State governments across the nation are forcing non-essential businesses to close. Fortunately, medical marijuana dispensaries are being allowed to remain open to serve medicine to patients, and many of them are implementing precautionary measures to combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Dispensaries throughout Arizona are already modifying their operations to focus on preventing the spread of coronavirus.
Some of the new procedures taken by dispensaries:
- Regularly sanitizing surfaces
- Employees wear personal protective equipment (masks, gloves, etc.)
- Limiting the number of patients allowed inside the dispensary
- Encouraging online ordering for pick-up
- Encouraging online ordering for delivery
- Encouraging patients to use a cashless payment method
In Mesa, Nova dispensary decided to open early twice per week solely for patients at high-risk of contracting coronavirus, such as seniors or immune system compromised, so they can shop before regular hours when all other patients start visiting the dispensary.
“As a dispensary that is focused on the medical aspects of marijuana, we have a large number of at-risk patients, said Nova co-founder Conor Counselman. “We wanted to give these immunocompromised patients a comfortable and stress-free environment to come get their medicine. Often times, our most vulnerable patients are the ones who need this medicine the most. “
At least one dispensary, Downtown Dispensary in Tucson, is reported to have installed unique air filters to improve indoor air sterilization.
Arizonans can find more information about coronavirus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website and more information about the coronavirus in Arizona at the Arizona Department of Health Services’ (ADHS) website. To date, Arizona has 152 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Contact your local dispensary to inquire about coronavirus-related concerns.