In May 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis passed a bill that allowed home delivery for medical and recreational marijuana. The move was lauded by reform advocates and industry representatives who said it was a major step in the right direction for the state’s marijuana industry. The legislation granted licensed medical cannabis shops permission to deliver marijuana to their patients from January 2020, while recreational deliveries to adults 21 and older will start in January 2021.
This month, the state issued the first marijuana delivery license to Boulder-based medical cannabis dispensary The Dandelion, which is owned and operated by retail chain Native Roots. Ironically, the timing was purely coincidental and had nothing to do with the Coronavirus pandemic that’s currently wreaking havoc across the world.
“The timing is a total coincidence, but it’s timely. Medical delivery is really another option for patients to utilize social distancing,” says Sharon Fender, Director of Public Affairs for Native Roots. The virus is transmitted through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and medical experts state that social distancing and self-isolation are the best way to prevent new infections.
Authorities have been implementing Coronavirus measures meant to curb its spread, and all businesses except the most essential have to be shut down. Numerous states have included cannabis retailers in this group, and most of them have been looking into home deliveries and curbside pickups to reduce contact between customers.
The Dandelion’s delivery service will be available to patients living in either Boulder or the nearby town of Superior. They also have to be registered with the dispensary, and Native Roots has stated that it is ‘looking into a compliant, remote solution for patient registration’ for patients looking to sign up.
There is a $100 minimum purchase, and in accordance with advice from medical experts, the dispensary is advising customers to pay with debit cards and avoid cash changing hands.
At the moment, the world is on high alert as the Coronavirus pandemic throws systems that were in place for decades into disarray. Many economies are already showing the strain as businesses have been forced to shut down and millions rendered unemployed. Three months after appearing in Wuhan, China, the virus has infected over 700,000 individuals and left at least 30,000 dead. Home deliveries will help businesses stay afloat and allow people to buy what they need without compromising their health.
“The state rightfully prioritized the medical patient community for cannabis delivery, many of whom suffer from serious illnesses, pain and mobility issues. With permission from both municipal and state legislators, we are excited to begin the first-ever legal cannabis delivery service in Colorado. We are hopeful other jurisdictions will follow their lead and opt into medical delivery as soon as possible,” says Fender.
Experts see this commencement as yet another way through which the cannabis industry is contributing to limiting social contact at this time when the Coronavirus pandemic is raging. Sector players like SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) are believed to be urging their customers to take advantage of every opportunity to receive consumer products in their homes without having to move out and risk being exposed to COVID-19.
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