Delaware Democratic Governor Vetoes Cannabis Possession Legislation

Delaware Democratic Governor Vetoes Cannabis Possession Legislation
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<![CDATA[In rare form, a Democratic governor vetoed legislation that aims to legalize the possession of 1 ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and older in Delaware.  Gov. John Carney, who is term-limited and cannot seek reelection in November 2024, sent House Bill 371 back to the state General Assembly without his signature on May 24. That bill received three-fifths majority support in the House via a 26-14 vote May 5, as well as three-fifths majority support in the Senate via a 13-7 vote May 12, indicating that the legislation has enough clout behind it to override Carney’s veto.   In a veto statement released Tuesday, Carney said he recognizes the positive effects that medical cannabis can have for people with certain health conditions and continues to support that industry in Delaware.   “That said, I do not believe that promoting or expanding the use of recreational marijuana is in the best interests of the state of Delaware, especially our young people,” he said. “Questions about the long-term health and economic impacts of recreational marijuana use, as well as serious law enforcement concerns, remain unresolved.” The vetoed legislation would not implement a commercial cultivation and retail industry but rather allow for the simple possession and transfer of 1 ounce or less of cannabis between those 21 and older, as long as no money is involved in the transfer.   Carney is the first Democratic governor to veto a cannabis legalization bill, according to advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).  Olivia Naugle, a senior policy analyst at MPP, called the governor’s veto a true injustice.   “This important legislation would dramatically reduce the number of police interactions, searches, and citations for cannabis possession in Delaware,” Naugle said in a statement. “We know cannabis laws are unequally enforced, and it is Black Delawareans…

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