DOVER, Del. (Jun. 12, 2018) – Last week, a Deleware Senate committee passed two bills that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program and its cannabis decriminalization laws, further nullifying federal prohibition of cannabis in effect.
Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach) and 23 bipartisan co-sponsors introduced House Bill 374 (HB374) to add glaucoma, chronic debilitating migraines, pediatric autism spectrum disorder, and pediatric sensory processing disorder to the list of qualifying conditions for medical marijuana in the state.
Senate Bill 197 (SB197) was introduced by Sen. Gregory Lavelle (R-Sharpley) and 17 bipartisan co-sponsors. The legislation would create a process to expunge marijuana offenses from criminal records if they occurred prior to the decriminalization enacted in 2015 and would not be considered a criminal offense under the current law.
“It’s an issue of fairness and equity,” Sen. Lavelle said to the Delaware State News. “You got arrested three years ago for a half-ounce of marijuana, you have to report that when you’re asked the old ‘have you been arrested and convicted’ question, and if you got cited tomorrow it’d be a civil offense, so it’s just an opportunity to do that.
Both bills were approved by …
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