Delaware House Rejects Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill As Separate Possession Measure Awaits Governor’s Action

Delaware House Rejects Marijuana Sales Legalization Bill As Separate Possession Measure Awaits Governor’s Action
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The Delaware House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize and regulate marijuana sales, even though it got a majority of votes in support. The move comes one week after lawmakers sent the governor separate legislation to simply legalize cannabis possession. The broader measure providing for a commercial marijuana market, got 23 votes in support and 15 against, but fell short of the three-fifths supermajority needed for passage. Rep. Ed Osienski (D) is sponsoring both the simple legalization bill, HB 371, and the complementary measure to establish sales regulations, HB 372. He made the calculated decision to break them up after his earlier proposal that included both components was rejected in the House because it also failed to get a required three-fifths majority. Because HB 371 on its own does not deal with raising revenue, it only needed a simple majority to pass. Osienski’s thinking has been that first moving non-commercial legalization through the legislature would put pressure on colleagues to approve the regulations bill with the higher vote threshold, rather than leave the market open—but that plan fell just short of success on Thursday. When it became clear that the measure was going to fail, Osienski switched his own “yes” vote to “no” so that he will have the right to call for the measure’s reconsideration at a later date. With his support, the measure originally had 24 votes in favor—just one shy of the 25 needed for passage. That means he will only need to convince one more colleague—perhaps one of the three who either abstained or did not vote on this latest roll call—to support the measure to advance it to the Senate. The bill “creates the legal framework to license and regulate a new industry that will create well-paying jobs for Delawareans while striking…

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