We are in the midst of battling a global pandemic and confirmed cases of COVID-19 are multiplying across the U.S.—it’s unlike anything that we’ve seen in generations. We want you and your colleagues to be as safe and secure as possible. We’d like to share the following recommendations for businesses providing much-needed services for medical cannabis patients and adult-use consumers during this crisis.
Stay up-to-date with emergency regulationsWe’ve seen industries across the globe ceasing or severely restricting business activity and the cannabis industry is no exception. In order to deal with the present situation, we would advise cannabis dispensaries to stay on top of emergency regulations issued by national, state and local government agencies. States have already acted by implementing cannabis-specific emergency regulations that make it easier to operate in this new environment—for example, Maryland, Illinois and Michigan have already allowed curbside pickup and delivery, and we are hopeful other states and localities will follow their lead and fast-track similar measures. Many municipalities have designated cannabis dispensaries as “essential businesses” so that citizens have access to safely cultivated cannabis. Staying up to date on evolving regulations is crucial for your dispensary to maintain safe operations in this challenging time.
Restrict the number of persons in your dispensaryDispensaries have the responsibility to limit the numbers of customers inside the facility at any given point to maintain six-foot social distancing. This goes in line with the need for keeping staff, at-risk patients and other customers healthy and safe. This can be accomplished by:
- Ensuring six-foot distancing within the waiting room and sales areas
- Using marked guides on the floor to channel traffic.
- Encouraging online/phone orders for pickup only
- Changing check-in procedures so customers can wait in their vehicles
- Calling/texting customers to enter facility