A Dozen States Say Pot Shops Essential During Crisis

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More than a dozen states have agreed that while “nonessential” stores had to close, pot shops and medical marijuana dispensaries could remain open. In most cases, marijuana businesses must, like restaurants, limit themselves to taking orders for delivery or curbside pickup, reports the New York Times. As people have raced to stock up on supplies like toilet paper, canned goods and hand sanitizer, many who live in states where marijuana has been legalized — including California, Oregon and Michigan — also rushed to buy enough cannabis products to last them through weeks, if not months. See also: Pot deemed ‘Essential’ as Sales Boom During Pandemic.

After a stay-home order in the San Francisco Bay area last week, marijuana sales soared more than 150 percent over the same period a year earlier, said Liz Conners of Headset, a cannabis market research company. Purchases of edibles like gummy candies surged to levels typically only seen around April 20, the annual marijuana appreciation holiday. Marijuana sales have soared in many states, including California, Colorado, Washington and Pennsylvania. Nevada regulators have allowed recreational stores and dispensaries to operate if they prevent crowds from forming; stores have urged customers to order online or over the phone. Illinois halted recreational weed sales, but authorized medical marijuana patients to pick up orders curbside or in parking lots.

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