COVID-19: NCIA’s Response and Resources


We know that times are tough but we are in this together.

As NCIA enters its 10th year, no one could have predicted what our industry would be facing, but now, more than ever, we need to be united and pivot to fulfill our role as an essential industry. At this critical juncture, if you continue to support us while we support you, weʻll all be representing the cannabis industry for decades to come.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress To Include Cannabis In The Next COVID-19 Relief Bill!

While NCIA staff has all been working from home for weeks, we continue to work as much as ever and are still available via email, phone, and video chat. Below you will find information about what NCIA is doing for its members and the cannabis community, including a membership discount, and resources to assist your business during this time.

NOTE: This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not legal advice or substitute for legal counsel, nor is it medical advice or substitute for consulting with a medical professional.
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What NCIA Is Doing

#CannabisIsEssential

NCIA is the only cannabis trade association with a robust, full-time government relations team in Washington, D.C.

Our Government Relations and Policy teams are evaluating potential avenues to provide relief to our industry, including sending a letter to congressional leadership urging the Small Business Administration to include cannabis companies in relief programs, exploring alternative vehicles to getting the SAFE Banking Act and 280E included in any CV19 relief package, and continuous talks with our congressional allies, leadership, and various committees to explore any and every avenue for relief for the cannabis industry.

YOU CAN HELP! Tell Congress To Include Cannabis In The Next COVID-19 Relief Bill!

NCIA also continues to press for descheduling at the federal level and is currently working on writing regulations for federal legalization.

Read more about our federal efforts from our Deputy Director of Government Relations, Michelle Rutter Friberg.

This is also a great resource from our members, Vicente Sederberg, LLP, to better understand how the federal relief packages affect the cannabis industry: Coronavirus Federal Stimulus Bills: Overview and FAQ for Cannabis, Hemp and Ancillary Businesses

Our staff and committees are hard at work!

Trying to put out content that can benefit you during these unusual times. Be sure you are signed up for our newsletter and checking our latest news for the most recent webinars, blogs, and podcasts.

Watch past relevant webinars at the links below.

Past:

10th Annual Lobby Days

Now, more than ever, we can use our voice as an ESSENTIAL industry to emphasize why it is way past time for the federal government to recognize us.

While we normally have Lobby Days in May, please join us September 15-17 in Washington D.C. for the most crucial time in our industry.

Cannabis Business Summit and Expo

As a precaution, we went ahead and rescheduled our flagship conference normally held in June, the Cannabis Business Summit and Expo. This year it’s in the gorgeous city of San Francisco, downtown at the Moscone Center, September 29 – October 1.

You don’t want to miss this premier event to get cutting edge information and network with the top companies and influencers in the industry. #CannaBizSummit

Let NCIAʻs marketing experts help you with your digital strategy!

We’re in a new paradigm, where face to face business interactions are legally barred from taking place.

Has your business developed a solid digital strategy to keep up with the times?

Let us work with you on keeping your brand top of mind by scheduling some time to chat with one of our digital marketing experts or investing in one of our NEW digital marketing opportunities.

NCIA staff is all working from home and has been for weeks. We continue to work as much as ever and are still available via email, phone, and video chat.

Because of the cancellation of Cannabis Caucuses, and rescheduling of major events, we are concentrating our efforts on online content, like blogs and webinars, to assist your business through these trying times.

That means we’ve also revamped the digital marketing opportunities that your business should be considering as we, as an industry, pivot to this new normal, and we are happy to work with you on what makes the most sense for your company.

Education & Resources

Please work with your staff to promote and reinforce all the recommended best practices for sanitation and disinfection in the workplace.

  1. CDC Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
  2. Resources for Businesses and Employers
  3. Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
  4. CDC Keeping the workplace safe

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC’s resource page includes what you should know about the virus, situation updates, and information for travelers, businesses, and others. CDC has also issued guidance for mass gatherings.

U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs: This COVID-19 emergency notification includes information on travel advisories, presidential proclamations on travel restrictions, and information for U.S. citizens returning from Europe and China.

World Health Organization: WHO has issued a risk assessment and mitigation checklist for mass gatherings, which includes a decision matrix that provides a recommendation on whether an event should be held.

Meetings Mean Business Coalition: MMB’s toolkit of coronavirus preparedness and response resources is tailored specifically for meeting and event professionals. It includes talking points, templates, and “fast facts” graphics that can be shared in social media.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber’s “Understanding the Coronavirus” webinar, recorded on January 27 in partnership with CDC, discusses the impact of the virus on the private sector and what businesses should consider as they respond.

U.S. Travel Association: Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19). This toolkit includes guidance for travelers, a guide for communicating healthy travel practices, and other resources.

Thanks you to ASAE for this list of resources.

State and Local Information

We know that so much of how you are expected to operate is controlled by your local jurisdictions.

You can keep up with an overview of what’s happening at the state level using our State-By-State Policy Map that shows COVID-19 response and general cannabis policy in each state.

We encourage you to get in touch with your state and local associations that are part of our Allied Associations Program for the most current local news and actions.

More State Resources

Word on the Street…
(what we’ve heard, but contact us or your local association for the latest)

  • Many states are allowing, or requiring, curbside pickup, but the local neighborhoods aren’t too keen on the “open air drug market,” so look for storefronts to return to opening the showroom but with physical distancing and other CDC guidelines in place.
  • California
    • Potential relief from the state for businesses who don’t qualify for SBA loans. We haven’t heard yet if any cannabis businesses have gotten this.
  • Illinois: Gov. Pritzker commended the industry for how well the industry was doing to protect themselves and the public
  • Michigan: is allowing expired medical cannabis authorizations

Join the movement

NCIA is leading the cannabis industry's unified and coordinated campaign to ensure our business sector is treated fairly and has the opportunity to reach its full potential. Now - more than ever - is the time to invest in your business and the future of the industry by becoming a member.