Another delay for medical marijuana dispensary

Stephen Haner, 61, of Lewes, uses marijuana to help manager his multiple sclerosis. Opening of the state's only medical marijuana dispensary was delayed until June from this month.(Photo: JENNIFER CORBETT/THE NEWS JOURNAL )Buy Photo


Two-hundred Delawareans authorized to use marijuana for medical reasons now must wait until June before they're able to legally buy the drug.

Delaware's only dispensary, First State Compassion Center, near Wilmington, was scheduled to open this month. But construction delays pushed off the opening until June, says Mark Lally, the center's president.

The latest delay is relatively minor, partly caused by electrical issues and the complications of growing marijuana from seed, Lally said.

But it comes after Gov. Jack Markell delayed implementation of the medical marijuana program, authorized in 2011, for years over concerns that the U.S. Justice Department could prosecute state officials involved.

The four-year-long layover has caused angst for patients who are licensed...

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