WeedWeek business columnist Dan Mitchell delved into the nuances of cannabis’ new status as an “essential” industry. But what does essential mean?
“The answer has legal, political, cultural, scientific, and medical implications. It will help determine, among other things, how it will be regulated and taxed in the future. Should we treat it like booze? Like food? Like pharmaceuticals? All of which are essential. Like spa treatments, which are not essential? Is it a pastime? A vice? A health elixir? It is to some extent all of those things, which is why some local governments have struggled to decide what to do about dispensaries amidst the lockdown.”