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Colorado’s marijuana businesses can remain open during pandemic, but they say they’re still struggling

As the coronavirus fueled changes in regulation for Colorado’s cannabis industry, leaders at LivWell Enlightened Health knew they needed to make dramatic moves to keep the business and its workers thriving. And fast.

On March 30, 18 company executives and department heads agreed to suspend their compensation for three months to avoid making cuts elsewhere, including personnel.

The company employs 690 people between its cultivation sites, business administration and 18 dispensaries in Colorado and Oregon. Most are what Executive Director Dean Heizer calls “heartbeat” employees, namely, those on the front lines serving customers in marijuana dispensaries and working in its grow facilities sites to ensure there’s product to sell.

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These Silicon Valley businesses are booming in the coronavirus era

Traffic at Coursera, the Mountain View-based online learning platform with university classes for anyone, is four to five times higher than usual, with thousands of universities requesting free access to their platform. At the same time, videoconferencing app Zoom has become central to countless companies where most employees are working from home. And grocery delivery app Instacart has seen a 150 percent increase in demand, with billions of dollars worth of groceries purchased through the app in the past three weeks.

The global coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on thousands of businesses large and small, shuttering restaurants, bars and many retail stores. Silicon Valley startups selling cars, homes and co-working space are struggling and starting rounds of layoffs. Already, more than 1 million Californians have filed for unemployment. But for some businesses, the pandemic and efforts to contain it have been a boon, boosting their popularity if not yet their revenue. Grocery stores, online delivery and the post office are all hiring. But not all the businesses seeing a rise in demand are as obviously tied to the response to the pandemic.

Among them is Coursera, which offers extremely popular series available to anyone for free on the science of well-being and machine learning. In Italy, one of the countries hardest hit by coronavirus, enrollment is up 200 percent, and a course from the Imperial College London on the science of COVID-19 has more than 66,000 students enrolled after launching less than two months ago.

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Denver’s stay-at-home order triggered huge sales – and safety concerns – for city’s cannabis businesses

When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced recreational marijuana shops would be forced to close under the city’s stay-at-home order Monday, the response from customers was swift. They swarmed local dispensaries to stock up on products and caused enough of a stir that the mayor rescinded the moratorium just three hours later.

As more counties announce stay-at-home orders that will affect more than 2 million people in the metro area, cannabis industry personnel say it’s worth reflecting on the Denver announcement’s impact — both good and bad.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis deemed marijuana dispensaries “critical” retail businesses, meaning they’re allowed to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic with some restrictions. If a city or county individually imposes stricter rules on how they operate, however, those will supersede state regulations.

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Cannabis dispensaries are ‘essential’ businesses in San Jose during coronavirus lockdown, city says

SAN JOSE — Dispensaries and licensed cannabis companies can remain open through the shelter-in-place order issued by Santa Clara and six other counties, the city said Tuesday.

So long as they practice social distancing measures, dispensaries are considered “essential” businesses, confirmed city spokesperson Rosario Neaves.

“In our case in the city, we’re considering medical cannabis a healthcare operation, as long as they comply with the social distancing requirements,” Neaves said Tuesday.

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Marijuana businesses ask Costa Mesa to allow delivery, lower taxes from 6% to 2%

Costa Mesa’s cannabis businesses are asking the city to lower its tax on their operations and allow for home delivery to help them be more competitive.

The City Council recently formed an ad hoc committee to study the request and the city’s regulations related to the industry in Costa Mesa.

Mayor Katrina Foley said the committee, which will include herself and councilmen John Stephens and Manuel Chavez, will meet beginning in January with the plan to have recommendations ready for the entire council to consider by the end of spring. The timing is intended to leave room to get an item on the November ballot if necessary.

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Millbury plumbing businesses operators convicted of running commercial marijuana operation

The operators of a family-owned Millbury plumbing business have been convicted of using the company as a front for large-scale marijuana cultivation and distribution, according to federal authorities.

Following a five-day trial, a federal jury on Wednesday convicted Thomas Laverty, 39, of Clinton, and Charles Laverty, 63, of Millbury, of conspiring to cultivate more than 100 marijuana plants, conspiracy to launder money and cultivating marijuana and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office.

Earlier this month, Andrea Laverty, 63, of Millbury, pleaded guilty to conspiring to cultivate marijuana and conspiring to launder money. Her sentencing is scheduled for April 9.

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