Colorado regulators have now decided that the state’s recreational marijuana dispensaries can reopen, following a previous order that limited the retailers to curbside pickup. The executive order for nonessential businesses to close was originally issued by Gov. Jared Polis on March 22 in an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
Under that order, which also instructed the state’s residents to stay at home unless necessary, licensed medical marijuana dispensaries were deemed to be essential services and permitted to stay open. Recreational marijuana shops were not covered by the order and were instead told to switch to drive-through sales or curbside pickup on March 24. On March 20, Polis approved temporary rules to allow dispensaries to take online orders and deliver orders to customers at curbside, both of which had been previously prohibited.
But on Monday, a bulletin was issued by the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) indicating that recreational cannabis shops would be permitted to conduct sales on site once again.
“Licensees are no longer prohibited from allowing Retail customers on the Licensed Premises, but are required to implement Social Distancing Requirements pursuant to state and local orders,” reads the memo