The simple answer to this question would be that you should try and avoid as much contact with the outside world as possible when you have to get your medical cannabis. The second part of this question is that you can get cannabis but not for anxiety.
The world is in the middle of a pandemic. COVID-19 is redefining how the normal operate. It is no longer as easy as it was to get your hands on cannabis. As the third wave comes in the question that comes in how does one be safe. But it is also imperative that one remembers that cannabis has become an important part of some people’s daily life. It acts as an essential medicine for people suffering from a variety of chronic diseases.
It is a given at one point or another you will have to make your way outside to replenish your stock as you take it as a medicine, in this case-How do you go about the process and what can you do to ensure you are safe?
Cannabis Dispensaries and Coronavirus
Following the nationwide emergency announcement, there was a sudden frenzy experienced by dispensaries as most people thought that cannabis will be deemed non-essential. That was thankfully not the case. All licensed medical marijuana retailers are allowed to sell cannabis in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
But if only business was as easy as staying open. There are multiple facets attached to deciding to stay open during a pandemic. The first is the constantly changing international, state, and local health guidelines that ensure they can continue working as an essential business during this pandemic.
The biggest challenge that dispensary owners are facing is the lack of support from the government. They have been deemed essential but to cover operating costs in a time like this they require more than being open. They require monetary support, which is severely lacking. A bailout plan for small businesses taken out by the Trump administration assigned $350 billion for companies with less than 500 employees. Another $250 billion is in the process of being integrated. But because cannabis is still illegal on a federal level, banks do not encourage any association with these businesses.
It is a vexing situation, where on one hand you are an essential business on the other you are not presented with the same opportunities as other businesses.
Safety Measures Are Paramount
Another big challenge faced by the businesses is- how do they keep employees safe from the virus? The business is increasing but staff needs to be very careful of the interactions they have with the customers.
Most dispensaries require staff members to wear disposable gloves. But one needs to go beyond basic rules like latex gloves to make sure that there is no chance of the virus entering the supply chain of the dispensary.
So, it should not come as a surprise that most dispensaries are taking the same precautions that hospitals take to ensure that everything remains sterilized. Employees are encouraged to wear personal protective equipment and strictly follow rules regarding droplet and aerosol control that halt the spread of the virus.
Customers Need To Stay Out Of Stores
The most effective way to tackle COVID-19 is by self-isolating. Customers need to be kept out of stores to ensure that there is no spread of respiratory fluids taking place.
To keep people out of stores, sellers are placing emphasis on online ordering combined with delivery and curbside pickup. That not only do you get your product but you also don’t set a foot inside the store keeping your droplets all to yourself.
Every way in which contact can be minimized is being taken.
Front Door Service Or Drive Thru
I’m sure all of us have seen fast-food restaurants that allow drive-thrus for you to get your food. Certain stores have similar licenses allowing for contactless delivery.
Some stores are using emergency rules to perform a front door service where the cannabis handoff takes place near the front door. It is very similar to curbside pickup but without the cars.
Cannabis in New York is a strictly regulated substance. So, ensure you get a medical marijuana card before going out to buy cannabis.