Friday, May 13, 2011

Delaware legalizes medicinal marijuana

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Medicinal marijuana

Another positive advancement in the War on Drugs today, as Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) has signed the legalization of medicinal marijuana into law. From The Washington Post:

DOVER, Del. — Gov. Jack Markell has signed legislation making Delaware the 16th state to allow the use of medical marijuana.

Markell signed the bill Friday morning with no fanfare.

The bill received final legislative approval Wednesday. A spokesman said Markell wanted to sign the measure as quickly as possible because of the lengthy time that will be needed to get a state-run system for distributing medical marijuana up and running.

The new law allows people 18 and older with certain serious or debilitating conditions that could be alleviated by marijuana to possess up to six ounces of the drug. Qualifying patients would be referred to state-licensed and regulated “compassion centers,” which would be located in each of Delaware’s three counties. The centers would grow, cultivate and dispense the marijuana.

Little by little, bit by bit, sanity is being introduced into the national drugs discourse … at least, until the Obama administration starts prosecuting the Delaware state officials who made it happen. You know, for actually obeying the law, even if the federal government finds it inconvenient and a violation of their hardlined, zero-tolerance stance.

(via @todayspolitics)