The anticipated Delaware House vote on legalizing recreational marijuana did not materialize on Thursday.
Lead sponsor Rep. Ed Osienski, D-Newark, released the following statement regarding House Bill 150.The bill is listed on today’s House agenda but will not be considered.
“House Bill 150 is an extremely important piece of legislation with many complicated moving parts. In recent days, a number of amendments have been filed by myself and other legislators that would make significant changes to the bill as written. Accordingly, my colleagues and I need time to consider the implications of these various amendments before bringing the bill to the House floor for a vote. This is one piece of legislation that we have to get right, and I encourage my fellow legislators, advocates and supporters of the bill to please be patient as we continue to work toward the goal of legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use in Delaware,” Osienski stated.
The legislation calls for smaller players to get early preference in getting sales licenses.
While not offering specifics, Gov. John Carney said he was unhappy with some aspects of the bill. He stopped short of vowing to veto the measure, but added that he is concerned about the health aspects of legalization. Carney took note of efforts as Lieutenant Governor in dealing with the state’s high rate of cigarette smoking.
The marijuana bill has entrenched opposition from elements in law enforcement, the medical community and the corporate medical marijuana industry that want first dibs on selling recreational weed.
Delaware is also grappling with the experiences of states that ranged from little regulation in Oregon to corporate marijuana gaining the advantage in California.