Arizona medical marijuana dispensaries add health precautions, creating lines in parking lots; essential measures, says Adam Trenk, Rose Law Group partner and director of cannabis, hemp departments

By Ryan Randazzo | The Republic

Long lines have been forming at Arizona’s medical marijuana dispensaries, but it’s not necessarily from a rush on sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dispensaries, which remain open, are taking some extra precautions like limiting the number of customers inside at once.

At Nature’s Medicines dispensary on McDowell Road, that meant dozens of patients waiting in the parking lot at times Thursday and Friday, as the dispensary limited business to five customers inside at once.

“Keeping in mind a lot of our patients do have compromised immune systems,” said Sheena Williams, patient care advocate at Nature’s Medicines. “We want to be as vigilant as we can in this time.”

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“Medical marijuana dispensaries are being recognized nationwide as essential operations during this period of limited economic activity. Nonetheless, the operators of these businesses are rightly taking precautions to ensure patients do not spread COVID-19 to other patients or to staff. Every business will have to adapt to deal with the reality of this virus, but these adaptations will likely make those operations stronger and more resilient in the future. If you have ideas about how to modify the operations of your business, that have not yet been approved by the Department of Health services, our team of experience attorneys who are well versed in cannabis laws and regulations can help.” ~Adam Trenk, Partner and Director of Cannabis, Hemp and Equine Law Departments at Rose Law Group

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