At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last year, the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission permitted medical cannabis patients to access telehealth appointments and have their prescriptions delivered for curbside pickup in an attempt to increase safety. Consumers were allowed to place their orders either online or via phone; they could then pick up those orders curbside at the stores.
Now, the agency notes, the measures will be allowed to continue for an extended period, despite the State of Emergency declared by Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts coming to an end. The State of Emergency was initially declared in the state on March 10, 2020.
While issuing final administrative orders at the start of this week, the Cannabis Control Commission’s executive director, Shawn Collins, stated that virtual community outreach meetings, telehealth consults and curbside operations would be allowed to continue until Sept. 1, 2021. However, this date could change if the administrative orders are amended or the commission revokes the order.
For medical patients, clinical visits for purposed such as renewal and consultation can carry on through telehealth appointments. Additionally, individuals who have yet to register but would like to do so are encouraged to do so through telehealth up until September 1. The order notes that after the aforementioned date, clinical visits can occur either by telehealth or in person. As per medical-use regulations, however, any first-time patient will have to visit a clinic in person in order to be issued with an initial certificate of registration.
In addition to this, marijuana dispensaries can continue to carry out sales for curbside pickup by electronic means and by phone. This, the order asserts, will help keep both customers and patients safe.
The commission also stated that virtual meetings could be conducted by any individual who would like to host a community outreach meeting, as it would be safe and also allow those who couldn’t attend physical gatherings to also take part in them.
In other news, Cloud Creamery is planning on launching marijuana-infused ice cream in the state, as summer sets in. Residents in the state already have access to edible chocolate bars and gummies. Now, David Yusefzadeh of Cloud Creamery wants to heighten the edibles experience by utilizing local products, which will not only attract new consumers but also boost the industry’s growth.
At the start of the month, the state’s Cannabis Control Commission issued a notice to Cloud Creamery, giving the company the go ahead to begin manufacturing operations. The product will be available at Caroline’s Cannabis in Uxbridge, Western Front in Chelsea and Bud’s Goods and Provisions in Worcester.
Yusefzadeh also plans to bring traffic to minority and women-owned dispensaries, when the product begins to be offered at dispensaries.
The extension of telehealth services and curbside pickups is a good move as it recognizes how important medical cannabis products are to the people who need them. These benefits can further be exploited by making use of the range of products, such as the remote IoT dose-measuring device,made by RYAH Group Inc. (CSE: RYAH) to help patients take precise doses of their plant medicine.
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