Marijuana legalization is one of the hottest public policy topics in America right now, and for good reason. In just a matter of weeks the number of legal states in America could more than double. Currently there are four states (Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Alaska) that have voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Washington D.C. has also legalized recreational marijuana. On Election Day next month California, Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine voters will have the chance have their states added to the list.
So far no state has legalized via legislative action. All of the states that have legalized so far, and all of the states that will be voting next month on legalization, went the citizen initiative route. There are a handful of states that I think have a great chance of being the first to see its legislators step up and legalize recreational marijuana via the legislative process. Delaware is one of those states. News recently broke that a Delaware State Senator intends to introduce a recreational legalization bill at the beginning of next year. Per Delaware Online:
A bill legalizing marijuana for Delaware adults is expected to be introduced in January when the General Assembly reconvenes, the Senate majority whip said.
Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington, who penned Delaware’s medical marijuana bill, said she will propose a bill that would legalize marijuana for Delawareans 21 and older. Henry said the bill has to be sent to the lawyers and she will work on gaining sponsors.
“It’s certainly being considered. It’s going to be an uphill battle,” Henry said Tuesday during a meeting of the state Medical Marijuana Act Oversight Committee. “But it’s time, quite frankly. It’s time to certainly look at it.”
Possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is an infraction (decriminalized) in Delaware, punishable by a $100 fine. Delaware Online posted a poll asking readers if they support marijuana legalization. Below is a screen shot of the results as of the posting of this article: