Exciting news! Today, Rep. Ed Osienski introduced his highly anticipated legalization bill — HB 150.
The bill would legalize possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and older, allow for mandatory expungement of past cannabis possession convictions, and promote equity and inclusion in the legal industry from communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition. You can check out our full summary of the bill here.
There is increasing momentum for Delaware to move forward with legalization this year. New Jersey has officially enacted its legalization law, and the Virginia Legislature recently sent a legalization bill to its governor. Rep. Osienski has said he is close to the two-thirds majority we need to pass the House.
Replacing cannabis prohibition with sensible regulations would reduce the number of cannabis-related arrests and police interactions, free up law enforcement resources to focus on more serious crimes, and generate a much-needed new source of jobs and revenue for the state.
To help get legalization over the finish line this year, email your lawmakers and ask them to support legalization, share this action on social media, and encourage others to do the same. Stay tuned for future updates on the 2021 legalization effort.
Together, we can end prohibition in the First State!