The circulation of popular cannabis magazines DOPE and Culture have both been suspended amidst the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.
Both marijuana publications are printed by High Times and delivered in paper form, prompting the company to temporarily pause distribution for the time being.
At least six employees have apparently been furloughed as a result of the shutdown.
Executive Chairman of High Times Holding Corporation Adam Levin recently told Marijuana Moment, “We furloughed the print publishing staff of Dope and Culture till the virus passes. Since both mags are distributed through walk up distribution methods (retailers, pharmacies, etc), we made the decision to suspend publishing till then.”
The two magazines will reportedly continue publishing content on the High Times website, according to L.A. Cannabis News.
This is just a few months after most of the Seattle DOPE Magazine editorial team was abruptly fired in a clumsy attempt at corporate restructuring.
Then in January of this year, High Times named Stormy Simon to replace Kraig Fox as the cannabis company’s new CEO; Simon was formerly President of Overstock.com.
Across the country, and around the world, countless people are losing their jobs, as more and more companies close down entirely for fear of the pandemic.
According to recent projections released by the St. Louis Fed, over 47 million jobs could be lost in the United States as a result of the coronavirus outbreak currently sweeping the nation.
The unemployment rate has skyrocketed nationwide, with projections indicating that an estimated 32% of Americans will be filing for unemployment in the coming weeks and months.
Editor for High Times Danny Danko revealed that he had also been laid off in a Tweet on Monday, saying, “The bad news: Due to Covid19 layoffs, my time at High Times has come to an end. Thank you to my colleagues for an amazing 18 years! The good news: I’m relaunching the #FreeWeedPodcast! Please support us on our Patreon page by signing up as a patron: https://www.patreon.com/dannydanko Please share and repost thanks!”
Once state governments began announcing “shelter in place” orders, people rushed to their local dispensaries to stock up on cannabis, leading lines to form outside of marijuana shops.
In response to the imposed lockdown, many marijuana dispensaries have now begun offering cannabis delivery services, as well as additional options for pick-up.
Despite booming cannabis sales, some businesses are choosing to either furlough or lay off employees in lieu of risking them contracting the virus and spreading it to others.
Other dispensaries are hiring even more staff to keep up with demand and remove some of the pressure on existing team members. Sweet Flower CEO Timothy Dodd told Marijuana Business Daily, “We are hiring to give some of our staff a break, and so if people don’t feel well, they don’t have to come in. We’re trying to be a responsible employer at this time.”
Alex Rowland, CEO of NewTropic, expressed a similar stance, saying, “People are consuming a lot of cannabis right now. People still need to eat and they still need access to cannabis, so we’re rising to the occasion.”