Delaware Marijuana Legalization Bill Fails In House—Even Though Most Representatives Voted For It

Delaware Marijuana Legalization Bill Fails In House—Even Though Most Representatives Voted For It
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A bill to legalize marijuana in Delaware failed to pass the House of Representatives on Thursday, even though a majority of members voted for it. Two House committees had previously advanced the reform proposal from Rep. Ed Osienski (D) in recent weeks, but it was ultimately defeated by the full chamber in a vote of 23 representatives in support and 14 against, failing to reach the required 3/5 supermajority to advance to the Senate. The legislation would have allowed adults 21 and older to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis, including up to five grams of cannabis concentrates. Home cultivation and marijuana delivery services would not have been prohibited. “In the past two years, we have listened to the concerns from communities that have for decades been negatively impacted by the prohibition of marijuana, to try to undo some of the harm done,” Osienski said in closing remarks before the vote. Under the legislation, a marijuana commissioner under the state Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement would have regulated the industry and overseen licensing of retailers, cultivators, manufacturers and laboratories. Licenses would have been granted through a scored, competitive process, with advantages given to those who pay workers a living wage, provide health insurance or meet certain other benchmarks. Before the final vote, members rejected a number of amendments to add restrictions, impose penalties for certain activities and limit licensing opportunities for social equity applicants with certain prior cannabis convictions. However, an amendment was attached that would have ensured the the legalization law would not “impact or impose requirements on employers with respect to terms and conditions of employment including but not limited to accommodation, policies, or discipline.” It wasn’t enough to get the bill past the goal line, however. An earlier legalization bill from Osienski cleared…

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