Mass. Gov. Closes Adult-Use Pot Shops During Virus Crisis – Law360

  • (March 23, 2020, 9:23 PM EDT) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order to close all nonessential businesses in the state in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 would make an allowance for medical marijuana dispensaries, but not adult-use recreational sellers.
  • sent a letter on Friday to governors of states that have legalized both recreational and medical marijuana, urging them to consider all licensed cannabis businesses critical and permit them to remain open.
  • For instance, in California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order on Thursday, all licensed cannabis businesses, serving both medical patients and nonmedical customers, were considered essential.
  • In San Francisco, which issued a public health order on March 17 requiring nonessential businesses to close, medical marijuana dispensaries were considered essential, while recreational retailers initially were not.
  • In an executive order Friday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker deemed both medical and adult-use dispensaries and cannabis cultivators essential businesses.

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