Delaware Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales, With Hearing On Separate Complementary Measure Coming This Week

Delaware Lawmakers Approve Bill To Legalize Marijuana Sales, With Hearing On Separate Complementary Measure Coming This Week
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A Delaware House committee has approved the first of a pair of bills to legalize marijuana in the state, this one focusing on regulations for an adult-use program that’d be created if the complementary, simple legalization legislation is also enacted. The House Revenue & Finance Committee passed the bill, HB 2 from Rep. Ed Osienski (D), in a 7-2 vote on Tuesday. It deals with issues like taxing cannabis products and promulgating rules for the market. The other measure from the same sponsor, HB 1, is set to be taken up in a separate committee on Wednesday. These developments come just days after the revised proposals were introduced for the 2023 session. Osienski took a similar, bifurcated approach for the reform last session and saw the legislature pass the basic 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. The bill “creates the legal framework to license and regulate a new industry to create well-paying jobs for Delawareans while striking a blow against the criminal element which profits from this ever-growing and thriving illegal market for marijuana in our state,” the sponsor said at Tuesday’s hearing. The legal sales legislation will now move to the House Appropriations Committee, after which point it could advance to the floor, with Osienski saying that could happen in March. 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 the “gifting” provision, the bill stipulates that “adult sharing” would not include giving away cannabis “contemporaneously with another reciprocal transaction between the same parties” such as an exchange of a non-marijuana item. Public…

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