Slowly but surely.
That seems to be the motto for numerous East Coast medical marijuana markets that have taken a long time to get off the ground.
One of the slowest has been Delaware, which legalized MMJ in 2011 but didn’t see its first dispensary open until just this past June. Now, however, the state has decided to award two additional dispensary licenses – one in Kent County and one in Sussex County – because of solid demand for MMJ.
Under state law, the Delaware Division of Public Health is allowed to license up to seven dispensaries, one for each county in the state. The lone existing dispensary, First State Compassion Center, is in New Castle County.
For any company or entrepreneur interested, bids for the two upcoming dispensaries must be turned into the state by 11 a.m. on March 30, along with a $5,000 application fee, according to the News Journal.
The state decided to move forward with further dispensary licenses because there was a small boom in the number of registered MMJ cardholders once First State Compassion Center opened and began serving customers.
Though the patient pool is still small, with just 776 cardholders, it very well may grow. Delaware has a fairly loose qualifying condition list that includes chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other ailments.