Richard Vogel / AP
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 | 2 a.m.
CARSON CITY — Nevada’s marijuana dispensaries have found that offering curbside pickup during the pandemic has been beneficial for business and convenient for customers, and are asking lawmakers to make that method of distribution permanent.
The state’s temporary allowance of curbside pickup was approved to help limit the virus spread. It’s worked so well that dispensary owners will urge lawmakers during the ongoing legislative session to allow curbside pickup of marijuana to become permanent.
“It’s become a really popular feature with both dispensaries and, especially, the customers,” said Layke Martin, the executive director of the Nevada Dispensary Association.
Curbside pickup for dispensaries was authorized in April under Gov. Steve Sisolak’s emergency declaration one month into the pandemic. Without a legislative fix, the curbside option would expire when the emergency declaration does.
The state Department of Taxation, which regulates the industry, issued guidelines for dispensaries to qualify to offer curbside. They include: Orders must be placed in advanced and customers can’t leave the vehicle for a transaction; minors can’t be in the customer’s vehicle; business must have designated parking spots for curbside customers; and each dispensary needs an individual blessing from the state to offer the service.
Making curbside pickup permanent would be a benefit to customers who are elderly or have mobility issues, Martin said.
“For us, it’s been really nice that we’ve had an alternative (for) people who