On Thursday, Delaware legislators launched an anticipated marijuana legalization reform within the state as the governor’s current concerns regarding policy change continue acting as an obstacle.
Representative Ed Osienski sponsored the legislation. The reform would set up a controlled marijuana market and allow 21 and older adults to buy and possess not more than an ounce of cannabis. However, it lacks a provision for home cultivation.
Ed was the main sponsor of a previously proposed legislation that ascended past the House commission during 2019; however, it didn’t pass the full chamber. The reform was then modified and is slated to head towards the Health and Human Development Commission on 24th March.
The reform recommends the set up of a cannabis commissioner that’ll issue licenses and regulations. Delaware’s DSHS (Department of Safety and Homeland Security) and DATE(Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement) will also play a role in regulation.
In social justice and equity, the initiative would offer a means of deleting prior cannabis records. It’ll also set up a business licensing class for applicants residing in regions severely hit by prohibition or those convicted of cannabis-related offenses.
Osinski’s office said during a press release that such candidates would have access to reduced fees, an altered points scale, technical aid programs, a subsidy on the physical location regulation, and a continuous Social Equity Loan.
In the initial sixteen months of enactment, regulators may award licenses to about thirty retail businesses. According to the scoring program, applicants will be selected based on whether the venture will pay its staff living wages, promote a diverse labor force, or offer health insurance.
The reform will also have a cannabis regulation enforcement fee (a 15% sales tax) imposed at cannabis products’ point of sale. Legislators want to ensure prices compete with those of the illegal market to urge individuals to use regulated stores.