Delaware Lawmakers File Marijuana Legalization Bills, With Hearings Already Set For Next Week

Delaware Lawmakers File Marijuana Legalization Bills, With Hearings Already Set For Next Week
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Delaware lawmakers are taking another shot at legalizing marijuana in the state, filing a pair of complementary bills on Friday that would end prohibition and set up a basic regulatory framework for the market. And committee hearings on the proposals are already set for next week. Rep. Ed Osienski (D) is sponsoring the legislation, HB 1 and HB 2. He took a similar, bifurcated approach last session and saw the legislature pass the simple legalization proposal while narrowly defeating the regulatory measure. Gov. John Carney (D) vetoed the former legislation, and the House didn’t have to votes for an override. Advocates are hopeful that they’ll see a different result this year—and the sponsor says he’s going to push to achieve that. Things are already moving according to plan, with the House Health & Human Development Committee scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the basic legalization bill and the House Revenue & Finance Committee taking up the regulatory measure on Wednesday. Both bills were introduced with about 30 combined House and Senate co-sponsors. “Delaware has been missing an opportunity to participate in the adult recreational marijuana market,” Osienski said in a press release. We’ve missed out on hurting the illegal market, creating a new industry with good-paying jobs, and bringing tax revenue into our state that is currently going to nearby states like New Jersey.” “We have spent the past several years educating members about the merits of this program and dispelling the misconceptions that have persisted,” he said. “I’m optimistic that we have the support to make this effort a reality.” Here’s what the HB 1 legalization bill would accomplish:  State statute would be revised to legalize the possession, use, sharing and purchasing of up to one ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and older. To avoid abuses of…

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