Delaware House Shoots Down Recreational Legalization Bill

Delaware House Shoots Down Recreational Legalization Bill
High Times

A majority of lawmakers in Delaware’s state House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill to legalize recreational cannabis, but that was still below the threshold necessary for the legislation to advance. The Associated Press reported that “[m]embers of the Democrat-led chamber voted 23-14 in favor the legislation, but it required a three-fifths majority of 25 votes because it would impose a new tax,” adding that “No Republicans voted in favor of the bill, and four lawmakers, including two Democrats, chose not to vote.” Despite being a solidly blue state, Delaware –– like its most famous native son, President Joe Biden –– has been slow to embrace legalization. As reported by the AP, the sponsor of the bill that was defeated on Thursday, Democratic state House Rep. Ed Osienski, noted that “Delaware is the only state in the country with a Democratic governor and Democrat-controlled legislature that has not approved legalization.” “We’re unique,” Oseinski said. The state’s governor, John Carney, has long been a vocal opponent of legalizing cannabis. “Look, I just don’t think it’s a good idea,” Carney said last year, arguing that marijuana could exacerbate the state’s opioid crisis. “If you talk to the parents of some of these folks that have overdosed and passed away they don’t think it’s a good idea because they remember the trajectory of their own sons and daughters,” the governor said. “And I’m not suggesting that that’s always a gateway for all that, but if you talk to those Attack Addiction advocates they don’t think it’s a very good idea.” “As I look at other states that have it, it just doesn’t seem to me to be a very positive thing from the strength of the community, of the economy in their states,” he added. “Is it the worst thing in…

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