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Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Deemed ‘Essential’

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Governor Charlie Baker has ordered that all non-essential businesses close for at least 2 weeks. This includes recreational marijuana dispensaries. However, medical marijuana dispensaries will remain open.

Medical marijuana is being treated as an “essential business,” Boston.com reports. Other states that have enacted stay at home orders have also deemed medical marijuana dispensaries as essential businesses. Massachusetts has roughly 67,700 medical marijuana patients. The state’s 61 dispensaries will remain open to help them.

The Cannabis Control Commission sent out an order directing all 42 retail marijuana dispensaries to stop all adult-use sales by noon on March 24th. Adult-use marijuana retailers will be closed until at least April 7.

Governor Baker said, “Because Massachusetts is one of the few states in a big geographic area that has available recreational marijuana and a ton of traffic associated with that is coming from other states, we felt that in particular would need to be closed and would not be considered as essential as part of this order.”

The order is an effort to reduce person-to-person contact. There have been a few negative comments regarding the Governor’s decision, but he has stood by his decision seeing it as one way to promote public health and safety.