SF Gate…….As San Franciscans continue to grapple with the magnitude of the “shelter in place” order issued simultaneously by six Bay Area counties on Monday, news that marijuana dispensaries and delivery services would not be considered an “essential” service by the city resulted in confusion and pushback.
The decision was initially met with shock and outrage by prominent cannabis industry figures and consumers alike. However, the classification was reversed in under 24 hours Tuesday.
In an email to anxious members of the industry sent Tuesday, as a joint effort between San Francisco’s Office of Cannabis and Department of Health, city officials acknowledged the request from the Mayor’s Office and the County Health Officer to shut down all cannabis businesses as a result of the “shelter in place” order.
“The situation is fluid,” the note conceded, “and we are working closely with city partners and healthcare professionals to craft a strategy that will allow for access to healthy and safe product. We are hopeful that this will create a pathway for businesses to support those that need access. Please standby.”