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After California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered his 40 million constituents to stay at home due to the increasing spread of the Coronavirus, no one knew that cannabis dispensaries would be on the list of ‘essential businesses”.

Marijuana businesses with a medical cannabis license are listed as “essential” during the indefinite lockdown in the Golden State.

An emergency order issued by the Governor to keep the doors to dispensaries open reads, “This Order is based upon scientific evidence and best practices, as currently known and available, to protect members of the public from avoidable risk of serious illness and death resulting from the spread of COVID-19, as well as to protect the healthcare system from a surge of cases into its emergency rooms and hospitals.”

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Governor Newsom’s office has predicted that the coronavirus will possibly infect more than half of the state’s 40 million residents, according to a letter sent to President Trump on Wednesday.

As of Friday morning, California has 1,030 confirmed coronavirus cases and 18 deaths, according to statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins University.