Patients and industry players alike have applauded the decision by numerous states to classify marijuana as an essential commodity, allowing medical and recreational marijuana stores to remain open. As the Coronavirus pandemic ravages the U.S., several state governments have implemented statewide lockdowns to curb its spread.
People are to practice self-isolation and only head outside for essentials like food and medicine, and all but the most essential businesses have been ordered to close. They are also encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer regularly.
The open businesses include supermarkets, pharmacies, and daycare centers, and they have permission to operate during the lockdown as they provide essential goods and services. Fortunately for the many people who rely on marijuana to deal with a variety of health issues, numerous states have stated that marijuana is just as essential.
They have taken additional steps such as allowing curbside pickups and home deliveries to ensure both the sellers and patients stay safe as they transact. According to some, allowing people to grow their own marijuana at home might make the self-isolation and social distancing measures even more effective.
Bill Caruso, a lawyer and founding member of New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform says that support for home cultivation exists among patients and industry professionals. “I talk to a lot of folks in the industry. A lot of people think that the industry is fighting this. I have not heard one credible source in the cannabis industry that is opposed,” he stated during an NJ Insider webinar.
A large percentage of medical marijuana patients are old folk with underlying health issues, and this makes them more susceptible to contracting and succumbing to the Coronavirus. During the webinar, industry leaders and advocates argued that medical patients shouldn’t have to rely on outside sources to acquire plant medicine. Even with measures like curbside pickups and home deliveries, such patients are still at a higher risk of getting infected by the virus.
“If you have a child with Dravet Syndrome and you don’t have access to your medicine, that’s a big freaking deal. And that should make people angry, right? People should not have to worry about where they’re going to get medicines for themselves or for their child,” said Scott Rudder, President of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association.
While any major legislative changes are unlikely in the short term, advocates believe the Coronavirus pandemic could eventually push lawmakers into reconsidering the ban on home cultivation.
It would be eye-opening to get a glimpse into what sector players like Round Meadow Holdings Corp. and SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) recommend as the best ways to ease the fears of lawmakers regarding marijuana home grows.
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