Delaware Attorney General Calls For Expanding Use Of Civil Penalties For Marijuana Violations

DELAWARE: Delaware prosecutors will no longer be encouraged to pursue criminal charges against those who possess marijuana for personal use, according to guidelines issued last week by the state’s new Attorney General, Kathleen Jennings. In a February 15th memorandum, Jennings called for sweeping changes to help prioritize resources toward the prosecution of violent criminal offenders and away Read the full article…

Marijuana Decriminalization Law Takes Effect In Delaware

DELAWARE: Delaware has officially decriminalized possession by adults of small amounts of marijuana.A decriminalization law signed in June by Gov. Jack Markell took effect early Friday morning.The law makes possession by an adult of a “personal use” quantity of marijuana, defined as an ounce or less, a civil offense punishable by a fine of $100. Simple Read the full article…

Delaware’s First Medical Cannabis Clinic Opens

DELAWARE:  Delaware‘s first medical marijuana dispensary opened Friday to a line of patients extending out the clinic’s front door and a hundred feet along its parking lot. The First State Compassion Center at 37 Germay Drive near Wilmington cultivates and sells cannabis for patients registered with the state Department of Health and Social Services. Bill Coleman, Read the full article…

Delaware House OKs Marijuana Decriminalization

DELAWARE: 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 Read the full article…

Delaware Lawmakers Approve Medical Marijuana Regulations

DELAWARE:  The state House has approved a bill updating regulations regarding Delaware’s medical marijuana program. The legislation passed unanimously with no debate Tuesday. It now goes to the governor, and defines the membership of a nine-member oversight committee that will evaluate and make recommendations regarding implementation of the program. Under the bill, which passed the Read the full article…

Delaware Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Introduced

DELAWARE:  Delawareans caught with an ounce or less of marijuana would face just civil fines, not a criminal record, under decriminalization legislation introduced Thursday by a Wilmington lawmaker in the state House of Representatives. Rep. Helene Keeley, the south Wilmington Democrat, said state residents should not have trouble getting a job, or finding financial aid Read the full article…

Problems Ahead For Marijuana Reform

DELAWARE:  Any way you look at it, marijuana will be big in news in 2015. After all, 2014 was a good year for proponents of legalization with victories at the ballot box in several states and in Congress. The year was so good for marijuana that Delaware will finally open a long-awaited medical marijuana dispensary. Read the full article…

Delaware Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Continues

DELAWARE:  A Delaware judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against a lobbyist and former aide to U.S. Sen. Tom Carper who was chosen to operate Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary. Vice Chancellor John Noble on Friday refused to dismiss a complaint against First State Compassion Center and Mark Lally. Former Lewes city councilman A. Read the full article…

Delaware Judge Mulls Medical Marijuana Suit

DELAWARE:  A Delaware judge is mulling whether to dismiss a lawsuit against a lobbyist who once worked for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper in a dispute over who should be allowed to operate Delaware’s first medical marijuana dispensary. The judge heard arguments Monday on Mark Lally’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit but did not indicate when Read the full article…

Laws Make Studying Marijuana Difficult

DELAWARE: The only marijuana available for research in the U.S. is locked down by federal regulators who are more focused on studies to keep people off the drug than helping researchers learn how it might be beneficial. Marijuana is a trend that “will peak like tobacco then people will see their error,” said Nora Volkow, Read the full article…