Virginia joins 15 other states in legalizing marijuana - POLITICO
Feb 28, 2021 1 min, 3 secs
state to pass an adult-use marijuana legalization law, though sales would not start until 2024.

The Virginia Legislature approved adult-use marijuana legalization Saturday in a historic vote marking the first state in the Old South to embrace full legalization.

state to pass an adult-use marijuana legalization law, though sales would not start until 2024.

Under the compromise legislation, marijuana possession would not become legal until January 2024, when regulated sales are scheduled to start.

The background: The state decriminalized marijuana last year during a special session to address criminal justice reform.

Virginia’s medical marijuana program is just getting off the ground, and lawmakers passed a bill this session that would expand the program to allow marijuana flower products.

Lawmakers tackled thorny issues such as how to prevent large corporations from taking over the marijuana market, and how to handle automatic expungements of marijuana offenses when the criminal justice system lacks the technology to do so.

Marijuana advocates pointed to the harms of the disproportionate enforcement of marijuana offenses in communities of color.

Norment pointed to his advocacy of the marijuana decriminalization bill that passed last year.

The bill sets a 21 percent excise tax on marijuana and allows municipalities to add an additional 3 percent tax on retailers on top of existing sales taxes

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