“Buyer beware” is an old maxim of capitalism, and with the CoVid 19 outbreak, AKA Trump Flu, that situation is even more important than ever. Even handling packaging can be risky, since the virus can survive on surfaces for several hours to days.
According to an updated study from National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University scientists in The New England Journal of Medicine. The scientists found that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was detectable in aerosols for up to three hours, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
Smoking cannabis can ease the anxiety of being trapped indoors with the same people all the time, as well as the fears generated by news reports. People with state-legal access can continue to get cannabis, particularly medical marijuana but people in other states have a higher risk level, since they have to buy from the traditional, unregulated market.
CCPC offers consumer advice
That’s why one of the safest things you can do is to stop buying from the underground market, if possible, and shop at licensed retailers that monitor their supply chain and take precautions when handling merchandise.
However, additional precautions should be taken by all, and the Cannabis Policy Consumer Council (CCPC) has released an advisory report about it, particularly in ordering, receiving and handling containers.
In light of the recent pandemic declaration and the actions by state and local governments to limit public interactions in order to stop the spread of the disease, CCPC is calling on all California jurisdictions to recognize cannabis businesses, particularly retail outlets for medical patients and consumers, as services akin to groceries and prescription medications.
“Over the last week, numerous jurisdictions including many Bay Area Cities and the Counties of San Jose, San Leandro, Santa Cruz County, Oakland, Monterey County, Berkeley, Alameda County and San Francisco have all chosen to designate cannabis businesses as “essential services” stated CCPC Executive Director Nate Bradley, “It’s imperative that all jurisdictions follow their lead.
Published: April 02, 2020
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