Vallejo emergency orders: curbside medical marijuana, essential businesses, no evictions

Greg Nyhoff issues emergency orders for medical weed, evictions, and essential businesses

Vallejo Times-Herald, by John Glidden, March 18, 2020 at 6:02 p.m.

Allowing the city’s cannabis businesses to offer curbside pick-up of medical marijuana is one of three orders issued Wednesday by Vallejo City Manager Greg Nyhoff, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nyhoff’s orders also included keeping essential businesses open to the public, while limiting residential and business evictions in the city.

The orders come just two days after the Vallejo City Council approved a proclamation declaring a local state of emergency as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The move also gives Nyhoff emergency powers as Vallejo’s director of emergency services.

“These three orders really help to keep the city safe,” Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan said by phone on Wednesday. “They also keep the city up and running.”

The city’s 11 cannabis storefront businesses are now allowed to “conduct curbside pick­-up of medical cannabis goods under video surveillance or under monitor of the retailer’s security personnel,” the order states. Retailers are still required to check a customer’s age under state law.

Nyhoff stated that such businesses are essential health care operations. His second order listed almost every type of business as essential, including grocery stores, certified farmers’ markets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits, businesses that provide food, shelter, and social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals.

Also listed as essential were newspapers, and other media services, gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities, banks and related financial institutions, hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.

The order further identifies businesses providing mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes, educational institutions, laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers, restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for essential activities and other purposes expressly authorized in Nyhoff’s order.

The order stipulates that Nyhoff is “to assist continuing services of an Essential Business and to support its operations to maintain financial feasibility, that any Essential Business is able to provide delivery services of its products to all residents of the City of Vallejo.”

Finally, Nyhoff declared that all residential and business evictions based on a tenant’s loss of income or need to pay out-of-pocket medical expenses due to COVID-19 are prohibited.

All three orders stay until the council rescinds the emergency proclamation they approved on Monday.

For more information, visit