When state governments started ordering lockdowns and issuing stay at home orders, the economy took a severe hit. So severe, in fact, that the federal government passed a
However, due to ongoing federal prohibition, businesses in the state-legal marijuana sector were barred from accessing these funds. There have been calls from stakeholders, advocates, and lawmakers to rectify the marijuana sector’s omission if the government deploys another relief package.
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“All small business owners are dealing with these issues. The bills and debt continue to mount as the shutdown prolongs. But the difference is that the cannabis industry doesn’t even have access to disaster relief.” This is the inequality the new bill seeks to remedy. And with medical marijuana deemed essential in
“Our small businesses are in crisis, as you well know. They not only face a one size fits all attempt at relief by the federal government, which doesn’t take into account the unique commercial makeup and different recovery timelines of individual states,” says bill sponsor DiZoglio.
“It is up to the Commonwealth to close the gaps for all our small businesses and provide equitable relief in the absence of that relief from the federal government.”
It is widely believed that cannabis industry companies like
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