Weed is deemed ‘essential’ in California, but many pot businesses are on the brink of failure

California’s legal marijuana industry has been on a roller coaster ride since voters legalized it in 2016. Deemed an “essential service” amid orders for most businesses to shut down, coronavirus has caused a spike in demand and further validated the industry’s place in the economy. Even as businesses capitalize on the demand, many are hanging on by a thread and even the tiniest hiccups could put them under.

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