Recreational stores can begin curbside pickup Monday
Recreational marijuana shops across Massachusetts will reopen Monday for curbside pickup after a two-month closure because of the coronavirus outbreak.
But in the Boston area, busy streets and limited parking options have forced company owners to find unique solutions to “curbside pickup,” creating at-the-door and order-ahead procedures to make the reopening process run smoothly.
Here’s what recreational marijuana dispensaries in the Boston area will do for their reopening next week:
Pure Oasis — 430 Blue Hill Ave.
Pure Oasis opened in March, just weeks before Governor Charlie Baker issued his initial nonessential business closure order. The dispensary, which serves adult-use customers only, is thrilled to be back starting Monday, said co-owner Kobie Evans.
“We were frozen in time,” Evans said.
Unlike stores in suburban or rural areas, Pure Oasis has no designated parking lot, so the traditional curbside pickup model doesn’t work for them. Instead, the company has created a “doorside” model.
Customers will order ahead online or by phone and be given a two-hour window to pick up their products. When they arrive at the dispensary door, their ID will be checked by a staff member, who will then radio inside for their products to be brought out.
Customers can pay online while ordering, or they can pay in person using a debit card or cash. Cash transactions must be done inside the entrance of the dispensary and “should require exact change so as to minimize contact and expedite transactions to avoid lines,” according to the Cannabis Control Commission.
“We are still living in a very stressful time, and a lot of customers rely on us for cannabis therapies to help them cope,” Evans said. “We’re just happy to finally be there for those people.”
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