Coronavirus causes 420 celebrations to scale back

OLCC sent out guidelines for limiting 420 activities because of the virus.

Posted: Apr 20, 2020 12:55 PM
Updated: Apr 20, 2020 5:59 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- COVID-19 has caused marijuana dispensaries to scale back their celebration of 420, the unofficial marijuana holiday.

Mike Green, co-owner of Spacebuds The Dispensary, said during a normal 420 celebration -- on April 20 -- many dispensaries will have blow-out sales, food carts and live music.

This year, however, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission sent dispensaries guidelines on limiting their 420 activities because of the virus.

Green said he agreed with the guidelines and canceled their plans. He said business has been busy during 420 but hopes they don't get a rush of customers that would make it difficult for them to operate safely.

"It's not the kind of lines you see out the door and around the block so far, which is strange to say, but it is a good thing this year," Green said. 

Spacebuds is allowing customers to buy cannabis in a number of different ways -- curbside pickup, delivery, and allowing customers to come in the store while following strict social distancing guidelines.

Customer Jordan Guffy said he has anxiety and marijuana is helping him deal with the added stress from COVID-19.

"I haven't been using more, I haven't been using less, I'm kind of sticking to my routine," Guffy said. 

Spacebuds employees are wearing masks and gloves. Green said all cash they collect is being quarantined for four days before they deposit to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In Oregon, cannabis retailers saw a huge spike last month -- a 30% increase in average sales per retailer compared with March 2019, the Associated Press said. Sales increases mid-April were even larger.

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