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Marijuana Dispensaries In Ohio Remain ‘Essential’ Under Stay-At-Home Order

The order is similar to orders issued in California, New York and Illinois

As you’ve probably heard by now, Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine has announced a stay-at-home order in his ongoing effort to combat the outbreak of coronavirus.

The order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Monday and remain in effect until April 6, at which point Gov. DeWine and his administration will re-assess the situation. The order is similar to recent shelter-in-place orders issued in states like California, New York and Illinois. The Ohio order instructs all residents to stay in their homes until further notice, save for exceptions.

All non-essential businesses will close. But one essential business that will remain active is medical marijuana. Last week, Ohio health officials reiterated that food, medicine and banking services will remain open throughout the COVID-19 crisis, something Sunday’s stay-at-home order confirmed.

Because the state considers medical marijuana to be medicine, which the Ohio Board of Pharmacy reaffirmed last week, the state’s medical marijuana stores, which are available to more than 95,000 registered patients in Ohio, will stay open.

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