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California Marijuana Businesses To Remain Open Despite State Lockdown

While California Governor Gavin Newsom recently issued a stay-at-home order for all residents in the state due to the COVID-19 outbreak, licensed cannabis business can remain open as they have been considered "essential businesses".

"The supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care. When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to obtain or perform the functions above, or to otherwise facilitate authorized necessary activities, they should at all times practice social distancing," Newsom said in the order.

Before the official declaration of the cannabis businesses as essential businesses, cannabis sales in the state surged nearly 230 percent within a week.

Last week, San Francisco reversed an earlier decision, allowing marijuana dispensaries to remain open alongside essential businesses during the city's shelter-in-place order amid the coronavirus pandemic.

City officials had originally told cannabis stores to close on Tuesday as the city shut down most nonessential businesses amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials also asked residents to stay at home as much as possible. However, the decision was reversed following complaints from marijuana stores and their customers.

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.

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