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Santa Clara County shutters recreational marijuana take-out under COVID-19 shutdown

Published: Apr 2, 2020, 3:49 pm • Updated: Apr 2, 2020, 3:50 pm By Michael Nowels, Maggie Angst Cannabis dispensaries in the Bay Area’s most populous county are closing their doors to recreational users under new orders. Santa Clara County has stopped allowing for in-store purchases of marijuana for non-medical customers, according to the county website. The change in policy apparently occurred in the last couple days. Recreational users can still have marijuana delivered to their homes in the county, but only those who are prescribed cannabis by a doctor will still be able to pick it up in person. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

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 tha...

Colorado dispensaries say coronavirus pandemic is making case for marijuana delivery

As the coronavirus pandemic disrupts daily life and commerce in Colorado, many in the state’s marijuana industry believe it makes the case for allowing dispensaries to begin delivering to customers’ homes now. Legislators legalized cannabis delivery with the passage of House Bill 1234 in 2019. The law permits medical marijuana deliveries to start in 2020 followed by recreational cannabis deliveries in 2021, but left it to municipalities to individually decide if they will allow the services. So far just one dispensary in Colorado, The Dandelion in Boulder, has obtained a license to deliver products to patients. Shannon Gray, communications specialist for the Marijuana Enforcement Division, declined to comment on whether the timeline for recreational delivery is being reconsidered in light ...

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 op...

Can marijuana dispensaries stay open during Colorado’s coronavirus crisis? It depends.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis deemed marijuana dispensaries “critical” retail businesses in an executive order Sunday urging employers to reduce their in-person workforces, meaning they would stay open if other industries were forced to shutter to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. The governor’s order, however, will change how dispensaries do business. In-person sales are limited to medical patients only; recreational customers must order in advance for curbside pickup. The order is in effect from 8 p.m. on Tuesday until April 11, unless extended by the governor. Some counties classified dispensaries among essential services allowed to remain open during the pandemic independent of the governor’s order. For example, in San Miguel County, which mandated residents shelter in place on March 18,...

A marijuana shop at your door: Home delivery in California surges amid outbreak

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and HAVEN DALEY | The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO  — One company rushed to expand its delivery fleet. Another has seen sales triple. The global coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people locked out of bars, restaurants and theaters, but it’s been an unexpected boost for some U.S. pot shops. Marijuana users in the nation’s largest legal pot shop, California, and elsewhere are on a buying binge, as they stock up for potential quarantines or simply light up in search of relief during anxious times and government lockdowns. New York, San Francisco and Palm Springs, California, are among the cities labeling dispensaries “essential” businesses that can remain open during virus lockdowns, in some cases with limitations. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

A pot shop at your door: Home delivery surges amid outbreak

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and HAVEN DALEY SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One company rushed to expand its delivery fleet. Another has seen sales triple. The global coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people locked out of bars, restaurants and theaters, but it’s been an unexpected boost for some U.S. pot shops. Marijuana users in the nation’s largest legal pot shop, California, and elsewhere are on a buying binge, as they stock up for potential quarantines or simply light up in search of relief during anxious times and government lockdowns. New York, San Francisco and Palm Springs, California, are among the cities labeling dispensaries “essential” businesses that can remain open during virus lockdowns, in some cases with limitations. Read the rest of this story on BostonHerald.com.

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

Published: Mar 17, 2020, 2:00 pm • Updated: Mar 17, 2020, 2:00 pm By Fiona Kelliher, Maggie Angst 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. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

Denver’s annual 4/20 cannabis festival canceled due to coronavirus

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Colorado’s first licensed cannabis R&D firm to study marijuana’s effect on Alzheimer’s disease

A Denver-based company hopes to be the state’s first to study the effects of marijuana on Alzheimer’s disease, thanks to a newly available research and development license in the city. MedPharm Holdings plans to apply for a Denver marijuana R&D license to test delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD) and other cannabinoids’ effects on Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.8 million Americans have the disease, a degenerative brain disorder that affects a person’s memory and thinking skills. While there are drugs that help ease symptoms, they do not change the course of the disease. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

More than 80% of Denver teens say they don’t use marijuana

Published: Feb 26, 2020, 6:15 am • Updated: Feb 26, 2020, 6:17 am By Tiney Ricciardi The majority of teenagers living in Denver are not using marijuana, according to new survey data compiled by the city. Of the teens who do, the number of daily users has increased slightly. City officials surveyed 537 teens in Denver in 2019 to assess the effectiveness of the High Costs youth marijuana prevention program and released the results Wednesday. Of survey respondents ages 13 to 17, 81% said they do not currently use marijuana. The survey included 18-year-olds for the first time and found 61% of them do not currently use marijuana. Read the rest of this story on DenverPost.com.

Marijuana use is rising sharply among seniors over 65, study says, and there are serious risks

Published: Feb 24, 2020, 9:40 am • Updated: Feb 24, 2020, 9:41 am By Cnn.com Wire Service By Sandee LaMotte | CNN The sweet scent of baking cookies wafting from grandma’s house may be mixed with a more pungent aroma these days. The smell of marijuana. The numbers of American seniors over age 65 who now smoke marijuana or use edibles increased two-fold between 2015 and 2018, according to research published Monday in JAMA. Read the rest of this story on MercuryNews.com.

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