Delaware Cannabis Task Force Poised to Vote on Final Report

Delaware Cannabis Task Force Poised to Vote on Final Report

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A Delaware legislative task force charged with studying the effects and implications of legalizing recreational cannabis has written its final report, but the question remains whether the 25-member task force will vote to release the report.

Cannabis task force members that oppose releasing the report say that it fails to provide in-depth analysis of the complications that come from legalizing cannabis and only skims the surface of purportedly complex issue.

According to Delaware Online, a 15-page draft summarizing the report and offering nine “actionable solutions” has begun to circulate. Included in those solutions are recommendations to establish a seed-to-sale tracking system, prevent cannabis companies from manufacturing edibles that look like candy or cartoon characters and allow local municipalities to enact local regulations.

Ultimately the report’s publication will not alter the legality of cannabis in Delaware; however, advocates hope that the report will help turn the tide in favor HB 110, a bill introduced by task force co-chair Rep. Helene Keeley that would legalize recreational cannabis in the state.

“As I’ve said all along, I think we’re really close,” Keeley told Delaware Online. “I think we’re less than a handful shy of what we need.”

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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