We need all hands on deck to pass legalization this year!
HB 150 — Delaware’s bill to legalize and regulate cannabis for adults — has passed the House Health and Human Development Committee. Next, the bill will be considered by the House Appropriations Committee before heading to the House floor for a vote.
We still need to secure a few more votes for the bill to clear the House, and we need your help. Here are some ways to voice your support and help us get legalization across the finish line this year.
2. Share our email action link on your social media and encourage others to email their lawmakers in support of HB 150.
3. Volunteer to help generate phone calls to legislators in key districts. The Call Fire system we use makes it easy to volunteer from home. Please email email@example.com if you’re willing to make some calls to constituents of key lawmakers. We’ll send details on how to get started.
Supporters like you can help us send a strong message to lawmakers to make 2021 the year we end cannabis prohibition in the First State!
Virginia, New Mexico, and New York just legalized cannabis legislatively, and nationwide momentum is stronger than ever. Let’s make sure Delaware seizes the moment and doesn’t get left behind. Take action today and help spread the word to your friends and family in Delaware.
Today, Delaware’s House Health and Human Development Committee voted 10-5 in favor of HB 150, a bill to legalize, tax, and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and older. It now moves to the House Appropriations Committee before heading to the House floor.
You can check out our full summary of the bill here.
By passing HB 150 this year, Delaware can reduce the number of cannabis-related arrests and police interactions, free up law enforcement resources to focus on more serious crimes, and generate a new revenue source for the state.
Delaware's legislature adjourned on June 30, after making some modest but important improvements to marijuana policies. Since the General Assembly holds a two-year session, bills that did not get votes will roll over and pick up where they left off in January 2020.
The legalization bill, HB 110, was approved (8-3) by the House Revenue and Finance committee on June 5 and is now pending in the House Appropriations Committee. To pass HB 110 in 2020, it is very important to keep pressure on the General Assembly and continue our organizing efforts in the interim.
To go the extra mile, let us know if you're up for volunteering to phone bank to generate phone calls in key districts. You can make calls on your own schedule, from home.
Yesterday, Gov. John Carney signed SB 37 into law, which provides for the expungement of certain misdemeanor and felony convictions. This bill will allow for a single cannabis misdemeanor conviction to be expunged after five years and a single cannabis felony conviction to be expunged after seven years.
Additionally, two important bills passed the legislature and are headed to Gov. Carney:
SB 45, a bill to expand decriminalization to those under 21; and
SB 24, which would allow patients with any severe and debilitating medical condition to qualify for medical cannabis if they have exhausted other treatments, and the treatments have been ineffective or had prohibitive side effects.
Ask the governor to sign these important bills — SB 45 and SB 24. Call him at (302) 744-4101, shoot him an email, or weigh in on Twitter.
Meanwhile, HB 243, a bill to allow medical patients to grow their own cannabis, was introduced on June 20 and is pending in the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.
It is past time Delaware end cannabis prohibition and replace it with a system in which cannabis is taxed and regulated similarly to alcohol. After you contact your rep, please forward this message to your family and friends in Delaware.