Poll: Is marijuana essential? Most Americans say yes

By a slim margin (43% vs. 39%), Republicans believe medical marijuana dispensaries should be considered essential. Far more Independents (52%) and Democrats (62%) also say medical marijuana dispensaries should be essential services.

In many states, medical marijuana dispensaries are considered essential businesses, meaning they are allowed to remain open – though many cannabis retailers have shifted towards offering curbside pick-up options and/or delivery services rather than having customers come into the shops themselves.

So with continued access to marijuana in many areas (and potentially some extra free time) are marijuana users consuming any more than usual?

Among those who indicated they ever use marijuana, 28 percent say they are using more than usual.