Delaware House Could Vote on Decriminalization This Week

Jun 01, 2015 decriminalization, Delaware, HB 39, Helene Keeley, possession

[caption id="attachment_8840" align="alignright" width="147"]helene_keeley Rep. Helene Keeley[/caption]

The Delaware State House of Representatives returns to Dover this week, and we are hopeful it will take up HB 39 — the bill to replace Delaware’s criminal penalty for marijuana possession with a $100 civil fine. If you are a Delaware resident, please email your state representative in support of this sensible bill today!

Introduced by Rep. Helene Keeley, HB 39 would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana a civil violation punishable by a $100 fine with no possibility of jail. Under current Delaware law, possession of up to one ounce of marijuana is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $575 fine and up to three months in jail. More than two-thirds of Delaware voters support this policy.