Together, Delaware Legalized Cannabis in 2023
Delaware legalized cannabis in 2023, but there’s more work to be done. We’re gearing up for our next legislative actions and growing our team to ensure that the expansion of citizens’ rights doesn’t end with mere legalization.
Join the team and help us to continue to advocate for cannabis reform
Why Delaware Legalized Cannabis
Protects over 145,000 adult cannabis consumers in Delaware from arrest, civil citation, seizure of property and currency, and the threat of being subjected to the criminal justice system.
Saves the State and taxpayers millions of dollars annually in law enforcement and criminal justice costs by ending unnecessary stops, arrests and prosecutions of otherwise law-abiding citizens.
Ends civil asset forfeiture for the possession of cannabis.
Eliminates the mere possession of cannabis as a law enforcement tool for “probable cause” searches based on the odor of raw cannabis, a justification currently being used by officers to circumvent Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
Reduces strain on the criminal justice system and prison system, especially with Courts’ backlogged caseloads due to the pandemic shutdowns.
Replaces the existing illicit market with a safe, legal industry that employs consumer safety protections and robust measures to prevent sales to minors.
Helps reduce crime associated with the illicit market and violent turf battles.
Helps law enforcement focus on real public safety and crimes that have actual victims.
Restores community relations and trust in law enforcement.
Generates millions in revenue that can be allocated to fund schools and education, infrastructure, clean water, re-entry programs, and other valuable government services.
Creates thousands of cannabis industry jobs and supports economic growth and employment in secondary sectors that support cannabis businesses, such as construction, electrical, HVAS, accounting, legal, manufacturing, security, tech, agricultural, real estate, and tourism.
Keeps Delaware economically competitive with New Jersey, D.C., and other states in the region that have already or will soon legalize cannabis.
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Donate to Support Cannabis Legalization
Our staff is all volunteer, but we need the resources to stand up to the well-funded opposition lobbying against cannabis legalization in Delaware.
Your contribution to Delaware CAN helps fund public education and Town Hall events, outreach and advocacy programs, and all of our efforts to legalize cannabis for the citizens of Delaware.
Volunteer with Delaware CAN
Delaware CAN is a grassroots organization with an all-volunteer staff. Dedicated advocates have fueled the movement in the First State and positioned Delaware to legalize cannabis in 2023. But our work is not finished and we need supporters from across the state to take action in their communities to ensure that our legislators follow the will of the people and pass legislation to legalize cannabis for all adults.
To learn what you can do in your community to help legalize cannabis, contact our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com