Delaware appears to be on the verge of becoming the first state in the Mid-Atlantic to legalize retail sales of marijuana for recreational use by adults.
In Dover on Wednesday, a governor’s task force reviewed changes to a proposed bill that also could make the state the first to legalize cannabis sales through legislation. New Jersey is considering a similar bill.
About 60 percent of Delaware voters support legalization. But ballot initiatives such as the ones that legalized marijuana in other states are not provided in the state constitutions of Delaware or New Jersey (or Pennsylvania, either). So the measure can’t be put up to a popular vote and must be passed in the statehouses.
“We’re going to get it done,” said Cynthia Ferguson, executive director of the Delaware branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. “It’s morally the right thing to do.”
The task force, made up of activists and law enforcement experts, will issue its report at the end of February to Gov. John Carney and the General Assembly, said State Rep. Helene M. Keeley (D.,