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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 04:14 PM

Legal marijuana sales in Virginia could start in less than 2 years under Northam's new proposal

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Legal marijuana sales in Virginia could start in less than 2 years under Northam’s new proposal

BY MEL LEONOR Richmond Times-Dispatch 4 hrs ago



In this September photo, Richmond natives Adam Blankinship (left), a clinical pharmacist, and his brother, Trey Blankinship, pharmacist in charge at Green Leaf Medical of Virginia’s South Richmond facility, check plants inside a flowering room at the new medical marijuana dispensary.

Photo by Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch

BY MEL LEONOR Richmond Times-Dispatch

RICHMOND — Gov. Ralph Northam's administration on Wednesday unveiled legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Virginia, proposing a 21% state tax on the drug and a licensing program meant to ease entry for people harmed by the disparate enforcement of marijuana laws.

Following years of activism by civil rights groups, Northam threw his support behind legalization in November, hailing it as a step forward for racial equity and a profitable endeavor for the state, which would become the first in the South to legalize the drug.

The measure faces good odds in Virginia’s legislature, illustrating the stark changes that have come with Democrats’ sweeping control of state government. The hallmark legislation will be formally introduced by two of the most powerful Democrats in the legislature: House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, and Senate President Pro Tempore Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth. Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, and Del. Don Scott, D-Portsmouth, will also carry pieces of the proposal.

“Equitable marijuana legalization is an important step towards justice in the commonwealth," Herring said. "For far too long, marijuana laws have targeted black and brown communities and enough is enough.”

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 04:57 PM

1. Amen

I want to go on the Buds, Steins, Vines, and Moonshine trail (but not all at once).

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Response to Best_man23 (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 06:01 PM

2. About time

Though I hope the Virginia Legislature passes law to make banks hand funds from licensed Marijuana retailers.

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