Delaware Governor Makes First Comments On Marijuana Legalization Bill Sent To His Desk

Delaware Governor Makes First Comments On Marijuana Legalization Bill Sent To His Desk
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The governor of Delaware has given his first public comments on a bill to legalize marijuana that was sent to his desk last week, noting the legislation’s limited scope but saying that he has remaining concerns and declining to say specifically whether he intends to sign it. Gov. John Carney (D), a rare example of a Democratic governor who continues to oppose legalization, said that he agrees that using cannabis shouldn’t be a “criminal offense,” adding that the bill passed in the legislature “just decriminalizes.” “It doesn’t have a regulatory piece that goes with it,” Carney told WMDT. “So we’re looking at the same concerns that I’ve been articulating for some time with respect to public safety and its effect on our young people, and we’ll continue to keep those in mind.” The bill that’s been transmitted to the governor’s desk is narrowly tailored, but because it removes all criminal penalties associated with possession and sharing of up to one ounce of marijuana between adults 21 and older, advocates consider that to be a form on non-commercial legalization. Possession of up to one ounces of marijuana is already currently decriminalized in the state, punishable by a civil fine and no threat of jail time under a law that was enacted in 2015. Carney signed a bill in 2019 that expanded the policy to apply to those under 21, too, though they face escalating civil penalties for subsequent offenses. And while Carney is right that the newly passed legislation itself doesn’t include language providing a regulatory framework for adult-use sales, the sponsor of the bill is working to advance companion legislation that would accomplish that. That measure has moved through the House committee process and now awaits consideration on the floor before potentially heading to the Senate. In any case, it’s…

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