The Delaware Department of Public Health approved Columbia Care’s plans for a new location off Route 202 in late spring. The store-dispensary north of Wilmington could open in the next few months, according to public health spokesperson Andrea Wojcik.
Wojcik said the location will be retail only. Columbia Care has a grow location and store in Smyrna. Delaware Online. (limited page views) reported the store is across the Brandywine Town Center on the northern end of Delaware’s stretch of Route 202 (Concord Pike)
The expansion mirrors the strategy of the First State Compassion Center, which has a store in Lewes and a store-grow center just outside Wilmington. First State was the first medical marijuana operator in the state.
The state’s other grow site and store, which operates under the name Fresh, opened a location late winter at a former garden center near Newark.
Medical marijuana is grown at three greenhouse-grow centers in the state, Fresh, Columbia and First State, with no imports allowed.
It was reported at a meeting earlier this year that First State Compassion Center planned to increase its production by 30 percent to meet demand.
The state’s two largest cities, Dover and Wilmington do not have medical cannabis stores and there have been complaints about the lack of access to the centers for people who no longer drive or do not own a vehicle.
Less than one percent of the state’s population is authorized to use medical marijuana, although that number has been growing.
Columbia Care is one of the largest fully integrated operators in the medical cannabis industry, with licenses across the U.S. and European Union.
The medical cannabis company is publicly traded with a stock price below $6 a share. Columbia Care recently announced plans to buy back to stock on the belief that its shares are undervalued. Further information is available from www.col-care.com.