An effort to legalize recreational cannabis in Delaware has once again fallen short.
The state House on Thursday voted 23-14 in favor of the latest version of a cannabis legalization bill.
The margin, however, fell short of the 25 votes needed to pass it, the Associated Press reports.
The bill would have allowed adult-use cannabis and established a state-run cannabis marketplace.
But it ran into opposition from law enforcement, agriculture and public health groups, and the governor’s administration.
The bill was the first of its kind to receive a vote in the Delaware Legislature, and its author has vowed to try again.
He said Delaware is the only state with a Democratic governor and legislative majority where recreational cannabis remains illegal.
"I'm going to keep plugging at it,” state Rep. Ed Osienski, D-Newark, told the AP. “I'm not going to quit.”