Nevada dispensaries starting today can offer curbside pickup as part of the governor’s easing of restrictions on the cannabis industry amid the state’s coronavirus response, KSNV reports. Cultivate Dispensary Chief Operating Officer Matt McClure said that many operators had moved to in-house delivery services which forced most of them to develop, “essentially, a new business.”
“I think as everybody moves into this new phase, if we continue to be responsible operators and abide by the rules – making sure safety is the top priority – that we will be able to move to the next phase more comfortably and gradually and hopefully get things back to normal very soon.” – McClure to KSNV
The new rules set forth by Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) allow customers to order online or by phone. The dispensary will prepare the order and an employee will deliver the order to the customer waiting in a vehicle in the dispensary parking lot. The employee is required to check the IDs of everyone in the vehicle. Cash is allowed to be used in the transaction.
Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom noted that there are more than 5,000 people employed in the cannabis industry in the county and county revenues have been impacted by the state’s shutdown.
“Right now, our revenues are down so anything we can do to increase tax revenues for schools, for homeless, for the programs that we use it for, very important,” he said in the report. “Plus, it employs a lot of people.”
The majority of states with both recreational and medical cannabis industries have implemented social distancing measures to allow sales to continue – except for Massachusetts where Gov. Charlie Baker (R) shuttered recreational sales over concerns that they would draw in people from out-of-state.
Those measures often include curbside delivery, drive-thru, online ordering, and ‘virtual’ budtenders.