Liquor, cannabis, lottery: Are our vices essential services in face of COVID-19?

  • Some other states have deemed liquor stores and cannabis shops essential services, citing both an economic incentive to maintain tax revenues and concern that people with substance abuse disorders would seek urgent medical care while the system is overburdened.
  • OLCC has made several temporary rule changes to help keep alcohol and cannabis sales strong despite business closures.
  • South Salem Liquor Mart has begun offering curbside pickup, but the store also is staying open to customers, manager Dillon Triance said.
  • OLCC also made temporary rule changes allowing curbside pickup for cannabis.

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