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ARMAGEDDON 2020

The worst pandemic in 100 years? Out-of-control wind-driven fires? Corruption at the deepest levels of the federal government? Murder hornets?

The resilience of the cannabis industry was put to the test—to put it lightly—during the year of 2020. An onslaught of multiple crises rolled in during the past year, including four big ones: A killer virus-induced condition known as COVID-19, the subsequent economic shutdown, looting amid a state of racial unrest and unprecedented wildfires.

On July 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a landing page to help people cope with the mental disorders caused by COVID-19 and the lack of human interaction due to social distancing. A suicide hotline based in Los Angeles, California recorded that calls are up 8,000 percent compared to calls in 2019. The CDC found that one in four 18-24-year-olds has contemplated suicide during the COVID-19 lockdown—one

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