Delaware

Sun
21
Jun

Delaware Just Became the 20th State to Decriminalize Marijuana

On Thursday, Delaware's governor signed a bill into law that decriminalizes the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. That brings the number of states that have decriminalized small amounts of the drug to 20, according to the Huffington Post

Under the new law, marijuana sales are still prohibited, but possession is no longer considered a crime that warrants the intervention of the criminal justice system. Instead, being caught with marijuana is akin to committing a traffic violation, prompting a civil fine of $100.

Sat
20
Jun

Delaware Decriminalizes Possession, Private Use Of Small Amounts Of Marijuana

Delaware is joining a slew of other states that are loosening up a bit on the private use of marijuana, with legislators in the Senate giving final approval to a measure that decriminalizes the possession and private use of up to an ounce of the drug. Gov. Jack Markell signed it into law almost immediately.

The bill allows residents to have up to an ounce of marijuana and to use it privately without getting into trouble with the law, reports The News Journal, though police are authorized to confiscate marijuana.

Thu
18
Jun

Delaware Senate Committee Approves Bill To Remove Criminal Penalties For Marijuana Possession

The Delaware Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill 4-2 on Wednesday that would remove criminal penalties and potential jail time for simple adult marijuana possession and replace them with a civil fine similar to a traffic ticket. The measure will now be considered by the full Senate.

HB 39, introduced by Rep. Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South) in the House and sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chair Margaret Rose Henry (D-Wilimington East) in the Senate, would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by an adult a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine with no possibility of jail. Under current Delaware law, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $575 fine and up to three months in jail.

Wed
10
Jun

7 States Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal But Barely Accessible

With New York State beginning to accept applications for medical marijuana providers last week, criticism of the hyper-strict program negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been plentiful. Hinged on concerns about arbitrary regulations and insufficient patient access, advocates for medical marijuana access worry the program will be too small and restrictive to be effective.

Wed
03
Jun

Delaware House passes marijuana decriminalization bill

Delaware House lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that would treat simple marijuana possession and personal use by adults like a traffic violation, replacing criminal penalties with civil fines.

The bill passed the House by a 24-14 vote, and now heads to the Senate. Gov. Jack Markell supports decriminalization. No House Republicans voted in favor of the legislation on Tuesday.

Some opponents said decriminalization would embolden drug dealers operating in a black market. Others say it could prevent police from initiating important searches on suspicion of simple marijuana possession.

Wed
03
Jun

Delaware House decriminalizes marijuana possession

WILMINGTON, Del. — Delaware House lawmakers on Tuesday approved legislation that would treat simple marijuana possession and personal use by adults like a traffic violation, replacing criminal penalties with civil fines.

The bill passed the House by a 24-14 vote, and now heads to the Senate. Gov. Jack Markell supports decriminalization. No House Republicans voted in favor of the legislation on Tuesday.

Some opponents said decriminalization would embolden drug dealers operating in a black market. Others say it could prevent police from initiating important searches on suspicion of simple marijuana possession.

 

Thu
14
May

Bill would allow marijuana oils for Del. kids with seizures

Rylie Maedler, 9, of Rehoboth Beach plays with brother Korban, 3. Rylie suffers from non-epileptic seizures and is pushing for legislation that would allow Delaware minors to use marijuana oils to treat seizures.(Photo: CHUCK SNYDER/Special to the News Journal)

Rylie Maedler's seizures started after 2013 surgery to remove a benign but aggressive tumor that spread from her jaw to the palate of her mouth.

Now Maedler's seizures come and go, but can have a devastating impact.

They leave the Rehoboth Beach 9-year-old dizzy, her legs numb and immobile, and with headaches that can last for days.

Wed
29
Apr

Debate delayed on marijuana decriminalization

Legislation that would treat simple marijuana possession like a traffic violation has stalled in the Delaware House of Representatives while decriminalization supporters meet with law enforcement groups and others opposed to the measure.

Delaware Rep. Helene Keeley, a Wilmington Democrat, is sponsoring the decriminalization bill, which would end criminal penalties for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana.

Wed
15
Apr

Facing more delays, marijuana patients endure

Four years after Delaware medical marijuana legislation passed, patients are still forced to buy pot illegally.

Deb McPherson, of New Castle, is medical marijuana cardholder. She is one of 200 Delawareans certified by the state under a 2011 law to use pot.(Photo: SUCHAT PEDERSON/THE NEWS JOURNAL)

For Deb McPherson, marijuana is medicine. But purchasing the drug is nothing like buying pain pills or picking up a blood pressure prescription at a local pharmacy.

"It's extremely difficult," said McPherson, 47, of New Castle. "You're asking around everyone you used to know in high school. You're hitting people up on social media."

Mon
13
Apr

Widespread Marijuana Legalization Changes Workplace Policies and Practices

As legalization spreads, in a variety of forms, managers and workers are facing some tough questions about how the new laws impact policies and practices. Let's take a look at how marijuana legalization is being handled in the workplace. First, here are a couple of things you should know.

Be sure you know your state's laws.

Regardless of your own personal feelings about marijuana, It's important to stay current on the state of the drug laws in your area, as well as your company's individual policies on drug use — especially if you're a manager. Keeping up to date with policies, whether you agree with them or not, is a crucial first step to understanding the way the changes impact your company and your team.

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