The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are impossible to ignore. Michigan has joined many other states in shutting down nonessential businesses and requiring most of its residents to stay home to help flatten the curve. There are a number of exceptions to the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order, which have been discussed by my colleagues.
Importantly, Michigan’s cannabis industry has been deemed an essential business, which allows retail stores and producers in the cannabis supply chain to continue to operate so long as they can follow social distancing guidelines and the guidance provided in the Executive Order. While Michigan has also legalized cannabis for adult recreational use, many Michiganders suffering from serious and debilitating medical conditions like cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, and a host of others depend on cannabis to treat these conditions.
Michigan’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency has provided guidance for retail operations that continue to operate so that they protect the public health. Licensed cannabis retail stores cannot allow customers into their facility at this time, so transactions must be completed via curbside pickup or home delivery. To find a licensed cannabis facility near you, check out the Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s map of licensed facilities.
These are difficult times for many with a lot of uncertainty. Thankfully, medical marijuana patients can take comfort in the fact that they will continue to have access to the medical cannabis that they depend on to cope with their ailments. In addition, adults in Michigan age 21 and up can safely order cannabis for pick up or delivery to help cope with the anxiety and stress of these times. Please be safe, follow the guidance from the CDC and state and local health authorities, and take care.
An associate attorney with Grewal Law PLLC in Okemos, Michigan, John Fraser focuses on general litigation, criminal defense, cannabis law, and appellate law. John is also an adjunct professor of law at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he teaches a course on Medical Marijuana and the Law.