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Delaware Accepting Applications for New Compassion Centers

by Sarah Cawthon October 08, 2020

Delaware’s Office of Medical Marijuana began accepting applications to license four additional compassion centers on September 2, 2020. Applications are due October 28, 2020.

There are currently only six compassion centers in the state. Paul Hyland, Delaware Office of Medical Marijuana Director, has said that the state could benefit from adding compassion centers in the western parts of Sussex and Kent counties.

According to the Division of Public Health, there are 10,587 medical marijuana patients in Delaware as of September 3, 2020.

More centers are needed as the program continues to expand, and Hyland has stated that patients are concerned about the lack of selection and the lines that tend to form outside of the compassion centers. By adding vendors, he hopes to disperse some of the patient traffic, reducing waiting time and adding to the product variety.

Another of Hyland’s objectives includes increasing product inventory and production. The number of growers will also be decided on as the bid review committee examines the bid documents.

“We would also like the process for compassion centers to be expedited given how dire the current situation is, as patients will still have to wait a long time before these compassion centers are operational,” said Zoë Patchell, Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network executive director.

Patchell is also calling for inventory caps and the requirement for vertical integration of compassion centers to be removed, citing home cultivation as a way that could significantly ease the current situation for patients.

Therefore, interested applicants may apply as a vertically integrated compassion center with dispensing, cultivation, and processing operations or only dispensing with an agreement for obtaining medical marijuana products from a current Delaware licensed compassion center. 

To apply, applicants will need to pay a $5,000 non-refundable application fee, and if awarded a license, an initial certification and bi-annual license fee of $40,000 will be required.

The application calls for, in addition to other important features, a plan for security and safety, staffing and training, budget and quality assurance procedures. The proposed compassion center location will also need to comply with regulations and be located at least 1,000 feet away from preexisting schools.

All applications must be submitted online on the Department of Health and Social Services’ Eprocurement portal. Responses submitted by hard copy, mail, facsimile, or e-mail will not be accepted.

A compassion center may possess, cultivate, manufacture, transport and dispense medical marijuana to assist registered qualifying patients with the medical use of marijuana directly or through the qualifying patient’s registered designated caregiver.

The estimated notification of awarding licenses will be on November 12, 2020, and the RFP has an estimated project start date of December 10, 2020.

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The application calls for the submission of various business plans including Security and Safety, Staffing and Training, and Quality Assurance Procedures.

If you are interested in applying for a Delaware Medical Marijuana Compassion Center License, download our Dispensary Business Plan Package to receive helpful business planning templates needed to complete your application. Our Dispensary Business Plan Package includes templates for all of the plans listed above, plus additional template plans necessary for establishing and operating a successful marijuana business.