Delaware Marijuana Legalization Vote Delayed In House As Lawmakers Review Amendments

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A vote on a Delaware marijuana legalization bill that was scheduled in the House of Representatives for Thursday has been cancelled, despite attempts by the sponsor to propose amendments to reach the three-fifths supermajority support threshold needed to pass it. Rep. Edward Osienski (D), who filed the measure, said lawmakers need more time to consider a series of proposed changes before reaching a consensus and moving forward. “House Bill 150 is an extremely important piece of legislation with many complicated moving parts,” he told WDEL. “In recent days, a number of amendments have been filed by myself and other legislators that would make significant changes to the bill as written. Accordingly, my colleagues and I need time to consider the implications of these various amendments before bringing the bill to the House floor for a vote.” Yesterday, the bill’s sponsor Rep. Osienski told me it was “uncertain” whether the marijuana bill had the votes. #netde — Amy Cherry (@acherry13) June 10, 2021 “This is one piece of legislation that we have to get right,” he said. “I encourage my fellow legislators, advocates and supporters of the bill to please be patient as we continue to work toward the goal of legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use in Delaware.” Olivia Naugle, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project, said advocates are “hopeful that lawmakers will be able to come to an agreement on the details and bring HB 150 to a floor vote as soon as possible.” The legislation could be rescheduled for consideration as soon as next week. In an apparent effort to build buy-in among legislators, Osienski introduced several amendments on Tuesday, including some that would gut key social equity provisions. One proposed revision would eliminate language to establish a fund to provide financial assistance to equity businesses.…

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