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.


Most legal cannabis stores in Canada barred from delivery, hampering retailers’ ability to serve customers

As Canada’s federal government urges Canadians to stay at home to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the vast majority of private-sector cannabis stores in the nation have long been barred by provinces from offering home cannabis delivery services to customers. As of now, only cannabis retailers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba may offer full e-commerce. That could […]

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Regulated cannabis businesses appeal to Ottawa for COVID-19 support

Canadian marijuana companies, seeking to overcome the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, are urging the federal government not to exclude them from economic measures offered to other businesses. The appeal was made in a letter sent by a group of 74 regulated cannabis companies and organizations to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Navdeep Bains, […]

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BC allows cannabis click-and-collect, phone orders to promote social distancing

Regulated cannabis stores in British Columbia are now allowed to accept product reservations online and over the phone as the province looks to support retailers while reducing the amount of time consumers spend in stores amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Dugald Smith, general manager of the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch, notified stakeholders of the policy […]

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New Jersey governor deems medical cannabis dispensaries ‘essential’

New Jersey became the latest state to classify medical cannabis dispensaries as “essential” businesses when the governor ordered all residents to stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Phil Murphy issued the stay-at-home order on Saturday, saying residents could venture out for necessary travel, NJ.com reported. Murphy’s declaration also ordered nonessential retail businesses in […]

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Amid coronavirus pandemic, California gov classifies cannabis industry as ‘essential’ during state’s effective lockdown

Under a clarification document Gov. Gavin Newsom issued late Friday, all licensed marijuana businesses in California can continue with business as usual during an effective statewide lockdown implemented in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The decision to categorize cannabis companies as “essential” in effect provides an economic lifeline to the marijuana industry by allowing MJ businesses to […]

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Week in Review: Medical marijuana deemed ‘essential,’ MJ shops see brisk sales amid coronavirus crisis but deal with related business challenges & more

States and local municipalities are increasingly declaring that medical marijuana businesses are “essential” operations and can keep their doors open during the coronavirus health crisis. MJBizDaily takeaway: Industry watchers note that as government officials in more areas of the country place MMJ dispensaries in the same category as other essential businesses such as pharmacies, this marks […]

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Marijuana industry eyes impact from more stay-at-home orders

The governor of Illinois on Friday followed his counterparts in California and New York by issuing a statewide stay-at-home order in response to the growing coronavirus crisis. And it appears that New Jersey and Connecticut may take similar steps, which could leave marijuana businesses in all of those states scrambling to figure out how – […]

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Cannabis group urges SBA loans made amid coronavirus crisis

A cannabis industry coalition is urging Congress to ensure that state-legal marijuana businesses are eligible for emergency loans from the Small Business Administration during the coronavirus outbreak. The SBA announced earlier this month that it would provide disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans of up to $2 million each to small businesses affected by […]

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California lockdown: Patchwork of emergency orders makes it less clear where cannabis firms can operate locally

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new statewide stay-at-home order has created even more uncertainty for marijuana businesses in the world’s largest cannabis market, forcing executives to navigate a growing jumble of local rules that may or may not permit MJ companies to operate normally. The order, which was issued Thursday night, doesn’t explicitly address whether cannabis companies […]

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MJBizDaily postpones, cancels three cannabis trade events

Marijuana Business Daily has decided to postpone or cancel three upcoming cannabis industry trade events scheduled for the United States and overseas because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here are the details: MJBizDaily’s Investor Intelligence Symposium, scheduled for next month in New York, has been canceled. Attendees have been notified. In lieu of the cancellation, MJBizDaily will […]

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