The world is facing a major crisis as the effect of the highly contagious Coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to take its toll.
As the global economy comes to a near standstill, governments and relevant agencies are urging their citizens to take extra precautions against contracting this infectious virus. This move has had a massive impact on cannabis commerce in different parts of the world.
What’s the Latest on Marijuana & Coronavirus?
It is no longer business as usual, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for marijuana users to enjoy the much-coveted weed as before.
The Coronavirus has forced the cancellation of most events, and many stores selling cannabis have closed shop temporarily. Most people have now resorted to delivery ordering and curbside pickups.
Here are the latest stats as of April 4th:
- COVID-19 death toll in the USA has surpassed 7,000 with 277,491 confirmed infections
- 50 percent of the world’s population is under stay-at-home orders
- Washington Governor Jay Inslee has extended the state’s stay-at-home period to May 4
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has requested medical workers to aid in the crisis
- The number of clients asking to write DNR orders, will and estate plans has increased significantly over the past few weeks
So what does all this mean?
Apparently, we are not doing well. In fact, experts indicate that the death toll and the number of new infections are much higher than what the official figures suggest! This means we should brace ourselves for more deaths and infections in the coming weeks.
Notably, rumors doing the rounds via social media suggest cannabis can help prevent and/or cure COVID-19. However, this is flatly not true. In fact, cannabis users are advised to avoid sharing pipes and joints to stop the spread of the disease.
Buying, Selling and Using Cannabis amid COVID-19
Designated medical cannabis dispensaries shall remain open during this period, as they are vital parts to the country’s health care system. However, marijuana users are urged to stay at home and use other means to buy cannabis. Here are some of the best practices you should follow amid this crisis:
- Limit time spent commuting and meeting strangers by placing your order online
- Utilize delivery ordering and curbside pickups
- Use legal cannabis delivery services
COVID-19 Health and Safety Orders
Limit trips to stores by stocking up adequately (preferably 30-day cannabis supplies)
Observe cleanliness by washing your hands with soap and water regularly
Stop sharing pipes, joints, blunts and bongs to prevent the spread of the virus
Stay at home and practice social distancing
Reduce and limit trips outside the house
Cancel or reschedule all events including birthday parties, weddings, and family gatherings
Knowing the symptoms of COVID-19 is the first step to staying safe and preventing the spread of the virus. Be aware of the following symptoms:
- Dry cough or sore throat
- Fever over 101°F
- Shortness of breath
Be sure to get tested if you’ve traveled recently to an infected area or have been in contact with a patient with flu-like symptoms.
Is it safe to consume marijuana right now?
It’s generally safe to consume weed amid this crisis. However, you should observe all safety precautions to protect yourself and prevent the spread of the virus.