Delaware Lawmakers Renew Effort To Legalize Pot

Delaware Lawmakers Renew Effort To Legalize Pot
High Times

Democratic lawmakers in Delaware last week performed what has become an annual legislative ritual by introducing measures that would legalize recreational marijuana. And, as per recent tradition, their biggest obstacle remains the most senior member of their own state party.  The Delaware News Journal reports that members of the state House of Representatives introduced a pair of bills on Friday “to legalize and create a recreational marijuana industry in Delaware, setting up a likely fight within the Democratic Party this legislative session.”  The anticipated intra-party feud centers around Democratic Gov. John Carney, who has long been opposed to marijuana legalization and has stymied efforts by Democrats in the legislature to end the prohibition on pot.  Last year, Carney vetoed a bill that would have legalized recreational pot in the state.  Despite holding a majority in each chamber of the state General Assembly, Democratic lawmakers were unable to override Carney’s veto. “[The legalization bill] would, among other things, remove all penalties for possession by a person 21 years of age or older of one ounce or less of marijuana and ensure that there are no criminal or civil penalties for transfers without remuneration of one ounce or less of marijuana between persons who are 21 years of age or older,” Carney said in a statement following his veto. “I recognize the positive effect marijuana can have for people with certain health conditions, and for that reason, I continue to support the medical marijuana industry in Delaware,” he continued. “I supported decriminalization of marijuana because I agree that individuals should not be imprisoned solely for the possession and private use of a small amount of marijuana—and today, thanks to Delaware’s decriminalization law, they are not.” “That said, I do not believe that promoting or expanding the use of recreational marijuana is in…

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