Supply chain issues and contractor delays have forced the delayed opening of a third medical marijuana dispensary in Sussex County.

About this time last year, the state awarded licenses to three vendors – Valor Craft Cannabis Company, CannaTech Research Inc., and EzyCure LLC – to open a total of five new dispensaries across the state. At the time, CannaTech was expected to open a dispensary in Georgetown sometime in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Now, the opening of Sussex County’s third dispensary isn’t expected to happen much before early summer 2022, said Paul Hyland, director of the Office of Medical Marijuana.

“COVID has caused supply chain issues and staffing problems for the contractor, resulting in delays related to millwork and other building materials,” said Hyland in an email Jan. 7. “Although no exact date is available yet, early summer 2022 looks like a reasonable goal.”

Hyland said CannaTech is working through the zoning and permitting process in New Castle County to start construction on its growing and processing facility. The original plan called for building a facility in unincorporated Kent County, he said, but the pandemic caused too many obstacles related to obtaining utilities and sufficient power at the site.

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