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In response to the continuing spread of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, on March 27th the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ("CARES") Act. Under the Act, the Small Business Association ("SBA") is offering loans under the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") for qualifying small businesses. The loan is intended to cover utilities, payroll, and other recurring business expenses ("Qualifying Business Expenses"), but specifically excludes any payroll amounts over $100k per employee, calculated on an annual basis.


The total eligibility is determined primarily by the value of the average monthly Qualifying Business Expenses multiplied by 2.5x, up to a maximum of $10 million. The SBA has indicated that these loans will have interest rates close to 1% and in most cases, will be forgiven if used exclusively to pay ongoing Qualifying Business Expenses, however further details of forgiveness are currently unknown.


To be eligible for a PPP loan:


  • the business must be a small business with 500 or less employees, or if not, a qualifying "small business" under SBA standards found here;

  • the business must be able to make certain disclosures about its and its members'/operators' business activities and their criminal records, if any; and

  • the business must have been in operation since February 15, 2020 and must have operating expenses dating prior to February 15, 2020.


The SBA has stated that while hemp and hemp-derived product businesses are eligible for assistance, marijuana-related businesses are not. If you believe you qualify for a PPP loan, it is recommended that you apply for assistance. Applications can be found here. More information can be found here. Businesses can apply for PPP loans through June 30th, 2020.



Raffi Garnighian is a published author and Colorado and New York licensed attorney at Wysocki Law Group, P.C. Kieran Edstrom is a third-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a law clerk for Wysocki Law Group, P.C.

© Wysocki Law Group 2020. All rights reserved. All opinions published herein are those of the individual authors and are not to be construed as legal advice. Please contact Wysocki Law Group for any legal questions you may have in response to this article or any others.

In response to the continuing spread of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, on March 27th the United States Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Act includes the Small Business Debt Relief Program which offers liquidity to businesses concerned about keeping up with a current or potential Small Business Association (SBA) Loans. The relief is also available for new borrowers who take out covered SBA loans between March 27th, 2020 and September 27th, 2020.


New borrowers must still meet the requirements of the underlying SBA loan to qualify for debt relief. These requirements include the following:

The business must be for-profit;

  • The business must be for-profit;

  • The business must be physically located and operating in the U.S.;

  • The business owner must have invested their own time or money into the business;

  • The business must have exhausted all other sources of funding; and

  • The business must meet the SBA’s size requirements.

The SBA has stated that while hemp and hemp-derived product businesses are eligible for assistance, marijuana-related businesses are not. If you believe you qualify for debt relief, it is recommended that you apply for assistance. Applications and more information can be found here.


Raffi Garnighian is a published author and Colorado and New York licensed attorney at Wysocki Law Group, P.C. Kieran Edstrom is a third-year law student at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and a law clerk for Wysocki Law Group, P.C.


© Wysocki Law Group 2020. All rights reserved. All opinions published herein are those of the individual authors and are not to be construed as legal advice. Please contact Wysocki Law Group for any legal questions you may have in response to this article or any others.

Colorado-native dispensary The Dandelion, owned by retail chain Native Roots, has just announced it has been granted Colorado's first license for the in-home delivery of medical marijuana to its patients. Patients may sign up for home deliveries by visiting and making a first purchase in person at the dispensary.


Native Roots public affairs director Shannon Fender said The Dandelion expects to begin its first deliveries by the end of the month.


The rule change allowing deliveries of medical marijuana was first enacted through HB19-1230 establishing "Marijuana Hospitality Establishments" and allowing deliveries to patients. The text of the bill can be found here. Each city must also pass similar legislation either amending previous rules prohibiting deliveries or enacting a new statute allowing the practice. So far, the cities of Boulder and Superior in Colorado have made rule changes allowing deliveries.


It is unclear how quickly other dispensary chains will be granted similar licenses. For recreational customers, such licenses will only be granted as early as 2021.



Raffi Garnighian is a published author and Colorado and New York licensed attorney at Wysocki Law Group, P.C.


© Wysocki Law Group 2020. All rights reserved. All opinions published herein are those of the individual authors and are not to be construed as legal advice. Please contact Wysocki Law Group for any legal questions you may have in response to this article or any others.

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