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 for college, simply because they were busted with a small amount of pot.
The legislation, House Bill 39, would treat simple possession of the drug, and private use, like a traffic ticket. Selling the drug, and also possessing marijuana with an intent to sell, would remain criminal offenses.
“There’s definitely a generational shift going on here,” Keeley said in a Thursday interview.
I get and understand the merits of this law but what happens to pre-employment drug screening and zero tolerance random drug testing? Will potential employers get sued for not hiring or firing an employees with “trace” amounts of marijuana? Were are the guidance for employers if this law were to be enacted?
For seniors, the state currently pays up to $500 of a property owner’s school taxes. Under the governor’s proposed budget the state would pay about half of that. Residents 65 and over have to have lived in Delaware for at least three years to qualify for the subsidy.
Governor Markell’s proposed budget socks it to senior citizens by cutting their school tax discount in half! Just another taxman Jack, taxing the people to back-fill his wrongheaded public education agenda. And OMG there he goes again dipping into the transportation trust fund again!
I just don’t get it, Markell brags about all the new jobs “he” created and how Delaware economy is bouncing back but yet he wants put the tax screw to senior citizens. Markell never came clean on how much the K12.inc contract was re: hiring them to takeover Moyer Charter School the last time he tried to close it !
I am sure Markell’s call for cutting senior citizens’ school tax discount will have a negative impact on Red Clay’s upcoming operational referendum. And folks don’t forget, when Red Clay’s local school tax goes up more money flows to all the charter schools within Red Clay’s boundaries!