ALERT: 468 Now There Are 16 States



DrugSense FOCUS Alert #468 – Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Today the front page of The News Journal, Delaware’s major newspaper,
printed the article below. Will this, the most restrictive law any
state has, ever actually help patients? Will the federal government
allow the state to have three not-for-profit dispensaries?

You may read the law at

If you have been following the news at
you know that the feds are continuing to attack medicinal marijuana
providers in various ways. Until Congress passes a law supporting
medical cannabis that is not likely to change.

Please consider House vote tallies for the Hinchey/Rohrabacher
medical marijuana amendment at

You will notice which party tends to give medical marijuana the most
support. The vote also shows that much needs to be done before
federal laws will be changed.

Please contact your Members of Congress. Please write letters to the
editor of newspapers. It Is Not What Others Do, It Is What You Do.

If you need medicinal cannabis facts please visit



Regulatory, Licensing Process Begins for Three Dispensaries

Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation Friday legalizing marijuana
growing, distribution and use in Delaware for limited medical purposes.

The General Assembly sent Markell the medical-marijuana legislation
on Wednesday.

The governor signed the bill Friday morning without the usual
ceremony in order to initiate a one-year regulatory and licensing
process for three not-for-profit dispensaries that will be authorized
to sell marijuana to qualified patients, according to his office.

Under Senate Bill 17, physicians could recommend marijuana for
patients suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis,
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease and
post-traumatic stress disorder.

People with other chronic disease or debilitating medical conditions
could qualify if other medicines or surgical procedures have failed
to relieve their pain or caused seizures, severe or persistent muscle
spasms and intractable nausea.

Physicians and patients would have to have a “bona fide
physician-patient relationship” and other medical treatments would
have to be exhausted before marijuana is recommended, according to
the bill and its legislative sponsors.

Qualified patients who get a doctor’s recommendation and a
state-issued identification card will be able to purchase up to six
ounces of marijuana at one of the dispensaries.

Marijuana growing and purchases will be limited to the dispensaries.
Patients will not be allowed to grow their own cannabis.

“We made clear that this would need to be very limited in scope and
actively targeted to only Delawareans with profound and chronic
illness like cancer and ALS. It is. This bill needed to be about
giving targeted help to the most sick in a way that made medical
sense, and it is,” Markell said in a written statement.


Prepared by: Richard Lake, Focus Alert Specialist

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