May 12, 2022
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Exciting news! Today, for the first time ever, the Delaware Senate passed a legalization bill — HB 371 — in a 13-7 vote. HB 371 would simply legalize possession of up to one ounce of cannabis for adults 21 and older in Delaware. It passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee just one day earlier.
The bill now heads to Gov. John Carney’s (D) desk! Gov. Carney has been wary of legalization, so we are calling on Delawareans across the state to call the governor today and ask him to allow HB 371 to become law. You can then follow up with an email.
You may have seen this recent traumatic search of the Delaware State University women’s lacrosse team in Georgia make national news. Officers told the HBCU’s team during the stop, “marijuana is still illegal in the state of Georgia.” While Gov. Carney has spoken out against the incident, these searches are still happening right in Delaware. Ask him to stop racist pretextual searches and legalize cannabis in the First State!
In other news, a separate bill to legalize, regulate, and tax adult-use cannabis sales is now cleared for a vote on the House floor. HB 372 could be on the House floor as early as next week, where it will need a supermajority (25 votes) to pass. Urge your representative to support and pass HB 372 this year! You can also share this action on social media to help spread the word.
Thank you to the lawmakers, advocates, and residents who helped us reach this historic moment. After years of advocacy, Delaware is so close to finally legalizing cannabis for adults. We need all hands on deck to make sure we cross the finish line THIS YEAR!
After you reach out to the governor, please forward this message to your friends and family in Delaware and encourage them to take action too.