Delaware

Fri
15
Jun

Delaware legislature advances marijuana expungement bill

The Delaware Senate unanimously advanced a bipartisan bill that would provide mandatory expungement eligibility to certain people with marijuana charges.

Introduced by Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley, and House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, the measure would grant expungements to those convicted of possession, use or consumption of marijuana prior to 2015. That year the General Assembly passed a bill to decriminalize those offenses and it was signed by then-Gov. Jack Markell.

Eligibility under the pending bill requires the marijuana conviction be the applicant’s only criminal conviction. Only those charged with a misdemeanor are eligible, and the legislation does not apply to charges that were reduced from a felony.

Thu
03
May

Delaware could clear past minor marijuana convictions from records

If a bi-partisan group of lawmakers committed to criminal justice reform get their way, Delaware could clear past minor marijuana convictions from records between 1977 and 2015.

Since 2017, Delaware has been cautiously working toward a future with legal adult-use cannabis and a regulated market. But a new marijuana bill introduced in the General Assembly Wednesday is aiming at correcting the wrongs of the past.

Thu
15
Mar

Delaware marijuana task force will release final report after all

A legislative task force studying recreational marijuana legalization in Delaware will release its final report after all.

The panel narrowly approved the release Wednesday amid another chaotic meeting that resulted in some members questioning both the legality of the final vote and whether the public was served by the task force's work.

That includes the state legislator who cast the deciding vote.

Tue
12
Dec

Aphria to cut down U.S. cannabis exposure amid TSX delisting review

Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) said it is moving to "purify" its balance sheet by reducing its exposure to medical cannabis in the U.S., where pot remains illegal under federal law, as it undergoes a delisting review by the group which operates the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Aphria's chief executive Vic Neufeld said Monday that it continues to be in discussions with TMX Group, Canada's biggest exchange operator, which recently warned that companies that operate in states where cannabis is legal are not in compliance with TSX listing requirements.

Tue
05
Dec

Delaware on track to legalize recreational marijuana next year

Delaware could very well live up to its nickname and become the first state to legalize marijuana through legislation, as the Adult Use Cannabis Task Force continues the effort to study the possibility.

The task force, comprised of several state agencies, was formed earlier this year through a concurrent resolution passed by the General Assembly to study the outcome of regulating and taxing marijuana for recreational use in Delaware for adults 21 and older.

The task force, co-chaired by State Senator Margaret Rose-Henry and State Representative Helene Keeley, has met once a month since its inception to discuss and study the possibility of legalizing marijuana recreationally.

Thu
05
Oct

Delaware panel weighs health, safety issues of legalized pot

 As Delaware lawmakers consider legalizing recreational marijuana they should take a go-slow approach and address a wide range of health and safety concerns, members of a special task force were told Wednesday.

“Keep it simple. Keep it restricted,” John Yeomans, director of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, told members of the Adult Use Cannabis Task Force as he outlined a host of law enforcement concerns, including the need to prevent driving under the influence and distribution of marijuana to minors.

The panel also heard from a representative of the state Chamber of Commerce, which wants employers to be immune from liability for pot-related workplace injuries, and to be allowed to adopt zero-tolerance policies if Delaware were to legalize marijuana.

Wed
04
Oct

Delaware: Marijuana task force to tackle safety, local control today

How would a legalized marijuana industry in Delaware function?

A 25-member task force charged with answering that question will roll up its sleeves Wednesday and begin discussing some of the more pressing issues around that question.

The Adult Use Cannabis Task Force will hold its second meeting at 10 a.m. in Legislative Hall in Dover.

Today's agenda is expected to cover both consumer safety measures and the ability of towns to exert their own control and authority over marijuana sales and possession.

Tue
22
Aug

10 States Most Likely to Pass Recreational Marijuana Next

Every week's there's a new story about how well recreational marijuana legalization has helped states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon. And now several other states, such as California, Nevada and Massachusetts, have jumped on the train to reap the benefits of legalization. As the trend continues of states generating success from cannabis, where could we see future expansion of recreational use? Here's a list of 10 states most likely to pass recreational marijuana next.

10. New York

Mon
29
May

New medical marijuana facility now open in Sussex County, Delaware

Delaware’s second medical marijuana dispensary opened Friday in Lewes, nearly two years after a first facility opened its doors in Wilmington.

Both dispensaries are operated by First State Compassion Center, which previously won bids with the state.

The Lewes site is located at 12000 Old Vine Boulevard. It is open six days a week from 10:30 to 6:30 weekdays and and 10 to 4 Saturdays.

“Our foremost goal is the care we take of our patients, and that includes having the best medicine and the most caring staff,” FSCC President Mark Lally said in a statement.

Thu
11
May

Marijuana legalization bill in Delaware is approved by a House committee

A bill legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Delaware has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The legislation, which was released Wednesday by the House Revenue & Finance Committee and now goes to the full House for a vote, regulates and taxes marijuana in the same manner as alcohol.

The bill doesn't allow people to grow their own marijuana but allows adults over age 21 to legally possess less than an ounce of marijuana for personal use.

The legislation would create a commission to regulate, license and tax the marijuana industry, allowing licenses for up to 40 retail stores.

Businesses would pay an application fee of $5,000 and a $10,000 licensing fee every two years. 

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