Last year Delaware tried to legalize Marijuana, but it the bill failed before it got started. Medical marijuana has had trouble operating in the State since the beginning because of the difficulties posed by the marijuana confusion of the government. Under Federal Regulations, marijuana is illegal, and Delaware still does not know what to do with their medical marijuana patients. Their marijuana is legal, but as of June 2019, there are only four legal cannabis operations in the State.
The new bill that was introduced on Thursday, May 30, 2019, is set to decriminalize marijuana and in the process eliminate or reduce the black market. The bill would also provide needed revenue for the state to operate as it creates licensed marijuana operations, fees, licenses, and taxes.
Marijuana growth operations would still be restricted under the laws that would be imposed though. There is a concern that allowing growth operations would continue the black market trade operations.
The new marijuana industry would be overseen by a committee that would create regulations for the legal distribution of marijuana and would oversee the enforcement of those regulations. It would also be required to submit reports on the status of the industry as it is run. There are still unanswered questions about how to handle specific problems with the use of marijuana. The biggest concern is the operation of a moving vehicle while under the influence of it.
In the proposed bill, those over the age of 21 would be able to buy and possess 5 grams or up to an ounce of marijuana. It would also allow for the creation of 50 indoor and outdoor facilities for growing marijuana with 10 facilities for processing it and 15 marijuana dispensaries. 5 testing centers would be opened as well.