Dispensaries Deemed Essential During California Stay at Home Order

Dispensaries throughout California will be allowed to stay open as essential businesses during a state-wide stay at home order to address the spread of COVID-19.

Full story after the jump.

California dispensaries will likely remain open during the statewide stay at home order issued by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) yesterday, as they have been considered essential businesses in California cities that have already issued similar orders, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Jose, according to BizPac Review report.

The governor’s order, announced as part of the effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus, does not specifically include dispensaries as essential services, but the list does include pharmacies and convenience stores. Dine-in restaurants, bars and nightclubs, entertainment venues, gyms, and convention centers are among the closures explicitly outlined in the stay at home order.

“The supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care. When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to obtain or perform the functions above, or to otherwise facilitate authorized necessary activities, they should at all times practice social distancing.” – Newsom in the order

In California, failure to heed the order could lead to jail time or a fine up to $1,000.

In states with legal cannabis, the coronavirus outbreak has led to a spike in sales. In Washington state, cannabis shops are allowed to remain open and provide “curbside service” to customers and patients.

A Headset report on Monday found sales in Washignton were up 23 percent last Friday, 14 percent on Saturday, and 33 percent on Sunday over the week prior.


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