Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries to Remain Open During Level Red Health Restrictions | Westword – Westword


Marijuana dispensaries and businesses will remain open as Denver and fourteen other counties in Colorado move to Level Red on the Department of Public Health and Environment’s dial to help stop the spread of COVID-19 cases.

Under Level Red restrictions, which take effect November 20, restaurants will be closed to indoor dining, gym capacities will be further limited and no indoor events will be allowed. But according to officials with the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, the Governor’s Office and the City of Denver, operations at marijuana stores will continue under the same public-health guidelines that are currently in force.

Retail businesses, including dispensaries, are limited to 50 percent capacity during Level Red restrictions, with curbside pickup and to-go options encouraged to limit human contact, especially for elderly and at-risk individuals.

The state has introduced a new state beyond Level Red, Level Purple, which call for curbside and to-go orders only at retail operations — but even in counties that go to Level Purple, dispensaries should be allowed to remain open for in-person sales based on previous executive orders from Governor Jared Polis.

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Even so, over the last week, several dispensaries in the metro area have closed for in-person sales, and are now only allowing to-go and pickup orders.

“Due to a recent spike in cases as well as new restrictions implemented by the City, The Herbal Cure will temporarily be switching to online and phone orders only. To keep our staff and valued customers healthy, please call ahead or check out our online menu to have your order safely fulfilled,” reads an announcement from The Herbal Cure, a Denver dispensary.

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