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Governor’s “Shelter in Place” Executive Order – Adult use cannabis dispensaries considered essential business

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On March 20, 2020

Illinois (ECWd) –

The most recent Executive Order from Illinois Governor Pritzker has declared adult-use cannabis dispensaries an essential business that gets to stay open, as well as a Healthcare and Public Health Operation.  Such a declaration ensures people can leave their homes to purchase their medical and adult-use cannabis.

7. Healthcare and Public Health Operations. For purposes of this Executive Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services through Healthcare and Public Health Operations.

Healthcare and Public Health Operations includes, but is not limited to: hospitals; clinics; dental offices; pharmacies; public health entities, including those that compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information; pharmaceutical, pharmacy, medical device and equipment, and biotechnology companies (including operations, research and development, manufacture, and supply chain); organizations collecting blood, platelets, plasma, and other necessary materials; licensed medical cannabis dispensaries and licensed cannabis cultivation centers; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers, including those that sell glasses and contact lenses; home healthcare services providers; mental health and substance use providers; other healthcare facilities and suppliers and providers of any related and/or ancillary healthcare services; and entities that transport and dispose of medical materials and remains.

12. Essential Businesses and Operations. For the purposes of this Executive Order, Essential Businesses and Operations means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Govennnental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure, and the following:

b. Food, beverage, and cannabis production and agriculture. Food and beverage manufacturing, production, processing, and cultivation, including farming, livestock, fishing, baking, and other production agriculture, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption; licensed medical and adult-use cannabis dispensaries and licensed cannabis cultivation centers; and businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, and adoption facilities;

The results of the future Freedom of Information Act request for the total tax revenue generated from recreational marijuana sales is going to be most interesting.

The most recent Executive Order can be downloaded at this link or viewed below.


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  • Tracy Smodilla
    Posted at 08:04h, 26 March Reply

    We see that abortion clinics are also deemed essential and open per the order. Despicable.

  • jannie
    Posted at 10:24h, 26 March Reply

    Health care is health care whether you agree or not with abortion. However, I don’t agree with the cannabus (sp) stores being open. I do agree with the medical ma…

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