Medical marijuana dispensaries in the nation’s capital will now be able to make home deliveries and allow customers to pick up their orders curbside under emergency regulations adopted to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The temporary rules were announced on Monday by Mayor Muriel Bowser and officials with the Washington, D.C. Department of Health.
On March 24, Bowser issued an order closing all non-essential businesses in the city. Medical marijuana dispensaries were deemed essential services akin to other health care businesses and allowed to remain in business. Bowser followed that directive with a stay-at-home order for the city’s residents that was issued on March 30.
Under the new rules released on Monday, the district’s seven medical marijuana dispensaries will be permitted to deliver cannabis products to the homes of registered patients. Dispensaries will also be allowed to offer curbside pickup for patients in an effort to support social distancing protocols during the outbreak.
“This patient-centric, emergency rulemaking is necessary to protect the health, safety, and welfare of District residents, and is similar to what other states are putting in place to continue access to medical marijuana,” the city said in its notice.
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