Article by Andres Markwart, Cannabis Life Network
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, with the death toll and reported cases rising each day, quarantines and impeding restrictions have sent consumers rushing to stores to stock up and panic-buy everything from antiseptic wipes to toilet paper to meat, and now cannabis.
While the viral videos of shoppers going rockem socket for Purex and Cottonelle are rampant, far more civil lineups, wrapping around the block, have become the norm as people rush to their local retailers to stock up on their cannabis of choice – at least outside of Canada.
South of the border, in Massachusetts, WGBH reported on the Black Friday-level volume of shoppers seeking to purchase what they can prior to new restrictions kicking in, affecting shopping hours and contributing to even longer wait times. An efficient, latex glove-handled and hand sanitized system for checkout helped maintain a steady flow of customers at New England Treatment Access, in Brookline – one of the few licensed stores in the State.
Sun-soaked in California, delivery services are finding themselves maxed out, as people undergo self-isolation, but still steadily order. California Delivery Alliance (California Cannabis Courier’s Association, CCCA), reported sales spiking across the 200+ licensed delivery services statewide, with Ganja Goddess Delivers reporting a 50% increase in traffic, for example.
With such interest spiking across the U.S., in the legalized states, competition has increased across vendors, as they aim to take advantage of this unexpected, though the possibly temporary, positive outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic. Airfield Supply Co., in San Jose, saw a 100% increase in business following its announcement of free delivery.
This buying frenzy hasn’t just been solely isolated to U.S. brick and mortar stores, and online services, as across the Atlantic, at the current epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Europe is experiencing the same rush, though with a tad more decorum in place.