Delaware Lawmakers “100% Confident” Enough Votes to Override Potential Marijuana Legalization Veto

Delaware House Bill 1 was delivered to Governor Carney on April 11, with House Bill 2 being delivered tomorrow. The governor has 10 days from the day they reach his desk to determine his approach.

Although there is fear the governor may veto the measures, Senator Trey Paradee, the bills’ prime sponsor in the Senate, tells us that “Rep. Osienski (the House sponsor) and I are 100% confident that we have the votes to override the Governor’s veto if it comes to that.”

Senator Paradee says they “are hopeful that the Governor will allow both bills to pass into law with or without his signature.”

If the bills are vetoed, Senator Paradee tells us the veto override in the House of Representatives will be held on Tuesday, April 25th. The veto override vote in the Senate would likely be on April 26th or 27th.

House Bill 1 will legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for those 21 and older, while House Bill 2 establishes a regulated and taxed system of licensed marijuana retail outlets, supplied by licensed producers. Both measures passed the Senate and House with over 66% support, the percentage needed to override an executive veto.

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