Over the last week, ever since Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, murdered George Floyd, a black man for using a $20 counterfeit note, protests have been happening countrywide. These protesters, initially peaceful, quickly degenerated into a violent mob rampaging though cities across the nation. Burning, looting, assaulting, and even murdering fellow citizens. California was no exception. Weed delivery companies continued to operate, but drivers were home before curfew kicked in. Some customers would wait until the next day for their orders.
The riots shut businesses down. Forced people into their homes in a state of absolute terror, and had city mayors imposing curfews on everybody everywhere. Nobody could be outside after certain times. Police were out in full force arresting anyone caught outside after curfew or otherwise endangering civilians. Business Insider tells us President Trump mobilized the National Guard. Effectively, we have been under martial law.
Effect on Businesses
Of course, these aggressive actions closed businesses, many of which suffered extreme looting of stock and wanton destruction. Some stayed open, but because of statewide curfews, could only operate within specified hours. Weed delivery companies continued to operate, but drivers were home before curfew kicked in. Some customers would wait until the next day for their orders.
Many cannabis companies, among other businesses, came out in support of peaceful protest over the issues of police brutality and racism. Being minorities themselves, they declared themselves happy to shut doors, lose a little money, and endure the inconvenience of closure. All to highlight these issues and stand in solidarity with protesters.
However, when protests turned violent, many began questioning the movement. It caused a huge divide in support for ending racist stereotypes and police impunity, both locally, domestically, and globally. Before the violence, Black Lives Matter and Justice for Floyd enjoyed enormous international support, with entire countries supporting the protests. This changed quickly when protesters turned dangerous.
A Prevailing Calm
Because of this, many protesters turned on the mobsters in their ranks, stopping the wanton looting, burning, and mayhem themselves. They were not allowing anyone to go on the rampage. Since protests turned peaceful again, support is growing for them once more. What is more, the prevailing calm is allowing folks to emerge from houses and businesses to continue operating once more.
Over the weekend, as many as 10,000 people gathered peacefully in Hollywood, with no reports of any misbehavior anywhere. A further 20,000 assembled in downtown Los Angeles, breaking no laws whatsoever. By 9 p.m., the citywide curfew, most crowds had already dispersed back to wherever they came from. By 10 p.m., the countywide curfew, absolutely nobody remained behind on the streets.
Reopening the Economy
With protests now peaceful and protesters behaving, the economy is responding by reopening. Businesses are providing services again, cannabis delivery companies are delivering orders, and life is resuming normalcy. Even curfews are lifting. Police presence is diminishing. For the first time in five days, Pot Valet and others operated within their usual, normal hours, and without violent incident.
There was no looting, no burning, and no breaking and entering of stores. No assaults, no murders, no fights with law enforcement. Seeing the protests today, one would never suspect the violence of a few days ago. One would never even believe it. If protesters continue to hold one another accountable and prevent misfits among them running riot, the movement might gain more support than before.
Cannabis Delivery Resumes in California
Over the last few days, people have not been able to order marijuana after curfew. If the driver could not make delivery before curfew, they were doing it only the next day. With business normal again, you can order weed delivery as usual. If you live in Los Angeles or any major California city, you should receive it the very same day. If peace remains, there should be no more upheavals to the industry.