Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network rally for the 4th annual Global Cannabis March

Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network rally for the 4th annual Global Cannabis March

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - A local activist group marched on May 6, 2017, hoping to get the word out on a new bill that they hope will pass soon in the state of Delaware.  

The Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network and its supporters marching in solidarity on Saturday.

They joined multiple countries around the globe for the Global Cannabis March.

"This march is being held worldwide amongst 200 cities, 40 countries worldwide. This is the 4th year that Delaware has been participating in this global unified event to end cannabis prohibition," Zoë Patchell says.

The president of Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network, Zoë Patchell, says the march has grown over the years.

And their Vice President, John Sybert, says now more than ever, it is imperative to gain even a bigger crowd, now that the House Bill 110 has been introduced to the general assembly.

If passed, it would create dispensaries in every county for people to purchase up to an ounce of marijuana.

Sybert says, "We want people to vote yes on that and we want them to ask representatives to vote yes on that because we actually can't vote anything directly anything here in Delaware, we have to talk to representatives.

Patchell tells 47 ABC a passage of this bill could also help create jobs in the state, plus revenue.

However, this type of legislation has not come without pushback in the past.

Groups like Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana, or CALM, is an all-volunteer committee dedicated to defeating any effort to legalize marijuana.

The group has cited findings from the FDA, which they say suggests scientific evidence of marijuana causing harm.

CALM argues the "normalization, expanded use, and increased availability of marijuana" is detrimental to the youth, public health, and safety of our society.

Back in Delaware, advocates marched from the surf side park across the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk chanting hoping their voices would be heard.

We're told there would still have some regulations on criminal offenses, such as not driving after consuming or smoking in public areas.

This upcoming Thursday, May 11, 2017, the group will be sitting down with representatives and senators pushing for this bill.

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