Sales Surge at Cannabis Dispensaries

As more people plan to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Solar Therapeutics in Somerset says their customers are stocking up. Their sales have increased more than 50%.

By: Tim Studebaker

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SOMERSET, MASS. (WLNE) – As more and more people prepare to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, business is booming for cannabis dispensaries.

Solar Therapeutics CFO Robert Keller says, “I think some are concerned.  They want to be able to have their resource under any circumstance.”

Solar Therapeutics in Somerset is a recreational cannabis dispensary, but management says they do see customers purchasing products there for medical purposes.

Keller says, “I think anxiety is a big one right now for a lot of people, just because of the unknowns out there.”

Keller says business has been ramping up.  Last week, they saw an increase in sales of more than 50%.  He says they’re stocked, staffed, and continuing to meet the demand, but they’re also making sure to adhere to the standards of social distancing.

Keller says, “We’re controlling the inside of the dispensary to 10 customers at a time.  We actually have spacing on the floors to indicate – to try to help with social distancing.”

They plan to stay open, but they’ll be reducing their hours.  While restaurants are delivering food to customers, it doesn’t work that way for recreational use cannabis.  Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission regulations do not allow delivery or parking lot pickup without a medical license.  But if that were to change, it’s something Keller says solar therapeutics would be open to trying.

Keller says, “Just thinking of our configuration here, I think we’d be able to implement it pretty easily.”

You can, however, order online in advance then pick up your product in the shop.

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