“Decriminalization is only a partial step. It reduces the total number of marijuana arrests, but continues to leave far too many people — and young adults in particular — subject to the whims of law enforcement.”
“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.
Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 1862 into law, which provides employment protections for state-registered medical cannabis patients.
A handful of key states are poised to advance adult use marijuana legalization proposals this week.
Products anticipated to be available as soon as September.
The advancement of this legislation is another historic step for cannabis justice in Virginia. The bills now head to the Governor.