The language, which creates two new misdemeanors, will take effect with Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin’s signature.
With the 2022 legislative session having already ended, this vote effectively ends any further discussion of the legislation this year.
Senate Bill 391 advances to the House of Delegates on a historic bipartisan 21-18 vote.
“Today, together, we celebrate an extraordinary victory for cannabis justice in the Commonwealth.”
Virginia becomes the first southern state to legalize the possession and use of marijuana by adults.
Governor Northam recommended that provisions in the legislation legalizing the personal possession and personal cultivation of cannabis by adults take effect on July 1, 2021 rather than on January 1, 2024 — the enactment date initially approved by lawmakers.
The advancement of this legislation is another historic step for cannabis justice in Virginia. The bills now head to the Governor.
“Virginians have been clear in their support for this issue and Governor Northam agrees, it is time to legalize the responsible use of cannabis by adults in the Commonwealth.”