Is my dispensary open and can they deliver cannabis right now?


March 20, 2020

COVID-19, coronavirus

Rules change daily. Some stores are closed, others are open for pickup, and some can now deliver. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

This story was updated at 6pm PDT on March 20. 

Is my cannabis dispensary still open?

In the season of COVID-19, that question just got a lot more complicated. Cities, counties, and states across the US began issuing stay-at-home orders this week for all but essential commerce and travel.

Is weed essential? You bet your bong it is. For many folks it’s medical. Online ordering, Leafly Pickup, and delivery services can really shine in the coming weeks. Restrictions will vary from place to place, and over time, depending on local conditions.

We’re tracking where the weed stores are open in major legal markets. If you have news to add, share it with us in the comments below.

Note: For Canada, the Leafly.ca team is tracking similar retail developments here. To find delivery options near you, try Leafly’s Canadian cannabis delivery finder.

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Are medical dispensaries still open in Arkansas?

Medical cannabis dispensaries are open.

As confirmed by the state’s Department of Health, dispensaries are remaining open for the time being. In fact, business is booming.

Are medical dispensaries still open in Arizona?

Arizona cannabis stores are open, according to the latest guidance from the Arizona Department of health.

Nick Meyers at Phoenix New Times noted these changes on March 20:

Many dispensaries also have changed their hours, opening late, closing early or both. Some, like TruMed in Phoenix, have transitioned to fulfilling online orders only, while others still allow to-go orders if patients know what they want. Downtown Dispensary in Tucson has installed special air filters to ensure a sterile environment.

Are cannabis dispensaries open in California?

Statewide

In general, cannabis stores remain open in California. There are county-by-county and city-by-city exceptions, which we’ll continue to track and update.

San Francisco County

Cannabis stores are open at this time.

By order of San Francisco County and the greater six-county Bay Area, a Shelter in Place order takes effect midnight March 17. This order is enacted through April 7. San Francisco County considers cannabis “essential” at this time. Lounges are closed. Physical distancing required. Pre-orders online encouraged. Delivery services report being open.

Alameda County

Cannabis stores are open at this time.

By order of San Francisco County and the greater six-county Bay Area, a Shelter in Place order takes effect midnight March 17. Cannabis businesses are reportedly exempt from the order in Alameda County at this time. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is reportedly allowing curbside pickup. This order is enacted through April 7.

Los Angeles County

Cannabis stores are open at this time.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide shelter in place order March 19. In the city of Los Angeles, cannabis businesses are deemed essential, and exempt from the order.`

Marin County

Cannabis stores are operational at this time.

Marin County joined the Bay Area’s March 17 Shelter In Place order, and also deemed cannabis “essential” alongside other medications and consumer products.

San Diego County

Cannabis stores are open at this time.

By order of San Diego County, retail stores remain open at this time.

Sacramento County

Cannabis stores are open at this time.

Sacramento County public health has no direct closure orders at this time. The county is following state orders to half occupancy and enact social distancing.

Santa Clara County

Cannabis stores are open at this time.

By order of San Francisco County and the greater six-county Bay Area, a Shelter in Place order took effect midnight March 17. San Jose cannabis businesses report being operational at this time. Stores are busy. Order ahead online. Delivery is seeing extremely high volume. The Bureau of Cannabis Control is permitting curbside pickup. This order is enacted through April 7.

Santa Cruz County

Cannabis stores are operational at this time.

Santa Cruz County joined the Bay Area’s March 17 Shelter In Place order, but deemed cannabis “essential” alongside other medications and consumer products. Delivery available. KindPeoples is conducting “storefront service” where you order online, pull up in a car in their parking lot, and they walk your order out to you. Stores must follow strict sanitation protocols.

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Are cannabis dispensaries open in Colorado?

The weed stores should be open.

The Colorado Department of public health’s order only calls out bars for closure, at this time. And the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division is mum.

Are medical dispensaries still open in Florida?

Medical dispensaries are open at this time. The state health department is now allowing existing Florida medical marijuana patients to re-certify their recommendation without having to physically see the doctor. It can be done via telemedicine. (Existing patients only, for the time being. May open to new patients soon.)

Miami-Dade County only

Carlos A. Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade County, is expected to issue a comprehensive executive order that, among other things, will restrict or close non-essential retail, private educational facilities, casinos and other recreational and entertainment activities. In other states and cities, medical marijuana dispensaries have been labeled as “essential” and not subject to the closure order. Stay tuned.

Are cannabis dispensaries open in Illinois?

Cannabis stores are open at this time.

Illinois Gov. Pritzker’s March 16 order closes bars and restricts restaurants to take-out. It does not appear to apply to cannabis businesses at this time.  That being said, some stores are taking precautions on their own, including limiting sales to medical patients only.

Update: On March 17, Illinois announced it would allow curbside ordering (but only for medical sales, not recreational) in all licensed stores and dispensaries. So you remain in your car, and a budtender will come take your order at a safe distance.

Are medical dispensaries still open in Louisiana?

Medical cannabis dispensaries are open.

