Delaware moves closer to legalizing recreational marijuana

Dan Wing
June 08, 2019 - 10:01 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Medical marijuana has been legal in Delaware for nearly a decade, but the 'First State' is now one step closer to approving weed for recreational purposes too. 

The goal of bill sponsors is to keep pot out of the hands of minors.

The bill got approval from the assembly committee and could be up for a full vote later this month.

"So besides cannabis being sold to minors, we also have criminal activity here that the black market presents," said Newark Democrat Ed Osinski, the sponsor of the bill, "and I prefer that we regulate it, create good jobs that are going to be good for the community."

Osinski says it could bring in a lot of cash with a tax rate at 15%.

"We're going to be keeping an eye on that, and if we have to make adjustments, we will," he said. "Our prime goal is to eliminate the black market."

Osinski says, if approved, there will be 15 retail licenses issued and the state will also allow outdoor growing, which should help keep production costs low.

Anybody who applies for a growing, cultivation or retail license would have to provide wage information and show a commitment to hire from within the community.

Republicans in the State House couldn't be reached for comments.