Delaware Could Be Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Very Soon

It wasn’t long ago when Delaware legalized medical marijuana. Now about 8 years later, the road to fully legalizing marijuana in the state has never been so clear. While there are still lots of hurdles to pass through, the possibility of full legalization doesn’t seem so bleak.
Could the state really legalize recreational marijuana? The debate is still on and either parties seem to be equipped with the right words to say. Let’s look into the current happenings and what could be the possible events a few days from now.

Current Situation in DE

Just a year ago, a measure that proposed to legalize marijuana was defeated by just four votes. It was sponsored by the former state representative, Helene Keeley. Since then, efforts have been made to push with the measures.

Last June 5, a bill was able to clear a House committee in the latest General Assembly in Delaware. This meant that marijuana might be legalized for those who are 21 years old and older.
During the assembly, members of the state in the Finance Committee and House Revenue listened to the points of both supports and opponents. Two hours of debate points thrown here and there were both to express just how much it could affect public health and safety in the long run.

The strongest point from the supporters was that it would be taking marijuana away from the hands of the black market and into legal regulation which will put an end to disparities, especially between races who are arrested for possession.

The supporters wanted to point out that the industry already exists and that the best way to go would be to give the reins of the industry to the state which can expand the industry in the state, create more jobs, and increase the revenue it’s already getting.

Opponents, on the other hand, testified that there are repercussions to marijuana usage, especially on one’s mental and physical health. Division of Public Health Director, Dr. Karyl Rattay said that users might use this as a gateway drug.

Other issues raised were road dangers, saying that there could be no guarantee on which drivers were high and driving. As being expounded, this poses as a strong public safety threat for all members of the state.

Contents of the Proposal

It’s not yet clear on whether the bill actually gets approved but it sure does seem to be surpassing challenges quite easily. Now, let’s take a look at the contents of the proposal and what might happen if the bill will be passed.

In-charge

If ever the bill gets approved and the state goes full on legal with marijuana, the marijuana industry in the state will be overseen by a committee appointed by the state to specifically do just that.
A DE marijuana commissioner will also be appointed and be given the authority to create and adopt new regulations. The commissioner would also be required to submit reports on a yearly basis to the governor and the General Assembly.

Possession

Those who live in DE and are over 21 years old can purchase and have up to 28.4 grams or an ounce of marijuana with them. These adults are also limited to having just 5 grams of marijuana concentrates, regardless if they’re edibles or vape liquids.

Tax and Sales

The state would tax marijuana products at 15%. It would also be taxing licensing fees for cultivating, manufacturing, selling, and testing the plants and products being sold.

Buying and Consumption

Selling hours will still be the same with alcohol selling hours. Marijuana still won’t be legally allowed to be smoked in public.
Drivers and passengers are also not allowed to smoke marijuana before getting into vehicles. Users can only smoke pot in places where cigarettes and electronic versions are allowed to be smoked.

Homegrown

Still, even if the bill gets approved, residents still won’t be able to grow their own marijuana at home. Everything has to be purchased at dispensaries and getting caught with your own plant can land you in jail.

Dispensary or Cultivation Center

50 indoor and outdoor cultivation facilities will be initially authorized along with 15 retail stores, 10 manufacturing factories, and 5 testing facilities.
Those who want to manufacture or test must get a license and pay the fee of $10,000 bi-annually. Cultivating licenses will need to pay $2,500 every 2 years and will increase by $2,500 up to $10,000 depending on the size of the facility.

As of the moment, we can only wait for the results. Whether it gets passed or not, people can still register to the medical marijuana program of Delaware here: https://www.veriheal.com/delaware/. Stay tuned for more updates because it’s bound to get more noisy in the next couple of months.…

Cholesterol – Effects of cholesterol diet on health

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in your blood. It builds up on the artery walls.LDL is the bad cholesterol. It causes build up on your artery walls.HDL is the good cholesterol. It helps fight build up of fats on the artery walls.Triglycerides are a different fat-like substance. It works like LDL cholesterol.Cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease.Heat disease is the number one killer of women in the United States.

Cholesterol Chart

Total Cholesterol

  • Less than 200 mg/dl……….good
  • 200-239 mg/dl…………….borderline high
  • Over 240 mg/dl……………high

LDL Cholesterol

  • Less than 100 mg/dl……….excellent
  • 100-129 mg/dl…………….average
  • 130-159 mg/dl…………….borderline high
  • 160-189 mg/dl…………….high
  • Over 190 mg/dl……………very high

HDL Cholesterol

  • Above 60 mg/dl……………very good
  • 40-59 mg/dl………………good
  • Below 40 mg/dl……………major health risk

Triglycerides

  • 150-199 mg/dl…………….borderline high
  • Above 199 mg/dl…………..high

Cholesterol affects you can control

  • Diet- Eat foods low in saturated fats and low in cholesterol. Choline is the vitamin most responsible for controlling cholesterol and fat build up in your body. A Choline supplement may be worth trying to help lower your LDL cholesterol. Weight- Being overweight can raise your LDL and lower your HDL.
  • Physical Exercise- Exercise at least 30 minute per day to lower LDL and raise your HDL.

Cholesterol affects you cannot control

  • Age- Women have lower total cholesterol than men until menopause. After menopause you must take extra care to keep your cholesterol levels in the good range.
  • Heredity- Your genes play a roll in how much cholesterol your body makes.

Now let’s determine your risk of heart disease

How many of the following heart disease risk factors do you have?

*smoke cigarettes

*high blood pressure (over 140/90) or on blood pressure medication

*HDL cholesterol lower than 40 mg/dl

*Family history of heart disease (father/brother before age 55, mother/sister before age 65)

*over age 55 (for women only, men over age 45)

How many heart disease risk factors do you have?

If you have 2 or more you need to take the Framingham cholesterol risk system to determine your heart disease risk.

Now let us determine your risk category using health factors and, if needed, your Framingham score.

  • Level I: heart disease, diabetic, or score over20% (highest risk)
  • Level II: 2 or more risk factors and a score of 10%-20% (next highest risk)
  • Level III: 2 or more risk factors and a score below 10% (moderate risk)
  • Level IV: 0 or 1 risk factors (low to moderate risk)

What you should do based on your risk level.

  • Level I. If your LDL is over 100 start a cholesterol lowering diet. If your LDL is between 100 and 129 consult your health care provider to see if drug treatment is required. If your LDL level is 130 or higher a drug treatment program is needed.
  • Level II. If your LDL is higher than 130 a cholesterol lowering diet is needed. If after 3 months your level hasn’t dropped below 130 a drug treatment may be needed.
  • Level III. If your LDL is higher than 130 a cholesterol lowering diet is needed. If your LDL is higher than 160 after using the diet for 3 months drug treatment may be needed.
  • Level IV. If your LDL is higher than 160 a cholesterol lowering diet is needed. If after 3 months your cholesterol is still above 160 drug treatment may be needed. If your LDL is over 190 drug treatment may be needed.