Delaware Decriminalized Marijuana This Week
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Delaware Decriminalized Marijuana This Week
Posted by CN Staff on June 20, 2015 at 05:02:44 PT
By James Queally
Source: Los Angeles Times
USA -- Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed a bill Thursday that decriminalized marijuana use, and a host of ballot measures and legislative initiatives could push other states closer to decriminalization or legalization before the year is over.The bill, which passed the state Senate by a vote of 12-9 on Thursday, makes the consumption or possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in private punishable with a civil fine.
Public use would still be punishable as a misdemeanor, and could result in fines of up to $200 or imprisonment of up to five days, according to the bill.The legislation, which Markell signed almost immediately after it cleared the legislature, is in line with similar measures that have been signed into law in California, New York and several other states.Marijuana use is completely legal in Colorado, Washington and Alaska and it will become legal in Oregon on July 15.Allen St. Pierre, executive director for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, said the governor's swift signing is emblematic of the nation's overall relaxed attitude toward recreational marijuana use.“He didn’t seem to let it sit more than five minutes on his desk," St. Pierre said. "In the 45 years we’ve been doing decriminalization legislation, that stuff usually festers for weeks, if not months.”The Illinois state Senate passed a similar bill in May, but it remains on the desk of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, whose spokesman recently said the governor is still considering his decision. St. Pierre said a victory for marijuana advocates there would be huge, given the number of marijuana arrests that take place each year in a city like Chicago.While there are no other legalization or decriminalization bills pending in state legislatures this year, a number of ballot measures could soon push the marijuana issue to the forefront in Ohio, Michigan and California.Ohioans to End Prohibition, a pro-marijuana group, has drafted a bill called the Cannabis Control Amendment that would legalize the drug by way of a ballot initiative next year. The measure will likely draw strong opposition from Republican Gov. John Kasich, who is believed to have aspirations of joining the ever-widening field of candidates chasing the Republican presidential nomination.Michigan Democrats are attempting to push a similar ballot measure. And legalization is also expected to be put to a popular vote in California next year. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has already come out in support of it.The Delaware bill will go into effect in December.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: James QueallyPublished: June 19, 2015Copyright: 2015 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #6 posted by John Tyler on June 22, 2015 at 12:30:25 PT
Dr. Fadiman's books
I had not heard of him until I saw the article I posted.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on June 21, 2015 at 19:36:14 PT
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John Tyler, have you read any of Dr. Fadiman's books?
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on June 21, 2015 at 18:12:37 PT
So several state have legalized and the black people of Delaware are supposed to be thrilled that they're still getting harassed and arrested by the cops, only slightly less so, in certain cases. Undoubtedly the population of Delaware would vote for full legalization at this point - DC passed it by a HUGE margin, it's just down the road.Interesting that they actually mention New York, which is a place where tens of thousands of black men get arrested every year for marijuana. New York would vote for legalization by 60+ points if they could.
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Comment #3 posted by John Tyler on June 20, 2015 at 08:11:10 PT
decrim is still not legal
Decrim is a first step, but the minorities and the poor will still be the primary drug war victims. 
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Comment #2 posted by John Tyler on June 20, 2015 at 08:06:21 PT
check this link
Dr. James Fadiman Psychedelic scientist
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on June 20, 2015 at 06:39:42 PT
The polifarts are gaming the system.
As the heathen hoards gather on the surrounding horizon, the occupants of the garrison reconsider their war on the people's drugs. When the people we have been whipping and brow beating for the past forty years take back their freedoms we will be left out in the cold, monitarily. We must make a preemptive strike. We will tell them it is "decriminalized" but still collect funds off of them in the millions. We can still threaten harsh litigation and get them to start us up the food chain. After all that is where the real money and drugs are and that is our ultimate goal, the prize.These human parasites need to be put in their place and stop their campaign of misery for profit. Please continue Delaware, until you throw off the cloak of corporate dominance.When polifarts speak, their words are as important as a fart in a hurricane!
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