DOVER — After months of deliberation among lawmakers, a bill that would implement taxes and regulations on the sale of marijuana failed the House of Representatives by a vote on Thursday.
His godfather, however, is not giving up.
House Bill 372 was one of two bills Rep. Ed Osienski, D-Newark, introduced after the March 10 defeat of his previous marijuana legislation, HB 305, which would have legalized and regulated marijuana in under the Delaware Marijuana Control Act.
After this bill was defeated, HB 372 was introduced to cover the tax and regulatory aspect of marijuana sales, while HB 371 was introduced to fight legalization. This latest bill has passed both the House and the Senate and is awaiting the governor’s signature.
After HB 372 was defeated on Thursday, Rep. Osienski changed his vote to no, allowing another vote on the House floor in the future. With HB 305 failing by two votes and HB 372 by one, the lawmaker said the process did not go as planned, but he still believes this legislation is in Delawares’ interests.
” It is very frustrating. It’s a bit of a headache to keep missing a vote or two. I feel like every time I get a vote, I lose a vote. I was really optimistic (Thursday). Everything looked good,” he said.
One of HB 372’s co-sponsors, Rep. Larry Mitchell, D-Elsmere, missed Thursday’s House session, due to illness, Rep. Osienski…
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