Poll: Americans Want Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to stay open as 'Essential Services

Poll: Americans Want Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to stay open as 'Essential Services

A majority of Americans believe that medical cannabis dispensaries should be kept open as “essential services” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. The survey asked simply: “Do you believe medical marijuana dispensaries should or should not be considered essential services?” Fifty-three percent said the cannabis providers should be regarded as essential, 26 percent said they shouldn’t and 21 percent said they didn’t know. Source: YouGov As state governments across the country grapple with the COVID-10 outbreak, officials have had to make difficult decisions about which businesses are critical enough to remain open and which should be forced to temporarily shut down. In many states with legal cannabis—including California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey—officials have determined that medical marijuana dispensaries are, in fact, essential services that can continue to operate. Many states have also given the “essential” designation to recreational marijuana stores, though some have enacted policies stipulating that consumers can only obtain cannabis products through curbside pickup or delivery services to encourage social distancing. It’s a trend that has reflected the mainstreaming of marijuana in U.S. society, with governments increasingly recognizing that the medicine is valuable and that dispensaries should be treated like other necessary businesses like pharmacies. YouGov conducted the new online poll, which involved nearly 5,400 people on Wednesday. Most Americans (53%) believe medical marijuana dispensaries should be considered essential services.Democrats (62%) are more likely than Independents (52%) and Republicans (43%) to say this.Subscribe to YouGov Daily for more daily top-line data: https://t.co/9Q2fWMVkxo pic.twitter.com/rsWLKuPMQn— YouGovUS…

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