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Delaware Considers Legalizing Medical Marijuana

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DOVER, Del.- Delaware lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that would legalize medicinal marijuana in the First State. The bill would require doctors to give written recommendations to patients who want to use marijuana.

If the legislation is passed, patients would have to obtain an ID card to gain access to medical marijuana. Patients would also only be allowed to have a maximum of 6-ounces of marijuana in their possession at any time.

Lawmakers said the medical marijuana would be sold at non-profit distribution centers.

Supports of the bill brought some star power to Delaware to introduce the bill.

Former talk show host Montel Williams suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, which causes severe pain. Williams it appeared before a group of state lawmakers to voice his support for the legislation.

Williams told the group of lawmakers and supporters gathered at Legislative Hall, "The night before last, lying in the hotel room by myself, [I was in] so much pain I could not put my feet on the floor." 

Williams is now traveling the country pushing states to legalize medical marijuana. Williams and other supports said marijuana helps ease chronic pain. Williams said that marijuana essentially is his medication.

"I'm not walking outside. I'm not out of the house without my medication. I'm inside and most of the time crying," said Williams.

More than one dozen states have already legalized some form of marijuana use. Still, some Delawareans worry allowing folks to use marijuana for medical reasons could lead those users to start using more serious drugs.

According to George Markopoulos, "I would not be surprised if there was a slippery slope and they tried to sequence into other mind altering drugs."

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell's office would not comment on the bill Tuesday. 

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