Delaware Lawmakers Approve Bill To Launch Recreational Marijuana Sales Early Through Existing Medical Cannabis … – Marijuana Moment

A Delaware legislative panel has approved a bill to launch recreational marijuana sales early through existing medical cannabis dispensaries—disregarding concerns from activists who argue the measure will give current businesses run by multi-state operators an unfair advantage.

The House Economic Development/Banking/Insurance and Commerce Committee voted on Tuesday to advance the measure to let current medical providers convert to dual licensees that could serve both patients and adult-use consumers months earlier than the current sales timeline.

The legislation is being sponsored by Rep. Ed Osienski (D) and Sen. Trey Paradee (D), who championed the legalization law that’s being implemented and have taken a number of steps to build upon the reform this session.

HB 408 would create a “conversion license” category, laying out requirements for medical cannabis businesses to apply and also stipulating that the applicants who are denied due to local bans can apply for general licenses for a new location, which must be approved as long as they meet the requirements.

Prospective conversion licensees would have to demonstrate that they can continue to meet demand among medical patients, show plans to support the state’s social equity program and enter into a labor peace agreement with a “legitimate” union, for

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