Patients will be allowed to use curbside pickup for medical marijuana at alternative treatment centers, the state Department of Health announced, ridding them of the need to go inside a dispensary during the coronavirus outbreak.
But the dispensaries do not have to offer the service, and getting it up and running will take time. Meanwhile, all 12 operational and pending licensed medical marijuana businesses signed a joint statement, saying they were working out technology to schedule appointments and implement curbside dispensing.
“I’m really so encouraged that everyone is coming to this table with a wonderful spirit of collaboration and desire to work together on behalf of the patients,” said Susanna Short, a consultant who released the statement on behalf of the dispensaries.
Patients have waited hours in line at dispensaries as some have rushed to stock up on cannabis in case they become quarantined as COVID-19 cases rise in New Jersey. Some, who are immunocompromised or have other underlying health conditions, have said they worry about following dozens of other patients into the storefronts amid the outbreak.