To say Fresh Cannabis Co. kept a low profile would be an understatement.
The medical marijuana dispensary and greenhouse held a soft opening on Friday at the former Alexander’s garden center location just outside Newark on Ogletown Road.
Finding out information about the location was difficult. In the case of our media site, it took a second-hand confirmation from the Department of Health and Social Services to learn that an early March opening was coming. DHSS regulates the medical marijuana industry.
The opening came after delays, which are actually the norm in the process of opening medicalmarijuana centers.
In addition to Newark, Delaware now has dispensaries in Smyrna, Lewes and just outside Wilmington
The low-key approach of Fresh Cannabis led to rumors that the Newark center was in trouble.
Word eventually got out about the pending opening.
The Fresh name does offer evidence of the increasing confidence of the industry despite workplace and other uncertainties regarding the use of medical marijuana.
By contrast, the two other cannabis dispensaries in the state – First State Compassion Center and Columbia Care – carry names that would be suitable for nursing homes or hospices.
Delaware was one of the first East Coast states to legalize medical weed but was slow to authorize dispensaries, given the legal uncertainties at the time and the inherent caution that characterizes our state government.
In the early going, Fresh Cannabis will be open from Tuesday through Friday.
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