Four steps is all it would take to end Delaware's drug war:
1. Fix the medical marijuana bill. This is already being contemplated, I understand. A medical marijuana bill without an actual delivery method is worse than useless because it is mere tantalizing to those in chronic paid. This is a simple fix, except for the propensity of the Drug Enforcement Agency to get involved with ignoring state laws about drugs that DEA doesn't like. So as a specific legislative flourish, this revision should include language that requires the Delaware Attorney General to defend any legitimate distributor of medical marijuana or any patient legally using it from all Federal charges.
2. Decriminalize personal use of marijuana. As an interim step toward legalization, decriminalization would replace the possibility of jail time and a permanent record with small civil fines. This would, frankly, also discourage intense enforcement. It would also render much of Delaware's drug court apparatus unnecessary.
3. Get all non-violent drug offenders out of Delaware prisons. If there is a true medical addiction problem, fix it. That is almost always significantly cheaper than incarceration. Moreover, doing so would be a major savings to the state and allow actual violent criminals to be handed sentences commensurate with their crimes rather than sentencing guidelines in effect because we haven't got enough prison beds.
4. Regulate it like wine--ala Colorado. Legalize and tax it.
You might ask, why doesn't he advocate immediate legalization and skip all the interim steps?
Simple: Equality Delaware has convinced me that the multi-step, coalition-building, steady progression strategy actually works faster.