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Majority of Americans Agree that Cannabis is Essential

During the coronavirus pandemic, American residents and government officials have had to make important decisions on what services are deemed essential. For policymakers, they have had to weigh the pros and cons of keeping various industry sectors open and how some businesses could adapt to keep consumers, workers, and patients as safe as possible. Individuals have had to decide which food and supply trips are necessary, and what items can be skipped. Thankfully, Oregon decided that cannabis dispensaries are essential businesses that should stay open and a majority of Americans polled by YouGov agree, as reported by Marijuana Moment:

A majority of Americans believe that medical cannabis dispensaries should be kept open as “essential services” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll.

The survey asked simply: “Do you believe medical marijuana dispensaries should or should not be considered essential services?”

Fifty-three percent said the cannabis providers should be regarded as essential, 26 percent said they shouldn’t and 21 percent said they didn’t know.

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YouGov polled over 5,000 American adults, a rather large sample of people. It is rather remarkable how cannabis was illegal throughout the nation until California passed its landmark medical law in 1996 and now, during a global pandemic in 2020, dispensaries are considered essential businesses in legal states. It is great that the truth about cannabis has been winning hearts and minds across the nation, we must remain vigilant as Reefer Madness prohibitionists are lobbying government bodies to reverse the decision. The cannabis community just needs to keep sharing the truth about cannabis and remind our elected officials to follow the will of the people.

Kind Leaf has led the way on implementing sensible policies to keep its workers, customers, patients, and the community as safe as possible, even putting into place safe physical distancing policies before they were mandated. Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique has built upon its pioneering safety precautions, recently hiring Metcalf Painting and Contracting, a local contractor, to install “sneeze guards” to help protect everyone in the store. Cannabis is medicine and essential, a sincere thanks to the Kind Leaf crew, and everyone working to protect the health and safety of our people.

Kind Leaf’s message to its customers and patients:  

KIND LEAF is an essential business and open. We have implemented several measures to help keep our staff and the public safe during the pandemic.

PICK-UP and DELIVERY only – pick up orders can be placed on Leafly between the hours of 9am – 8pm. Pick-up/curb side/delivery begins at 10am. Deliveries cannot be made after 6pm, pick-up orders can be picked up until 8pm.

Only one customer in the lobby at a time. If someone is waiting to pick up their order please wait outside the front door until the receptionist is ready. Hand sanitizer is available inside the front door.

CURBSIDE PICK-UP!!! We can now meet you at your vehicle (have your ID and cash ready). NO MINORS CAN BE IN THE VEHICLE. All occupants of the vehicle must have valid identification. Call the receptionist and let them know you are at the store. Park in the front parking spots. 541-612-8588.

Online menu Ordering for pick-up and delivery:

https://www.leafly.com/dispensary-info/kind-leaf-pendleton

Senior citizens and those with technical problems can place an order via phone 541-612-8588. If the receptionist doesn’t answer please try again (phone lines are busy).

Thank you for choosing Kind Leaf.

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Safety First: Kind Leaf Moves to Pickup and Delivery Only Due to Coronavirus

Kind Leaf is a true Oregon cannabis success story. Those in the know, understand the immense difficulties cannabis businesses face. The competition, burdensome regulations, egregious taxes, and lack of banking services put an immense amount of stress on cannabis retailers, more so than most other businesses. Through it all, Kind Leaf has been a true industry leader, putting the safety of the community first.

Now, Kind Leaf, the cannabis community, our nation, and the entire world face our biggest threat since World War II–the coronavirus (COVID-19). As usual, Kind Leaf is leading the way, putting people over profits. It was with the health of its staff, customers, our state, and nation in mind, that Kind Leaf made the tough, but right, decision to only provide pickup and delivery sales.

It is with a heavy heart that I post this.

A pandemic was never in our business plan, we are in unusual times, and it seems that everything that we know and find comfort in is being disrupted, the news comes by the minute.

COVID-19 is in our state, it is in our community and it is now affecting us all.

We are choosing to lead by example, and we are officially closing our doors to the general public as of tomorrow March 18, 2020 and moving to Leafly Pick up and home deliveries only. We have the goal of re-opening in four weeks on April, 18th 2020.m

You can come to Kind Leaf to pick up orders placed online, or you can have your order delivered to your home within city limits- must be a home address per state law.

Our intention is to protect the health and well-being of our staff and their families as well as the members of our community.

