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?