Delaware compassion centers are under attack as some cannabis advocates call for boycotts. But why?
Parts of the Delaware Recreational Cannabis Legalization Bill Raise questions for attorneys, particularly according to statements made by some Delaware compassion centers. You reject the current text of the Recreational Cannabis Act.
Delaware Public reported that State Representative Ed Osienski’s bill was discussed for over three hours. His argument for the bill is that it will abolish black market cannabis. Republican lawmakers are questioning this idea.
Osienski compared the bill to the alcohol ban in the 1930s, stating that it could take some time for the black market in cannabis to end.
“We have to end and regulate this ban and make it a legal market,” said Osienski. “Yes, you can still buy moonshine – but does it thrive? No.”
The compassion centers are concerned about market oversupply, much like what we’ve seen in Oregon and Colorado. You will apply for permission to sell recreational cannabis once the new licensing system is in place.
Zoe Patchell, the director of Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Networkbelieves work on this bill and similar bills has been going on for years.
“This was a complete surprise for them to get out of the woodworks after nearly a decade of well-documented struggle to legalize cannabis,” said Patechell. She believes the Medical Compassion Centers have had many opportunities to help legalize recreational activities. But if these institutions make these statements now, Delaware legalization efforts are detrimental.
Additionally, Patchell believes that oversupply concerns are exaggerated. Because of their experience with medical cannabis patients, the state has a shortage.
“The medical cannabis patients are utterly outraged – especially when they pay high prices with such low exposure and product availability and wait in long lines because there are too few market participants,” said Patchell. “And these market participants who have the current licenses are calling for fewer licenses.”
Increasing competition and supply of cannabis in the market can bring prices down for consumers. As can be seen in Oregon, an oversupply of cannabis can bring prices down and push excesses onto the black market.