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California Marijuana Stores Still Essential, Can Remain Open During Latest COVID-19 Shutdown

California cannabis dispensaries remain essential businesses, and may remain open even during the most recent COVID-19 related shut down order.  GETTY IMAGES

As COVID-19 related hospitalizations and deaths continue to surge across the country, several California counties will enter a month-long shutdown beginning this weekend.

Starting at 10 p.m. Sunday, gyms, salons, and playgrounds will close. Bars and restaurants will no longer serve patrons outdoors and will do delivery and takeout only. Citizens are asked to remain indoors except for essential activities, or if they are essential workers.

Then as now, the state’s recreational cannabis dispensaries are semi-exempt. Dispensaries are still “essential businesses” and can remain open, but with some restrictions.

On Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that any county that sees free space in local hospitals’ intensive-care units fall below 15 percent of total capacity, that county must issue a “stay-at-home” order within 24 hours, and must remain in that shutdown for at least three weeks.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Chris Roberts on Forbes

Published: December 07, 2020

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