A lot of shops are ordered to close down due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In California, to everyone’s surprise, cannabis shops are still open. California governor Gavin Newsom deemed these marijuana dispensaries are “essential services” that should remain open, along with pharmacies and food stores. The Huffington Post has more details:
Popular dispensary MedMen, which operates 33 stores in nine states including 12 in California, says it is operating with modified hours, but all stores remain open (except for one in Monterey Bay, Calif. which is closed due to local jurisdiction).
“As of now, we have been deemed an essential business in the markets that have established protocol,” Christian Langbein, the company’s spokesperson says. “We are closely following recent guidelines released by each state and local jurisdiction, plus that of the CDC and the WHO in the best interest of our customers and employees and have adopted the recommended safety protocol.”
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