In case you have been wondering whether you will be able to restock on cannabis, here is a state-by-state guide to cannabis dispensaries and COVID-19 restrictions that apply to them.
COVID-19 has grounded businesses to a halt due to stay at home orders and other restrictions, with the exception of essential commerce and transportation businesses.
Does cannabis qualify as an essential service?
Of course it does, but that may not be what your state thinks. As much as you can order from Eaze, Greenflow, or any other cannabis delivery service, it is important to know how your local dispensary has been affected by the pandemic. Here is a breakdown of COVID-19 restrictions by state.
Medical cannabis deliveries are available in this state. However, curbside deliveries are not allowed. Medical cannabis dispensaries are considered as essential services are will remain open.
Medical cannabis deliveries are allowed. Curbside deliveries are also allowed. Cannabis dispensaries remain pen though mist have changed their operating hours to opening late and closing early.
You can order cannabis online in California and it will be delivered. Some dispensaries are also offering curbside delivery.
Cannabis dispensaries are open in SF. However, social distancing is required. Curbside delivery is not allowed.
Some cannabis dispensaries are offering deliveries
Los Angeles County:
Cannabis dispensaries are open and you can have deliveries. Curbside pickup is also going on.
Cannabis dispensaries remain open
San Diego County:
Cannabis dispensaries are open and you can also access curbside delivery.
Cannabis dispensaries are open but social distancing is enforced.
Santa Clara County:
Medical cannabis dispensaries are open but recreational dispensaries are closed. Curbside pickup is also banned.
Cannabis delivery is new but operational in Colorado. You can also access curbside delivery. Medical dispensaries are also open and allowing walk-ins.
Cannabis delivery is not allowed in Connecticut
Medical cannabis deliveries are allowed but curbside pickup is not allowed
Deliveries for medical cannabis are allowed. Curbside pickup is also allowed.
Medical dispensaries remain open and patients can patients can renew their registration through telemedicine.
There are no cannabis deliveries in Hawaii. Curbside pickup is also not allowed but the few medical dispensaries remain open
Cannabis deliveries and curbside deliveries are not allowed. However, cannabis deliveries remain open
Cannabis deliveries are allowed but curbside pickups are not allowed. Medical dispensaries remain open.
Deliveries for medical cannabis are allowed, curbside delivery is also allowed in some dispensaries
Delivery or medical cannabis is allowed. Curbside pickup as well as drive – throughs are allowed. Medical dispensaries are open
Both deliveries and curbside pickups are allowed
Home deliveries have been allowed to curb the spread of COVID-19. Michigan is also offering curbside pickups in some dispensaries
Some medical cannabis dispensaries are offering deliveries but there are no dispensaries that offer curbside pickup
Nevada dispensaries are offering cannabis deliveries while a few are offering curbside pickups. Cannabis dispensaries are still open but have to abide by the COVID-19 regulations
Cannabis dispensaries are open in NJ; some are offering deliveries as well as curbside pickups. Dispensaries are considered to be essential services
Medical dispensaries are open and are offering delivery services. They are also offering curbside pickup.
New York medical cannabis system is allowing for cannabis delivery in some locations. Some dispensaries are also offering curbside pickups
Ohio dispensaries have been allowed to remain operational. They are offering weed delivery as well as curbside pickups
In Oregon, cannabis delivery as well as curbside pickups is available. Cannabis dispensaries are also open but have to observe physical distancing
Cannabis delivery is not allowed in Oklahoma. However, curbside pickup is allowed at some medical dispensaries
Cannabis deliveries are allowed in Pennsylvania. Curbside pickups are also allowed at medial dispensaries which are open. Medical dispensaries are considered essential in this state
Cannabis delivery is outlawed in Rhode Island. Medical cannabis patients may pick their cannabis at the curbside of participating stores
Medical dispensaries in DC remain open and they offer both deliveries and curbside pickups.
With this overview, it is clear that most states have found a way to reach their customers during the period of the pandemic. With so many states offering deliveries it will be almost impossible to miss your regular supply of cannabis.
Surprisingly, cannabis sales have been increasing in the recent past. It appears that many people are turning to cannabis for varied reasons such as anxiety relief, relaxation, and pain management. A recent research has shown that cannabis may be used to treat COVID-19. However, this research is preliminary. As we eagerly await the end of the pandemic and all the restrictions that come with it, this state by state guide to cannabis dispensaries should help you remain medicated throughout the period.