As coronavirus sweeps across the nation and state after state is implementing mandatory “lockdown” and “stay-at-home” orders, many feared they wouldn’t be able to get cannabis anymore in the coming days.

Luckily, nearly every state with a medical or recreational cannabis program has deemed these businesses to be “essential”, among services such as pharmacies, grocery stores, hardware stores, and select city and government services. As long as they observe proper social-distancing guidelines and do not include more than 10 people in one place, cannabis dispensaries can continue to operate while companies from other industries are forced to close their doors.

For example, in a press release from the City of Los Angeles, “cannabis dispensaries, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services” are listed as essential healthcare services. As Dr. Peter Grinspoon, a Harvard Medical School instructor, said in an interview with the Boston Globe, “we need to think very carefully about the…

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