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Virginia Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Marijuana in 2024

theskanner.com February 28, 2021

Virginia Lawmakers Vote to Legalize Marijuana in 2024

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia lawmakers gave final approval Saturday to a bill that will legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, but not until 2024, when retail sales of the drug would also begin.

With a compromise bill clearing the House and Senate, Virginia becomes the first Southern state to vote to legalize marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia. The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports legalization.

The bill was a top priority for Democrats, who framed legalization as a necessary step to end the disparate treatment of people of color under current marijuana laws. But talks between Democrats in the House and Senate grew tense in recent days, and a compromise version of the massive bill did not emerge publicly until late Saturday afternoon.

"It's been a lot of work to get here, but I would say that we're on the path to an equitable law allowing responsible adults to use...


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