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Washington State Allows Cannabis Retailers To Provide Curbside Service

Washington State has allowed licensed cannabis retailers to remain open and provide "curbside service" amid the coronavirus outbreak.

State regulators said that cannabis retailers may provide "curbside service" to customers and patients in order to promote social distancing, while drive-through windows are not allowed.

"At this time, cannabis retailers are not required to close due to the coronavirus restrictions. However, to promote social distancing for qualified patients, the LCB is temporarily allowing cannabis retailers to sell to qualifying patients or their designated providers outside of their business but within the licensed property line," the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board said on its website.

Washington's LCB added that it does not have the authority to waive taxes, fees and penalties, but is "actively exploring" deferment of taxes and fees to ease the payment obligations on licensees that sell alcohol or cannabis.

Washington State has recorded the highest death toll related to COVID-19 in the U.S. The state has reported 74 deaths and more than 1,300 confirmed coronavirus cases.

On Monday, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced an emergency proclamation that mandated the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment as well as recreational facilities, until March 31. The governor also limited social gatherings to less than 50 people.

However, take-out, delivery as well as drive-thru food, and beverage services are not banned under the proclamation.

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