BELLEVILLE — Thousands of retail stores and other businesses have shuttered across Illinois under Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s “stay-at-home” order, which was issued on Friday. But there is one notable exception: Marijuana dispensaries are open to both medical and recreational customers.
Medical cannabis facilities are classified as essential health care and public health operations under Pritzker’s order. While other businesses have seen steep drops in customers, sales at cannabis dispensaries remain solid.
Jushi is a multistate dispensary operator that owns the Green Solution dispensaries in Sauget and Normal.
The stay-at-home order from Pritzker may even have driven more customers to dispensaries before the lockdown started.
“Last week we saw a spike in sales right before ‘shelter in place’ was put into place,” said Sammy Dorf, chief growth officer at Verano Holdings, LLC. “Since then, we’ve seen things steady out a little bit.”
Verano operates two dispensaries in the state: Zen Leaf St. Charles, near Chicago, and the Clinic Effingham.
The coronavirus outbreak has changed how many dispensaries operate. Gone are the days of long, densely packed lines in and outside of dispensaries. Lines still exist — people are just spaced out at least six feet away from each other.
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