LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Facing isolation and increased stress from the new coronavirus, Californians are buying more cannabis products, especially for home delivery.
The state, which legalized recreational cannabis in 2016, has imposed an order to stay home to prevent the virus from spreading, and many people fear leaving because of the risk of infection.
As a result, cannabis sales for delivery are booming.
“It’s a lot of trying to calm anxieties, stress, things like that, help them sleep at night,” said Alex Brown, a 27-year-old delivery driver for The Pottery, a cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles. .
“People just don’t have a lot to do … from a recreational standpoint, (marijuana) can make the day go a little bit faster and a little bit more interesting,” he added.
Last month, when coronavirus blockades took effect, recreational cannabis sales in major US markets. The US, including California, Colorado, Oregon and Alaska, increased nearly 50% from the same period last year, according to cannabis data and outlets. Flowhub platform.
“Most of it is just to help ease anxiety and take the place of a bottle of wine or a beer,” said Patty Pappas, a 54-year-old client in the thriving Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles, who received an order from cannabis tonics and topical cream.
“I have three kids at home from college, so it’s stressful … My husband is working from home, so it’s a roller coaster ride,” she added.
Kyle Kazan, executive director of The Glass House Group, which owns four dispensaries in Southern California, said delivery orders have more than doubled.
“More and more people, because they are trying to stay home and social distance instead of coming to the store … they have just decided to order from home,” he said.
Kazan said that while sales of cannabis flowers have remained constant, sales of groceries like jelly beans, brownies and chocolates are becoming increasingly popular, probably because they are easier to store and tend to last longer.
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