Del. Lawmakers to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization Bill - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Del. Lawmakers to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

Posted:
DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Delaware is going to look at decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana. A decriminalization bill was introduced Thursday.

Maryland approved a decriminalization law earlier this spring creating a system of just civil fines for having anything less than ten grams. The proposal in Delaware goes much further than that.

The bill would let people over the age of 21 have an ounce or less of pot for personal use. There would be no criminal or civil penalty for that. More than an ounce would still lead to criminal prosecution. Using pot in public would also still be illegal and lead to a $100 fine.

Zoe Patchell, legislative correspondent for the Delaware chapter of NORML, a marijuana advocacy organization, says her group supports the bill but wishes it did more.

"Decriminalization is a step in the right direction. But we really need a tax and regulate system here in Delaware," she said. "We need a well-regulated medical cannabis system, as well as a well-regulated and taxed recreational system. Both those needs exist."

State Sen. Dave Lawson, R-Marydel, points out a bill authorizing that medical marijuana system was approved back in 2011. That's part of the reason he doesn't support this new measure.

"We haven't even gotten our compassionate care centers up and running. I think we're really muddying the waters here. I think we have a lot to do on the drug issue out there and the war on drugs. I don't think this is it. I think it's a bad move," he said.

A March poll from the Marijuana Policy Project revealed that two-thirds of Delawareans support the decriminalization of marijuana.

Gov. Jack Markell's office says he is open to conversations on the issue. The attorney general's office just said its staff is still reviewing the bill.

There's only a month left in this year's legislative session. That's going to make passing this bill very difficult. Its sponsor says she introduced it to begin a dialogue on the issue.

“I have no illusions that we are definitely going to pass this next month,” Rep. Helene Keeley, D-Wilmington South, said in a statement. “But I also look at the number of co-sponsors we’ve been able to gain and the public polling data supporting bills like this, and you can see that there is a movement to make this happen.”
  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Deadly Hit and Run Collision Prompts Investigation

    Deadly Hit and Run Collision Prompts Investigation

    11/18/2017 21:59:00 -05:002017-11-19 02:59:00 GMT
    Saturday, November 18 2017 9:59 PM EST2017-11-19 02:59:14 GMT
    ELLENDALE, Del. - Police are investigating a deadly hit and run crash involving a pedestrian Thursday night.More
    ELLENDALE, Del. - Police are investigating a deadly hit and run crash involving a pedestrian Thursday night.More
  • Chincoteague Oldest Saltwter Cowboy Dies at 78

    Chincoteague Oldest Saltwter Cowboy Dies at 78

    11/18/2017 19:22:00 -05:002017-11-19 00:22:00 GMT
    Saturday, November 18 2017 7:22 PM EST2017-11-19 00:22:51 GMT
    Wesley Bloxom was Delmarva's famous Saltwater Cowboy. He was a father, a brother, Chincoteague volunteer firefighter. His younger brother, Paul Bloxom, explains how much he meant. Bloxom died earlier this week after battling cancer.More
    Wesley Bloxom was Delmarva's famous Saltwater Cowboy. He was a father, a brother, Chincoteague volunteer firefighter. His younger brother, Paul Bloxom, explains how much he meant. Bloxom died earlier this week after battling cancer.More
  • Rehoboth Beach Raises Rental Tax

    Rehoboth Beach Raises Rental Tax

    11/18/2017 16:21:00 -05:002017-11-18 21:21:00 GMT
    Saturday, November 18 2017 4:21 PM EST2017-11-18 21:21:59 GMT
    Rehoboth Beach, DelawareRehoboth Beach, Delaware
    Rehoboth Beach De. (AP) - A popular Delaware beach town has voted to double its tax on residential rentals.The City of Rehoboth Beach announced Saturday that its commissioners approved an increase on the rental tax from 3 to 6 percent.The tax applieMore
    Rehoboth Beach De. (AP) - A popular Delaware beach town has voted to double its tax on residential rentals.The City of Rehoboth Beach announced Saturday that its commissioners approved an increase on the rental tax from 3 to 6 percent.The tax applieMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Parkside High School Teacher Back Behind Bars

