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Recreational marijuana bill delayed in House

Delaware Public Media

There wasn't be a vote on marijuana legalization Thursday in the General Assembly.


The latest bill aiming to legalize recreational cannabis in Delaware was pulled from the House agenda by its sponsor Ed Osienski (D-Newark).


In a statement, Osienski says lawmakers need more time to review the large number of recently filed amendments before bringing the bill to a House vote.


So far, 10 amendments have been filed by Osienski himself and some Republican lawmakers. Some make major changes to the legislation, such as removing the social equity fund, removing protections for marijuana users at work and improving child safety.


Support for the bill remains unknown in both the House and state Senate, and Gov. Carney remains opposed to marijuana legalization, citing public health concerns.


But Carney did not say whether he would veto the legislation if it came to his desk.


Osienski hasn’t laid out a timeline for seeking a vote, but time is running out with just 8 days remaining in this year’s session to get it through the House and Senate.


Roman Battaglia is a corps member withReport for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms.

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.
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