New Jersey was the most recent state to deem Medical Marijuana dispensaries as essential after Gov. Phil Murphy issued a Shelter-in-Place order Saturday, adding that residents could only leave their homes only for essential travel, NJ.Com reported.
Murphy also ordered non essential retail businesses in the state to close until further notice. Medical Marijuana Dispensaries were among those organizations deemed essential and permitted to remain open, as were supermarkets, drug stores, service stations and foundations, NJ.com reported.
New York likewise deemed Medical Marijuana dispensaries essential. California and Illinois also have deemed Medical and Recreational Marijuana provisioning centers as essential.
Gov. Murphy has marked a request guiding all occupants to remain at home except if they are procuring sure “basic merchandise or administrations.” Executive Order No. 107 was signed Saturday to protect the state’s residents from catching and spreading the COVID-19 pandemic.
The order restricts the number of people who can gather at a location and urges them to telecommute where possible.
On March 17, New York declared Medical Marijuana dispensaries as essential organizations, while California and Illinois have deemed both Medical and Recreational Marijuana provisioning centers as essential, according to Marijuana Business Daily.
In certain states, such as Michigan, government officials have allowed provisioning centers to sell cannabis through curbside pickup or home delivery. Others allow healthcare professional to prescribe Marijuana through telemedicine.