The History of Marijuana in Delaware

Delaware has a history with marijuana that dates back to the early 1900s, when there was a nationwide trend in marijuana prohibition. Cannabis remained illegal in the state until the recent push for marijuana legalization across the United States. Now, Delaware is walking away from these dated prohibition laws and toward full legalization, especially considering that in 2016 61% of Delaware residents supported implementing marijuana reform.

In 2011, Delaware signed into law a medical marijuana program allowing card carrying patients to purchase up to six ounces of cannabis from a local dispensary. Under the law patients still struggled to obtain their medicine because the first compassion center didn’t open until four years after the legislation was actually signed. Then in 2015, the state decriminalized marijuana to a civil violation of $100, which was previously a misdemeanor with a fine of $575 and up to three months in jail. The state only continues to move forward now as it establishes its task force on taxing and regulating marijuana composed of agency heads, lawmakers, advocates, and other stakeholders who hope to soon replace marijuana prohibition with proper regulation.

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The cannabis industry has a packaging problem. In fact, more broadly speaking, it has a sustainability problem. Regulations in legal states, aiming to childproof cannabis products, have had the side effect of creating massive waste, while cultivation can be energy and water intensive.

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