Some cannabis advocates are calling for a boycott of state medical pharmacies after speaking out against parts of the recreational legalization law.
Some cannabis advocates are frustrated by statements made by some Delaware Compassion Centers opposing the current text of the Recreational Cannabis Act and are urging medical marijuana patients to boycott the stores.
Some of the concerns of these compassion centers are concerns about oversupply in the market, such as what happened in Oregon and Colorado, and asking for permission to sell recreational marijuana while the new licensing system is in place.
Zoe Patchell is the director of the Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network. She says that this and similar calculations have been worked on for years.
“This was a complete surprise to her getting out of the woodwork after nearly a decade – a well-documented fight for cannabis legalization,” she says.
Patchell said there have been many opportunities for medical compassion centers to voice their thoughts on legalizing recreational activities, and hearing this now only hurts efforts to legalize the drug in the First State.
She adds that oversupply concerns are exaggerated and that Delaware has an undersupply of drugs due to its experience with medical cannabis patients.
“The medical cannabis patients are completely outraged – especially when they pay high prices with so little effort and product availability and wait in long lines because there are too few market participants,” says Patchell. The current licenses are in favor of fewer licenses. “
According to Patchell, increasing competition and the supply of marijuana in the market would help bring prices down for consumers.
In some states like Oregon, while an oversupply of cannabis has brought prices down to some of the lowest in the country, it has also weighed heavily on marijuana inspectors, putting more of that surplus on the black market.
In a statement, the group of pharmacies opposed to parts of the bill said they support the legalization of recreational use but will continue to push for speeding up access to the recreational market by licensing the current compassion centers in the meantime to sell Grant recreational marijuana.
Roman Battaglia is a corps member of Report for America, a national utility that places journalists in local newsrooms.