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Published: Fri, March 27, 2020 1:04 AM Updated: Fri, March 27, 2020 1:18 AM
Oklahoma dispensaries will not be allowed to deliver medical marijuana during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.
However, dispensaries can offer curbside pickup in order to limit personal interaction.
Medical marijuana dispensaries are classified as “essential” businesses exempt from Gov. Kevin Stitt’s mandate that some businesses in counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19 must close for 21 days.
The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission on Tuesday relaxed its rules to allow liquor stores to make home deliveries until April 17.
In a statement, state regulators of medical marijuana said Oklahoma medical marijuana patients shouldn’t expect delivery options.
“Currently, Oklahoma law does not allow for the delivery of Medical Marijuana. Due to the complexities related to its status as a controlled substance, there are numerous statutes that prohibit Medical Marijuana businesses from delivering to patients.”
A spokeswoman for the Medical Marijuana Authority said dispensaries are allowed to offer curbside service, similar to restaurants that are offering food to-go options. Patients can park just outside a dispensary and have their purchases brought to them, Terri Watkins said.
Some states where medical marijuana is legal have opted to relax curbside pickup and delivery options in an effort to make it easier for patients to adhere to social distancing guidelines recommended by health experts.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered all retail and medical marijuana