GOP Senator Says Marijuana Industry Is Stepping Up To Help With Coronavirus Response

GOP Senator Says Marijuana Industry Is Stepping Up To Help With Coronavirus Response

A Republican senator said in a floor speech on Wednesday that the marijuana and hemp industries in Colorado are helping the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), who returned to the Senate following a 14-day self-quarantine after being informed he came into contact with someone infected with the virus, said residents in his state “have stepped up in every way possible.” “In a uniquely Colorado way, you have hemp businesses that are now producing cotton swabs for medical needs. You have whiskey distilleries that are producing hand sanitizers for hospitals for home health care,” he said. “We have protective equipment that’s being donated by the Denver Broncos and by marijuana industry and by so many other businesses across the state of Colorado who are stepping up in ways that make all of us proud.” While Gardner didn’t offer specifics about which companies are behind these contributions, health experts have emphasized that there are significant shortages of medical necessities—cotton swabs, face masks and ventilators, for example—in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s spurred some private companies to get involved and help address those shortages. Gardner, who is one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans heading into the November election, has made much of his advocacy for marijuana reform and his support for the industry. He gave hemp and marijuana businesses credit for contributing to the coronavirus response earlier this week as well. “We’ve been working with the marijuana industry for instance, on personal protective equipment,” he told…

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