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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.


Majority of Delaware legislators vote for marijuana legalization, but bill still fails

The Delaware House of Representatives voted on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana yesterday, but unfortunately it looks like we will not add a new state to our list of cannabis legal states, writes Joseph Misulonas.


Bill to legalize marijuana in Delaware: A quick overview

House Bill 110, to legalize possession and consumption of marijuana in Delaware, faced a steep uphill battle to passage, with Gov. John Carney previously saying he's opposed to the measure. But here's what lawmakers voted on Wednesday:  


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.


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.


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.


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