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States Actions to Allow Cannabis Sales During COVID-19 Restrictions

by Mike Goral
March 26, 2020

As more states announce COVID-19 shelter-in-place restrictions, businesses across all industries are evaluating their role in providing essential services. Cannabis businesses are increasingly falling into that category, with several states where cannabis is legal declaring that cannabis sales are “essential” and allowing companies to continue to offer their products for medical and stress relief purposes.

Below is a quick guide to the states that are currently allowing cannabis companies to remain open.

California — Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order provides exemptions for sectors that the state designates as critical to protect the health and well-being of Californians. The State Public Health Officer deemed cannabis retail outlets to be essential businesses that can stay open amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Colorado — Governor Polis issued an executive order that allows marijuana businesses to do curbside pickup. In addition, doctors may now issue medical cannabis recommendations via telemedicine procedures during the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois — Governor Pritzker declared marijuana dispensaries and cultivation facilities to be essential businesses as part of his coronavirus stay-at-home order. More specifically, cannabis cultivation and licensed medical cannabis dispensaries are considered healthcare and public health operations where individuals can work and obtain services.

New Jersey — Governor Murphy exempted medical cannabis dispensaries from a stay-at-home order issued amid the coronavirus outbreak.

New Mexico — Regulators said that medical cannabis businesses are essential and can stay open during the coronavirus outbreak. They also allowed curbside pickup and delivery services, extended expiring patient and caregiver cards for 90 days, and temporarily suspended background checks for new employees.

Nevada — Governor Sisolak ordered that all marijuana sales be made via deliveries during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ohio — Governor DeWine's stay-at-home order exempts medical cannabis businesses from a shutdown during the coronavirus crisis.

Oregon — Regulators approved rules to allow curbside delivery of marijuana at licensed retail locations and to increase medical cannabis sales limits.

Pennsylvania — Regulators are allowing patients to have medical cannabis brought to their cars outside of dispensaries and are letting caregivers make deliveries to an unlimited number of patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.

For more updates and information on keeping your business running through disruption, visit our COVID-19 Resource Center.

March 26, 2020

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