BC declares cannabis an "essential service"

Mar 27 2020, 11:07 pm

The BC government released an extensive list — emphasis on the extensive — of what they deem to be “essential services” in the province during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. And, nestled deep in that list, the New Democratic Party has decided to join much of the country in classifying cannabis retailers and producers as an essential service.

“Essential services are those daily services essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning,” the province said in a release. “They are the services British Columbians rely on in their daily lives.”

This definition was developed by Emergency Management BC in consultation with other government ministries and the provincial health officer.

How exactly cannabis producers and retailers fit into that spectrum wasn’t made clear, but it might serve as a welcome addition to your second pass of Love is Blind on Netflix.

The move isn’t unique to BC, as most provinces that have chosen to shut down non-essential businesses, have kept cannabis going. Just call ahead if you plan on swinging by your local pot shop for some pandemic supplies, as some companies are choosing to shutter out of an abundance of caution.

With files from Eric Zimmer

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