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Some Downstate Medical Marijuana Patients Hoping for New Kent, Sussex Dispensaries

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DOVER, Del. --- As Delaware prepares to see its fifth medical marijuana dispensary open, some medical cannabis patients say the state is not addressing the needs of those living in Kent or Sussex counties.

Columbia Care, a company that runs Kent County's only dispensary in Smyrna, is planning to open a new location north of Wilmington along Concord Pike. A company spokeswoman declined to comment on additional details of the plan.

But Kim Petters, a medical marijuana patient and cannabis legalization advocate, said the news of the new dispensary demonstrates how many patients in central and southern Delaware are not getting the access to medication they deserve. 

Petters, who lives in the Magnolia area, said a trip to the Smyrna dispensary costs her roughly 30 minutes. Should that location not have a particular type of medication she is seeking, Petters said she would have to travel an hour from her home to compassion centers in Ogletown or the Lewes area.

"If none of the dispensaries have the medicine that I need, I'm left with the option to go without or buy from the street," she said.

So far, four medical marijuana dispensaries have opened in Delaware. Two of them are located in New Castle County.

Andrea Wojcik, a spokeswoman for Delaware's Division of Public Health, said the state understands frustrations shared by some patients over the location of medical marijuana dispensaries.

"DPH is committed to increasing statewide access, with data identifying areas where higher concentrations of certified cardholders live being a significant consideration in determining additional location," she said.

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