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Marijuana Activists React to Delaware Medical Marijuana Victory


From MPP:

Today, Gov. Jack Markell signed SB 17 into law, making it legal for Delaware residents with certain serious medical conditions to use medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. The bill had bipartisan sponsors and support in the legislature. This makes Delaware the 16th state, along with the District of Columbia, to pass an effective medical marijuana law.

The law goes into effect on July 1 and will permit people diagnosed with cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, decompensated cirrhosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), agitation of Alzheimer’s disease, PTSD, intractable nausea, severe seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, wasting syndrome, and severe debilitating pain that has not responded to other treatments or for which other treatments produced serious side effects to possess up to six ounces of marijuana without fear of arrest. Qualified patients will not be able to cultivate their own medicine, but they will be able to obtain medical marijuana from state-licensed compassion centers regulated by the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, which will also issue medical marijuana ID cards to patients who receive a recommendation from their doctor. Public use of marijuana and driving under the influence are prohibited.

“There are so many people in Delaware who are suffering unimaginable pain that this will help, and we want to be able to do what we can to provide much-needed relief for those citizens,” said Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington East, who sponsored the legislation. “I am very grateful that so many of my colleagues were able to look past the myths surrounding marijuana and into the eyes and hearts of those who were crying out for our help. Needless to say, I am profoundly grateful to Gov. Markell for his support of this important legislation.”

“Today is an amazing victory for seriously ill Delaware patients, who have been waiting a very long time for the chance to use the medicine they need without fear,” said Noah Mamber, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, who lobbied and mobilized patients, professionals, and grassroots activists in support of the bill. “SB17 is the most comprehensive, tightly-written medical marijuana bill in the country, and with this vote, the Delaware Legislature proved that compassion is not a red or a blue issue. It’s a human issue.”

Chris McNeely, a Dagsboro National Guard veteran and chronic pain patient with severe wasting syndrome, said, “Until this law was passed, I was afraid to use medical marijuana, even though it helped me in the past, because if I was arrested and put in jail, they could not properly care for me, and I could actually die. I am so happy I will be able to get legal relief soon.”

With this victory, we are well on our way to accomplishing MPP’s goal of 27 medical marijuana states by 2014. Keep up the good work, everybody!


This is from Rob Kampia himself:

Dear Johnny,

Just a few hours ago, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) signed MPP’s medical marijuana bill into law.

Delaware is now the 16th medical marijuana state!

The new law, which goes into effect on July 1, allows for the use of medical marijuana by chronically ill Delaware patients who have the approval of their physicians. The new law will also authorize three not-for-profit compassion centers by the end of 2012 (one center in each of Delaware’s three counties).

MPP organized patients and professionals to meet with their legislators and testify, and we’ve had lobbyists in the state capital since 2009. First and foremost, MPP’s Noah Mamber and our D.C. team served as resources for the bill’s sponsors, keeping this critical piece of legislation on track.

Delaware is a major victory, but we’re still far from the finish line. Right now, we’re on track for enacting medical marijuana laws in 27 states by November 2014, which is why we need your help now more than ever.

There are 111,251 subscribers on this national email list, yet only 2,668 people have made one or more financial contributions to MPP this year. If you haven’t yet donated this year, please consider doing so today, so that we can continue our work to end marijuana prohibition.

Please celebrate this victory with us by donating now. Thanks so much …


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  1. Howartd Entman on

    I am a physician in Tennessee with a friend, not a patient, who has terminal colon cancer. Can he get medical marijuana in Delaware for his condition? Must he be a Delaware resident? There is no concern over Tennessee law in this case.

  2. passage is small step in right direction. no grow rule is b.s.. with only 3 authorized dispenseries, how does state gov. think they can grow 40-50 thuouand pounds per year for all the people who will get a medical card. My son is a co-op / medical grower in R.I. the state decieded to not open dispenseries after the threats from fed gov. the medical growers/ caregivers do all the growing and dispenceing of meds. system works like a charm

  3. What victory? This is a victory for people that are “trying” to legalize marijuana, but certainly not for the majority of people in Delaware that need it.

    As long as marijuana is illegal for anyone, people that need marijuana will suffer. My father was losing two pounds a month to wasting syndrome, a result of renal failure, a complication from the cancer and heart issues he had the last third of his life. He went from 180 lbs to under 100 in the year before he started using marijuana. Two weeks after he started marijuana, he started to gain weight. He got as high as 120 and lived 10 more years before he died.

    Although he lived in California when he decided he needed marijuana and later moved to Washington, both of which have medical marijuana laws, yet lived in fear every day that the police would arrest him or that he would be evicted.

    My mother who also lives in California would be greatly helped as well, she is in a great deal of pain all of the time. She is addicted to a number of doctor prescribed drugs that have caused her to fall down and break bones, but she is so afraid of getting addicted to marijuana she will not even try it for her pain.

    Again as long as marijuana is illegal for anyone, people that need marijuana will suffer through fear and intimidation.

    The end of prohibition is near, this is the year and Washington State is the place.

    If you really want to end the drug war go to SensibleWashington.org and donate $20 and/or if you vote in Washington State get a petition and find a way to get it filled and turned back it. We can end the war on drugs in Washington State this year by getting an initiative on the ballot by July 8th. When it ends in one state, truly ends, your state will follow rapidly no matter where in this country you live.

  4. As a long term medical marijauan activist I think the Marijuana Policy Project is failing us. With no cultivation for patients this is nothing more than a monopolistic marijuana dispensary system that benefits 3 dispensary owners instead on thousands of patients. We see dispensaries in Oakland making 22 million a year, selling a product that’s worth 3 times it’s real market value due to prohibition. And Oakland allows each patient to cultivate 72 plants. So what’s the price patients will be giving these millionaires for medicine that grows free like a weed.

  5. Prohibitionists often express the belief that the resulting suffering and mayhem that their policy engenders is in no way connected to the basic and erroneous mechanism being used, but that they simply haven’t been granted sufficient governmental powers, i.e., the removal of even more of our basic individual rights and freedoms for these sadistic, sociopathic perverts to do their work successfully.

    It’s quite possible, that many of the early Prohibitionists did not intend to kill hundreds of thousands worldwide or put 1 in every 32 Americans under supervision of the correctional system. Nevertheless, it may now be reasonable to claim, that our Latter-Day Sadomoralist Prison-for-Profit Prohibitionists don’t care. They don’t care that, historically, the prohibition of any mind altering substance has never resulted in anything else but mayhem and chaos. They don’t care that America has the highest percentage of it’s citizens incarcerated of any country in the history of the planet. And they don’t care about spawning far worse conditions than those they claim to be alleviating. These despotic imbeciles are actually quite happy to create as much mayhem as possible, after all, it’s what fills their prisons and gets them elected. Which is why it’s no surprise, that when asked if they support torture, prohibitionist, GOP Presidential candidates rush to raise their hands. http://www.drugwarrant.com/2011/05/torture-and-drug-policy/

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