This article was written by Meghan Thompson and originally published by Outlaw Report.
Last month, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted the statewide mask mandate in Maryland with three exceptions: schools, public transportation, and healthcare settings.
This includes medical cannabis dispensaries. In Maryland, all dispensary visitors (regardless of their vaccination status) are still required to wear a mask while inside any cannabis storefront across the state. Maryland’s updated mask mandate states: “All persons in Maryland over the age of five (5) years old are required to wear a face covering when they are: obtaining healthcare services, including without limitation, in offices of physicians and dentists, hospitals, pharmacies, and laboratories.”
Medical dispensaries are considered healthcare settings and were deemed essential at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
On May 21, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission released a bulletin stating “dispensaries must continue to require face coverings,” though masks are no longer required in cultivation and processing facilities.
While vaccinated people are not required to wear masks while indoors anymore in most public places, Maryland’s vaccination rate is still below 50% and many medical cannabis patients are at an increased risk of death or hospitalization due to COVID-19.
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