Delaware Adult-Use Cannabis Bill One Vote Shy of House Passage Amidst Key Lawmaker’s Absence

Delaware Adult-Use Cannabis Bill One Vote Shy of House Passage Amidst Key Lawmaker’s Absence
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<![CDATA[A bill to legalize a commercial adult-use cannabis industry in Delaware gained majority support among House lawmakers May 19 but came one vote shy of the supermajority it needed to pass amidst a key supporter’s absence. Since House Bill 372 would create a new tax—a 15% cannabis excise tax that would be levied on retail sales—the legislation needs three-fifths majority, or 25 votes, to pass the Democrat-controlled Delaware House. But with Majority Whip John “Larry” Mitchell, a retired police officer who supports the bill, out sick from the floor vote on Thursday, the legislation came one vote shy of the 25 it needed to pass, The Associated Press reported. Ultimately, the effort was defeated in a 23-15 vote—with two representatives absent and one choosing not to vote—because the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Ed Osienski changed his vote to “no” at the last minute, a procedural move that allows him, a member who voted with the prevailing side, to bring the legislation back to the floor for reconsideration when the chamber reconvenes from a two-week recess next month, according to the news outlet. “Coming into today, I thought it was going to be a good day,” Osienski told the Delaware News Journal. “This whole thing has been up and down, up and down. This was a down.” While Osienski, who thought he had the necessary votes for the Delaware Marijuana Control Act to pass, hit a bump on Thursday, he succeeded earlier this month in getting companion legislation, H.B. 371, passed out of the General Assembly and to Gov. John Carney’s desk. Pending the governor’s ink, that legislation will legalize the possession of up 1 ounce of cannabis by adults 21 and older. Under current laws and penalties, possessing up to 1 ounce is a civil penalty punishable by a maximum fine…

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