What about the cookie stores that are next door to them? Anyhow, one doctor is rather upset over this, as she writes to the LA Times Letters to the Editor: Pot vaping was ruining lungs before COVID-19, and now cannabis is ‘essential’? As an emergency physician, I believe treating marijuana shops as essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is shameful. Has everyone forgotten about the vaping-related pneumonias that were killing young people before COVID-19 swept the world? .en.