Del. May Be On Road To Legalizing Marijuana
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Del. May Be On Road To Legalizing Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on December 14, 2014 at 04:48:52 PT
By Jonathan Starkey, The News Journal
Source: News Journal
Delaware -- The marijuana reform movement has reached Delaware. Lawmakers will consider the intermediate step of decriminalization next year following the legalization of pot in Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C.Legislation drafted by Rep. Helene Keeley, D-Wilmington, would replace criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, with fines similar to those for speeding or running a red light. And national pot activists are hoping Delaware won't stop there.
It is one of a dozen states being targeted for reform by the Marijuana Policy Project, where officials predict that full legalization  taxing and regulating sales of the drug  is possible by 2017.The group, optimistic after a September University of Delaware survey showed 56 percent of Delaware residents support legalization, has hired a lobbyist and plans to mobilize supporters to contact Delaware lawmakers early next year.Meanwhile, Delaware's first medical marijuana dispensary will open in April after a four-year-long delay that has left patients in pot purgatory.Mark Lally, president of the First State Compassion Center, which will operate the dispensary, says construction at 37 Germay Drive south of Wilmington is ongoing."We're just trying to make sure we provide the best medicine to our patients with safe access," Lally said last week.More than 160 Delawareans now carry state IDs that allow them to smoke the drug to treat a variety of illnesses, without having any legal means of purchasing it. They pay $125 in annual fees to the state for the privilege.SnippedComplete Article: News Journal, The (Wilmington, DE)Author: Jonathan Starkey, The News JournalPublished: December 13, 2014Copyright: 2014 The News JournalWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by Hope on December 15, 2014 at 09:59:31 PT
Go, Delaware! Be free! Be truly righteous!
When I was, I think, in the fifth grade we made a grand stage performance musical for a night time PTA presentation. We were dressed in the style of our fore mothers and fathers for a fancy ball at the White House in the era of the beginning of our nation. Hoop skirts, with grand peplums, knee britches, minuets, and white wigs for all. The costumes and the premise was wonderful. It was so fun. This is the only song that I remember from it. After learning it for this play... I always thought it was cool. Especially as a child.Perry Como sings it here."What did Della Wear, boys?"
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