First Medical Marijuana Oversight Committee Meets
Medical marijuana was legalized in Delaware in 2011, the development of this committee and the meeting is a sign of progress for cannabis patients.
"Patients can actually voice their complaints as opposed to calling the governors office and never hearing anything back and getting re-directed to the department of health and social services," said Todd Boone, a patient.
There is currently one compassion center to retrieve medical marijuana in Wilmington.
The hope for public attendees in the meeting, is that the committee will work towards adding another compassion center in a different county:
Zoe Patchell, with the Cannabis Bureau explained, "As the law is written now, the only people that can get a medical cannabis card here in Delaware are patients suffering from a serious debilitating illness and to make them drive 90 plus miles is a travesty."
Karyl Rattay, the Director for the Division of Public Health said adding a new facility is a priority:
"We're looking at data around client utilization patterns and trying to understand from an economic feasibility perspective does having another compassion center in the state make sense."
The next planned meeting for the committee is in April, 2016. The committee plans on meeting twice a year.