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Delaware House Approves Marijuana Sales Bill Days After Passing Complementary Legalization Measure

The Delaware House of Representatives has approved a bill to create regulations for adult-use marijuana sales, sending it to the Senate just days after passing a complementary possession legalization measure.

The chamber cleared the regulatory legislation from Rep. Ed Osienski (D)—which advanced through two committees before reaching the floor—in a 27-13 vote.

“It has been a long journey to get to this point,” the sponsor said on the floor on Thursday. “We have experienced setbacks along the way—none worse than losing business to New Jersey—and we have learned a great deal and produced what we believe is a strong bill that will make Delaware an industry leader in this field.”

“In the past five years, we have listened to concerns from communities that have, for decades, been negatively impacted by the prohibition of marijuana to try to undo some of the harm done and ensure that these same communities will benefit from the new legal market,” he added.

Osienski is sponsoring both the simple legalization bill, HB 1, and this sales measure, HB 2. The Senate Health & Social Services Committee is expected to take up the proposals next week, according to Sen. Trey Paradee (D), sponsor of the Senate

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