Delaware Governor Jack Markell has been supportive of quite a few controversial issues. However, when it comes to legalizing marijuana cannabis he has been uneasy. Markell agreed to legalize the cannabis drug for medical purposes in 2011. But now he is not supportive of the law. “It’s not going to happen while I’m governor,” says Markell in a recent WHYY’s First interview. The University of Delaware conducted a recent poll. The poll stated that 56 percent of Delaware citizens are in support of legalizing marijuana. However, this was not enough to persuade the Governor. This is not the best cannabis news. Quite a few states, laws and legislations are tending towards marijuana. Less of them are tending away from it. The marijuana industry, marijuana delivery and dispensaries are growing around the world. And hopefully Delaware will not be left behind.
States Benefit from Legalizing Marijuana
Delaware stands to benefit immensely from making marijuana delivery legal in the state. Other states that have done so have begun to reap the benefits. The governor’s budget office estimate that Colorado will collect $184 million in the first 18-months of recreational pot sales. In the first year Colorado earned $53 million in marijuana sales tax revenue. And, more recent and positive reports state that Colorado has generated $2.35 million for schools from marijuana sales. This cannabis news is even more encouraging for the marijuana industry. However, Governor Markell doesn’t think it is enough. Markell believes more research and study needs to be conducted to uncover societal costs that may be hiding.
Also, not only will cannabis drugs help to raise tax revenues, but it will also help persons who need marijuana cannabis for treatment. Medical marijuana helps with pain relief, diabetes, migraines and so much more. Making marijuana delivery legal and convenient to patients in need will be very beneficial to Delawareans. Decriminalizing marijuana will only open up the industry to more encouraging and beneficial possibilities.
The Future of Marijuana for Delaware
Governor Markell has two years left in his term. As it is now, he will not be legalizing marijuana anytime soon. Maybe the next Governor will think differently. Maybe that person will be the one to open up marijuana in the State and start reaping benefits. Or, maybe more studies will be conducted during Markell’s tenure that will convince him to legalize marijuana in Delaware. Only time will tell the future of when marijuana delivery will be legal in Delaware.
While Markell awaits more research, hopefully existing studies will steer the Governor in the marijuana direction. Scientists have done tests that indicate marijuana can help to cure cancer. Some research also found a correlation between open-minded intelligent persons and marijuana usage. Marijuana clearly has a lot to offer. One can only hope Markell will realize that sooner rather than later.