By Derrick Stanley
Delaware citizens with a terminal illness could get legal medical marijuana if new legislation is passed in the General Assembly.
"With each passing year, we are seeing more data on the benefits of medical marijuana, which is helping to de-stigmatize the medication," said Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark and the bill's sponsor in a news release. "Delawareans facing a terminal illness should be able to access medical marijuana to help ease their symptoms and to cope with an extremely difficult situation."
The change would apply to anyone suffering from a condition that is "deemed fatal within a year regardless of any other medical treatment."
A new law was passed in Delaware just last year to allow cannabidiol and marijuana oil products for patients under 18 who suffer from conditions such as muscle spasms, nausea, and seizures.
Possession of an ounce of marijuana or less was decriminalized last year, making it like a parking ticket.
Gov. Jack Markell signed those bills, but has said that he does not support full legalization like Colorado, Washington, Alaska, or Oregon.
Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.