As the COVID-19 pandemic has hit many industries across the country negatively, one that is coming out on top is the cannabis industry.
While the world stays home to abid by "social distancing orders," many are turning to cannabis to ease the monotony of what is now the "New Normal" life. Since around mid-March, the cannabis industry has seen numbers explode as cannabis is deemed an "essential" business in many states where weed is legalized through the use of home-delivery services.
Here's what a few state officials in various places across the US have done to support the "High" stakes industry.
In reports coming from the state regulator commission the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), the state has seen sales increase up to 30%, meaning Oregonians spent an estimated $84 million in March cannabis sales with no signs of slowing down. The OLCC was granted temporary delivery service under Govenor. KateBrown's "Stay home, save lives" directive order.
After California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide "stay at home" order for all non-essential businesses to close its doors and workers stay home, he later came back to clarify what businesses were and were not essential. To the relief of cannabis business owners, bud shops were free to continue operating under delivery option guidelines. The state of California has not released official figures we can see that sales have jumped over 30% in comparison to this time last year.
Florida's 334,000 plus residents are taking advantage of their time at home per the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis emergency declaration to stay at home amid the spread of COVID-19 in Florida. Florida's cannabis sales numbers have skyrocketed more than 30% thanks to temporary curbside pick up and delivery options until the executive order expires.
While there is no official date as to when America will be open for business again, please remember to support your local small businesses and pratice social distancing while keeping your joints to yourself.