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Delaware Senate Democrats

Statement from Sen. Paradee, Sen. Sokola on House Bill 371

May 24, 2022

Sen. Trey Paradee, Senate prime sponsor of House Bill 371, and Delaware Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola issued the following joint statement today regarding Governor John Carney’s veto message:

“We are disappointed by Governor John Carney’s decision to ignore the will of Delaware voters and the will of their elected representatives in the Delaware General Assembly.

While his veto of House Bill 371 will not stop adults from consuming marijuana, it will help to preserve the illegal drug market created by 50 years of prohibition and criminalization that historically has been unjustly and inequitably applied to communities of color.

The questions Governor Carney raised have been resolved in 18 states and the District of Columbia, which are all creating jobs through a legal and well-regulated cannabis industry.

The members of the Delaware General Assembly have been fighting for years to end the failed war on marijuana and we will not be stopped by this latest setback.”