Delaware Lawmakers Eye Revisions To Medical Cannabis Rules

The sponsor of a bill allowing medical marijuana patients in Delaware to grow their own pot said Wednesday that he was tabling the measure to buy time to gain support for the proposal.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Michael Smith allows a patient to have up to six mature plants and six immature plants. Designated caregivers could cultivate marijuana for no more than three qualifying patients.

The home growing operations would be subject to tracking and monitoring and would have to comply with specific conditions, including growing the plants in an enclosed, locked facility with an electrical system that meets state and local codes. The bill also allows landlords, homeowners associations, or common interest communities to prohibit the cultivation of marijuana.


USDA Green Lights Another Three State Hemp Plans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the latest states to have their plans approved under the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program.

Delaware, Nebraska and Texas all scored a guernsey, adding to the original state plans approved late last year –  those for Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio.

As well as states, a number of Indian tribes have also had their plans approved:


Delaware cannabis advocates rally for increased medical access with home grow!

Delaware cannabis patients and advocates will gather in Dover on Wednesday to rally support for The Delaware Patient Right to Grow Act, House Bill 243. This change would allow registered patients and registered caregivers to grow medical cannabis at home. The bill will have a hearing in the House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee where committee members accept public comment before voting to release the bill to the full House for consideration.

Hearing details:
Wednesday 1/29/20 @ 2:30PM
House Minority Caucus Room 
411 Legislative Avenue 
Dover, DE 19901


20 States expected to fully legalize marijuana by 2024

The legal marijuana industry is budding before our eyes. What had once been considered a taboo industry that was swept under the rug by lawmakers has now become a front-and-center issue, as well as a big-time moneymaker for investors and companies involves in the pot industry.


Delaware Governor signs Law reducing marijuana possession penalties for juveniles

Democratic Gov. John Carney has signed legislation amending criminal penalties for juveniles who violate the state’s marijuana possession laws.

Senate Bill 45 eliminates criminal penalties for low-level marijuana possession offenses (up to one ounce) for those under the age of 21. Instead, juvenile offenders will face a fine-only civil penalty. Those with past criminal convictions for juvenile offenses will be eligible for the mandatory expungement of their records.

The new law took effect immediately upon signing.


Delaware: Medical marijuana bills propose using drug to treat anxiety, letting users grow own

With five days left in legislative session, two last-minute bills to expand medical marijuana users’ rights await consideration in the Delaware General Assembly. 

One bill would expand who has access to medical marijuana and the other would allow some approved patients to grow their own medical marijuana.

The first, SB 170, would allow permitted patients with anxiety to treat their symptoms with CBD-rich products. The bill passed the senate Tuesday afternoon with two dissenters, Senators Dave Lawson (R- SD 15) and Bryant Richardson (R- SD 21).


Will Delaware legalize marijuana for adult use this year?

Is Delaware close to legalizing marijuana for recreational use?

Well, that depends on whom you ask.

Advocates are optimistic. Lawmakers worry there is just not enough legislative support.

The First State was among the first on the East Coast to weigh legalization for adult use. But last year, legalization came up short four “ayes.”

The latest version of the bill, HB 110, advanced from the House Revenue and Finance Committee last week to the House Appropriations Committee. There is optimism that the new version of the bill might win over some holdouts.


Meet America's youngest cannabis CEO

At the young age of 13, Rylie Maedler has accomplished more than most of us have midway into adulthood, writes Zachary Zane. Not only is this teenage powerhouse the CEO of her own CBD production company and research foundation, but she also has helped pass three cannabis laws granting CBD to children under 18, gives talks at cannabis conferences across the world, and has found a way to live a healthy life, despite having one of the rarest and most debilitating diseases on the planet. While the word “inspirational” is grossly overused, there really is no other word to describe the young cannabis activist.


Judge says fired medical marijuana user can pursue lawsuit

A Delaware judge has ruled that a medical marijuana user fired from his factory job after failing a drug test can pursue a lawsuit against his former employer.

Jeremiah Chance was fired in 2016 from his job as a yard equipment operator at the Kraft Heinz plant in Dover. He claims his termination violated an anti-discrimination provision contained in Delaware's Medical Marijuana Act. Chance also claims he was targeted for retaliation after pointing out safety issues with the facility's railroad ties.

The company argued that the anti-discrimination provision in Delaware's law is pre-empted by the federal Controlled Substances Act, which defines marijuana as an illegal drug and contains no exception for medical use.


Governor of Delaware signs bill to expunge past non-violent cannabis convictions

Expungement is mandatory but not automatic; eligible individuals still need to apply and pay a fee.

Compared with some of its regional neighbors, Delaware isn’t making rapid strides toward legalizing adult-use cannabis. But it has taken significant steps toward decriminalizing possession and use.

Earlier this year, we reported on the bi-partisan effort led by the Delaware Assembly to clear past minor marijuana convictions. And on Wednesday, Governor John Carney signed SB 197 into law, providing mandatory expungement eligibility for most minor marijuana charges between 1977 and 2015, the year Delaware decriminalized possession and use up to an ounce.


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