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Delaware Creating a Task Force to Study Marijuana Legalization


Delaware’s General Assembly passed a resolution creating a task force studying the outcomes of legalizing and regulating marijuana. The Adult Use Cannabis Task Force is responsible for creating a model for the regulation and taxation of recreational marijuana. The task force would also be responsible for creating a model for consumer safety.

Packaging and labeling, along with items such as impaired driving and substance abuse prevention will also be included in the task force’s study, according to Delaware 1059 Radio. The first meeting for the task force must be held by September 7. The report must be ready for the governor and General Assembly’s review no later than January 31, 2018.

Maggie Ellinger-Locke of Marijuana Policy Project said, “The General Assembly is ready to take a serious look at regulating and taxing marijuana for adult use. This is an opportunity for a variety of stakeholders to come together and examine every aspect of this issue. We hope it will pave the way for the General Assembly to adopt a more thoughtful approach to cannabis next session. Lawmakers can see the direction he country is moving on this issue and they know most Delaware voters support making marijuana legal for adults.”

The task force will be comprised of 23 persons. Senator Margaret Rose Henry and Representative Helene Keeley will co-chair the task force.