Oregon pot shops see spike in business with new curbside delivery

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Take-out for weed? In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, OLCC is temporarily allowing marijuana retailers to do curbside delivery.

Restaurants, coffee shops, bars, gyms and movie theaters have all been forced to close under Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s executive order, while many other types of business chose to shutter for the foreseeable future to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

But one blossoming industry in Oregon is still up and running, allowed to stay open under the governor’s order so long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is temporarily relaxing regulations and letting cannabis shops (and liquor stores) do take-out. They can now provide curbside pick-up in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in an effort to maintain social distancing and prevent the spread of the virus.

To mitigate impacts on licensed businesses, the OLCC is allowing marijuana retailers to take orders and deliver products to a person who’s outside the store as long as they’re within 150 feet.

This temporary rule aligns with the governor’s executive order prohibiting crowds of more than 25 and strong recommendations from public health officials to stay three to six feet away from other people. It is meant to balance protecting public health while also helping struggling businesses.

Stores that sell pot are staying open, but this option lets them do business in a way that follows the governor’s executive order and reduces the amount of people inside the store.

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