When the Coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, China late last year, no one expected it to have such a worldwide impact. A little more than two months after the virus started ravaging China, it has spread to most continents, infected more than 150,000 and left at least 9,000 people dead. Naturally, most countries are focused on containment efforts, and one of them is calling on people to maintain high levels of hygiene.
The virus spreads through droplets, and one of the best ways to prevent infection is thorough and constant hand washing. However, with massive numbers of people buying hand sanitizers in bulk, shortages were inevitable.
A Hawaiian cannabis company has stepped in to fill this void by providing free hand sanitizers to its clients. Aloha Green Holdings, which does business as Aloha Green Apothecary, has announced that it will “use its cannabis concentrates production line to produce large quantities of hydroalcoholic gels immediately.”
The cannabis firm operates the largest state of the art cannabis manufacturing lab in Hawaii, and it will use these facilities to manufacture free hand sanitizing gel to 329 card holding patients at its two dispensaries. Regulations require patients to have a 329 card to enter a cannabis retail dispensary.
Each patient will be limited to one 50ml bottle per day until Aloha Green ramps up its production. The firm has stated that its intention is to dedicate enough manufacturing lines to produce free hand sanitizers for Oahu’s first responders.
Data from the Department of Health’s Medical Cannabis Registry Program shows that the average age of registered medical cannabis patients in Hawaii is approximately 52. Most of them have underlying medical conditions including cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, and Multiple Sclerosis, making them especially vulnerable to Covid-19.
“All our locations have a supply of hand sanitizer solution for employee and patient use. We have increased our sanitation procedures. Due to recent reports of hoarding, outages and low supplies in Hawaii, we have decided to manufacture and provide bottles of hand sanitizer free of charge to vulnerable patients who are at increased risk,” says Aloha Green Apoth spokesman TY Cheng.
Aloha Green Apoth CEO James Lee adds that “supporting our local community is a foundational goal for our company. Our cannabis medicines provide essential relief for many patients and we hope patients will continue to feel safe at our dispensaries.”
The firm reminds people that although using a 60%-plus alcohol-based solution is effective, health authorities say that using soap and water is still the most effective method to clean your hands and avoid infection.
Experts say the example set by Aloha Green Apothecary is one that paints the entire cannabis industry, including Champignon Brands Inc. (CSE: SHRM), in good light as sector players are seen as going above and beyond to be helpful to the communities they serve.
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