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U.S. Department of Justice: Why Pot Dispensaries Allowed But Not Car Washes?

The United States Department of Justice joined in support of seven businesses that filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 executive orders that have shuttered many businesses.

The justice department filed a statement of interest on May 29.

“It is hard to conceive of a rational basis for permitting retail establishments, including marijuana dispensaries, to welcome customers who will interact directly with employees and likely come into contact with other customers while prohibiting car washes from providing exterior washes purchased online with the customer separated from the employee by a closed car window,” the DOJ statement read.

Whitmer released a statement that, in part, said, “We have absolute confidence in the legal authority I have exercised to protect the people of Michigan. It is crystal clear that this challenge is coming directly from the White House, which is ignoring the risk of a second wave of the virus and pushing too quickly to roll back public health guidelines. We know that will only prolong the pandemic and make the economic pain that much worse for Michiganders. No matter what happens, I will always put the health and safety of Michiganders first.”


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