Delaware’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Meets for Second Time

Delaware's Adult Use Cannabis Task Force Meets for Second Time

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On Oct. 4, 2017, the Delaware legislature’s Adult Use Cannabis Task Force met for the second time. Hoping to help craft a legalization bill that would pass the state legislature and gain gubernatorial approval, the group is responsible for determining the potential impacts of cannabis legalization.

House Bill 110, a measure that would legalize recreational cannabis in the state, is currently being used by the cannabis task force as a framework measure to discuss legalization.

During the meeting, the cannabis task force heard testimony from cannabis advocates, opponents and state officials about potential complications, and subsequent solutions, that may arise from cannabis legalization.

For example, according to Delaware Online, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce is calling for language that would allow employers to fire employees for cannabis use and prevent said employees from filing for unemployment.

The chamber also wants to insulate businesses from lawsuits filed by employees who were hurt on the job while under the influence of cannabis.

Although opposed by many cannabis advocates, Rep. Helene Keeley, task force co-chair and HB 110 co-sponsor, said she was open to compromising so long as the language applies to all intoxicating substances and not just cannabis.

“I want it to be fair so that we’re not just targeting cannabis but any drug that would impair someone’s ability to do their job,” Keeley said, as quoted by Delaware Online.

The task force is scheduled to meet two more times, once on Nov. 1 and once on Dec. 6, before it is required to issue its report on Jan. 31, 2018.

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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