Cannabis stores ruled ‘essential’ and can stay OPEN during S.F. strict shelter-in-place order

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Cannabis users queue outside The Apothecarium dispensary on Monday: San Francisco's cannabis dispensaries have now been told they can stay open despite the city going into lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak

San Francisco, the human-excrement-strewn city of questionable priorities, has ranked getting high above isolating the coronavirus, telling its pot dispensaries they can stay open during the city’s lockdown over the outbreak. 

According to MailOnline, the city’s Department of Public Health (DPH) tweeted earlier this week that cannabis stores can continue to sell and deliver product because marijuana is an “essential medicine.” 

The move reversed a decision earlier in the week to shutter the stores since “recreational retailers are not an essential service.” The Office of Cannabis had told dispensary owners they must close.

City leaders and activists slammed the closures, saying the drug is “essential” to people who use it “medicinally.”

“Cannabis dispensaries should be able to stay open, for take out and delivery only,” San Francisco District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney tweeted.

“They shouldn’t be told to close. They obviously serve as pharmacies for a lot of people.”

San Francisco announced its shelter in place order on Monday, preventing the roughly 7 million residents in the Bay Area from leaving their homes except for necessities over the next three weeks.

The mandate was the most extreme measure taken to date in any U.S. state to slow the spread of the virus.

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