According to the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy, dispensaries are open for the time being; the state has limited restaurants and bars to take out service only for at least a month.

Are medical dispensaries still open in Maine?

Medical cannabis dispensaries are open.

While various cities have enacted curfews for restaurants and bars, dispensaries are open for the time being. As of this writing, there is no coronavirus-related notice on the Office of Marijuana Policy homepage.

Are medical dispensaries still open in Maryland?

Medical cannabis dispensaries are open.

Many dispensaries have modified their operational policies and procedures to keep patients and staff members safe. Health for Life Maryland offers pickup and has established a drive-through window at its Baltimore location.

March 18 update: The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has issued a bulletin instructing dispensaries on social distancing policies. Included: No sniff jars, no deli-style sales, constant cleaning and disinfecting, and 6-foot distance keeping.

Are cannabis dispensaries open in Massachusetts?

Cannabis stores are open.

On March 15, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker put a limit on gatherings of 25 people or more. Otherwise, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission has not yet made any move to close or limit stores.

Some, however, are embracing measures like online ordering only, and limiting sales to medical patients only. The CCC has also given delivery services the green-light to relax their geographical radius and travel further.

Are cannabis dispensaries open in Michigan?

Cannabis stores are open—and they can now all deliver.

Michigan’s emergency March 16 order allows all licensed cannabis stores and medical dispensaries to deliver during this time. The state is encouraging consumers to use pickup or delivery service, and not congregate in stores. Michigan is also temporarily allowing curbside pickup, allowing customers to complete and order including payment via the internet or place an order once parked at the facility.

More from the MRA:

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency has created two bulletins to provide guidance in the event the statewide monitoring system (METRC) experiences any system outage issues. One bulletin addresses expectations if licensees are unable to verify the patient status through the “Patient Status Lookup” and can be found here. The other bulletin addresses expectations if there is a system-wide outage that prevents any record keeping within METRC and can be found here. These bulletins are informational only at this time, and will be used as reference documents in the event one of these types of outages occur. The MRA will issue notifications when licenses should adhere to the instructions found in these bulletins. At this time METRC is functioning within its normal capacity.

Are dispensaries open in Nevada right now?

Licensed cannabis stores and medical dispensaries are open.

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that all non-essential businesses should shut down by noon on Wednesday, March 18. But cannabis store staff in Las Vegas have been told that any facility that can provide pickup, delivery, or drive-thru services can remain operational. All “showrooms” will be closed.

As a follow-up, the Nevada Health Response Center issued this guidance:

“Licensed cannabis stores and medical dispensaries should only remain open if employees and consumers strictly adhere to the social distancing protocol. The Nevada Health Response Center is encouraging consumers to use delivery services and not congregate in stores.”

This was the situation on Tuesday afternoon, but it proved to be somewhat premature. Las Vegas dispensaries are not closing, they remain open:

Are medical dispensaries still open in New Jersey?

Medical cannabis dispensaries are open. They have been declared “essential businesses,” and have not been ordered to close.

Although New Jersey’s restaurants and bars are closed outside of take-out services, dispensaries remain open. Some are taking precautions including limiting purchases and having patients wait in their cars before being served.

Are medical dispensaries still open in New York?

Medical cannabis dispensaries are open.

Are medical dispensaries still open in Ohio?

Medical cannabis dispensaries are open.

Although many businesses in the state have been shut down, Ohio regulators are treating medical marijuana dispensaries the same as pharmacies, so they remain open.

Are cannabis dispensaries open in Oregon?

Cannabis stores are open.

The Governor’s March 16 order allows them to stay open if they physically distance customers, or use take-out and delivery.

Are medical dispensaries still open in Pennsylvania?

Medical cannabis dispensaries are open.

In Pennsylvania, dispensaries are considered “essential” businesses and are thus remaining open. In a curious move, at least one dispensary is enlisting volunteers to serve as state-sanctioned caregivers and transport cannabis to the homes of up to five patients.

Update, March 20: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

Gov. Wolf has temporarily suspended regulations that require all dispensing to occur inside a dispensary. Patients may now go to a cannabis retailer and have their product brought to their cars by a budtender.

Alternatively, approved caregivers now may deliver medical marijuana to an unlimited number of patients.

Are medical dispensaries open in Rhode Island?

The medical cannabis dispensaries are open.

Are cannabis stores open in Washington state?

Cannabis stores are open.

By order of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board: cannabis stores may remain open at this time, but must keep folks at least six feet away from one another.

Curbside service is allowed for sales to qualifying patients or their designated providers outside of businesses but within the licensed property line. This is a temporary allowance to promote social distancing, and is apparently available to medical marijuana patients only, not to recreational consumers.

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David Downs & Max Savage Levenson

David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for Leafly.com. He’s written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several cannabis books including ‘Marijuana Harvest’ by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns

Max Savage Levenson likely has the lowest cannabis tolerance of any writer on the cannabis beat. He also writes about music for Pitchfork, Bandcamp and other bespectacled folk. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. His dream interview is Tyler the Creator.






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