With the stress and uncertainty surrounding us right now, the last thing you need to worry about is finding out that your go-to dispensary is closed.
It's bad enough there's still a struggle in finding toilet paper and hand sanitizer in some areas. The other essential item you need to make sure you have is your favorite strain, cartridge, edible, or whatever other cannabis product you prefer.
There's been a lot of confusion with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and exactly which businesses constitute as essential. Stay at home orders and a variety of businesses continue to shut down across the country, so we have to ask ? Which dispensaries are open during the COVID-19 crisis?
Overall, dispensaries and deliveries have been deemed essential businesses during COVID-19, for the most part. All states that have a legal market are allowing medical marijuana dispensaries to remain open. Recreational cannabis can be a bit more vague, but most states seem to be allowing marijuana retail stores to remain open as long as they follow safe social distancing rules.
Although some states have not or did not mention cannabis specifically while determining what is an essential business, some stores have continued to operate anyway by using methods such as delivery, curbside pickup, or both.
Below we've listed the states that are allowing dispensaries to remain open as long as they follow and practice social distancing procedures.
Strict social distancing guidelines must be followed with no more than 10 persons allowed inside a dispensary at a time.
Learn more about Alaska’s COVID-19 Response
It was definitely vague at first as to what was considered essential, but local dispensaries are staying open and are advised to practice social distancing.
Learn more about Arizona’s COVID-19 Response
All licensed cannabis companies have been deemed essential and are allowed to continue business.
Even some of our favorite Cali dispensaries have stayed open. Not only do they have great health and safety protocols in place, but some pretty awesome deals too.
Check out a few California dispensaries here.
Learn more about California’s COVID-19 Response
Medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries can remain open but must practice safe distancing and allow no more than 10 people in the store at a time.
Some of our favorite Colorado dispensaries are staying open too! They've also got some great deals going on, especially during a time when every penny counts.
Check out a few Colorado dispensaries here.
Learn more about Colorado’s COVID-19 Response
Although the state deemed cannabis essential in a broad manner, medical marijuana dispensaries are staying open.
Learn more about Connecticut’s COVID-19 Response
Dispensaries are allowed to remain open and are now allowing delivery.
Learn more about Delaware’s COVID-19 Response
The state Governor didn't mention it directly, but government officials have confirmed that medicinal cannabis is essential and therefore dispensaries can remain open.
Learn more about Florida’s COVID-19 Response
Medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to remain open and are considered essential.
Learn more about Hawaii’s COVID-19 Response
Cannabis has been considered an essential business and dispensaries are allowed to remain open, but some limit sales to only medical customers.
Learn more about Illinios COVID-19 Response
Medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to remain open.
Learn more about Louisiana’s COVID-19 Response
Medical marijuana dispensaries are classified as a medical facility and are allowed to remain open.
Learn more about Maine’s COVID-19 Response
The Governor ordered closure of all non-essential businesses back in late March. However, medical marijuana is considered an essential healthcare, which means dispensaries may remain open.
Learn more about Maryland’s COVID-19 Response
Only medical marijuana sales are deemed essential at this time. Recreational marijuana sales have been put to a complete halt, from what we know.
Learn more about Massachusetts COVID-19 Response
Marijuana stores have remained open and are now allowed to offer delivery as well as curbside pickup. This went into effect after the state's emergency order on March 16th.
Learn more about Michigan’s COVID-19 Response
Medical marijuana dispensaries can remain open and have been deemed essential.
Learn more about Minnesota’s COVID-19 Response
The Governor deemed marijuana dispensaries essential and has allowed them to remain open.
Learn more about Montana’s COVID-19 Response
The state has deemed all medical and recreational marijuana sales essential, but by delivery only. All licensed dispensaries now have the ability to deliver to their customers, being that their storefronts have been closed since late March.
Learn more about Nevada’s COVID-19 Response
State officials have informed local dispensaries that they may remain open and are considered essential. Delivery and curbside pickup options are available now as well.
Learn more about New Hampshire’s COVID-19 Response
Medical cannabis is considered essential and dispensaries can remain open.
Learn more about New Jersey’s COVID-19 Response
The state classified marijuana producers as essential businesses and can remain open.
Learn more about New Mexico’s COVID-19 Response
Licensed medical cannabis dispensaries have remained open, and are heavily taking health and safety measures.
Learn more about New York’s COVID-19 Response
Medical marijuana dispensaries have been classified as pharmacies, which deems them essential and has kept them open.
Learn more about Ohio’s COVID-19 Response
All medical marijuana dispensaries can remain open and are considered essential.
Learn more about Oklahoma’s COVID-19 Response
Cannabis stores have been deemed essential and are allowing dispensaries to remain open, as long as they are providing curbside pickup or delivery.
Learn more about Oregon’s COVID-19 Response
Medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to remain open.
Learn more about Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Response
Medical marijuana businesses are part of the healthcare sector and have been allowed to remain open during this time.
Learn more about Puerto Rico’s COVID-19 Response
While Rhode Island has a much smaller number of dispensaries, they are deemed essential and can also remain open during this time.
Learn more about Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response
The Department of Financial Regulation, which oversees the legal marijuana industry, has deemed cannabis an essential business during these times.
Learn more about Vermont’s COVID-19 Response
Medical marijuana dispensaries can remain open and are deemed essential businesses.
Learn more about Washington DC’s COVID-19 Response
There's also a ton of delivery services to choose from if you're wanting your weed to come to you. Check out some of our favorite marijuana delivery services here.
Both medical and recreational dispensaries can remain open by utilizing curbside pickup and practicing safe distancing.
Learn more about Washington’s COVID-19 Response