Cannabis Dispensaries Producing Hand Sanitizer for Hospitals

Courtesy of Triple M.

PLYMOUTH – Cannabis companies across the Commonwealth, including Triple M in Plymouth, are using their resources to produce hand sanitizer that will be donated to Massachusetts hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Commonwealth Dispensary Association announced that its member companies have been approved by the Department of Public Health and Cannabis Control Commission to produce sanitizer in a partnership with the Mass. Health & Hospital Association.

“Are expectation really is just to work with the state to try and help out health care operations, the hospitals and the healthcare facilities that are really on the front lines right now,” said Triple M Chief Operating Officer Kevin O’Reilly.  

“We do have some production capacity since the recreational sales have stopped so it makes sense for us and others to try and step up and help in any way we can with a product like the hand sanitizers that are so hard to come by right now.”    

It is estimated that the companies can produce approximately 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer per week.

According to officials from the CDA, producing sanitizer is not hard but the materials involved are expensive.

The Mass. Health & Hospital Association got the ball rolling on the effort, according to the CDA, as they identified the need for additional hand sanitizer production and contacted officials from throughout the state.

Dispensaries involved in the production of sanitizer will apply guidelines from the World Health Organization and will fill five gallon jugs to be transported to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for distribution to individual hospitals.

The companies are allowed to serve only medical marijuana patients for the next week and must cease all recreational operations under Governor Charlie Baker’s essential work order.

Other dispensaries involved in the production of sanitizer include Revolutionary Clinics, INSA, Central Ave Compassionate Care, Inc., SIRA Naturals, New England Treatment Access, Theory Wellness, Garden Remedies, Alternative Therapies Group, Inc., Berkshire Roots, Cultivate, NorthEast Alternatives, Patriots Care, and Mass Wellspring.

About Luke Leitner

Luke Leitner grew up in Watertown Massachusetts and now lives in West Yarmouth on the Cape. He has been a part of the news team in the News Center since the spring of 2019. He studied business communications at Western New England University.
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