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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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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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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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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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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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