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


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.


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. 


The Global Marijuana March: Events Happening this Weekend


New York City
Parade Assembly: 11:00 a.m. | West 31st & Broadway, Koreatown, NYC
Parade Start Time: 12:30 p.m. | Parade will march to Union Square (Route South on Broadway)
Rally: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Union Square South Plaza
“The NYC Cannabis Parade is the longest running public expression of drug policy reform in New York City, with roots as far back as the early 70’s. This event have gone by many different monikers, but our purpose remains the same, to spread awareness throughout the world! In 1999, the Million Marijuana March brand exploded and has since turned into a annual event held in hundreds of cities across dozens of countries.”


The faces of marijuana legalization in Delaware

If you think supporters of legalizing marijuana are all pot-smokers and hippies, think again.

After winning several legislative victories over the past few years, a close-knit corps of advocates is putting its full weight behind the Holy Grail of marijuana reform: Legislation that would make Delaware the ninth state to fully legalize, regulate and tax cannabis.

“We’re so close we can taste it,” said Cynthia Ferguson, executive director of the Delaware branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

How did Ferguson and her comrades get this far? By eschewing what they see as outdated clichés about tie-dyes and Cheech and Chong movies and arming themselves with arguments rooted in social justice, fiscal policy and economic development.


Bill would make marijuana legal in Delaware

Delaware's first bill to legalize recreational marijuana is expected to be unveiled today.

The draft legislation reportedly would allow state residents 21 and older to purchase up to an ounce of cannabis from dozens of stores authorized to sell the drug, which is now limited only to patients enrolled in the state's medical marijuana program.

The bill is expected to be formally introduced by chief sponsors Rep. Helene Keeley and Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, both Wilmington Democrats.

Henry, who penned Delaware's 2011 medical marijuana bill, first announced plans to seek legalization for recreational consumption last fall.


Marijuana reforms flood state legislatures

Legislators in more than a dozen states have introduced measures to loosen laws restricting access to or criminalizing marijuana, a rush of legislative activity that supporters hope reflects a newfound willingness by public officials to embrace a trend toward legalization.

The gamut covered by measures introduced in the early days of legislative sessions underscores the patchwork approach to marijuana by states across the country — and the possibility that the different ways states treat marijuana could come to a head at the federal Justice Department, where President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to become attorney general is a staunch opponent of legal pot.


7 States To Watch In 2017 For Marijuana Legalization

Voters in eight states passed marijuana legalization laws following the 2016 presidential election, giving the legalization movement the required momentum for more states across the country to carry out discussions on the decriminalization of cannabis in 2017.

Here are seven states to watch that are gearing up to legalize cannabis in 2017:


The recreational legalization of cannabis is expected to be discussed by the state’s officials in early 2017. Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, during a Medical Marijuana Act Oversight Committee meeting in October 2016, said: “It’s time to certainly look at it.”


Delaware Could Legalize Recreational Marijuana in 2017

Delaware lawmakers will discuss legalizing marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol once the next legislative session begins in early 2017.

According to Delaware Online, Senator Margaret Rose Henry, the lawmaker responsible for drafting the state’s medical marijuana bill, has plans to introduce a measure in January that would give adults residents (21 and over) the freedom to purchase marijuana from retail outlets all across the state. Henry said she is already working to pull together a legion of sponsors to help her gain traction in the state legislature.


Delaware: State marijuana industry set to expand, slowly

State law permits a total of three medical marijuana dispensaries. The First State Compassion Center is located in New Castle County. Eleven applications for Kent and Sussex counties are under review.

A former Delaware State Trooper, Mark Lally long considered himself a skeptic when it came to legalizing medical marijuana. He’d spent much of his career hunting down meth labs and uncovering large drug networks as part of a special investigations unit. Marijuana wasn’t his top priority, he admitted, but it was still an illegal drug.

Then, after retiring from law enforcement, he became a lobbyist and began to see the issue from a policy angle. 

“I didn’t realize the medial benefits,” he said. “And as a lobbyist and Delawarean, I’m very interested in good policy.”


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