The coronavirus outbreak has prompted several states to allow cannabis delivery and curbside pickup, services that advocates championed before the pandemic but may otherwise have been delayed for months or years — if they were approved at all.
The question now is whether regulators will allow these temporary measures to continue after the pandemic is over.
Jurisdictions including Washington, D.C., Michigan, and Louisiana have either initiated or expanded cannabis delivery in response to social-distancing measures and shutdowns. Meanwhile, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and others are allowing curbside pickup.
“These are important changes,” Kelly Fair, US general counsel for Canopy Growth Corp., said in a May 5 media briefing hosted by the Cannabis Information Project. “As related to COVID, we don’t see curbside or delivery going away anytime soon.”