According to a new survey, a majority of voters in Delaware support the legalization of recreational marijuana. The survey, conducted by the University of Delaware’s Center for Political Communication, found that 61% of the state’s voters support recreational legalization, 35% oppose legalization and 4% are undecided, as reported by Delaware State News. The 900 participants were polled via a phone survey.
“It’s not really surprising that there is a majority, but the margin is maybe a little wider than we thought it would be,” said Paul Brewer, CPC’s research director and a professor in UD’s Department of Communication. “That is pretty lopsided. When we asked this question a few years ago, we found a smaller majority.”
Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington, plans to introduce a recreational legalization bill when the General Assembly reconvenes in January 2017, as reported by The News Journal.
According to Delaware 105.9, Sam Chick, previously a candidate for office, is spearheading a separate legalization initiative, having launched a petition drive on DelawarePetition.com to collect 25,000 signatures in support of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state, which he also hopes to introduce when the General Assembly reconvenes after the New Year.
Delaware has been making incremental moves in regards to marijuana, with Gov. Jack Markell signing a bill on June 18, 2015, to decriminalize marijuana, and signing a bill on Aug. 31, 2016, to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, allowing terminally ill patients to register for medical marijuana cards.