The economy is in the process of a slow recovery, but the past 12 months have been brutal for nearly everyone. It’s hard to think about the impact this pandemic has had on the restaurant business, especially in states that were hit the hardest with the virus. You’re looking at situations where a person’s lifetime work and dreams were shattered beyond repair. Some restaurants survived but many perished in the wake of the worst pandemic in over 80 years. I still make carry out orders at all of my favorite local eateries, hoping that I can contribute what little I can to keeping them open. Companies that sell paper products like paper towels and toilet paper have been selling more products than ever, especially during the early days of the pandemic. Businesses that produce and sell cleaning products are also doing well with their revenue stream. But one industry is seeing a boom during the worst moment for many Americans. The legal cannabis industry is thriving and reaping benefits for the states that have access. Although my state doesn’t have recreational marijuana stores, we have a constitutional amendment permitting the sale of cannabis at the recommendation of a participating physician. Our medical cannabis industry has evolved with time. In the beginning oils, tinctures, and capsules were some of the most popular cannabis products sold at marijuana stores. Nowadays it seems that everyone buys cannabis flower products instead, because they’re often out of stock in the dispensaries. That’s my favorite way to enjoy marijuana. I grind the cannabis flower buds and then load the mixture into a special vaporizer. I get all of the effects of smoking cannabis without the toxicity of combusting the plant material.