Westword reports on the latest for cannabis during COVID-19 in the state of Colorado
Executives order issued by Governor Jared Polis on March 20 will temporarily allow curbside delivery at marijuana dispensaries, and also permit doctors to issue medical marijuana cards remotely. Both orders were made in a statewide effort to limit the impact of coronavirus, according to Polis, and are set to run through mid-April.
THE EXECUTIVE ORDERD 2020 011 Ordering the Temporary Suspension of Certain Regulatory Statutes
While pre-ordering marijuana products that you later pay for at the dispensary is already legal in Colorado — and something that many pot shops have suggested customers do to avoid interaction during the virus spread — paying for orders online and then picking them up curbside was not allowed until Polis’s new executive order.
“I temporarily suspend the prohibition on retail marijuana store online sales…to facilitate pick up by consumers twenty-one years of age and older in a manner consistent with social-distancing guidelines promulgated by the [state Department of Public Health and Environment],” Polis’s executive order reads.
To be clear, this order does not affect sales inside dispensaries, which are still allowed to be open. But this Chick-fil-A-style drive-up service for dispensary orders will also be allowed until April 18 to encourage Coloradans to adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that suggest people stay at least six feet away from each other while in public.