Marchers gathered in Spencer Plaza in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday to raise awareness, encourage the public to learn the facts about the plant, and to peacefully protest marijuana prohibition. Cannabis advocates in the state are striking while the legalization iron is still hot from the recent election, during which voter’s voices were heard loud and clear.
Although medical marijuana was legalized by Delaware legislators in 2011, the first medical marijuana dispensary will not open for operation until after three years have passed in early 2015. Voter attitudes toward cannabis have swayed a bit during that time period, and for advocates, medical marijuana law reform is not enough. When the state legislation reconvenes next year, a bill decriminalizing marijuana is expected to be introduced. Still, decriminalization is no longer going to cut it. Cynthia Ferguson, executive director Delaware NORML explained,
“Our goal is to educate the public. The stuff is no different than alcohol. You drink alcohol to relax. You smoke a joint to relax.”
As reported by Delaware Online, the march concluded as just less than forty participants gathered outside the Louis L. Redding City/County Building on North French Street as Ferguson extended an attention-demanding finger toward the legislators inside the building. The rally was symbolically held on the eighty-first anniversary of the repeal of Amendment Eighteen, ending alcohol prohibition in the United States.