Emergency regulations allow curbside pickup at cannabis retailers
Emergency regulations that will allow curbside pickup for Cannabis stores was adopted by the Alaska Marijuana Control Board effective Friday in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
This means cannabis shop customers can place internet and phone orders and then request for curbside pickup, walk up window service or drive through service at participating retailers.
The President of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, Lacy Wilcox, says to not expect the change to happen Saturday. Cannabis retailers still need to request an operating plan change to their license, provide written assurance that their local government permits the change, and get written approval from AMCO.
Wilcox says this change will help protect store employees and customers. “It really is going to help that vulnerable Alaskan. We have seen vulnerable Alaskans coming into retailers, wishing that they sure didn’t have too.” Wilcox commented.
Another worry for some is a resurgence of black market sales due to consumers not wanting to enter a retail facility. “Some of the comments we have gotten from consumers is, ‘why do I have to come in when I can go onto Craigslist and have cannabis delivered to my house?'” Wilcox added.
She says this is a way to meet in the middle. “We don’t want them to call the home delivery guy because that’s not tested products. That’s probably not wise for an immuno-compromised person. So this was that halfway place where they can come get tested quality product and not feel like they are putting themselves in any kind of harm by coming into a retail establishment.”
According to the AMCO office this regulation became effective Friday, April 17, and is not intended to be made permanent.