We don’t need to tell you how much the world has changed in the past month. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, millions upon millions of people around the world have made the decision, backed by expert advice from governments and public health organizations alike, to shelter in place in their homes and to the greatest extent possible avoid physical proximity to others.
In these times, countless businesses have been forced to close their doors. Some which provide a vital and essential public good, however, have been allowed to stay open, and their employees have continued to work tirelessly to keep our society functioning, and provide us all with as much normalcy and stability as we can find. Here in the state of California, one such essential industry is cannabis, a core medical and therapeutic good that has been a godsend for so many suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, and a host of other needs.
Needless to say, as the foremost cannabis company serving Marin County, Nice Guys has been doing everything we can to ensure our community has safe and conscientious access throughout this crisis. You can check out the steps we’ve taken to safeguard against COVID-19 here, and we’re always available to answer any questions you have about how we’ve responded to the crisis.
Not everyone who depends on cannabis has been that fortunate throughout this crisis. Although the state of California voted to legalize cannabis in 2016, it is still federally illegal, positioned on the DEA’s list of Schedule 1 substances, alongside such drugs as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Although advocates for both medicinal and recreational cannabis have been calling for federal legalization for decades, only relatively recently have public opinion polls shifted enough for political leaders in Washington to begin to take notice.
Now, with so much of the economy shuttered and so many people struggling, the absurdity of the federal ban on cannabis has never been more stark. While the people of California have been able to continue to receive the cannabis products they need, so many millions of Americans don’t have that opportunity. A whopping 17 states still do not allow cannabis consumption for any reason, not even for medical purposes.
It’s times like these that we feel so much appreciation for the people of California, who voted to adopt legal cannabis to the benefit both of their fellow citizens and their state. And now, with so many cannabis industry workers putting themselves on the line to provide this important service throughout the pandemic, we hope that someday—hopefully sooner rather than later—the federal government will see fit to give the entire country access to this essential good.
And as always, thank you so much for your support throughout these complicated and challenging times. We’ll be there for you and the Bay Area community. just like you’ve been there for us.