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Kent County Considering Lease With Medical Marijuana Dispensary

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Medical marijuana that could be sold at a dispensary in Kent County if the Levy Court approves the lease. (Photo: WBOC) Medical marijuana that could be sold at a dispensary in Kent County if the Levy Court approves the lease. (Photo: WBOC)
The building in question on Starlifter Avenue in Dover owned by Kent County. The building in question on Starlifter Avenue in Dover owned by Kent County.

DOVER, Del.- The Kent County Levy Court is voting Tuesday night on whether or not to allow a medical marijuana company to lease a county-owned building in Dover.

Compassionate Care Research Institute, Inc. is looking to have the dispensary in Kent County as part of the state's plan to have one in each county. Kent County Levy Court Vice President Brad Eaby says this is the effort to follow that plan into a second county.

The building sits on Starlifter Avenue in Dover. It used to house a Monster Racing business in the Kent County AeroPark Development.

Eaby says there is a bit of a legal process that will need to go on. He says the county owns the property so it acts as the landlord. That is why Tuesday's vote is regarding a lease with the company. He says the property sits inside Dover city limits, so the City Council would need to eventually approve the actual use of the building.

Medical marijuana dispensaries need to be granted a license to operate by the Delaware Public Health Medical Marijuana Program. Emily Knearl, who works with the program, says no organization has been selected to run a center in Kent or Sussex Counties at this time. She says the process is currently underway to select a company. The bids were due at 11 am Wednesday. Knearl says the process is very thorough. 

Council President Brooks Banta says he has received multiple phone calls from people in support of a dispensary coming to Kent County.

"The one that really impressed me the most was a lady who had suffered with cancer for a number of years," he said. "She was on all kinds of opiates, all kinds of addictive drugs. And she got medical marijuana. With that, she takes one drop a day on her tongue. And that's it. All of her pain is gone, she is in relief, she now holds down a full time job."

Eaby and Banta both say they will vote yes on the measure at Tuesday night's meeting.

There is one commissioner expected to vote against allowing the company to lease. Glenn Howell represents the 6th district of Kent County. He spoke out against it at a council meeting on April 5.

"I've just been against marijuana for so long," he said. "And I know that the current fad is to use it for medicinal purposes which may be legitimate...I just can't go along with this."

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