Michigan regulators announced on Monday that cannabis retailers would be considered essential businesses and allowed to remain open for businesses during closures ordered by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The governor ordered all nonessential businesses to close and advised residents to remain indoors in a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order issued on March 23 in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
“In just 13 days, we’ve gone from 0 to over 1,000 COVID-19 cases,” Whitmer said in a press release. “This is an unprecedented crisis that requires all of us working together to protect our families and our communities. The most effective way we can slow down the virus is to stay home. I know this will be hard, but it will be temporary. If we all come together, get serious, and do our part by staying home, we can stay safe and save lives.”
Under Whitmer’s order, all businesses were directed to suspend all in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. In a bulletin issued on Monday, the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) announced that both medical marijuana provisioning centers and adult-use cannabis retailers would be permitted to continue serving customers during