MJ Biz Daily spoke with Purple Heart Patient Center’s CEO and Founder Keith Stephenson to discuss the state of the dispensary and industry amidst Covid-19 and following looting. Read for his insights and advice to other cannabis leaders in similar situations.
Jesse Parenti, Director of Programs at Nine Point Strategies, has been featured in today’s Cannabis Insurance Broker Spotlight on InsuranceJournal.com. How did Jesse get into the cannabis space? “I have family and friends that have been cottage growers for over 20 years. Protecting and having them be able to have a legal farm was very exciting to know could happen.
“The fee deferral announcement that came out today is a step in the right direction. We are encouraged that industry advocacy efforts have evolved into actions that provide real relief for the essential regulated cannabis industry.” Furthermore, the CDFA report mentions that cannabis businesses can seek out state tax relief and can submit disaster relief requests to their licensing authorities.
Shifts in the cannabis industry during this reopening are far-reaching and intertwined. Sales trends will inform risk management- how are we protecting at-risk patients? “Brandon credits Ohio state officials’ decision to allow for telemedicine, “call-in and online dispensary orders” and curbside pickup as reasons why Ohio patients have been able to “feel safe” during the pandemic.” https://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/sales-trends-coronavirus-covid-19-march-april-may-2020-oklahoma-ohio/