Delaware gets 11 applications for two licenses

Just Released! Get realistic market forecasts, state-by-state insights and benchmarks with the new 2024 MJBiz Factbook member program, now with quarterly updates. Make informed decisions.

Delaware has received 11 applications for its final two medical marijuana dispensary licenses, according to a spokeswoman for the state’s health department.

Officials expect to announce winners in August.

The state is not allowed at this time to reveal details about the applicants, but a spokeswoman said some groups applied for a license in both Kent County and Sussex County.

The state charges an application fee of $5,000, and winners will have to pay a licensing fee of $40,000.

Under Delaware’s small but growing medical marijuana program, the state’s three counties – New Castle, Kent and Sussex – each get one dispensary.

State legislators passed a medical marijuana bill in 2011 allowing up to three dispensaries, but the governor initially allowed just one license.

Regulators received seven applications for that permit, which went to the First State Compassion Center in New Castle County.

Growing patient numbers and demand for medical marijuana prompted the state to issue the additional licenses. Nearly 2,000 patients have registered with the program.