Delaware’s Cannabis Program – Is It Performing Well?

State lawmakers are considering legislation that could make it easier for more patients to qualify for Delaware’s medical cannabis program.

Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Anthony Delcollo (R-Elsmere) would leave it up to doctors to decide whether a patient’s condition would benefit from medical marijuana. Under the 2011 law, an oversight committee decides on qualifying conditions.

Delcollo’s bill would also allow all doctors to prescribe cannabis for minors, instead of just certain specialities. Patients under 18 years old would still only be able to get marijuana oil.
Delcollo said he believes physicians should decide if medical cannabis is right for their patients just as they do for every other prescription drug.

“Given the outcry that I heard of people who want to have this flexibility, people who need to be hopefully benefitted from this and not able to,” he said. “My hope is that it’ll get this access to folks so they can be well.”

Zoe Patchell with the Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network supports the bill and said it will likely make more conditions and patients eligible. But Patchell said patients right now are seeing medical marijuana shortages at the state’s dispensaries.

“Basically we’re hearing that the current dispensaries aren’t able to meet the demand of the over 6,500 current card-holding patients here in Delaware,” she said.

Patchell said she’s hopeful the dispensaries will increase production, more dispensaries will open and the state will fully legalize marijuana.

Delcollo said he believes the demand is already there, but some of the patients who would potentially qualify can’t access the program under the current law.

As Delaware courts test the anti-discrimination provision of the medical marijuana statute, the state legislature has been taking a hard look at marijuana as well. Legalization, decriminalization, and expansion to the medical marijuana program are all on the table.

Regarding the potential for Delaware legalizing recreational marijuana, we renew our 2018 prediction that this is still not likely in 2019. Especially with the retirement of both the House and Senate champions at the end of last session and a failed floor vote in the House in June. That said, it is possible that with so many new faces in legislative hall, fifteen out of sixty-two, there are surprise support votes that come to light. No bill has been filed, but one is anticipated.

As the legalization pathway or non-pathway becomes clearer, the legislature is taking another pass through decriminalization and medical marijuana.

First, Senate Bill 45 extends previous adult decriminalization to persons under the age of 21. If passed, the penalty for possession, use, or consumption of a “personal use” quantity of marijuana would go from criminal to civil.

As frustration builds on the legalization side, pressure also mounts to streamline and enlarge the medical marijuana program. While new dispensaries are opening, now numbering four around the state, the statutory pathways to qualify for a card for their use are being revisited.

Senate Bill 59 expands the pathway for certifying a qualifying condition from physicians to also include nurse practitioners and physician assistants, creating a new umbrella definition of the three licensees as “health-care practitioner.” The interesting nuance is that in doing so, the bill eliminates a previous requirement that for patients under 18; presently minors must be qualified specifically by a pediatric physician. This requirement is removed altogether.

More eye-catching is Senate Bill 24, which could, if it moves forward in its current form, really call the question the legislature’s faith in the fundamental program structure. Due to the “squishy” evidence around marijuana’s medical efficacy, mostly the result of remaining a Schedule I drug federally, no physician prescribes marijuana. Instead, the legislature created a list of “qualifying conditions” that can be expanded through public health regulation. The physician certifies a qualifying condition and the Department of Public Health then provides the patient with a medical marijuana card that gives patients permission to purchase at a dispensary. The separation of medical practice, limited to diagnosis, from a judgment on the efficacy of marijuana as a treatment, is intentional.

Of course, there are perennial skirmishes over legislation that seeks to add more and more qualifying conditions to the statute, often, but not always, these disputes signal legislative disagreement with Public Health when they have refused to add a condition via regulation, citing a lack of evidence.

Senate Bill 24 fast-forwards the entire debate by adding a line: “Any other medical condition or its treatment identified in a physician’s written certification for which the medical use of medical marijuana is likely to provide a therapeutic or palliative benefit.” In just thirty words, the legislature could undermine the programmatic structure: a physician can designate a variety of conditions as qualifying for a medical marijuana card, without additional legislative or regulatory action. It will be interesting to see where this legislation goes as it truly does cut to the heart of the legislature’s confidence in the scheme it created nearly a decade ago by giving physicians (whether they want it or not) much more power to grant access to medical marijuana.

