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Delaware Senate passes marijuana legalization – Cannabis Business Executive

With a 13-7 vote on Thursday, the Delaware Senate passed a streamlined bill legalizing marijuana possession, which sent the legislation to its final hurdle – receiving a signature from Governor John Carney.

It was the fifth time in state history and the second time this year that lawmakers have introduced legislation regarding the legalization of cannabis, but while Rep. Ed Osienski’s previous effort this year was shot down as he was trying to do too much, he pulled out the main themes. in their own bills.

Instead of trying to legalize marijuana and lay out an infrastructure plan for growing and selling the plant here in Delaware – including efforts focused on social equity – Osienski has separated these ideas to give each a better chance of survival on its own merits.

Thusday, House Bill 371which removes all penalties for recreational possession by an adult of one ounce or less of marijuana, passed its second chamber.

“This legislation is long overdue,” said Sen. Trey Paradee (D-Dover), the bill’s lead sponsor in the Senate. “The majority of Delawares want it, and it’s the right thing to do.”

The bill was, of course, not without its critics, and concerns were expressed – sometimes dramatically – from both sides of the aisle, as even Sen. Kyle Evans Gay (D-Brandywine Hundred) has noted that she would be remiss if she did not raise the issues her own constituents had with the lack of regulatory oversight in HB371. [Read More @]

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