Valley medical marijuana dispensaries see surge in demand during COVID-19 pandemic
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona have seen a huge increase in demand in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic during the past few weeks.
While dispensaries are considered an essential service and have promised to stay open for medical marijuana patients, demand is well above typical levels................
.......... Sara Gullickson, CEO of the newly created Cannaboss Advisors in Scottsdale, said she sees other medical marijuana dispensaries getting creative in ensuring the safety of patients and employees.
"Having people come into the facility is really risky," she said. "I wouldn't want that on my plate as a business owner."
Much of the sanitizing efforts are common sense, she said. "A lot of our clients have disaster
preparedness plans, but none of us could have anticipated something like this," she said.
Gullickson recently teamed with medical marijuana attorneys Laura Bianchi and Justin Brandt to start Cannaboss Advisors as an international consulting firm.
Brandt said he's seen dispensary sales increase 50% to 80% in metro Phoenix compared with this time last year. It's crucial for dispensaries to have medicine on hand for patients,
Bianchi said. When the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act of 2010 was enacted, lawmakers
limited the types of things dispensaries could do, including allowing drive-thrus or at-home
delivery features, Bianchi said.
"There are a couple of dispensaries who have built drive-thrus like a bank," she said. "It's not an emergency measure that can be put into place in a lot of places." That effort would require zoning changes, she said.
"We're working with ADHS to figure out ways we could better address these issues, particularly during these difficult times," Bianchi said...........
Read the entire article from the Phoenix Business Journal by Angela Gonzales, Senior Reporter.