Stand with us and let’s all do our part to lower the curve, and bring this Pandemic to a close. Remember to practice social distancing, hand-washing and not sharing joints- so we can all get together and celebrate on 4/20/20

Thank you for supporting us from the beginning, we appreciate everyone we have met along the way. We hope to see you in again once this passes and the healing of our nation can begin.

With governments implementing more and more restrictions on people and businesses, it’s probably only a matter of time before dispensaries and retail stores are ordered to move to delivery and pickup services, but Kind Leaf deserves credit for being ahead of the curve. There could be a move soon to order the closure of cannabis stores completely, but we must mobilize to ensure that our community’s retailers are deemed essential businesses that can remain open, especially for the sake of medical patients. We will keep you posted on more important news.

The cannabis community can always trust Kind Leaf to have the health and safety of the public of heart. Please spread the word that folks can still enjoy the state’s greatest selection at Easter Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique, they just need to utilize online and pickup services. Safety first, out there. Be Kind to each other, it’s more important than ever before.

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Coronavirus Hits the Cannabis Community: SXSW, Spannabis, and More

While it is important to not panic, it is hard to not be extremely concerned about the coronavirus and its impact on all of our daily lives. The wellbeing of people is the most important thing, of course, so any hit to any business sector or community must keep people’s lives, especially those most vulnerable, in mind above all else. I’m not too worried for myself, for instance, just taking extra precautions to ensure that I don’t potentially spread the virus to others, especially my friends with underlying conditions and my senior citizen parents that depend upon me. The cannabis community is certainly not immune and we must do our part to protect each other from this pandemic.

I know that cannabis businesses were early t to feel the brunt of the coronavirus, or COVID-19 as it’s properly named, since many packaging materials and other products are sourced from China. Businesses have faced inventory issues and shipping delays. Now, cannabis events are starting to get cancelled or postponed. SXSW’s cancellation, the first time in the event’s 34-year history, is estimated to have more than a $350 million hit on the economy of Austin, Texas, with service industry employees especially feeling the loss. While not strictly a cannabis event, South by Southwest does include a cannabusiness track, a demonstration of the mainstream nature of the industry.

Barcelona’s Spannabis was just postponed as the Spanish government just announced a prohibition on all events over 1,000 people. I was fortunate to attend Spannabis last year and hope to see the event bounce back in force as it is an important cultural force in Europe. We’re likely going to see many more gatherings canceled and postponed, a real bummer for the community and industry members that have modeled their business, recreation, and networking culture around these events, but people must come before profits.

Kind Leaf, as usual, was a leader among the industry in helping lead the way against the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. We must be extra vigilant to protect our patient population. The pandemic isn’t just impacting the economics of the cannabis industry, but the cultural norms of the cannabis community.  Best not to share joints and other modalities of cannabis use. NORML and cannabis comedian and activist Ngaio Bealum have expressed on Twitter.

The cannabis community has some of the most kind, creative, and forward-thinking people in the world. Now is the time to band together to help protect our community and all communities and to support each other in every way that we can. Much love, everyone.

Spannabis’ announcement in full:

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Featured Photo Credit: Darrin Harris Frisby/Drug Policy Alliance

Kind Leaf Cares and Is Taking Coronavirus Precautions

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the coronavirus has infected over 90,000 people and has spread into several countries, including the United States. With reported infections in Washington State and Oregon, it is imperative that everyone take necessary precautions to help stymie the spread of this pandemic, especially for the sake of vulnerable populations with immunity deficiencies. Always placing people above profits, Kind Leaf is taking extra precautions to protect our customers, staff, vendors, and local community from the coronavirus.

A message to Kind Leaf’s visitors:

We are providing hand sanitizer at our front door- please use it when entering our facility as there are instances of Coronavirus in Pendleton, Oregon.
We are also disinfecting our facility every half-hour to help do our part to prevent the spread of this contagion.
If you see some of our staff wearing masks please be aware that they are not sick, some have preexisting conditions that require extra preventative measures.
Please be safe and be well.
Sincerely,
Kind Leaf

There is no need to panic, but everyone should take extra precautions recommended by health experts such as washing your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are feeling sick, and seek medical care if you are experiencing symptoms. Workplaces should join Kind Leaf in disinfecting their work environment often and instituting policies to ensure that ill employees don’t come to work.

In times like these, it is important that communities pull together and support one another in every way possible. You can count on Kind Leaf to put the health of its customers and local community first and foremost.

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