Delaware: the 16th state to legalize medical marijuana

Earlier this month, on Friday, May 13, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed medical marijuana legislation into law. Making Delaware the 16th state to pass some sort of medical marijuana legislation.

According to this Delaware Online article:

Qualified patients who get a doctor’s recommendation and a state-issued identification card will be able to purchase up to six ounces of marijuana at one of the dispensaries.

Marijuana growing and purchases will be limited to the dispensaries. Patients will not be allowed to grow their own cannabis.

“We made clear that this would need to be very limited in scope and actively targeted to only Delawareans with profound and chronic illness like cancer and ALS. It is. This bill needed to be about giving targeted help to the most sick in a way that made medical sense, and it is,” Markell said in a written statement.

Statewide, there will only be three licensed marijuana dispensaries. I’m glad to see another state move another step closer to legalization, but the approach in Delaware seems a bit draconian to me. I could be wrong, though.