Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill Could Receive House Vote in Delaware
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Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization Bill Could Receive House Vote in Delaware

The House Appropriations Committee has released the bill for further consideration.

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February 21, 2022

An adult-use cannabis legalization bill could receive a House vote in Delaware.

The House Appropriations Committee has released House Bill 305 for further consideration, according to a Delaware Business Now report.

The legislation, a modified version of last year’s adult-use legislation, cleared the House Health & Human Development Committee last month.

H.B. 305 would create a legal framework for the sale and possession of cannabis in Delaware, as well as establish a business licensing structure. The legislation would require regulators to issue up to 30 cannabis retail licenses within 16 months of the bill being signed into law.

Last year’s adult-use cannabis legalization proposal, House Bill 150, also passed the House Health & Human Development Committee before it ultimately stalled due to a debate over a social equity fund included in the legislation.

H.B. 305 calls for a number of social equity licenses to be issued, Delaware Business Now reported, and a portion of cannabis tax revenue would be earmarked for disadvantaged communities impacted by prohibition.

The legislation requires a 60% majority to clear the House, according to the news outlet, and Gov. John Carney has not been a proponent of previous cannabis legalization proposals.