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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.”


East Coast to Celebrate Marijuana by Passing a Joint through 13 States

From Maine to Miami, supporters of the cannabis movement are going to pass a torch symbolically shaped as a joint to garner support and show a united front in the fight to legalize marijuana.

It’s organized by the East Coast Cannabis Coalition (ECCC) and the so-called Unity Cypher begins its journey in Portland, Maine on April 14th, making  stops in NH, CT, NY, NJ, PA, DE, ME, DC, VA, NC, SC, GA, and FL. Along the way, organizers promise an appearance (and great photo op) at the United National General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) in New York City on April 19 and the National Cannabis Festival in Washington D.C. on April 23.


Proposed Bill Would Allow Medical Marijuana In Delaware Schools

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- A newly introduced bill in Delaware would allow the recently legalized low dose medical marijuana for children under 18 to be administered on school property.

Delaware Senate Bill 181 is an extension of "Rylie's Law," which legalized low dose THC oil last year.

The inspiration behind the law is 10-year-old Rylie Maedler from Rehoboth Beach, who said she is feeling great now that she can use the oil on a daily basis to combat seizures and other medical problems.


Could marijuana extract save Tristan?

HARTFORD CITY — Six-year-old Tristan Stiffler could die before the state Legislature approves cannabidiol (CBD), an extract of the marijuana plant, for the treatment of his epilepsy.

His grandmother, Pam Coats, a former Delaware County correctional officer, hopes Tristan lives a long life. But she fears that "if they don't legalize this and get him and other children like him off all these medicines that destroy his organs, he's not going to be here a year from now."


Delaware Marijuana Advocates Receive an Early Christmas Present

Folks in Delaware who oppose the war on drugs received an early Christmas present from the state this previous week. A step decriminalizing cannabis belongings that was first accepted by the Home on June 2, 2015, and later signed by Gov. Jack Markell on June 18, went into result on Dec. 18, precisely 6 months after the initial finalizing.


Marijuana Reform 2015: Delaware Decriminalizes Small Amounts Of Pot And Paraphernalia

Legislation that makes Delaware the latest state in the country to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana went into effect just after midnight Friday,  downgrading a possession charge for people carrying up to an ounce of pot if they are 21 years of age or older from a criminal misdemeanor to a civil violation, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Under the former rules, having pot on your person could result in up to six months of jail time. 


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