Lastly, an offshoot of this conversation worth noting is that it has re-sparked a conversation around the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil as the research of its use, particularly in pediatric settings, has been distinct from research on broader marijuana use. Look for more legislative nuance as it comes to the medicinal use of CBD oils in Delaware.Read more at

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The Power of Knowing Your Values

If there is something that you believe you would love to have in your life—having more money, more passion, more happiness, more energy, more productivity, more meaning —I can tell you that the reason you don’t yet have it in that particular form is almost certainly that you don’t truly value it enough. There is something else you value more, and that is where your energy, time, money, and focus have gone, whether you are aware of it or not.

When you truly value something, you are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to fulfill that value. You’ll notice people, places, things, ideas, or events to fulfill that value that another person will surely miss. You’ll mobilize your energy to take advantage of those opportunities. And you’ll bring all your mental, physical, and spiritual resources to bear to make sure that you fulfill what you truly seek.

Your highest values determine your attention, retention, and intention what you notice, what you remember, and what you intend or act upon. We often hear a lot about Attention Deficit Disorder— the difficulties some people seem to have in being attentive and focusing steadily. But when you think about it, we all have some degree of ADD for the things that we don’t value. For the things we do highly value, we have what you could call an “Attention Surplus Order,” which does a fabulous job of filtering your perceptions. Out of all the stimuli in your environment, the ones you notice are the ones that will help you fulfill your highest values. Your highest values will lead you to notice things that another person might miss—even if you tried to point it out.

Believe it or not, your highest values also affect what you remember. That is, you are far more likely to retain information that you believe will help you retain your highest values and to forget information that does not relate to those values.

We all know people who say, “Oh I can’t remember anything—I have a mind like a sieve” — and then they rattle off the scores of their favorite teams, the results of their latest blood pressure test and cholesterol count, or the details of their child’s latest triumph in school. For those things that truly matter, people have selective biased retention—the ability to select and hold on to the information that supports their highest values.

Finally, your highest values create what is called “selective biased intention,” adding an extra power to those intentions that truly align with those most important values. For instance, if you place a high value on your health, you’ll make sure that you get to the gym, even if you have to give up some other pleasures to do so. If you place a higher value on “dressing for success,” you might skip the gym in order to stop by your favorite fine clothing store. If you want to know what you truly value, look at what you make time for.

Just think about the power we mobilize when we bring together attention, retention and intention to fulfill our highest values. There is really no stopping us. What we value most shapes how we process information, what we remember, and how we act, so that our minds, emotions, and intentions all work together to fulfill whose most meaningful values.

This is why your true highest values are infinitely more powerful than any social idealisms and why it is so important not to allow social idealisms and why it is so important not to allow superficial and social idealisms to cloud the clarity of your most inspiring values. Aligning your day to day decisions with your highest values is the key to achieving a fulfilling life. By becoming aware of your highest values, you mobilize your deepest power. It’s an unbeatable combination.…

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5 Steps to Fail Fast More to Live More

For those who know me well, know that it’s always my greatest hope that I will be able to help people lead more fulfilling lives— to boldly pursue what they enjoy, to passionately engage in meaningful work, and to embrace new experiences and the unknown.

The idea of ‘failing fast’ provides a simple way to transform your life through small, immediate actions. When you embrace failure rather than resist it, every moment provides the opportunity to: learn, experience, wonder, grow, create, appreciate, be surprised, share, and feel more connected.

Take this message to heart and have fun failing. The more you fail, the more you will live, and you deserve to experience all of the wonderful gifts life has to offer. To help you get started failing as quickly and frequently as possible, I want to touch upon some key ideas and provide suggestions as to how you can apply then, starting today.

1. Remember The Fun Factor

I can’t stress enough, the importance of building enjoyment into your life. By doing what you love, you place yourself in an appreciative mind-set that allows you to think more creatively, work more productively, and capitalize on unexpected opportunities. So starting today, set aside at least five minutes for unadulterated pleasure. Read an interesting book, get a massage, or enjoy one of your hobbies.

