Yolo County hashish dispensaries adapt to COVID – Day by day Democrat

As the coronavirus pandemic spilled over California, Ashley Kammerer, director of the Davis Cannabis Collective, said there was “a lot of fear” across the industry.

“We were all concerned about what was going on,” she added, noting that her thoughts went to customers who use cannabis to treat diseases. “That was a big concern for us, sick people couldn’t get what they needed.”

Like many companies, cannabis dispensaries in Yolo County had to grapple with the unknown and face changes in health and safety policies related to the ongoing pandemic.

Kammerer said they were lucky that the Davis Cannabis Collective – at 2121 2nd Street, Suite C101 in Davis – had a fairly large room. They were able to place patients at a distance of two meters, put plexiglass shields between customers and employees and order face coverings.

Ashley Kammerer, director of the Davis Cannabis Collective, stands behind a new plexiglass sign in the store. SARAH DOWLING – EVERYDAY DEMOCRAT

As in the restaurant industry, according to Kammerer, cannabis pharmacies were also given permission to offer pick-up from the roadside. You must renew this permit every 30 days. This gives customers the option to stay in their vehicles while picking up items. The collective also offers delivery.

When asked how business had done over the past year, Kammerer found that around the same time people were stocking up on toilet paper, they were also stocking up on cannabis. Kammerer attributes this to the uncertainty amid the pandemic.

“People weren’t sure if we were going to be closed,” she said.

This surge in demand was accompanied by some problems in the supply chain, mostly related to packaging.

“We could do everything we could,” she added. If they couldn’t deliver a certain product, they replace it with another, similar one.

Kammerer and his staff have special offers planned for April 20th – the cannabis industry’s unofficial holiday on April 20th.

“We’re very excited,” she said, noting that it will be “a generous year” as many cannabis companies prepare for this holiday after a tumultuous 2020.

At Davis Cannabis Collective, 4/20 will have four days starting on Saturday to “spread” it and not have many people in the store at the same time. The sale includes numerous “Buy One Get One Free” offers, and each person who makes a purchase has a choice of free edibles or prerolls.

Visit daviscannabisco.com for more information.

With all due attention to the April 20th celebration, Kammerer warned people new to cannabis not to take it slow. You should be careful how much they consume, avoid pairing alcohol and cannabis, and not drive under the influence.

“Use cannabis responsibly,” she concluded.

In downtown Davis, Rob Read, co-owner of F Street Dispensary, was preparing his staff for a similar 4/20 celebration.

F Street Dispensary employees prepare to sell on April 20th. The shop is also planning to expand to Dixon. SARAH DOWLING – EVERYDAY DEMOCRAT

The pharmacy on 420 F Street is in a small house that Read’s family has owned for over 20 years.

Looking back over the past year, Read also emphasized an increase in sales.

“When COVID really hit in March (2020), we were busier than ever,” he said.

However, as with many business owners, tough decisions have been made. F Street temporarily reduced its working hours, partly because some managers decided to leave the company due to the pandemic. Read chose to change the hours rather than encourage people who weren’t ready. This step reduced the operating hours by 58% and laid off half of the staff.

This led to an interesting comparison, Read explained. As the cannabis industry grew in popularity, his pharmacy needed to cut working hours.

“We don’t regret our decision at all,” he clarified.

While the Davis Cannabis Collective was walking the roadside pick-up route, Read said it made no sense for the F Street location. Instead, they were able to renovate an existing window in the pharmacy where customers could pick up their items through the window. The caveat was that the actual products must be handed over to them outdoors according to state guidelines.

While navigating the pandemic, Read also worked to open a new pharmacy in nearby Dixon. This expansion project was fully approved at the end of 2019.

“When COVID hit, we had to give serious thought to whether we should expand at this point,” he said.

After some time and deliberation, Read decided to move on with the Dixon project, which is now set to open to customers in late April or early May. They hired dozens of new employees last week.

After the practice of naming the pharmacy based on its location, the Highway 80 pharmacy will be on Interstate 80 in Dixon near the Cattlemens Steakhouse.

While the ideal would have been to open the new pharmacy on April 20, Read noted that F Street will continue to offer deals from Sunday through Tuesday. Many items receive a 25% discount.

More information is available at 420fstreet.com.