Marijuana dispensaries in DC and MD see increased sales, visits –

WASHINGTON — A local medical marijuana dispensary is applauding D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s move to temporarily allow cannabis deliveries within the District’s borders.

Medical marijuana dispensaries are considered essential businesses, as health care operators, in D.C., according to a previous Bowser order.

Now, on a temporary basis, D.C.-registered dispensaries will be allowed to provide medical marijuana to District residents through delivery and curbside pickup options.

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Corey Barnette, owner of the Metropolitan Wellness Center dispensary in D.C.’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, said deliveries are something his business had previously pushed for in the past.

“There’s definitely a group of people out in the world that would rather have delivery,” he said. “And, for them, delivery is both convenient and safer.”

Barnette said over the last month, his dispensary has been busy making sure it provides a clean and safe experience for the customers it serves.

In that same time period, business has increased dramatically at the Metropolitan Wellness Center.

According to Barnette, during the first two to three weeks of the coronavirus scare, his business experienced a 30-to-40 percent increase in daily visits. Currently, Barnette says his dispensary is still up 15-to-25 percent a day.

“There were a lot of people that were wondering if the dispensary would be shut down,” he said. “And, so, they may have been making a little bit heavier [of] purchases than they might normally have made.” 

Barnette said his dispensary is coming up with a plan as to how it will take advantage of Mayor Bowser’s new order.

He said it is likely his dispensary will partner with a delivery company that already exists to transport its sales.

“We certainly intend to make sure that our driver, or drivers, have cameras in any

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