By Jeff Wells, CEO, Metrc.
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on America, infecting millions of people, putting most aspects of our daily lives on hold, and yet fast-tracking others. For instance, the cannabis industry has been deemed an “essential business” – a feat that would have been unthinkable a decade ago. To survive in today’s climate, it’s critical to be nimble and fiercely protective of workers who are continuing to work during these unprecedented times. Here’s how cannabis businesses have adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With state shutdowns and social distancing orders in place, government agencies have implemented new emergency measures to keep pace. In many medical cannabis markets, states started allowing telehealth appointments for patient applications and renewals. Registrations have since spiked. Some agencies have allowed for online ordering, home delivery, and implemented new safety procedures at dispensaries including eliminating sniff jars and limiting capacity. And some have extended deadlines for license renewals or leveraged technology to do virtual inspections.