Cannabis advocates won their first legislative victory Wednesday when a House committee voted to advance a bill that would make Delaware the ninth state to legalize recreational marijuana.
"We're very excited to see our legislators want to end the very dangerous, illicit market for cannabis and replace it with a safe, taxed and well-regulated system," said Zoë Patchell, executive director of the Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network.
"But celebration would be premature at this point," she added. "We have a pretty big fight still ahead of us."
The House Revenue and Finance Committee voted 9-2 to move the proposed Delaware Marijuana Control Act to a vote by the full state House of Representatives. Rep. Helene Keeley, D-South Wilmington, who chairs the committee and sponsored the bill, said she plans for that vote to happen in early June.