Medical marijuana registrations surge during shutdown      

  • Just as it was finding a groove and getting more retail marijuana stores open all around the state, the Cannabis Control Commission has ordered a halt to all non-medical marijuana business and is looking for ways to support the fledgling industry and its workers, and to be ready to resume the rollout of adult-use retail when the COVID-19 public health emergency abates.
  • the bigger ones have more resources, obviously, to weather a storm like this than the smaller ones, so I’m very concerned,” CCC Chairman Steven Hoffman said Friday after the commission met to discuss possible ways to limit the damage done to the industry.
  • That, combined with the limited availability of marijuana, has led to ” a pretty significant surge” in the number of initial patient registrations, CCC Executive Director Shawn Collins said.
  • The chairman said the CCC has been busy processing license applications during the adult-use industry shutdown in hopes of keeping the steady pace of approvals and store openings going whenever retailers are allowed to re-open.

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