The year 2020 was destined to be a banner year for marijuana producers and dispensaries. That is, until COVID-19 reared its ugly head.
If you’re wondering how COVID-19 is affecting marijuana legislation, you’re not the only one. The reality is that the coronavirus pandemic has, unfortunately, hampered some marijuana legalization efforts in the short term, but it shouldn’t have any long-lasting effects.
2020 Plans Versus the Reality
This year was supposed to be the year in which multiple states- as many as sixteen around the United States – passed laws legalizing recreational or medical marijuana (or both).
Unfortunately, the crisis has caused many lawmakers to abandon the cause. The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, argued that legalizing marijuana was a “priority,” as recently as January and February of this year.
However, he has since backed down from the cause, claiming that there’s too much to deal with in a short amount of time.