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Delaware lawmakers reintroduce marijuana legalization bill

May 16, 2019

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are again proposing to legalize marijuana in Delaware, an idea still opposed by Democratic Gov. John Carney.

Sponsors of a bill unveiled Thursday say it is aimed at eliminating the black market for pot by establishing a state-licensed industry that would create jobs while padding state coffers with licensing fees and taxes.

A similar bill failed last year amid opposition from the law enforcement and business communities.

The revised legislation allows initial authorization of 50 indoor and outdoor cultivation facilities, 10 marijuana product manufacturing facilities, 15 retail stores and five testing facilities.

The state would collect licensing fees and a tax of 15% of the retail price of all marijuana products sold, while prohibiting citizens from growing their own marijuana for their own personal use.