Numerous jurisdictions have deemed cannabis businesses “essential” during the current crisis, or given other signals of support. Together they may be read as an indication that legal weed is here to stay, even if some businesses are not.
- California classified cannabis businesses as ‘essential,’ but inconsistencies at the local level have caused confusion.
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- Washington state allowed cannabis businesses to operate.
- So did Illinois.
- Massachusetts regulators closed their office to the public and urged pot shops to step up their sanitation efforts.
- With New York City now a global pandemic hot spot, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said efforts to coordinate cannabis reform with neighboring states have helped address the outbreak. In the midst of the crisis, state lawmakers are calling on Cuomo to delay his REC legalization push.
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- Missouri said the outbreak wouldn’t delay its MED program.
- Ohio stopped requiring in-person visits with a doctor to obtain a MED card.
- Boulder dispensary The Dandelion, a unit of Native Roots, received Colorado’s first delivery license.
- The virus has reduced the chances of a pot banking bill passing the U.S. Senate this year, American Banker reports.