Delaware’s proposed Marijuana law has some serious flaws @huffingtonpost @washingtonpost

Marijuana decriminalization proposed in Dover Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal

Delawareans could legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana for “personal use” under proposed legislation backed by Democratic lawmakers in both chambers of the General Assembly.

The legislation would set the legal age for marijuana possession at 21 and would only impose a $100 civil fine on anyone found consuming marijuana in a public place, including streets, parks and sidewalks.

Marijuana possession is currently prosecuted as a misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and fines of up to $1,150.

Rep. Helene Keeley, a Wilmington Democrat, is sponsoring the legislation. It has 14 other Democratic co-sponsors. No Republicans were listed as sponsors as of Wednesday. Keeley, who was unavailable for comment on Thursday morning, is circulating the bill for additional support in Dover with just more than a month left in the current legislative session.

I don’t oppose this legislation’s intent! However, it has many flaws!

Possession in one thing and delivery is another. We can’t move forward with this legislation until we sort-out the Marijuana supply issue. Are we to allow drug-lords to control the supplied and have turf wars? Will legal Marijuana be controlled and distributed by the state? What about grown Marijuana? Can a citizen grow his own?

Passage of this legislation as it is is very dangerous!  Yep another task-force! Need to know where the supply comes from, how taxation is going to work, homegrown yes or no and other questions. What about employers who test for Marijuana use where employee get’s fire for trace amounts while not under the influence aka zero tolerance.

Right now it appears this legislation is nothing more than an election year stunt!  Do it right Dover and cover all the bases!

4 responses to “Delaware’s proposed Marijuana law has some serious flaws @huffingtonpost @washingtonpost

  1. Just take it one step at a time. Decriminalize it this year… You don’t have to have all the t’s crossed and i’s dotted… Failure to pass this bill this year, could result in 300 youth imprisoned this year for up to 5 years into the future…. At least take care of them now… It’s only marijuana; not some dangerous drug like alcohol or tobacco….


    • kilroysdelaware

      I see your point however, creating a legal demand in a illegal supply environment will put the same amount or more youth in jail for possession with the intent to delivery. Now who is going to control / $$$ profit for this law?

      “it’s just to make it okay to be in possession of a small amount.”
      J, what happen to the people selling it?

      Just saying lets do the Colorado thing and tax it!


    • Taxing is a separate bill, because it has to go into a different Title of the Code.


  2. Decriminalization is different than legalization. The intent of this bill is not to make Delaware the next Colorado – it’s just to make it okay to be in possession of a small amount.