Illinois’ weed dispensary openings, curbside pot pickup: Coronavirus is forcing the state’s marijuana industry to adapt
Summary by: David Eyler
CED Clinic Intern
January 1, 2020 marked the first day cannabis was deemed legal in the state of Illinois. Dispensaries had lines last for miles. The high demand prompted more dispensaries to be opened up across the state. All of this was put to a halt when a nationwide pandemic was declared to help combat the coronavirus. As more and more stores closed after being deemed nonessential, residents flocked to the dispensaries. As a result, employees were working to meet the high demands for recreational sales. In addition to the high demand for their products, the dispensaries needed to implement social distancing procedures to protect not only their customers, but the employees as well.
The uncertainty of the situation has also affected dispensaries that planned on opening later in 2020. There is another hurdle these local dispensaries are facing that other organizations do not have to face. Since dispensaries are regulated by the state, these companies need to get approval by the government before they can do anything. Because of strict limitations, dispensaries in Illinois and around the world will not be able to capitalize on sales for April 20, better known as 4/20, a marijuana holiday version of Black Friday.