Delaware Lawmakers Vote to Establish Marijuana Legalization Task Force

Delaware’s full Assembly has voted to create a marijuana legalization task force.

The Adult Use Cannabis Task Force, approved by the Assembly on Saturday, is designed to “study adoption of a model for regulation and taxation of adult-use cannabis in Delaware, including local authority and control, consumer safety and substance abuse prevention, packaging and labeling requirements, impaired driving and other criminal law concerns, and taxation, revenue, and banking issues.”

The task force will consist of 23 members, with the first meeting planned for September. The group is required report its findings as well as recommendations to the Assembly and the governor by January 31, 2018.

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Delaware Legislature Votes to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession; Governor Expected to Sign Bill Into Law

By Robert Capecchi, Marijuana Policy Project

iowabudDOVER — The Delaware Senate approved a bill 12-9 on Thursday that would remove criminal penalties and potential jail time for adult possession of a small amount of marijuana.

The measure, which was approved in the House earlier this month, will now be sent to Gov. Jack Markell (D), who is expected to sign it into law. In a March letter to the editor of The New York Times, Gov. Markell said he is “hopeful that [his] state will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.”

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Delaware Senate Committee Approves Bill to Remove Criminal Penalties for Cannabis Possession

delawareThe Delaware Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill 4 to 2 on Wednesday that would remove criminal penalties and the possibility of jail time for those caught possessing up to an ounce of cannabis, instead making it a simple civil infraction similar to a traffic ticket.

House Bill 39, introduced by Representative Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South), passed the full House of Representatives earlier this month with a 24 to 14 vote. It would decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis, making it, at most, a simple $100 fine with no possibility of jail. Under current Delaware law, possession of up to one ounce of cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail.

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Delaware House Committee Passes Proposal to Decriminalize Cannabis

Delaware’s House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee has given approval to House Bill 371, a proposal to decriminalize the possessiondelaware of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

Under the proposed law, introduced by Representative Helene Keeley, the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis would become a simple $250 fine for those 21 and older, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor as it is currently. The fine would double if not paid within 90 days, and laws regarding minors would remain unchanged.

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