We’re all quickly learning the things we can do without: live sporting events and concerts, trips to the library, even visiting restaurants and bars.
As governors and mayors across North America order the shutdown of bars, restaurants, and gathering events, cannabis stores are experiencing a dramatic surge in sales that started over the weekend and now continues into the work week.
Consumers are stocking up now, eyeing their potential future over in Europe, where some nations have closed all retail outlets except food stores and pharmacies.
Is weed essential? You bet your bong it is. For many folks it’s medical.Toilet paper, hand sanitizer and food aren’t the only things flying off the shelves amid the coronavirus scare. Marijuana is the latest addition to the consumer stockpile.
Shopping tips for cannabis stores during COVID
- Stay home (especially if you’re sick) unless you absolutely need to leave.
- Call to the store you’d like to visit before you leave, both to inquire about the wait and what’s in stock.
- If you have to go to the cannabis store, touch as little as possible and sanitize all the stuff you buy (if possible) when you get home.
- Use licensed delivery—if available—in your area.
- Try to avoid times that are typically busiest. Go early in the morning or later at night to avoid crowds.
- Keep six to nine feet apart from others.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough (into your elbow or use a tissue).
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. You can use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if you’re on the go.
- Consider personal protective equipment like gloves, masks, and goggles when in enclosed spaces—like stores—with strangers.
- Remember to discard that equipment afterward, and decontaminate, so as not to bring contamination inside your home.
- Wash your hands. A lot!
We hope you all are staying safe and well!