Delaware Working to Move Forward with Legalized Cannabis

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Add representatives from the state of Delaware to the list of politicians infuriated by Jeff Sessions decision to rescind the Cole Memo. Rep. Helene Keeley has been pushing for legalized cannabis for adult-use in Delaware.

Delaware has had a real battle setting up its medical marijuana program but the state is being progressive towards cannabis legalization. So, like other progressive states, the decision by the Justice Department to allow federal prosecutors to file charges against state legitimate marijuana is causing them to grind their teeth.

In Delaware, state Rep. Helene Keeley, D-Wilmington, is attempting to pass legislation to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and older.

“This is really a state’s rights issue. I really truly believe that,” she said of Sessions’ announcement.

“I view this the same as Governor Christie in New Jersey who is suing the federal government over their non-ability to have fully-fledged sports betting, and the Supreme Court has taken that amicus and is going forward and hearing it. You’re changing the rules in the middle of the game.”

When asked whether acting U.S. Attorney for Delaware David Weiss would enforce federal marijuana laws if Delaware legalized recreational marijuana, Weiss’ office issued the following statement: “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware will utilize the long-established prosecutorial principles to carry out the shared commitment with the Justice Department to combat violent crime and the scourge of drug offenses plaguing our community.”

Earlier this year, a legislative committee advanced Keeley’s legislation, co-sponsored by state Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington, but it never went to the floor for a vote.

As currently written, the legislation would regulate and tax cannabis much like alcohol. Individuals would be prohibited from operating a vehicle under the influence, carrying it across state borders and growing or creating products on their own, and companies would still be allowed to drug test employees.

Plainly Delaware’s acting U.S. attorney’s answer to the threat of him filing charges against his own state’s marijuana businesses was noncommittal to say the least. Do you think that Jeff Sessions’s threat towards legalized marijuana will deter Delaware’s decision to legalize cannabis?

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