Officials finalized an initial two-year contract Monday with First State Compassion Center, whose president is Mark Lally, a former state trooper who also served as Carper's Sussex County director.
FSCC plans to operate its medical marijuana "compassion center" in a Wilmington industrial park.
Officials say the growing operation is set to begin this fall, and that plants should be ready for processing about four months later, with product sales beginning early next year.
Meanwhile, a judge is considering Lally's request to dismiss a lawsuit in which former Lewes city councilman Jud Bennett claims Lally breached an agreement to help Bennett seek a medical marijuana license.
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