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Delaware bill sparks discussion of marijuana legalization – Cannabis News

Legislation approved letting first offenders escape conviction for misdemeanor marijuana offenses.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover South, incited gasps on the Senate floor Thursday when he said he’d sponsor a bill to legalize marijuana, arguing that Delaware has all but done so already.

Bonini said he was not originally a supporter of full legalization, but it would be preferable to the slow process of decriminalization that has left the drug unregulated and untaxed in the state.

“The reality is we’ve legalized marijuana in Delaware, and we’ve legalized it through backward steps. I think incrementally pulling away restrictions and by default legalizing marijuana is not the best way to do it,” Bonini said. “If we’re going to legalize marijuana, let’s legalize marijuana.”

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Quint Forgey ~ The News Journal via DelawareOnline.com ~

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