United Nations Report Suggests COVID-19 Lockdowns Are “Increasing Demand for Cannabis”
A new report on global drug trends also notes that cannabis accounts for more than half of all global drug law offenses, and “remains the main drug that brings people into contact with the criminal justice system.”
Essential But Nervous: Cannabis Workers on the Front Line of a Pandemic
Some employees worry about their health as well as their jobs.
Q&A: Cannabis Delivery Is in the Spotlight Due to COVID-19. What’s Next?
Cannabis Wire spoke with Jaci Flug, former general counsel for the New York State Liquor Authority, about her new role at alcohol delivery platform Drizly and its cannabis arm Lantern, and Lantern’s president.
House Coronavirus Bill Includes Cannabis Banking Reform
The SAFE Banking Act has been included in the HEROES Act. Whether the language will survive the Senate is another question.
Massachusetts Cannabis Companies Call for State Aid Amid Coronavirus
A bill introduced by state Senator Diana DiZoglio would help companies “ineligible” for the federal Paycheck Protection Program.
Cannabis Regulators Respond to Coronavirus Concerns
US cannabis consumers and patients are asking questions like: will my local shop close? Will delivery be an option? Cannabis Wire is tracking cannabis regulators’ announcements.
Which Cannabis Companies Are Cutting Back, Citing COVID-19?
For the past month, several major cannabis companies have pointed the finger at COVID-19 for ended deals, layoffs, and halted operations. Cannabis Wire is keeping track.
Pressure Mounts to Consider Cannabis Businesses in Next Coronavirus Relief Bill
Two letters—one signed by cannabis trade groups, the other by groups focused on justice—were sent this week pushing Congress for COVID-19 relief for cannabis businesses.
American Bar Association Hosts Cannabis and Coronavirus Conversation
A panel discussed how cannabis businesses are faring, as states declare them “essential” while federal relief funds are off limits.
House Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Allow Cannabis Industry Access to Coronavirus Relief
As cannabis remains federally illegal, state-legal cannabis businesses have been left out of COVID-19 relief funds.
Q&A: A Senator Calls for Coronavirus Relief for Cannabis Businesses
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and others argue that now is a good time for the Small Business Administration to pull out of its “time warp” and help these struggling small firms.
How Does Coronavirus Affect Cannabis Consumers? A New Study Aims to Find Out.
A University of Miami epidemiologist shares early findings on COVID-19 and cannabis with Cannabis Wire.
Coronavirus Shutdowns Delay Release of Guam Adult Use Cannabis Regulations
The governor suspended “non-essential” government activity on the island through May 6.
Maine Delays Launch of Adult Use Cannabis Sales, Citing Coronavirus
Voters approved adult use of cannabis in 2016. The state has taken longer than any other to launch its program.
Coronavirus Delays: Where Do Cannabis Bills Stand Across the US?
Several states were tackling medical or adult use legalization bills before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Cannabis Wire reached out to key lawmakers to learn the latest.
The Coronavirus Pandemic is Slowing Cannabis Reform in the Caribbean
Parliamentary meetings, regulatory rule setting, and investment summits are being postponed, slowing what had been steady progress in the region.