The Change Makers Award recognizes policymakers on the state or federal level who have advocated for ending cannabis prohibition in the interest of fiscal policy, personal liberty, medical alternatives and/or equal justice.
In 2017, we introduce a second award, The Change Makers Business Award, celebrating an individual or organization that not only demonstrates business practices of the highest standards, but also acts as a catalyst to drive positive change in the cannabis community by supporting the efforts of non-profit advocacy groups.
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Delaware State Senator Margaret Rose Henry (D) Chosen as Winner of 2016 National Cannabis Festival Change Makers Award
On April 23, 2016, the National Cannabis Festival awarded Delaware State Senator Margaret Rose Henry with the Change Makers Award for leading cannabis reform efforts in her state.
Senate Majority Whip Margaret Rose Henry led the fight to legalize medical marijuana in Delaware and expand access to patients who needed it most. She also helped spearhead successful efforts to decriminalize small quantities of the drug in the First State.
“I am honored to be the first recipient of the Change Makers Award. Delaware has come a long way in rethinking the way we look at marijuana, and I thank my colleagues in both the House and Senate for being open-‐minded about the issue,” Henry said. “We still have more to do – but I am proud to support legislation that improves the overall health, well-‐being, and future of all Delawareans.”
Senator Henry’s introduction of legislation leading to the establishment of medical cannabis access in Delaware and her efforts to decriminalize cannabis possession to prevent life-‐altering penalties from being leveled against young people made her the favorite among voters who selected a winner out of 13 state and federal lawmaker nominees.
“Senator Margaret Rose Henry’s pragmatic leadership and thorough understanding of the medical and social impact of cannabis reform sets an example for other state legislators,” said Cynthia Ferguson, representative for Delaware NORML, “to have her receive this award at the inaugural National Cannabis Festival in Washington, D.C., just one mile from the Capitol Building is very symbolic for cannabis policy reform advocates in Delaware and around the nation.”
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