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March 26th, 2020

Chronicle AM: Denver Pot Shop Ban Reversed, Amsterdam Cannabis Cafes Reopen, More… (3/25/20)

Rerolled: March 25, 2020 | #STDW

Marijuana retail outlets stay open in Denver and Amsterdam after pandemic-inspired efforts to shut them down inspire long lines, drug reform and public health groups urge governors to keep medical marijuana dispensaries open, and more.

Marijuana Policy

Denver Mayor Announces Liquor Stores and Pot Shops Have to Close but Forced to Backtrack in Face of Large Crowds. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) announced Monday afternoon that marijuana shops and liquor stores would have to close their doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic but was forced to reverse course later that same day. But in response to his announcement, city residents began swarming liquor stores and pot shops—violating social distancing requirements—sometimes with lines a block line, forcing the mayor to reconsider. Now, the booze and pot shops can stay open, but must enforce physical distancing requirements.

Medical Marijuana

Public Health, Drug Reform Groups Urge Governors to Deem Medical Marijuana Dispensaries as "Essential" Businesses. A dozen public health and drug reform organizations have sent an open letter to every governor in the country urging them to recognize medical marijuana as a necessary medicine and to declare dispensaries "essential" businesses that can stay open during periods of reduced movement related to the coronavirus pandemic. Signatories include the Drug Policy Alliance, the Marijuana Policy Project, NORML, and the Harm Reduction Coalition, as well as public health groups.


Denver Psychedelic Reform Panel Holds Second Meeting. The Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review panel—the nation's first such entity—held its second meeting Tuesday and reached agreement on criteria for law enforcement reporting on activities related to the 'shrooms. Data collected should include age, location of offense, the offense itself (possession, distribution, cultivation), the quantity involved, race, and whether a prosecution ensued, among other things.


Holland Reopens Cannabis Cafes Just A Day After Closing Them in Coronavirus Move. The Dutch government on Monday night abruptly reversed a day-old decision to shut down the country's famous cannabis cafes as part of a social distancing response to the coronavirus pandemic. The reversal came as the government was confronted with long lines of people queuing up to score after the ban was initially announced. Now, the cannabis cafes can stay open for carry-out purchases only. There was no respite, however, for Amsterdam's sex clubs and brothels. They will have to stay shuttered until April 6.


Closed Massachusetts Dispensaries Pivot To Making Hand Sanitizer

Rerolled from a High Times Original Article Some dispensaries in Massachusetts are now manufacturing hand sanitizer for health …
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Washington Marijuana Dispensaries Can Remain Open During Stay-At-Home Order

Rerolled from a High Times Original Article Despite Washington State’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, dispensaries may remain …
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Sources Say Cannabis Sales in US Have Spiked During COVID-19 Pandemic

Rerolled from a High Times Original Article While many industries have taken a considerable hit, the cannabis industry …
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Editorial: Drug Policy During the Crisis

Rerolled: March 24, 2020 | #STDW Dear Reformer:David Borden In this time of crisis, all of us are …
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Max de Leon, a budtender at The Green Cross cannabis dispensary (center) wears gloves while helping customer Alex Luna in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. …