DOUGLAS — Marijuana can be purchased for recreational use at a dispensary for the first time in Allegan County beginning Thursday, April 2.
Green Koi marijuana dispensary, 435 Blue Star Highway in Douglas, is the first business in the county to get its license to sell marijuana for adult use. Green Koi opened Feb. 14 as a medical marijuana provisioning center with the intention of eventually also selling adult use marijuana.
The owners, Ethan Del Stone and David Setzke, said they want to make it clear to customers they are following CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in addition to other safety precautions.
“We had the foresight to set up an online ordering service before we opened our store, but now it is extremely valuable,” Setzke said. “Our customers have really appreciated the ability for them to be able to place their orders that way.”
Green Koi switched to exclusively selling its products curbside before Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued the stay-at-home order as a precaution to protect its staff and customers from the spread of coronavirus.
As long as there are no in-store sales, dispensaries are allowed to operate with curbside or delivery services under the executive order.
Customers can order ahead of time on the dispensary’s website at greenkoi420.com. Employees also have tablets that they can take customers’ orders on from their cars. The dispensary also accepts orders through Leafly and Weedmaps. Delivery services will possibly be added in the future.
Green Koi is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, and Wednesday-Saturday. The dispensary is open noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, and closed on Tuesday.
“We are requesting customers stay in their car,” Setzke said. “If they bike or walk, and we do have customers that do that, there will be a six-foot distance box outlined on our sidewalk for each customer that does not drive.”
The owners said they are expecting a large turnout on Wednesday, but it is more important to them that customers follow the safety measures and social distancing guidance.
“Our (adult use) license was approved officially one week ago,” Setzke said. “It was important for us to have everything written out and guidelines for our employees and a game plan to implement all new practices. It wasn’t a rush.”
People who are 21 and older who do not have a medical marijuana card will now be able to purchase cannabis at Green Koi by showing any form of government identification including a drivers license or passport.
“We are really excited to have this right now,” Setzke said. “It’s an unfortunate truth what all of us Americans and around the world are dealing with but we’re hoping what people can purchase here will reduce anxiety and stress and help you feel good at this time.”
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