There’s a new way to buy marijuana at the country’s first state-licensed dispensary.

Fort Collins’ Choice Organics now uses the online ordering system called Leafly as a safe way to sell cannabis products during social distancing.

Customers place their order through the Leafly website. Text messages are sent when the order starts processing and when it’s ready. 

Only one customer is allowed in at a time at the 813 Smithfield Drive facility, while others wait to be called in from their cars in the parking lot. 

Sales are then conducted through a window to limit any human contact.

“It works out quite nicely,” said Choice Organics co-founder Erica Freeman.

“It’s a huge relief to be able to serve our medical patients. A lot of people rely on us for medicine.”

Under Governor Jared Polis’ statewide at-home order, dispensaries are considered essential for both medical and recreational sales.

While never required to close its doors, Freeman voluntarily closed Choice Organics for a 10-day stretch in March in an effort to flatten the curve. Employees were still paid during the closure and given care packages that included toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

Freeman and staff used the time away to come up with the new sales solution that still met the strict requirements of legal marijuana sale in the state.

And Freeman said online ordering may stick at Choice Organics beyond social distancing.

Choice Organics is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for recreational products; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for medical products.

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