Gov. Ralph Northam's administration is proposing legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Virginia, with a 21% state tax on the drug and a licensing program meant to ease entry for people harmed by the disparate enforcement of marijuana laws.
It estimates that it will take 18 to 24 month for legalization to be actualized, and at least five years for Virginia to have a mature legal marijuana industry.
Large investments in robust data collection, new regulation and public education should precede the legalization of recreational marijuana in Virginia — a landscape that “cannot be created quickly.”
Gov. Ralph Northam threw the weight of his administration behind efforts to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Virginia, citing racial inequities in how laws around the drug are enforced and promising a meticulous regulatory process on the path to making it widely available.
If lawmakers in Virginia move forward, the state would become the first in the South to authorize recreational use of the drug by adults.
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BLAINE, Wash. — Recreational marijuana has been legal here in Washington state since 2014. Adults just a few miles away in Canada also will be able to legally buy and smoke marijuana for pleasure starting in October.
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While meeting with the country music legend at a concert in Bristow, the governor was photographed with a can of Willie’s Reserve, Nelson’s brand of marijuana that sold in states where it's legal.
Novy: a primary goal is to gain vocal support for closeted supporters.