Numerous generations now have been taught to believe that those people who are supportive of any type of legalization of marijuana must be law-breaking, lazy, pot-smoking losers. This is simply not the case. The more we see legalization becoming a reality across the country, the more we can come to realize the truth that many different types of people support this movement.

Right now, we should be keeping an eye on the state of Delaware, where advocates are doing their best to push through legislation that would make legal marijuana a reality. Of course, they are not the first and probably will not be the last. This state though is proving to all that our past stereotypes of cannabis users are completely wrong.

Lawmakers in Delaware are altering their mindset about cannabis legality after seeing polls that are showing a great deal of support throughout Delaware and the country. It appears that most of the advocates working toward legalization are anything but the typical stereotypes. Most of the advocates currently working on changing Delaware’s state laws against cannabis use are women involved in the groups NORML, the NAACP and the Marijuana Policy Project.

These advocates include many very important members of the community. They include executive officers, lawyers and representatives among their numbers. One of the lawyers working to push the legality through has made it clear that it is the public that is helping out with this, with those that are able leading the bill along professionally as their abilities allow them to.

Work has been successful already with the coalition working to advance the legality of cannabis in Delaware. Further, they have succeeded in pushing the medical marijuana program through in 2011. In 2015 the group also helped create new laws that would stop people caught with a small amount of the drug from facing criminal charges in the state.

The increase in supporters seen throughout the country appears to be due to the fact that there are a lot of people that are more willing to voice their opinion than there was in the past. There is always strength in numbers, so as more people began to speak out in defense of cannabis legality more people naturally joined the ranks in pushing the new legislation through.

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Registered lobbyist and cannabis policy reform advocate in Delaware, Zoe Patchell. (Photo: Jason Minto, The News Journal)

Even the Governor is joining the ranks of support stating that the new laws would raise revenue for the state. He also made a note that the revenue increase would not be the reason for bringing the bill in. He is very confident that the two-thirds vote that the bill needs will occur. Looking to other states that have already legalized marijuana gives Delaware voters and officials a good indication of what can happen financially for the state. And what they are seeing looks good.

It appears that the bottom line angle is gaining a good deal of support among legislators. With the help of the correct people advocating for the legalization of cannabis and making the arguments that will show the positive aspects of allowing recreational marijuana in the state, the possibilities are looking up.

While the revenue legality would bring in makes a huge impact on many, the true reasons for pushing to get marijuana legalized are much broader. Zoe Patchell, executive director of Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network, wants to help with the legalization because of the research she has done that proves that many ideas we have about the drug are myths created by years of governmental propaganda. Patchell now leads one of the advocacy groups working to legalize cannabis.

It is obvious that in Delaware just as elsewhere throughout the country, the people united to legalize marijuana are extremely diverse. From people in blue collar positions to those in white collar position and those higher even than that, it seems everyone is coming together for the sole purpose of improving the lives and health of those all around the country.

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