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Wilmington City Council supports legalizing recreational marijuana

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Wilmington City Council approved a resolution Thursday urging the General Assembly to pass House Bill 150, which currently awaits a hearing in a house committee. 

“It’s a resolution that’s overdue,” said Councilwoman Zanthia Oliver, who sponsored the measure. “We already know the history: individuals of all different colors being locked up, serving unnecessary time.”

Other council members pointed to the disproportionate impact of drug enforcement on communities of color, as well as the potential tax revenue from legal marijuana.

Marijuana is currently legal for medical use in Delaware, and is largely decriminalized. Some lawmakers have sought to legalize it for years — and appear to have more support this time around.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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