As social distancing guidelines have been extended throughout the United States in an attempt to prevent the curve of the spike of coronavirus patients from overwhelming the nation’s healthcare facilities, cannabis dispensaries in states across the country have had to implement measures of their own to comply with state orders.
In Colorado, medical and recreational dispensaries are requiring customers to stay at least 6 feet apart from one another. “Online ordering is encouraged for the fastest service and social distancing is required while in store,” says Medicine Man, which operates four dispensaries in Colorado.
The Order has been updated with the following changes::— City and County of Denver (@CityofDenver) March 23, 2020
· Liquor stores with extreme physical distancing in place will be exempt.
· All marijuana stores with extreme physical distancing in place will be exempt.
· All construction operations and projects will be exempt.
“We’re taking it extremely seriously, we’re doing everything above and beyond to make sure that during this time we keep it safe,” said Chris Halkins, CEO of Northeast Alternatives in Fall River, Massachusetts. The company has signs taped up and glued down at the dispensary reminding customers to practice social distancing. They are also not letting more than 25 people be in the store at one time.
“Social distancing is definitely something we have to work on because this virus is spreading really fast so it’s definitely something we have to be cautious about,” said cannabis customer Eben Dickson of Plymouth.
“[We are] ensuring that each product is sealed, packaging is sanitized before handoff, and the delivery driver’s hands are washed in between each interaction,” said a company spokesperson for Sweet Flower, which offers delivery from three locations in Los Angeles, California. Meanwhile, Artist Tree in West Hollywood has implemented strict cleaning regimens. Staff wear gloves and regularly apply hand sanitizer while a cap has been placed on the amount of people allowed inside at a time.
Via an article on their blog, MedMen detailed their actions toward preventing the spread of the virus and promising good hygiene for customers. These include providing the staff and customers with hand sanitizer and disinfecting surfaces between transactions.
When it comes to deliveries, the company is also utilizing rigorous guidelines. “All the products offered via our delivery platform are subject to the maximum required testing and compliance standards,” said MedMen. “All products released for delivery are sealed and pre-packaged to prevent contamination. MedMen delivery drivers utilize the same safety measures as our in-store teams.”
“Our delivery drivers use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol between delivery orders. They clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces between customers, including the debit card terminals and point of sale terminals,” the company added.
MedMen has business operations in numerous locations across Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Nevada and New York.
When addressing the question about whether receiving delivery orders is safe at this time, MedMen said: “Absolutely. MedMen’s delivery service is fully owned and operated by MedMen. Our delivery drivers are MedMen employees and subject to the same training and testing as our store staff.”