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COVID-19 Forces Cannabis Industry and State Regulators to Evaluate and Improve Methods of Cannabis Delivery and Access

By Justin A. Santarosa, Arletta Bussiere, Joe Pangaro and Justin Stern

Cannabis operators, like all other businesses, are searching for new ways to reach their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cannabis businesses have been generally treated as “essential” under the various state orders that have otherwise closed businesses and ordered people to stay at home. Even though they have been permitted to operate, it is not business-as-usual for these operators as they grapple with CDC workplace restrictions and guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19.

As a result of these restrictions, state regulators and cannabis business have begun implementing new policies and procedures such as curbside pick-up, expanded delivery zones and increased use of contactless payment methods. While these changes are viewed as temporary, if properly implemented, cannabis businesses may be able to show regulators that these expanded policies should continue after the crisis has passed. This difficult time presents an opportunity for cannabis retailers to expand their reach and help bolster support for more online ordering, home delivery and other delivery methods.

Below is a summary of how several states have handled the COVID-19 pandemic in relation to the operations of cannabis businesses during the stay at home orders. Continue reading COVID-19 Forces Cannabis Industry and State Regulators to Evaluate and Improve Methods of Cannabis Delivery and Access

Massachusetts US Attorney Issues Warning to Cannabis Actors

By Alexandra Slavet

On January 8, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Andrew E. Lelling, noted in an official statement that he “cannot provide assurances that certain categories of participants in the state-level marijuana trade will be immune from federal prosecution.” This appears to be the strongest negative statement yet from a federal prosecutor following US Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent rescission of a series of memoranda which had suggested low prioritization of prosecution of those in the cannabis industry. Sessions is offering each local US Attorney the discretion to pursue prosecutions of state-legal actors as long as they follow long established Department of Justice guidelines for all prosecutions. Other US Attorneys have, for the most part, stayed silent on the issue, confirmed no change in approach, or said they would study the issue.  Continue reading Massachusetts US Attorney Issues Warning to Cannabis Actors