Massachusetts Charts Course for State Cannabis Industry During Coronavirus Pandemic Explains Anthony S. De Ingeniis

Massachusetts Charts Course for State Cannabis Industry During Coronavirus Pandemic Explains Anthony S. De Ingeniis

March 27, 2020

“As more and more states are shifting to a work-from-home environment and closing down non-essential businesses, we have seen a conflict in gubernatorial instructions on whether cannabis is a protected class of business that falls under ‘essential infrastructure’ or ‘essential business,’ Goldberg Segalla’s Anthony S. De Ingeniis explains in Cannabis Business Times.

Following up on his previous article for the publication, which outlined the different approaches New York State and California are taking to the cannabis industry during the coronavirus outbreak, Anthony, a member of the Leadership Committee of the firm’s Cannabis and Hemp Law practice, examines the state of the industry in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts, he says, has taken a “middle road.” Governor Charles D. Baker’s COVID-19 Order No. 13, issued March 23, 2020 and effective March 24, 2020 at noon, identified “an extensive list of ‘COVID-19 Essential Services,’” Anthony explains. “As with California and New York, cannabis-related business were not explicitly listed on the list of essential services, but rather addressed in an addendum by the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission (MCCC).”

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