Texas deems CBD-only retail nonessential during pandemic closure

CBD retailers aren’t essential businesses that can stay open despite closure orders in Texas.

That’s the ruling from the Texas Department of Emergency Management, the agency that arbitrates which businesses are subject to the state’s stay-at-home order.

CBD retailers were among the 3,000 or so businesses asking, to stay open, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The Texas chapter of the Hemp Industries Association requested that hemp and CBD retailers be declared as essential businesses, alongside grocery stores and marijuana dispensaries.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered nonessential businesses to close March 31. The order does not apply to farms, which were deemed critical by the federal government.