Med­i­cal mar­i­juana grow­ing fa­cil­ity, dis­pen­sary to open in Ne­wark

Cecil Whig - - REGIONAL - By KARIE SIM­MONS Spe­cial from the Ne­wark Post

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.

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