Delaware House Committee Will Hold Hearing For Marijuana Legalization Bill

Ron Strider

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The Delaware House Revenue & Finance Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday at 3 p.m., for legislation that, if passed, would tax and regulate the recreational use of marijuana for adults in Delaware.

The committee will hear testimony before voting on House Bill 110, also known as the Delaware Marijuana Control Act. If approved, it will move to the full House for a vote.

HB 110, sponsored by Committee Chair Helene Keeley and a bipartisan group of 13 co-sponsors, would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, including no more than five grams of marijuana concentrate. It would direct the Division of Marijuana Control and Enforcement, an entity overseen by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, to enforce regulations on marijuana cultivators, product manufacturers, testing laboratories, and retail establishments, and localities would be authorized to ban or limit the number of marijuana businesses within their jurisdictions. Home cultivation of marijuana would not be permitted.

"A strong majority of Delawareans support making cannabis legal for adults," said Maggie Ellinger-Locke, legislative counsel for the Marijuana Policy Project. "Cannabis prohibition has disproportionately impacted communities of color and failed to make any of Delaware's communities safer. This bipartisan bill proposes a responsible and more effective approach to controlling cannabis."

The legislation would create a marijuana regulation fund, which would consist of taxes collected on marijuana, license feeds paid by marijuana businesses, and any fines imposed on them. "This is an opportunity to create a new industry that would include agricultural, processing and retail jobs throughout the state," said Rep. Keeley. "This bill creates professional, well-regulated framework for marijuana production and sales for adult use; it provides protections for residents while generating revenue for various programs throughout the state."

House Bill 110, titles the Delaware Marijuana Control Act would establish a regulatory infrastructure similar to the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE). Under the bill, retail stores, testing facilities, cultivation facilities, and manufacturing facilities would need to apply for licenses to operate in the marijuana industry. Applicants would pay a fee of up to $5,000 for a license and a $10,000 biennial fee for each license.


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