The state Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill legalizing the use of marijuana in Delaware for medical reasons.
The bill, based on the Marijuana Policy Project's model medical marijuana legislation, cleared the Senate on an 18-to-3 vote on Thursday and now goes to House.
The bill states that, with their doctor's written recommendation, patients with certain serious medical conditions that could be alleviated by marijuana would be allowed to possess up to six ounces of the drug from a state-registered ``compassion center.''
The state Department of Health and Social Services would issue identification cards for such patients to help ensure they are not subject to arrest. Caregivers who could pick up marijuana for their patients also would receive ID cards. Each caregiver could assist no more than five patients.