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Deleware State should at least study legalizing marijuana

While Gov. Jack Markell has come out against legalizing marijuana in Delaware, the state has followed others in the country and loosened it pot laws during his tenure.

On Friday, a new state law decriminalizing the possession and personal use of up to an ounce of marijuana went into effect.

Some believe this a step toward the eventual full legalization. Others, like Markell, oppose it wholeheartedly.

We believe Markell’s successor would be wise to at least sanction a comprehensive study of marijuana legalization in Delaware.


Other states watch as Delaware decriminalizes marijuana today

The possession of small amounts of marijuana becomes legal starting Friday in Delaware, which joins 18 other states that have removed criminal penalties for carrying the drug. With four states and the District of Columbia having legalized recreational possession of cannabis in the last two years, reformers hope smaller steps like Delaware's will pave the way for the defeat of prohibition nationwide. 

The Delaware state legislature in June passed a bill removing harsh criminal penalties for simple possession of up to an ounce of the drug, which had previously been punishable with three months in jail. It now becomes a civil violation with a fine, much like a traffic ticket. 


Deleware Marijuana decriminalized: What you need to know

This week, a¬†bill decriminalizing the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana takes effect in Delaware¬†‚Äď and with it comes questions. Here is what you need to know:

When does marijuana decriminalization begin?¬†The law takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday¬†‚Äď exactly six months after Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 39 into law.

What does the legislation mean? Anyone 21 and older can possess up to one ounce of leaf marijuana and use the drug privately¬†without facing criminal sanctions. The penalty for¬†possession will be¬†a $100 civil penalty¬†‚Äď with no threat of jail time, arrest or a criminal record.


Key Players in Delaware's Legalization of Industrial Hemp Farming

The United States government banned the cultivation of hemp in 1957 in an effort to crack down on marijuana use, but the drug isn't the only thing for which the plant is used. In fact, it's valued as a food source and in the manufacture of textiles, prompting many states to begin legalizing hemp in recent years. Delaware joined this roster in 2013, legalizing weed for medical purposes.

The following state officials have played crucial roles in the effort to legalize industrial hemp cultivation in the state.


How to get on Delaware's marijuana list

Susan Humphreys likes to say she lives a strange life.

Picture frames are glued to the walls of her Bear home. The refrigerator has a lock.

The precautions were for her son, Scott, who suffered from autism and was extremely aggressive. Scott was diagnosed with Pica as well, a persistent eating condition causing people to almost unconsciously eat non-food items such as nails and dirt.

By the time he reached 41 Scott had used over 20 antipsychotic medications and had three major surgeries to remove items he had eaten from his body.

Her son was running out of medicinal options to try, Humphreys said, so she decided to look into a more natural approach: medical marijuana.


Magnolia man arrested for marijuana grow operation

Delaware State Police say a Magnolia man was growing marijuana at a house on Covenant Lane.(Photo: Source: Delaware State Police)

The Delaware State Police arrested a Magnolia man on Thursday morning accused of growing 12 marijuana plants in a house on Covenant Lane.

The state police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency‚Äôs Office of Diversion Control found a ‚Äúsophisticated growing operation‚ÄĚ in the residence after securing a search warrant. Cannabis¬†growing¬†lights and ventilation were found in two rooms along with 8.4 pounds of marijuana, according to the state police.


Qualifying Conditions For Cannabis By State


Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Alaska include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Nausea
  • Muscle spasms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Pain
  • Seizures

For a complete list of qualifying conditions and guidelines, please refer to Alaska’s application for medical marijuana registry



Qualifying conditions to become a medical marijuana patient in Arizona include:


Kona Gold Solutions, Inc. Acquires Newly Created Kona Gold LLC to Develop Hemp Energy Product Line

CHARLESTON, SC / ACCESSWIRE / August 19, 2015 / Kona Gold Solutions, Inc. (OTC Pink: KGKG) (PINKSHEETS: KGKG), is pleased to announce that the Company has acquired newly created Kona Gold LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, from Robert Clark to begin developing its Hemp Product line. Kona Gold will begin developing Hemp Energy Drinks, Energy Patches, Hemp Apparel, Hemp Shampoo as well as a Hydroponics division. Please visit the Company’s new website to view updates and new productswww.konagoldhemp.com


Delaware's first marijuana dispensary opens

Delaware has become the second state in the region to make its debut in the burgeoning medical marijuana industry.

A long line formed Friday when its first dispensary, First State Compassion Center, opened in a former tile market in a bustling Wilmington industrial park. CannaCare Docs, a company that employs physicians to certify eligible patients, fielded questions from curious passers-by a few doors away.


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.


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