COVID-19’s Impact on the Cannabis Industry
Chrystal James is a California licensed attorney who has been practicing business and civil litigation for over seventeen years. Chrystal is a recognized expert in the cannabis industry through her legal work with local businesses and jurisdictions on cannabis law. Chrystal has advised public and private clients on how to navigate local, state, and federal marijuana laws since 2006. She practices in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.*
2020 has been a uniquely challenging year for the entire world. No industry was untouched by the unanticipated arrival of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). COVID-19 officially hit the United States on January 21, 2020, when the first case was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 Borders were closed, cities shutdown, families sheltered in place, and "business as usual" became a distant memory. While many of us were focused on securing new supply avenues for basic necessities (i.e., the big "TP Panic"), businesses were quickly pivoting their operations in response to state-ordered shutdowns, remote workflow changes, social distancing requirements, and consumer behavior changes. The cannabis industry was no exception.