It was a disappointing end for marijuana legalization advocates in The First State, as lawmakers voted not to override Governor John Carney’s veto of House Bill 371.
The bill would have decriminalized possession of an ounce or less for anyone 21 or older. Governor Carney vetoed the bill on May 24. House members voted yesterday to override the veto but was short of the 3/5 majority vote needed (20 to 20 vote with one abstaining).
The Delaware Cannabis Policy Coalition called the vote “devastating” and issued a statement saying “It’s looking like the First State might not listen to voters and end the racist war on marijuana until it has a new governor. However, this is an election year, and it’ll be important to get as many solid supporters of legalization in the House as possible.”