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Delaware lawmakers eye home grow revisions to medical marijuana rules

DOVER, Del. — The sponsor of a bill allowing medical marijuana patients in Delaware to grow their own pot said Wednesday that he was tabling the measure to buy time to gain support for the proposal.

The bill sponsored by Rep. Michael Smith allows a patient to have up to six mature plants and six immature plants. Designated caregivers could cultivate marijuana for no more than three qualifying patients.

The home growing operations would be subject to tracking and monitoring and would have to comply with specific conditions, including growing the plants in an enclosed, locked facility with an electrical system that meets state and local codes. The bill also allows landlords, homeowners associations, or common interest communities to prohibit the cultivation of marijuana.

“I’d rather work to improve the bill versus having it dead on arrival right now,” Smith, R-Newark, said at the start of a House committee hearing Wednesday.

Smith did not offer details on what sort of opposition his proposal is facing, although allowing medical marijuana users to grow their own plants could result in less revenue for state-licensed “compassionate care centers,” serving Delaware’s growing number of medical marijuana users. In fiscal 2019, state officials issued 12,045 medical marijuana registration cards, almost double the 6,625 issued the previous year. [Read More @ The Washington Post]



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