By Rachel Wulff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Essential businesses are allowed to remain open during the coronavirus stay-at-home order – including cannabis shops that provide medicinal options.

“I love weed. I smoke it,” said 77-year-old Major Barton.

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Barton says he’ll head in early now that Metro Cannabis is opening its doors early to seniors on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“When I get up [and] I ain’t got none, I will be going over there,” he said.

The dispensary will be open from 8:45 to 10 a.m. to accommodate those over 65 wanting to limit their possible exposure to COVID-19, and to meet the growing need amidst the stay-at-home order.

“We definitely saw an uptick in biz and [it’s] definitely are busier than it has been in the past, and we want to capitalize on that,” said general manager Alisande Moreno.

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She says more than 40 percent of her customers are seniors.

“When I first started working here I didn’t really know there would be so many seniors coming here to get medicine, and it’s been pleasantly surprising,” Harris said.

A budtender, Harris says an aging population has different needs.

“Edibles are a lot of it, and CBD because they are in a lot of pain and that does help tremendously,” she said.

With marijuana legal statewide, people don’t need a medical card to get medicinal marijuana. All people need is an ID from any state across the country.

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Staff will even provide curbside pickup if customers want, allowing for convenience and social distancing.