California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


Week in Review: Recreational marijuana sales tumble, cannabis stores open during pandemic, Harvest-Verano deal dead & more

COVID-19 causes cannabis sales to ebb, flow Only a few days after adult-use marijuana sales soared amid the coronavirus scare, they took a nosedive. MJBizDaily takeaway: The roller-coaster ride in marijuana sales was to be expected. Initially, consumers, panicked by the pandemic, stockpiled products. The sudden drop might mark a natural decline after consumers stocked up before […]

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Marijuana packaging firm KushCo lays off 49, blames COVID-19

KushCo Holdings, a cannabis company specializing in ancillary products such as packaging, on Thursday said it laid off 49 employees this month as the California company’s CEO noted that “the COVID-19 pandemic creates ever-increasing uncertainty in the cannabis industry.” The layoffs will save the company about $4 million, according to a company news release. Since last […]

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Cannabis labs watchful of supply disruptions during coronavirus crisis as testing demand remains strong

Marijuana testing labs report steady business as the COVID-19 outbreak rolls on, though concerns loom over the availability of protective equipment such as gloves and masks and other cleaning supplies. It’s a topic the cannabis industry will keep a careful eye on because, if the coronavirus pandemic eventually causes hiccups in testing, that could slow […]

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From marijuana to hand sanitizer: Cannabis companies pivot to produce, donate essential products for coronavirus fight

(This story has been updated to include information from CannaCraft about the costs and processes associated with formulating hand sanitizer.) Many state authorities have deemed U.S. cannabis companies “essential” businesses during the coronavirus pandemic and allowed them to keep their doors open – and now some marijuana businesses are producing an essential product to help […]

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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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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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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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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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