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Legal cannabis sales Spike as US Bud lobby tells smokers not to Discuss joints

Some Towns have deemed Bud an’essential medicine’ to Maintain dispensaries Available

Andrew Naughtie

Andrew Naughtie

As US cannabis users rush to stock up on supplies before enforced social isolation, the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has recommended that consumers stop sharing joints until the coronavirus pandemic is finished.
In a long statement, NORML executive director Erik Altieri wrote that the custom of sharing a joint among buddies”has been a common social practice,” including:”But given what we know about COVID-19 and its transmission, it’d be mindful in that time to stop this behaviour.”
It comes as sales of authorized cannabis products surge across the US. Washington state saw sales increase by up to 100 percent , whilst Californian retailers reported that a rise of 159 per cent. A similar phenomenon is underway in Canada and the Netherlands.

“In Southern California, some dispensaries are taking measures to battle stockpiling and fear buying. One has started operating a”senior hour” between 9am and 10am when only older customers are allowed in.”

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And in a number of parts of the US where cannabis can be legally sold for personal usage, consumers have been granted a reprieve from even the strictest coronavirus lockdowns.
San Francisco, that has issued a”shelter in place” order, has deemed cannabis an”essential medicine“, meaning dispensaries and shops could remain open.

But, it’s not all good news for users. The city of Denver has announced its annual bud festival, the mythical 4/20, will be cancelled as part of efforts to stop the virus spreading. There are not any plans to date to reschedule it.

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