Delaware has quietly lifted a ban on the delivery of medical marijuana.
Columbia Care, a publicly-traded company that now has locations in all three of the state’s counties, is taking delivery requests, according to information on its website. Columbia Care has locations n north Wilmington, Smyrna, and outside Rehoboth Beach.
Delaware opted to exempt medical marijuana from its normally strict no delivery policies in keeping with efforts to discourage travel and remain true to the spirit of the system that helps people with chronic pain and other conditions.
The state has been under fire for not allowing the opening of medical marijuana stores in population centers like Wilmington, Middletown, and Dover while having two stores in close proximity in the Lewes-Rehoboth area.
Instead, stores have been located in Smyrna, or in the case of the Wilmington area, a building in an industrial park near the city operated by First State Compassion Center. the first medical cannabis company in Delaware. First State also has a store in the Lewes-Rehoboth area, a short drive from the Columbia Care location.
The other medical marijuana store is Fresh Delaware, located in Newark.
Medical marijuana patients have to obtain an OK from a physician in order to get a “card” that authorizes use. Restrictions have been loosened on the reasons for getting the card.
Delaware remains one of a handful of states that does not allow shipments of wine and beer. Also banned are grocery store sales.
The marijuana industry, like its alcohol counterpart, has seen a sharp increase in business as the coronavirus crisis leads to stay at home orders.
Earlier this month, Columbia Care reported record sales in Delaware and other states where it operates.
Delaware cannot import medical marijuana. Instead grow sites are operated by Columbia in Smyrna, with First State having its site near its Wilmington-area store. Fresh has a greenhouse near its Newark store, the site of a former garden center.