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Virginia approves blazing-fast timeline to legalize recreational marijuana
Carly Roman, 21 mins ago
Recreational marijuana smokers in Virginia may be about to hit the jackpot this summer.
Senate Bill 1406, which eliminates criminal penalties for simple possession of marijuana by adults and establishes a regulatory structure for the cultivation, manufacture, wholesale, and retail sale of marijuana and marijuana products, was originally set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2024, if approved. Gov. Ralph Northam offered an amendment, moving the timeline up to July 1 of this year, and the change was approved by the Democratic-controlled Virginia General Assembly in a largely party-line vote on Wednesday.
Two Democrats, Sen. Chap Petersen and Del. David Bulova, joined all Republicans in their opposition to the bill, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Del. Vivian Watts abstained from voting.