2. Do It Badly as Fast as You Can

Successful people have a knack for performing poorly. They deliberately seek out opportunities where they can face the limits of their skills and knowledge so that they can encounter the unknown and learn. In this spirit, we encourage you to find something that you have been meaning to do and to give yourself permission to do it badly right away. For example, you could shake your booty on the dance floor, deliver a really poor rendition of Mariah Carey at next weeks karaoke night, or attempt your first blog post.

3. Break from Your Routine

You are more likely to encounter unexpected opportunities and ideas when you are doing new things—trying activities, exploring unfamiliar places, meeting people, or being exposed to different ideas or cultures. So find a way today to step out of your usual habits and thinking patterns to experience new possibilities. For example, you might introduce yourself to a stranger, attend an offbeat play or attend an exercise class that you normally wouldn’t.

4. Un-Plan It

Successful people have a lean approach to planning. They find ways to take small steps in order to experiment, collect information, and adjust course, without the need for a huge investment or long-term commitment. With this in mind, rather than worry about your plans for the next month or year, focus on what you can do today. Take a small, immediate step related to your interests or aspirations. For example, you might talk to an expert, sign up for a conference, buy a book, or begin creating the prototype for your new product idea.

Do It Anyway

It is natural to feel uncertain, unmotivated, or fearful when facing new challenges. But negative feelings shouldn’t stop you. The best way to gain confidence and have a more optimistic outlook is to take action, even though you’re not feeling up to it. The next time you find yourself hesitating due to your negative moods, get going anyway. Go for a run even though you feel lethargic; invite a colleague to lunch even though you feel shy; volunteer for a project even though you doubt your abilities; or enroll in a challenging course even though you feel unprepared.

Now it’s time for you to get out there and fail as quickly as you possibly can. And then fail again. It is in the moments of failure that you will experience the greatest growth, boost your resilience and elevate your confidence to a whole new level.…

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How Resisting Change is Keeping You Stuck!

Over the last decade I’ve attended hundreds of personal and professional development events, seminars and training. One of my observations was that most training and learning doesn’t last. Here is what I mean; we attend a seminar and vow to transform our lives. We say we’ll be better parents, more effective leaders and wiser human beings.

Two days later it’s back to business as usual— seeing the negative, playing the victim and being cranky. The learning didn’t work. Why? Because we didn’t commit to change.

“No one wants to fail. So most of us don’t even try.”

Having helped many women create sustained change, build businesses they love and live lives they adore, I’ve come to identify four main reasons why people are so resistant to change. Even despite having the opportunity to do so, they don’t take the next steps to elevate their personal or professional lives.

With greater awareness of these four factors— you can make better choices. And when you make better choices, you are certain to experience better results. Big idea: Personal leadership begins with self -awareness because you can’t improve a weakness or a blind spot you don’t even know about. In other words, once you know better you can do better.

Here are the four things that keep us from making the changes we want to make:



People fear leaving their safe harbor of the unknown and venturing off into the unknown. Human beings crave certainty— even when it limits them. Most of us don’t like trying something new— it brings up our discomfort. The key here is to manage your fear by doing the very thing that frightens you. That’s the best way to destroy a fear. Do it until you’re no longer scared. The fears you run away from run toward you. The fears you don’t own will own you. But behind every fear wall lives a precious treasure.


No one wants to fail. So most of us don’t even try. Sad. We don’t even take that first step to improve our health or to deepen our working relationships or to realize a dream. In my mind, the only failure in life is the failure to try. And I deeply believe that the greatest risk you can ever take is not taking risks. Take that small step and do it fast. Failure is an essential part of realizing success. There can be no success without failure.


Sure we leave the seminar room after an inspirational workshop ready to change the world. But then we get to the office or back to the grind of ‘life’ and reality sets in. Difficult coworkers. Uncooperative children. Demanding clients to appease. No time to act on the commitments we made for personal and professional leadership. So we forget them. Here’s a key to success: Keep your commitments top of mind. Heighten your awareness around them.

Better awareness— Better choices. Better choices—Better results.

Keep your self-promises front and center. Don’t forget them. Put them on a sticky note or a cue card that you can post on your bathroom mirror and read every morning. Seems silly, works magically. Talk about them a lot because you become what you talk about. Write about them each morning in your journal.


