No. 1: Cannabis is declared essential

Published on December 31, 2020 by oz. staff

In less than two years, cannabis went from illegal to indispensable.

As COVID-19 forced lockdowns and closures in Canada, provinces across the country listed cannabis retail and production among essential businesses.

The federal government, meanwhile, deemed medical cannabis production essential — a designation that helped provinces and municipalities in their own decision-making about what was essential vs. non-essential business.

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As the pandemic wore on, numerous provinces also eased tight restrictions. In BC, for example, retailers were allowed to sell recreational cannabis through their websites, though customers still had to come to the store to pick it up.

Similarly, jurisdictions all over legal states in the US also declared cannabis essential.

Companies in the cannabis sector proved to be essential in more ways than one.

Health Canada asked cannabis laboratories to shift into providing testing services needed in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, including testing sanitizers and disinfectants.

Cannabis companies also proved to be good neighbours.

With front-line health care workers facing a critical shortage of personal protective gear, such as masks and gloves, some cannabis producers have offered their own stock.

To recap:

No. 2: The world is going to pot

No. 3: The biggest ever legal outdoor crop

No. 4: Massive layoffs and restructuring

No. 5: Cannabis 2.0 becomes widely available