Bill Would Legalize Cannabis in Delaware

Article by Jen Rini , The News Journal via Delaware Online

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A bill legalizing marijuana for Delaware adults is expected to be introduced in January when the General Assembly reconvenes, the Senate majority whip said.

Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington, who penned Delaware’s medical marijuana bill, said she will propose a bill that would legalize marijuana for Delawareans 21 and older. Henry said the bill has to be sent to the lawyers and she will work on gaining sponsors.

“It’s certainly being considered. It’s going to be an uphill battle,” Henry said Tuesday during a meeting of the state Medical Marijuana Act Oversight Committee. “But it’s time, quite frankly. It’s time to certainly look at it.”

The committee brings together a board of physicians, community members and state officials and makes recommendations to the state on how the law and medical marijuana program can be improved. It meets twice a year.

According to an analysis from the Marijuana Policy Project, a group working on reforming pot laws, taxing marijuana would generate about $21 million, said Henry, the committee chairwoman. That doesn’t take into account sales, she added.

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