Fortunately, medical cannabis businesses have been deemed “essential” under the order and remain open to patients across the District.
Still, there are additional actions that could be taken to ensure patients can safely access their medicine in a way that is consistent with public health guidelines on preventing the spread of coronavirus:
- Allowing and encouraging cannabis delivery, including allowing for it to be contactless. (This is particularly important for patients who are immunocompromised, elderly, or otherwise particularly at-risk.)
- Allowing and encouraging online ordering and curbside pickup from dispensaries
- Extending the expiration date of medical cannabis cards until after the crisis has abated
A number of states with medical cannabis programs have already implemented these measures in response to coronavirus.
You can also sign our petition for safe access in times of coronavirus here.
Thank you for your compassion. We wish you and your loved ones well.