    Parkside High School Teacher Back Behind Bars

    11/17/2017 17:29:00 -05:002017-11-17 22:29:00 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 5:29 PM EST2017-11-17 22:29:39 GMT
    Monica W. SneeMonica W. Snee
    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the Parkside High School teacher arrested earlier this week in connection to a drug investigation is back behind bars.More
    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the Parkside High School teacher arrested earlier this week in connection to a drug investigation is back behind bars.More
  • Parkside High Student Tased During Arrest

    Parkside High Student Tased During Arrest

    11/17/2017 15:57:00 -05:002017-11-17 20:57:00 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 3:57 PM EST2017-11-17 20:57:05 GMT
    Parkside High School (Photo: WBOC)Parkside High School (Photo: WBOC)
    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office reports a Parkside High School student was tased by police during a drug investigation.More
    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office reports a Parkside High School student was tased by police during a drug investigation.More
  • Six Arrested in Seaford Prostitution Sting

    Six Arrested in Seaford Prostitution Sting

    11/16/2017 13:46:00 -05:002017-11-16 18:46:00 GMT
    Friday, November 17 2017 10:14 AM EST2017-11-17 15:14:25 GMT

    Police have uncovered a prostitution operation involving six suspects in the city of Seaford.

    More

    Police say an undercover prostitution sting led to the arrests of six men in Seaford, Delaware on Tuesday.

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Ocean City Safety, Median Fence along Ocean City Coastal Highway Underway

    Ocean City Safety, Median Fence along Ocean City Coastal Highway Underway

    Work is underway to keep pedestrians safe along Coastal Highway. 

    Workers used construction machinery to remove landscaping from the media. They're preparing to install a 5-7 foot aluminum fence that will stretch from the convention center to 62nd street.

    Maryland State Highway Administration says their number one goal for this 7 million dollar project is pedestrian safety.

    More

    Work is underway to keep pedestrians safe along Coastal Highway. 

    Workers used construction machinery to remove landscaping from the media. They're preparing to install a 5-7 foot aluminum fence that will stretch from the convention center to 62nd street.

    Maryland State Highway Administration says their number one goal for this 7 million dollar project is pedestrian safety.

    More
  • Parkside High School Teacher Back Behind Bars

    Parkside High School Teacher Back Behind Bars

    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the Parkside High School teacher arrested earlier this week in connection to a drug investigation is back behind bars. Monica Snee, 51, of Salisbury was released from prison after posting $50,000 bond. A district court judge revoked the bond and issued a bench warrant today. As a result, deputies located and arrested Snee in the area of Westbrook Drive in Salisbury.

    More

    The Wicomico County Sheriff's Office says the Parkside High School teacher arrested earlier this week in connection to a drug investigation is back behind bars. Monica Snee, 51, of Salisbury was released from prison after posting $50,000 bond. A district court judge revoked the bond and issued a bench warrant today. As a result, deputies located and arrested Snee in the area of Westbrook Drive in Salisbury.

    More
  • Barn Fire at DSU Under Investigation

    Barn Fire at DSU Under Investigation

    A barn in back of the Delaware State University campus in Dover caught fire Thursday night, authorities said.

    According to the Dover Fire Department, the blaze was reported at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. It took firefighters from Dover, Cheswold, Little Creek, and Leipsic Fire Departments nearly two hours to get the two-alarm fire under control. Part of the 50-foot by 100-foot barn collapsed during the fire.

    More

    A barn in back of the Delaware State University campus in Dover caught fire Thursday night, authorities said.

    According to the Dover Fire Department, the blaze was reported at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. It took firefighters from Dover, Cheswold, Little Creek, and Leipsic Fire Departments nearly two hours to get the two-alarm fire under control. Part of the 50-foot by 100-foot barn collapsed during the fire.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices