How to Get Weed in Marin County While Sheltering in Place

California has deemed cannabis an “essential service” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s how to (safely) take advantage.
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Virtually every industry has now been affected by the global spread of a coronavirus strain that began to dominate headlines in late February. Seemingly overnight, millions of Americans have traded the hustle and bustle of their normal routine for the solitude of their own homes.

While restaurants pivot to take-out or delivery and local entertainment venues sit empty or shutter, many in the cannabis industry are still trying to figure out exactly what role they may have to play in the immediate, yet uncertain, future ahead.

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As more and more state governors elect to order quarantines of varying levels of severity, the matter of whether facets of the cannabis industry should classify as an “essential business” — and thus one allowed to remain in operation for now — has continuously changed in recent days, though some consistency is finally starting to take hold.

In San Francisco, a “shelter in place” issued by Mayor London Breed on March 16 raised the ire of some after initially failing to include the cannabis industry on the city’s list of essential services. By the following day, the designation had been amended, with San Francisco’s Department of Public Health clarifying that licensed pot shops would be permitted to continue operations in a post on Twitter.


On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom effectively placed the entirety of California under a “stay at home” order. As of now, dispensaries have been deemed essential at a statewide level and are operating with modified capacities and restrictions. In many cases, that means relegating sales to delivery and curbside pick-up only (the latter thanks to a temporary provision authorized by the California Bureau of Cannabis Control).

Meanwhile, sales have positively spiked as consumers look to stock-up or alleviate boredom and anxiety as a result of being forced to stay home.

In Marin County, where delivery remains the only recreational option available (aside from growing it yourself), San Rafael’s Nice Guys Delivery was receiving up to 60 new orders an hour as of a week ago, according to the Marin Independent Journal. The paper also spoke with Lynette Shaw, operator of the only physical cannabis retail storefront in Marin County.


Sales were reportedly “skyrocketing” for Shaw’s CBC Marin Alliance in Fairfax as well, though the statewide “essential” designation — which does vary in policy on a county by county level — means that those worried their access to legal weed will soon run dry likely have nothing to fear.

For now, Marin County residents can still opt for delivery, while qualified medical marijuana patients continue to have access to CBC Marin Alliance. Those in San Francisco, Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, and San Jose may also be able to do curbside pick-up transactions while “stay at home” orders remain in effect.

Local Weed Delivery Services

Here are a few of the services still actively serving Marin residents at this time, as well as notes on how they’re tweaking operations in the face of COVID19.

NICE GUYS DELIVERY

Offering: Delivery only.
Available to: Adults (21+) as well as medical patients with a valid card (18+).
Areas serves: All of Marin County and select zip codes in San Francisco.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Monday – Saturday), 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Sunday)
COVID19 Response: “We have approval from the city to continue serving the community during this time of need. Please read our Health & Safety Update.”

MOONFLOWER

Offering: Delivery only.
Available to: Adults (21+) as well as medical patients with a valid card (18+).
Areas serves: Select cities in Marin and Sonoma .
Hours: Moonflower recently suspended Sonoma County deliveries for new customers. They are operating in Marin Monday – Saturday from 11am till 6pm. They take last call for orders at 5:30pm.
COVID19 Response: “Dear customers: during this time we are open and operating with state and local approval.  We have temporarily adjusted our operating hours. Please read our COVID-19 Health & Safety Update for more information.”

MARIN GARDENS

Offering: Delivery only.
Available to: Adults (21+) as well as medical patients with a valid card (18+).
Areas serves: All of Marin County.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Daily)
COVID19 Response: “Marin Gardens is open during “Shelter in Place” and will continue to offer delivery services to all members.”

ONA.LIFE

Offering: Delivery only.
Available to: Adults (21+) as well as medical patients with a valid card (18+).
Areas serves: Marin and San Francisco County.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Monday – Saturday), 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sunday)
COVID19 Response: “We currently have approval from the city of San Rafael to continue delivering during this unprecedented time.”

For more:

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My So-Called Shelter-in-Place Life

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Zack RuskinZack Ruskin writes on music, cannabis, and culture. His bylines include Vanity FairBillboardEntertainment WeeklyVarietyMerry Jane, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Danielle, and their cat, McCovey.

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