WALLED LAKE, Mich. (WWJ) -- Many metro Detroit businesses are adapting to these strange times amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered Michiganders to "stay home and stay safe" during the outbreak, businesses are trying to find a way to stay afloat. That includes Michigan's newest industry -- recreational marijuana.
The Greenhouse in Walled Lake -- Oakland County's first recreational marijuana shop -- says it will stay open, but offer only curbside service for medical and recreational patients. Curbside service will begin Tuesday.
The dispensary is converting its parking lot into a staging area for pick-up. Customers will be able to place their orders on the Greenhouse website and will be notified when their order is filled and when they can pick it up. Orders are expected to be filled on the same day.
The Greenhouse will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
As state health officials announced more than 300 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, Whitmer signed an executive order prohibiting Michiganders from going in public unless necessary, a move Greenhouse owner Jerry Millen praises.
"Governor Gretchen Whitmer is doing a great job caring for people throughout the state of Michigan," Millen said. :Giving Medical Marijuana Patients and others the opportunity to continue obtaining various cannabis products for their needs is so very important and on behalf of all of my patients and other customers, we owe her a great deal of gratitude during this difficult time for all of Michigan’s residents."
Millen told WWJ the Greenhouse was packed on Monday, its final day of in-store sales at pot shops statewide for the foreseeable future. He says he had to call in extra employees to keep up with business on Monday.
"We have 14 registers and a lot of stores have four or five and have real small spaces, so we have plenty of room, plenty of registers, so we're getting people in and out," Millen said. "Especially now, it's more important than ever, so there's no close contact. We want to get people into the Greenhouse and out as fast as possible."
Millen says the Greenhouse does have a lot of medical customers, but the majority of the demand is for recreational marijuana, with people saying they have been feeling stressed out amid virus concerns.