MA Medical Marijuana Centers Now Allowed To Offer Curbside Pickup For Patients

MCT’s will be able to conduct sales by phone or electronic means

As officials work to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, the state Cannabis Control Commission said licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers will be able to offer curbside pickup to patients and caregivers.

The CCC has issued an administrative order that temporarily authorizes medical dispensaries to offer the curbside pickup. Earlier this week, medical marijuana companies were deemed essential businesses by Gov. Charlie Baker, who ordered all non-essential businesses to close during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers, or MCTs, under the administrative order will be able to conduct sales by phone or electronic means. Employees of MCTs can dispense marijuana products in their parking lots or at the entrance of the dispensary. The order is in effect as of noon today.

At curbside pickup, MCT employees will need to verify the age, registration status and patient allotment of the patient or caregiver before the purchase is completed. Video camera coverage of areas where marijuana is handled or dispensed is still required.

“Safe patient access during Massachusetts’ state of emergency requires regulatory responsiveness and intentional protocols aimed at reducing exposure to Coronavirus,” said CCC Executive Director Shawn Collins. “I am proud the Commission has deployed several system and policy enhancements to the Medical Use of Marijuana Program that both improve the patient experience and maintain compliant operations in the face of unanticipated disruptions to our way of life.”

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