Medical marijuana growing facility, dispensary to open in Newark
NEWARK, DEL. — A medical marijuana growing facility and dispensary is slated to open in Newark early next year in the former home of Alexander’s Lawn and Garden on Ogletown Road, which closed earlier this summer.
According to a building permit application received by the city of Newark on July 10, crews will turn an existing 1,250-square foot potting barn at the former lawn and garden center at 800 Ogletown Road into a medical marijuana growing facility for Compassionate Care Research Institute, a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization.
The work is the first phase of a project that also includes creating a dispensary that will offer more than 20 strains of marijuana. CCRI will hire a pharmacist to counsel patients and create 25 to 40 jobs over the next two years, said New Jersey Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, who serves as a lawyer for the company.
The Alexander’s Lawn and Garden site was sold on May 26 to Ogletown Partners, a limited liability company registered to Eve Slap, owner and general manager of Matt Slap Subaru on Cleveland Avenue. According to public records, Slap purchased the property for $3.25 million.
She told the Newark Post in June she plans to continue storing cars from the dealership there, but has leased the buildings to a tenant, who she declined to name at the time.
CCRI also operates Garden State Dispensary, a medical marijuana grower and dispensary in New Jersey. The same principals that operate CCRI also own, through separate companies, cultivation and dispensary facilities in Colorado and have been awarded a grow permit in Pennsylvania and a dispensary in Maryland.
“Compassionate Care Research Institute looks forward to bringing its track record of growing high quality pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana to Delaware, where we will breathe new life into the state’s clinically- oriented medical marijuana program and offer safe, secure and compassionate relief to suffering patients while creating good paying jobs in Newark,” the company’s chairman, Dennis Klima, said in a statement. “We are optimistic that we will have product on the shelf at our ideal, conveniently accessible location by early 2018.”
Once open, the facility will be New Castle County’s second medical marijuana growing and dispensary operation and the first in Newark.
Delaware law allows physicians to authorize a patient to use marijuana to treat symptoms of terminal illness, cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV and AIDS, decompensated cirrhosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, autism with aggressive or self-injurious behavior, intractable epilepsy or the physical manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients with conditions that cause severe, debilitating pain, wasting syndrome, intractable nausea and seizures are also eligible.