California Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News


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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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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Adult-use cannabis retailers take stock of inventory, encourage online orders as sales surge during coronavirus pandemic

Recreational marijuana retailers throughout several markets in the U.S. saw a dramatic spike in sales in recent days, according to new data, an unambiguous sign that the coronavirus pandemic is prompting consumers to stock up on products. The run on cannabis stores may come from the fear that marijuana shops will be closed indefinitely, similar […]

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Marijuana businesses pivot quickly to meet demand for home deliveries amid coronavirus worries

Cannabis companies that provide delivery services – including delivery operators and retailers – are seeing a deluge of orders as customers stock up on marijuana products in the wake of coronavirus pandemic concerns. At the same time, these companies are putting into place unprecedented measures to ensure their delivery drivers and customers stay healthy, ranging […]

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California’s Indus secures $14.5 million for cannabis expansion

Indus Holdings, a California-based vertically integrated marijuana company, said it secured up to $14.5 million in loan financing to complete a greenhouse and boost the company’s profitability path. Indus, which said it will close the deal in April, also will use the proceeds for renovations and as general working capital “to become profitable and self-sustaining.” Geronimo […]

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California legislative roundup: Are tax shifts on the way for the state’s cannabis industry?

The 2020 California legislative session began in January, and marijuana industry insiders say what happens by time it concludes could be make-or-break for the state’s legal MJ industry as it deals with ongoing challenges around taxes, the illicit market and local municipality restrictions on cannabis firms. The dominant topic on the minds of California cannabis businesses is […]

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Week in Review: UN delays cannabis vote, marijuana events keep eye on coronavirus, another MJ business founder steps down

This week’s United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) meeting in Vienna indicated the division among nations over the World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations. The CND pushed back a vote to December and declined to immediately take up voting on recommendations that would have far-reaching implications for the global cannabis industry. MJBizDaily takeaway: The […]

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