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Harsh Marijuana Delivery Restrictions Being Eliminated Due To COVID-19

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Marijuana deliveries and curbside pickup could become the new normal for marijuana businesses in response to coronavirus.

The ability to safely and reliably purchase cannabis has worried consumers and medical marijuana patients during the coronavirus outbreak. Now, local and state governments have joined in that concern, with numerous officials issuing emergency or temporary orders to expand marijuana delivery and curbside pickup.

In addition, multiple municipalities declared cannabis an “essential good” amidst shelter-in-place orders, meaning buying marijuana was among the approved reasons residents could leave their homes.

This past week saw a consumer demand for marijuana comparable only to that seen on  4/20, with many Americans stocking up on cannabis like it was toilet paper. That unfortunately caused long lines at dispensaries in places like Las Vegas and San Francisco, as well as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Government officials, previously reluctant to make such changes, have responded by allowing more marijuana deliveries and curbside pick-up options to increase social distancing safety measures.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed an emergency executive order last week that allowed all licensed marijuana retailers to provide home delivery and curbside pickup. (Previously, a separate license was needed to conduct marijuana deliveries.) Nevada has issued a similar emergency order, as the state order all marijuana storefronts closed but allowing any dispensary to conduct deliveries. Illinois followed suit, although the state limited these rule changes only for medical marijuana patients, not recreational customers.

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Published: March 23, 2020
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