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Del. Lawmakers Update Medical Marijuana Bill

 WILMINGTON, Del. - The Delaware House passed a bill Tuesday updating medical marijuana legislation.

 Medical marijuana is legal in the first state, but even with a card people cannot yet purchase it. Mark Lally is the President of the First State Compassion Center, the only place in Delaware that will legally be able to sell pot.

"It offers an alternative to patients who have tried all other means to have some type of relief for the symptoms they're experiencing that aren't working," he explained.

Lally is grateful for this bill because it will expedite the time needed to get background checks for his dispensary employees, meaning his center can open sooner rather than later.

The bill also requires medical marijuana doctors as well as medical marijuana users to serve on the committee.

"So certainly anybody that's had any training, any experience or background in the industry that could make it better to improve it and make it safer and better for the patients is certainly a welcoming thing," Lally said.

So pretty soon, people with certain debilitating diseases will be able to purchase pot, but according to police, there are downfalls to making it more readily available.

"We will be on the lookout for people who may be impaired," Sgt. Cliff Dempsey of Dewey Beach Police said.

The First State Compassion Center is set to open in Wilmington in June. It is a pilot run and then the state will analyze if more people down south sign up to get medical marijuana cards.
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