Several Massachusetts recreational marijuana businesses that were ordered closed during a stay-at-home order issued in response to the spreading coronavirus pandemic are now manufacturing hand sanitizer to be used by local health care workers.
Under the order issued by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday, medical marijuana dispensaries were permitted to continue operating but retailers selling recreational marijuana were instructed to close. Retailers selling both medicinal and recreational cannabis were instructed to serve patients only. That led members of the Commonwealth Dispensary Association to come together to produce hand sanitizer during the closure, which is scheduled to last for two weeks.
The companies have received the approval of the state’s Department of Public Health (DPH) and Cannabis Control Commission (CCC) to produce the hand sanitizer, which is in short supply because of the coronavirus outbreak. The hand sanitizer will be produced through a partnership with the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association and then offered to local health care facilities at cost.
“The CDA would like to thank Governor Baker, DPH and the CCC for empowering the cannabis industry to directly support those on the front lines of this pandemic by producing critical supplies,” said David Torrisi, the president of the