By now it is clear that things will not be “business as usual” for quite some time and that we are truly facing a time of crisis. Governments, businesses, and communities are facing up to the reality of COVID-19, and here at The Law Office of Kimberly R. Simms, we are doing our best to adapt to the pandemic and support our clients in doing the same. We are committed to staying informed and relaying relevant information to both our clients and colleagues in real time. We are in constant communication with the California Cannabis Industry Association, state regulators, and local officials to continue to understand how local, state, and federal efforts will impact and affect the cannabis industry.
Below please find a list of helpful resources that we have compiled. We will do our best to regularly update this page, so please check back frequently. Remember, we are here to help and we are all in this together. #cannabisessential
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provides for a Paycheck Protection Program that offers forgivable loans to companies with 500 or fewer employees. Marijuana businesses, as well as ancillary firms that contribute to them with products or service, are specifically excluded from those benefits.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance
- Paycheck Protection Program
- Small Business Debt Relief
- SBA Guidance on Grantees Providing Assistance to Marijuana-Related Businesses
Quick guide to federal aid available to hemp businesses impacted by coronavirus:
- Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
- Guidance on Requirements to Protect Workers from Coronavirus
Governor Gavin Newsom and California’s three cannabis licensing agencies have classified Cannabis Businesses as Essential Critical Infrastructure and will allow them to remain open, as long as they act in accordance with local laws and regulations.
State Public Health Officer released the “Essential Critical Infrastructure” Workers list which followed Governor Newsom’s executive order.
Licensees that continue to operate must adopt social distancing and anti-congregating measures and follow the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease
Instructions for Requesting Disaster Relief from the Bureau of Cannabis Control
The BCC released further guidance regarding COVID-19, as well as information for licensed dispensaries seeking to conduct curbside pickup. Business must requests for disaster relief using the Notification and Request Form, (BCC-LIC-027), and may be submitted to the Bureau at BCC@dca.ca.gov.
- COVID-19 Retail & Delivery Safety * Sanitation Protocols – Meadow
- California Cannabis: Delivery Guidebook – Meadow
- Best Business Practices – Eden Enterprises
- Exposure Control Plan
- Cal/OSHA One-Sheet
- Tax Relief from California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Cannabis Companies Helping in the Crisis
CannaCraft, a cannabis manufacturer in Santa Rosa, California, converted a portion of its production space to formulate and package individual bottles of sanitizer.
Care By Design in Santa Rosa produced 5000 1-ounce tubes of hand sanitizer that went to Bay Area hospitals and police departments and they are working on manufacturing an additional 20,000.
SPARC produced hand sanitizer and donated ten gallons to San Francisco and Sonoma hospitals.
And check out how many other companies are stepping up to the plate here:
The industry has come together to provide content that will benefit operators during these challenging times. We will do our best to update this section with new content on a regular basis.
- April 16, 2020 – COVID-19’s Impact on the Insurance Industry
- April 16, 2020 – OSHA Aspects of Dealing with COVID-19
- April 15, 2020 – Good Manufacturing Practices in the Age of COVID-19
- April 15, 2020 – The Federal COVID-19 Stimulus Package: Understanding The CARES Act and Federal Relief Assistance for Cannabis Businesses
- April 14, 2020 – Webinar: Advertising & eCommerce during COVID-19
- April 13, 2020 – Employment Law Update
- April 9, 2020 – You Transitioned to a Remote-work Environment. Have Your Cyber and Privacy Policies and Practices Moved with You?
- April 8, 2020 – Behind the Data: How Essential Cannabis Businesses are Adapting to COVID-19
- April 8, 2020 – Communications Strategy During Times of Crisis and COVID-19
- April 7, 2020 – Coronavirus and Cannabis: SBA Loans and Lending for Hemp Businesses
- April 1, 2020 – Cannabis Taxes During COVID-19
- On Demand – Private Equity Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 on portfolio company valuations
- May 6, 2020 – Join Arcview – Illegal to Essential – The Impact on the Supply Chain. Join us
- May 13, 2020 – Developing a New Cannabis Workforce Strategy Amidst COVID-19: Click HERE to register.
- May 20, 2020 – Transformation from COVID: Emergence of the New Normal. Reserve your space here.