state:  Massachusetts: Medical marijuana dispensaries in the state will be allowed to stay open from Tuesday through […]

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Adult-use cannabis sales plunge after briefly hitting new heights on coronavirus concerns

Adult-use marijuana sales plunged over the weekend, only a few days after skyrocketing to new heights as consumers prepared for fallout from coronavirus. The response might mark a natural decline after consumers stocked up before sheltering in place or it could be the result of economic pressures from the pandemic, which has resulted in the […]

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Online marijuana giant Leafly lays off 91 staffers

One of the premier names in online cannabis information, Seattle-based Leafly, said Monday that it’s further cutting its workforce as part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak. “Today Leafly eliminated the roles of 91 employees across the company, 39% of our workforce,” CEO Tim Leslie said in a statement, adding that he was “heartbroken” […]

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Poll: COVID-19’s cannabis legalization impact?

The nationwide coronavirus outbreak could hamper cannabis legalization efforts along the East Coast and elsewhere, raising further questions about the launch of lucrative new adult-use and medical markets in New York and other states. Coronavirus already has caused a number of state legislatures to temporarily shut down, including ones on the East Coast that were […]

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