COLLINSVILLE – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has announced guidance for cannabis dispensaries to continue business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Illinois Supply & Provisions at 1014 Eastport Plaza in Collinsville is a medical marijuana dispensary.
To help reduce contact between people, dispensaries in Illinois will be allowed to sell medical cannabis to medical cannabis patients and OAPP participants outside a limited access area until March 30, provided dispensaries follow certain guidelines.
The guidelines will permit the dispensary to sell medical cannabis on the dispensary’s property, or on a public walkway or curb adjacent to the dispensary.
Medical cannabis patients will be able to continue to use their designated caregiver to purchase medicine for them. However, dispensaries may not deliver medical cannabis to a patient or caregiver’s home.
The rules do not apply to adult use cannabis sales. Those sales must still take place inside the limited access area. State officials said they knew of at least eight dispensaries that have voluntarily suspended adult use cannabis sales; others are implementing patient-only hours.
“Our top priority is to minimize the risk of and protect as many people from exposure to COVID-19,” said Toi Hutchinson, Senior Advisor for Cannabis Control to Gov. Pritzker. “These steps prioritize that critical objective, while also ensuring medical patients have access to the medicine they need.”
Dispensaries must also take steps to ensure consumers who come inside do not come within six feet of one another. Such efforts include moving lines outside the dispensary, closing down some point-of-sale systems, distancing patient/caregiver lines within larger dispensaries and minimizing the time a patient/caregiver stands near agents.
Dispensaries must allow dispensary agents to wash their hand frequently throughout the day and provide an ample supply of disinfectant hand soap. Any surfaces patients are required to touch – such as ordering tablets or door handles – must be disinfected at least every 30 minutes. All other surfaces should be washed throughout the day, including disinfecting at least once per day all countertops, computer screens/keyboards, door handles, railings, and bathrooms.
Inspectors will monitor cameras inside dispensaries daily to ensure compliance with laws, rules and guidance.