DOVER, Del.- Delaware lawmakers are once again taking aim at the controversial issue of legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
House Bill 1 was voted on today in the House of Representatives and has passed after last year’s efforts to legalize marijuana fell short. Gov. John Carney’s opposition to the Bill had been a major obstacle.
However, many Dover neighbors are more than ready to legalize the drug.
Verna Uptigrow of Dover argues that marijuana has actually “never been a drug,” as it grows from the ground and helps with pain and anxiety she said.
“Instead of pushing pills and opioids, you have marijuana that calms a lot of stuff down. I think they should really pass it.”
According to a spokesperson from Governor Carney’s office, his position has not changed since he vetoed the bill last year.
In May 2022 Gov. Carney said though he “recognizes the positive effect marijuana can have for people with certain health conditions,” he does not believe that “promoting or expanding the use of recreational marijuana is in the best interests of the state of Delaware, especially for young people.”
He said, “questions about the long-term health and economic impacts of recreational marijuana use, as well as serious law enforcement concerns, remain unresolved.”
Sponsor of HB1, Rep. Ed Osienski (D-Dist. 24) thinks it’s time for Delaware to…
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