Important info about our dispensaries and how we're protecting your from COVID-19
- Face Coverings and Physical Distancing in Medical Cannabis Dispensaries
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (the “Commission” or “MMCC”) is aware that medical cannabis dispensaries typically experience an increase in patient volume and sales around April 20 of each year. The Commission is providing this notice to remind dispensaries, dispensary agents, patients, and caregivers that Executive Order 20-04-15-01 and Bulletin 2020-012 require:
- All employees, patients, and caregivers to wear face coverings while inside a retail establishment, and
- Each dispensary to implement and enforce physical distancing measures to ensure individuals are at least six feet apart at all times.
The face covering and physical distancing requirements apply everywhere on the licensed premises, including service areas, waiting areas, and parking lots. Any individual or entity who fails to comply with the face covering and physical distancing requirements established under Executive Order 20-04-15-01 and MMCC Bulletin 2020-012 may be subject to one or more of the following:
- Immediate evacuation of the dispensary premises and sealing of the entry door to the dispensary;
- Suspension or revocation of an agent registration; and
- Suspension or revocation of a patient or caregiver registration.
In addition, the Commission may notify local law enforcement of any failures to comply with established requirements. Local law enforcement are authorized to enforce Executive Order 20-04-15-01. A person who knowingly and willfully violates Executive Order 20-04-15-01 is guilty of a criminal misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding one year or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.
Given the anticipated increase in the volume of sales on April 20, Commission staff will be conducting enhanced surveillance of dispensaries to ensure businesses and individuals are complying with face covering and physical distancing requirements, and to assist in answering any questions about this notice, or appropriate face covering and physical distancing measures.
Finally, please find attached signage developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maryland Department of Health. These signs may help dispensaries communicate appropriate face covering and physical distancing measures to agents, patients, and caregivers. The Commission appreciates your continued cooperation and commitment to protecting Marylanders.
Questions may be directed to [email protected], where they will then be forwarded to the appropriate staff member.
- What precautions are you taking to ensure the safety of patients, customers, and Herbologists?
- We are practicing diligent hand washing on a very frequent basis. To keep our dispensaries as clean and safe as possible, we are wiping down surfaces, door handles, and other high traffic areas with disinfectants hourly. Hand sanitizer is available in multiple locations throughout our dispensaries. In addition, we have several informational flyers from the Center for Disease Control available for reference.
- How can I limit my risk during a dispensary visit?
- You can limit your contact with high traffic surfaces by downloading CanPay to use as mobile payment to avoid cash transactions; medical patients should consider relying on online menus for pre-ordering; and making your trips to your local Herbology location during off-peak times to lower your risk of being in crowds. Don’t forget to wash your hands before and after your visit as well!
- How can I keep my fellow community members safe?
- Many of our patients and customers have compromised immune systems. Per CDC guidelines, practicing social distancing and self-quarantines if you exhibit any signs of sickness are vital steps in protecting ourselves and our neighbors. We ask that you please stay home if you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are not feeling well.
- Where can I get the latest updates on COVID-19’s impact on Herbology dispensaries?
- Be sure to check in with our website regularly to find the latest information about how we are combating the spread of COVID-19 and when we’re taking action to keep our patients, customers, and Herbologists safe. Need more information? Your local government websites are reliable sources of updates on keeping yourself and your community safe.