The COVID-19 pandemic has forced government officials to make life-or-death decisions about which goods and services are essential, and which are not.
Essential businesses stay open; those not on the list must close to the public.
In state after state, and province after province, regulators have declared medical marijuana essential. This is a watershed moment worth noting.
In California, New York, Washington, Illinois, Massachusetts, Colorado, Nevada, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, governors have closed non-essential businesses, but specifically allowed medical (and sometimes adult-use) cannabis dispensaries to remain open.