Too many people have no faith. They are cynical. “This leadership training and personal development stuff doesn’t work.” Or “I’m too old to change. “Cynicism stems from disappointment. Cynical and faithless people were not always like that. The were filled with possibilities and hope as children. But they tried and perhaps failed. And rather than staying in the game, recognizing that failure is the highway to success, they shut down and grew cynical. Their way to avoid getting hurt again.

So there you go, the four F’s of why we resist transformation and showing real leadership within our lives. If you can understand them and you can then manage and overcome them. Because awareness really does precede success. And ordinary people really can craft extraordinary lives. I see it happen all the time. You truly can get to greatness. Trust me. But you have to start. And how will you know what you are truly capable of if you don’t even try?…

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5 Top Leadership Books for Women

I’m often asked what I believe the best books on leadership for women are. So, to answer everyone’s question, I have compiled a list of what I believe to be the 5 top leadership books for women. I hope this list helps and that you enjoy reading the selections I have made.


The 10 Laws of Enduring Success by Maria Bartiromo

I really enjoyed reading this particular book. Ms. Bartiromo explains the importance of identifying what really matters in your life through the 10 laws that she has designed. She takes her personal and business experiences, plus the knowledge that she has gained and helps readers define their life purpose. This book is a great way to define what you want and what you need to do to achieve it.

No Excuse Leadership Tactics for Women by Angie Morgan and Courtney Lynch

This is a great book for women who are trying to improve their leadership skills. The authors provide the reader with a list of ten principles which will help improve their overall leadership style.


Lean In AMLean In by Sheryl Sandberg

This is a great book that shows women how important it is to challenge the assumption that men still run the world. She delves into the importance of men sharing the family workload, rather than making women choose between their careers and their family. Men aren’t forced to make that choice, so why do women have to. This book also demonstrates that women have the ability to succeed in business; they just need to develop the proper skills needed to overcome many of the obstacles that often stand in their way.

The Well-Spoken Woman: Your Guide to Looking and Sounding Your Best by Christine K. Jahnke

This book provides women with the proper exercises, and information to help them overcome their fears and become an effective speaker. If you struggle with public speaking, or simply speaking up when needed, this book can be highly beneficial for you.

Women Don’t Ask AMWomen Don’t Ask by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever

This book teaches women that it’s acceptable to ask for what they want in business. If you have any trouble negotiating or simply asking for what you want, this book can be highly beneficial to you. This book will also open your eyes about the differences in pay that still exist between men and women.

As part of my personal development regime I schedule in time to read at least one book per month that will help me grow personally and professionally. After all, in order for you to have more influence and impact as a leader you must always be committed to learning innovative ways to enhance your leadership skills.…

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What You Need to Know About Toronto Venues

When you choose to host your next meeting in Toronto, you will be choosing a location that will leave your attendees speechless. There is so much to do and see in the city of Toronto that your guests will have the time of their life, maybe even forgetting that they are in town for business. Toronto is a large city that is easily accessible by plane. There are plenty of amenities located throughout the town that make finding a place to stay as easy as possible.

The Toronto Cathedral Center is a venue that is designed to host meetings and events of any size. It is one of the most well-known meeting venues in the city. It features a great atmosphere with views that showcase the beauty of the city, day or night. It is within easy travel distance to many hotels and other attractions.

If you are interested in choosing a location that features both meeting rooms and hotel rooms, you may be interested in any one of the numerous well-known hotels located throughout the city. From the Marriott to the Ritz-Carlton, you are bound to find a setting that will perfectly suit your next meeting. There is a venue that will perfectly suit your next meeting regardless of size or the amenities that you require.

For those of you who are interested in a larger venue, the Metro Toronto Convention Centre is always an option. It is centrally located in the heart of downtown Toronto which makes it easy to find for your event attendees. In 2010 this venue was host to the G-20 summit and the XVI International AIDS Conference in 2006. With high-profile clients like this, you know that this venue is top notch. It has spaces available that can accommodate a small or larger sized group. It is definitely a venue that should be on your list of venues.

The city of Toronto has a lot to offer visitors, from great shopping, restaurants, and of course meeting venues. Toronto is a city that should definitely be considered when booking your next meeting.…

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