Gov. Baker says he kept recreational or adult-use marijuana shops on the list of "non-essential" businesses that can not open to the public because the last thing we need is potentially infected people driving into Massachusetts.
Were he to allow the shops to open, there are "tons of evidence" that the state would "have to deal with the fact people are going to come here from all over the place across the Northeast," because Massachusetts is one of the few states in the Northeast with legalized recreational marijuana, Baker said at his daily press conference.
Noting signs on major highways at the state's borders already ask visitors from other states to self quarantine for 14 days should they be planning to stay in Massachusetts, he said that "would create issues for us" in trying to halt the spread of Covid-19.
A number of Boston legislators have asked Baker to reconsider because of the impact on shops owned by members of "economic equity" groups of people who historically bore the brunt of the war on drugs, such as Boston's first pot shop in Grove Hall.
Medicinal-marijuana dispensaries, whose customers require a prescription, are on the state's list of "essential" businesses allowed to stay open.
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