Opening of Concord Pike medical pot store topped last year’s most-read story list


Good afternoon everyone,

The results are in for 2019, with marijuana, restaurants and retailing topping the list of most-viewed stories.

Topping the list was the opening of a storefront medical cannabis location by Columbia Care on Route 202, north of Wilmington.

The post came out of a routine press release issued by the publicly-traded company that has a store and grow site in Smyrna.

Columbia Care followed up with the opening of its third location at the Tanger Outlets near Rehoboth. State regulators approved the location, even though another medical cannabis store is a few miles away.

Out of staters who frequent the outlets are out of luck since a Delaware medical marijuana card is required.

By contrast, the two largest cities in the state, Wilmington and Dover, do not have medical marijuana stores. People with marijuana cards and no transportation have complained about the disparity that is probably tied to the history of drug-dealing crime in the two cities.

Columbia Care is believing to be jockeying for position in the event that the state approves recreational use of marijuana. One piece of legalization would favor medical weed suppliers. That has raised the hackles of critics who see “corporate cannabis” squeezing out local entrepreneurs.

Other stories in the top six included restaurant and store openings and a State Police sweep that nabbed texting and phone wielding drivers who were spotted from taller vehicles. Expect more such sweeps in 2020

  1. Top trending: Cannabis giant opens store in north Wilmington
  2. Trending: SoDel to build Thompson Island Brewing Co. outside Rehoboth
  3. Top trending: Troopers ticket 49 drivers for texting and other forms of distracted driving during 4-hour sweep on Concord Pike
  4. Trending: From the Delaware Public Archives – The day Christiana Mall opened
  5. Trending: Target to open store at Prices Corner
  6. Trending: Eggspectation breakfast-brunch spot coming to Stanton-Christiana

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