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Columbia Care LLC will open its first medical cannabis dispensary in Smyrna to qualifying patients. Delaware News Journal

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Columbia Care LLC, the nation’s largest and most experienced medical cannabis company, will open its first medical cannabis dispensary in Smyrna to qualifying patients.(Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)Buy Photo

Columbia Care believes opening Delaware’s third medical marijuana dispensary Friday in Smyrna will give state patients broad access they have been lacking.

Citing a significant unmet medical need in Kent County, Columbia Care CEO Nicholas Vita said Wednesday that the decision to open in Smyrna and not Milford, was a geographical and policy decision.

The state’s other two dispensaries are First State Compassion Center’s facilities upstate near Wilmington and downstate on the coast in Lewes.

“There was a little bit of a clustering effect,” Vita said during Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting event. “We wanted to provide broad access.”

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Nicholas Vita, CEO of Columbia Care LLC, during a press event at their new location in Smyrna. Columbia Care LLC, the nation’s largest and most experienced medical cannabis company, will open its first medical cannabis dispensary in Smyrna to qualifying patients. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)

The facility, located at 200 S. DuPont Blvd. in Smyrna, will be Columbia Care’s first in Delaware.

That makes the New York company the state’s second source of medical marijuana, which can be used to treat a host of qualifying conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other ailments that cause chronic pain and nausea. 

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Paul Hyland, program administrator for the state’s Office of Medical Marijuana noted that Delaware now has all three counties covered.

“This is giving patients a

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