New coalition formed to end cannabis prohibition
Last update: March 17, 2016
Since 2012, voters in Colorado, Washington state, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. have legalized marijuana for adults who are 21 and older. Several states are expected to follow suit this year, and it’s time to start educating lawmakers and building a coalition to bring this humane and fiscally responsible policy to the First State. Please let your legislators know Delaware should join the four states that have replaced prohibition of marijuana with sensible regulations.
Also, if you are a member of an organization that would like to join a new coalition to regulate marijuana like alcohol, we’d love to hear from you. We are in the process of growing our network of supporters dedicated to ending marijuana prohibition.
The state should take marijuana out of the hands of criminals and impose sensible regulations while generating millions of dollars in tax revenue and creating hundreds of legitimate jobs. If you are a member or former member of law enforcement, active or retired military personnel, member of the clergy, economist, medical professional, business leader, or a victim of marijuana prohibition, and you support ending marijuana prohibition, please get in touch with us to see how you can be of special help.
Delaware decrim law takes effect
On December 18, 2015, Delaware became the 19th state to implement a decriminalization or legalization law. Six months earlier, Gov. Jack Markell signed HB 39, making possession of personal use amounts of marijuana a civil violation. The Senate approved the bill less than an hour earlier in a 12-9 vote, and the House previously approved it 24-14.
Introduced by Rep. Helene Keeley, HB 39 makes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine with no possibility of jail. Possession of up to an ounce of marijuana was previously a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $575 fine and up to three months in jail. Please see our summary of HB 39 for further details.
You can call Gov. Markell at (302) 744-4101 to thank him for his leadership or send him a message on social media or by webmail here.
This important step in marijuana policy reform would not have been possible without a lot of hard work. Many thanks to each of you who raised your voices or made a donation to help stop the cruel criminalization of marijuana consumers. A special thank you to Rep. Helene Keeley, the law’s lead sponsor, and Gov. Jack Markell for his leadership.
Medical marijuana compassion center open; two more coming soon
Almost four years after the state’s medical marijuana act was signed into law, Delaware’s first compassion center opened in June 2015! First State Compassion opened to qualified patients on June 26, 2015. The Department of Health is expected to register two more compassion centers by August 2016.
The Department of Health continues to accept applications for medical marijuana ID cards, which will be required for patients seeking to obtain their medicine from a compassion center. If you are interested in obtaining your medical marijuana ID card, please visit the medical marijuana program’s website or call them at (302) 744-4749 to receive application forms. If you have further questions about the medical marijuana program, please see our summary of the law.
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