BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Delaware might be the ninth state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The law enforcement officials in the state claim they can obtain all the necessary votes and they can pass the legislation which would settle a cannabis industry. However, this will not go without some opposition.
Marijuana can bring a lot of money from taxes
The bill proposes the introduction of marijuana on the market, with all the associated taxes. This has the potential to bring a certain amount of profit into the state, but it is not devoid of opposition. Those who do not agree with this law is the Democratic Governor John Carney, backed up by the Police Chief Council of the state.
The introduction of a developed cannabis industry has several advantages. For instance, Helene Keeley, State Rep., and Margaret Rose Henry, State Sen., made an estimate of the revenue it might produce. They found that the state would earn around $22 million from taxes only one year after the legalization.
Moreover, Delaware would be the only state within quite a big area allowed to sell marijuana. This would make it a top destination, as many people would come to the state to purchase cannabis. Therefore, this can only be to the benefit of the state economy.
Legalizing for social, and not economic reasons
At the moment, Delaware is struggling with a budget deficit of $386 million. However, Henry claims that their initiative is not economically driven. Legalization of marijuana can, indeed, benefit the economy of the state, but the senator claims that it is a “social justice issue”. People have always been consuming cannabis, and she thinks that the time has come to allow them to do it legally.
Those who oppose the bill do not agree with Henry’s claims. They admit the positive effects that the legalization would have on the economy, but they say that many other bad things would come. Jeffrey Horvath, the executive director of the Police Chief’s Council, gives the example of Colorado.
He claims that the black market is still stronger in Colorado, and the cannabis use among teenagers has increased dangerously. Instead, the opposing officials want to develop the medical marijuana program. Until they decide if they are for or against a total legalization, some of the Delaware officials want to study the effects of making marijuana legal in other states.
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