Yes, medical marijuana is 'essential' | Coronavirus –

After Gov. Rick DeSantis issued a “safer-at-home” order for Florida, people were left questioning which businesses would be considered essential.

The uncertainty led many local medical marijuana dispensaries to see an uptick in sales, as patients scrambled to stock up on their medicine.

Vinit Patel, Regional Dispensary Operations Manager of Curaleaf, said the dispensary, which has a location in Port Charlotte, saw a spike in orders over a month ago, after DeSantis issued the order.

“There was a quick shoot up in orders, because people were expecting to be locked up at home for awhile,” Patel said. “People were trying to get as much medicine as they could.”

He said as more news came out, and more influence on staying at home and limiting exposure, Curaleaf came back to a baseline of sales that they’re familiar with.

Lynn Ricci, Director of Communications for Trulieve medical marijuana dispensary, which has a location in Port Charlotte, said the Office of Medical Marijuana showed a spike in sales in mid-to late March, though the most recent data shows signs of slowing down.

Despite a slight increase in demand, Patel said, Curaleaf hasn’t experienced an increase in wait time, mainly because they have pivoted how they operate.

Curaleaf is offering curbside delivery and not having any customers inside the store. Patients are encouraged to remain in their vehicle. They have the option to order curbside, call ahead, or order online

He added that Curaleaf has also waived their delivery fees for customers.

Patel said that they have seen their delivery orders jump tremendously. The company offers next-day delivery.

Trulieve is encouraging customers to order online. The company will schedule times for patients to come in and pick up their order, in order to shorten the time they

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