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Benjamin D. Tievsky, counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. (Photo: Courtesy photo.) Benjamin D. Tievsky, counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. (Courtesy photo)

During the widespread unrest in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, looters appear to have specifically targeted cannabis dispensaries for theft and vandalism. It has been reported that 43 businesses in California and Oregon were essentially destroyed, as well as dispensaries in Boston and Chicago that had only recently opened. The Bay Area was particularly hard-hit, with industry sources reporting that nearly every pot retailer in Oakland was targeted, along with most dispensaries in San Francisco and Berkeley. Many of these businesses were already suffering from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic—and may not have qualified for federal aid due to the federal illegality of marijuana—and they may now be teetering on the edge of financial ruin as a result of the recent wave of property damage, theft of inventory and cash, and further business interruption.

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