State Cannabis Task Force hears the concerns related to the CANNABIS legalisation


The Adult Cannabis Use Task Force met for the second time Wednesday. The task force is gathering information on potential legalization to submit to Gov. John Carney early next year.

The Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security wants strict state regulations on recreational cannabis - if lawmakers decide to legalize it.

Homeland Security Director John Yeomans said he’s against allowing people to grow cannabis at home. In Colorado, some residents have exploited rules permitting people to grow their own pot, leading to a “grey market.”

Meanwhile, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce voiced employers’ concerns about attempts to legalize recreational cannabis in Delaware.

Labor lawyer Tim Holly told members businesses are concerned about workplace injuries, unemployment claims and the definition of impairment.

Holly said if the state legalizes cannabis use for adults, companies want immunity from worker’s compensation and unemployment claims.

He also argued for employers to keep their existing right to have zero tolerance policies for drug use and ability to fire workers for using pot.

Members of the task force also presented recommendations on labeling and packaging of recreational cannabis. The meeting also addressed food safety issues and preventing use by minors.

The task force is made up of state lawmakers, agency leaders and interest groups. It plans to meet once a month for the rest of the year.