A subcommittee focused on cannabis legalization voted in favor of the amended bill, advancing it.
Lawmakers formed a Marijuana subcommittee last week to fast-track debate on a legalization bill backed by the governor. The group held the first of two meetings this week.
With two hearings next week, Virginia lawmakers are on a fast-track to legalize.
This week, top lawmakers introduced legislation that would implement Northam’s legalization proposal.
A Cannabis Legalization Bill Has Dropped in Virginia. But It’s Unlikely to Be the One to Cross the Finish Line.
When Governor Ralph Northam called for legalization last month, he said Virginia’s plan would “lead with social equity.” The bill introduced this week makes no mention of it.
In November, just months after signing cannabis decriminalization legislation, Governor Ralph Northam said that 2021 is the “time to legalize marijuana in Virginia.”
Virginia’s governor and attorney general have been steadily working on cannabis law reform since last year.
Virginia has been on a path toward legalization for the past year, but the governor’s call could put the state on a fast track.
Virginia lawmakers recently passed cannabis and criminal justice reforms, but Mark Herring says there’s much more to be done.
The governor and attorney general have put the state on a path toward legal adult use, starting with eliminating penalties for possession.
“It is clear to me that it is time for a new, smarter approach to cannabis in Virginia. And the question that we're here to answer today is: what does that look like?"
With the state AG’s support, the chances for cannabis reform in 2020 just got stronger. But legalization may have to wait.