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1026, 19 Mar 20

Essential Businesses

I guess we’re learning what people really thinking are “essential” businesses.

As hundreds of businesses in cities such as San Francisco and New York close due to the coronavirus outbreak, medical marijuana stores remain open as officials revise public health orders to include cannabis as an essential medicine.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) this week announced changes to the city’s public health order that allowed only essential businesses such as grocery stores, banks and pharmacies to remain open while residents are required to stay at home, according to NPR.

Dispensaries and marijuana delivery services are now also deemed as critical businesses, according to city officials.

In the macro-sense, consider how we are letting our government decide which ones of us are allowed to work and which ones are not. Sell pot? You get to remain employed and work. Sell food? Nope. Get thyself to the unemployment line!


1026, 19 March 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    I guess the wacky weed is “essential”.

    How will they satisfy the munchies if they closed all restaurants down?

    At the same time, bet they closed down church.

    Godless liberalism is universally awful.

  2. Jason

    Its essential because its now the primary source of tax income.

  3. Tuerqas

    Godless liberalism is universally awful.

    Unless you are a Godless liberal, then they want it universally lawful.  The left is rarely rights for all, it is much more commonly ‘rights we think you should have’.

    It is amusing how it was unlawful a few years ago and now it is more essential than a source of income to buy it with, for so many.

  4. Kevin Scheunemann

    When liberals shut down churches in favor of the dope shop….not sure liberals are embracing what is “universally lawful”.

  5. jjf

    Tuerqas, if the pro-weed people succeeded in making it lawful, and you don’t smoke, why does it concern you?  One of the reasons they pressed to make it lawful was that so many were already using it.

    Do you think the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union felt the same way after Prohibition ended?

    And of course if we actually read the quoted article instead of drinking deep from Owen’s prompt, we find:

    “In terms of the cannabis dispensaries, the Department of Public Health today clarified that since cannabis has medical uses, dispensaries will be allowed to operate as essential businesses, just as pharmacies are allowed to do,” she added.  The San Francisco Department of Health confirmed the news to the public, saying dispensaries can “operate as essential businesses” but still encourage social distancing protocols.


  6. Tuerqas

    jjf, I would smoke if it were legal here.  It is supposed to be great for several of the ailments I have.  California cannabis does not directly concern me at all.  However, it is in an article in a blog that encourages discussion, so I made a comment.  Is this more of that free speech vs free thought issue you tend to go on about?

    My point, which I thought was clearly mutually exclusive from my concern, was actually saying one thing and implying a second: 1) It was, imo, an amusing leap from being eschewed, even despised by the majorities of every state only 25 years ago; to being finally legalized in several states, and now is already considered an essential in at least one of those states and 2) It was a pointed criticism of so many states that still have it illegal.

    There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that it is much less destructive and less addictive than cigarettes and in moderation has medically proven benefits.  20 minutes from where I live I can get high, but here I am arrested.

  7. jjf

    California started out with weed being legal for medical reasons.  So if pharmacies are open, shouldn’t  dispensaries be open as well?  It’s just a type of business they’re going to say can stay open, as it doesn’t have the same risks for its customers as, say, a bar or restaurant.

  8. Mar

    jjf, ok, keep the dispensaries open and close down the recreational pot stores.

  9. Tuerqas

    California started out with weed being legal for medical reasons.  So if pharmacies are open, shouldn’t  dispensaries be open as well?

    Yes, it makes sense to me for them to be open too.  Still not disagreeing with keeping them open or disparaging that fact.  It is also still amusing to me.

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