Majority of Delaware Legislators Vote for Marijuana Legalization, But Bill Still Fails

The Delaware House of Representatives voted on a bill to legalize recreational marijuana yesterday, but unfortunately it looks like we will not add a new state to our list of cannabis legal states.

A bill to legalize recreational cannabis in Delaware failed to pass the state's House of Representatives. The bill would've allowed anyone 21 years old or older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and would've instituted a recreational market for marijuana. 

The bill actually did have the support of the majority of legislators. It received 21 yes votes to 15 no votes, with five members abstaining. However, since the bill included taxes and fees, Delaware state law requires that 60 percent of legislators approve the bill as opposed to a simple majority. The bill's sponsors attempted to edit and revise the bill to attract more votes, but the efforts failed.

However, it's not clear that even if the bill had passed the House of Representatives that it would've become the law. The bill would still need to pass the Delaware Senate before the end of the legislative session on Saturday. But even then Delaware Governor John Carney says he's not sure he supports marijuana legalization yet.

So it's possible this bill simply came a little bit before the state is finally ready to pull the trigger.

(h/t Forbes)

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