General Cannabis Law News & Updates

SanitizerAs the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and drastic changes to the business environment, some cannabis companies have decided to pitch in and use some of their manufacturing and processing capacity to produce hand sanitizer. In California, companies such as CannaCraft and The Galley have converted portions of their processing facilities to produce hand

Yesterday, several adult-use marijuana establishments, and one medical marijuana patient, filed suit against Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker requesting preliminary and permanent injunctive relief challenging his Covid-19 Order No. 13 and Covid-19 Order No. 21 (Orders) issued in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The Orders closed adult-use retail establishments at noon on March 24, and

On March 28th, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an Executive Order extending the deadline for submitting applications for adult use Craft Grower, Infuser and Transporter licenses until April 30, 2020 and directing all applications to be submitted via certified mail. Applications delivered in person or sent via FedEx or UPS will not be

On March 23, the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) stated that cannabis businesses will not be eligible for loans under its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program, despite expanding the program in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). However, the SBA noted that businesses that produce or sell hemp and hemp-derived products may apply for such loans.

Like all businesses navigating the current COVID-19 crisis, cannabis companies are eager to understand how state and local orders will impact their operations.  As states issue orders requiring all but essential businesses to close, a key question is whether cannabis businesses can continue to operate.

Some states have explicitly included cannabis companies as essential businesses,

In recent days, the Governors of both New Jersey and Pennsylvania have ordered the closure of certain businesses deemed non-essential as part of each state’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Further guidance from both states has made clear that medical marijuana dispensaries are deemed essential businesses and can remain open until further notice.

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Illinois Craft Grower, Infuser and Transporter Applications are Now Due March 30, 2020

 On March 12th, due to concerns about COVID-19, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued an Executive Order extending the deadline for submitting applications for adult use Craft Grower, Infuser and Transporter licenses by two weeks, until March 30, 2020. The Executive