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Virginia Lawmakers Vote Yes On Marijuana Legalization

Lawmakers in Virginia over the weekend approved a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, a historic breakthrough for cannabis advocates in the southern United States. A so-called “compromise bill” was passed in the Virginia legislature on Saturday—winning approval by narrow margins in each chamber. According to Politico, the legislation passed by a 48-43 vote in the Virginia House, and 20-19 in the Senate.   The bill now heads to the desk of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, who had said he wanted marijuana legalization approved this year. With the successful approval in the legislature over the weekend, Virginia becomes the […]

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Virginia Lawmakers Pass Bills Allowing Herbal Forms Of Medical Marijuana

The Virginia legislature has passed bills to modify the state’s medical marijuana program to allow for the production and sale of herbal forms of cannabis. The measures, House Bill 2218 and Senate Bill 1333, were approved this week with overwhelming majorities in both the House of Delegates and the Virginia Senate. The legalization of medical marijuana in Virginia began with a strictly limited 2015 law that allowed for CBD and THC-A oils to be used by patients with severe epilepsy. The regulations have been loosened since, and medical marijuana dispensaries selling products with up to 10 milligrams of THC per […]

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Cannabis Legalization Advances In The Virginia Legislature

For legalization advocates in Virginia, this could prove to be a decisive week. With support at the highest levels of the state government—not to mention among voters in the commonwealth—a bill to lift pot prohibition in Virginia will reportedly be brought to its first votes in the legislature in the coming days. According to the Virginia Mercury, lawmakers in both chambers have been making tweaks to a bill that could make legalization a reality, including one change that bumped “the start of retail sales to Jan. 1, 2024, a full year later than the 2023 date proposed by Gov. Ralph […]

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Governor of Virginia Unveils Proposal To Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Adults in Virginia will be able to legally purchase marijuana for recreational use in two years, under a proposal unveiled Wednesday by the governor of the commonwealth. Under the proposal offered up by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, according to local television station WRIC, adults aged 21 years and older would be able to purchase pot as of January 1, 2023.  Citing a spokesperson for the governor, the station reported that sales of recreational pot would not begin until that day, but implementation “would have a quick timeline of roughly 20 to 22 months after the bill is passed.” Moreover, WRIC […]

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Virginia Lawmaker Reignites Effort To Legalize Cannabis In The State

There are plenty of reasons for legalization advocates to feel confident about the outlook for 2021 in Virginia. They have support from the sitting governor, and polls showing that voters in the commonwealth are ready to take the step, too.  Now, they have legislation to make it a reality. The new bill comes via Democrat Steve Heretick, a member of Virginia’s House of Delegates who has put up legalization proposals in the past. While those previous efforts have all fizzled out, there is good reason to believe that this time will be different.  The most obvious reason, of course, is […]

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Virginia Lawmakers Advance Separate Cannabis Expungement Bills – Ganjapreneur

The Virginia House and Senate each approved a bill to expunge low-level cannabis crimes this week. Senate Bill 5043 would give cannabis convicts the opportunity to have their police and court records wiped of their charges. According to an official summary, “The bill requires the person to have paid all court costs, fines, and restitution, and for five years to have elapsed since the date of conviction, depending on the nature of the offense.” The proposal would also allow for the expungement of other minor, non-cannabis crimes including the use of a fake ID to purchase alcohol. House Bill 5146 […]

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Virginia Program to Reveal Link Between Vaping and COVID-19 – Public News Service

New research shows a strong correlation between vaping and catching coronavirus. (Adobe stock) September 3, 2020 RICHMOND, Va. — Vaping and cigarette smoking are significant risk factors for COVID-19, according to new research from Stanford University. And this month, a Henrico County, Virginia-based program for parents and teens will present important findings from the study. The research surveyed youth between ages 13 and 24. It reveals those who vaped regularly tested positive for COVID-19 five times more likely than those who never used e-cigarettes, according to Terrell Pollard, chair of Henrico Too Smart 2 Start, an education nonprofit that will […]

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Virginia Senate Approves Legislation to Prohibit Police Stops Based on Cannabis Odor – Cannabis Business Times

When it comes to social equity in Greater Boston, private enterprise and the voluntary sector aren’t going it alone. A public-private partnership is working to help people who were adversely affected by the War on Drugs obtain a foothold in the cannabis industry. Launched in 2019, Mass CultivatED strives to help people who were arrested or incarcerated, have family members who had those same experiences, or live in an area where those experiences have had a disproportionate impact on the population. The program refers to them as “fellows.” “When I decided to get one of these licenses and create a […]

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Bill to end police stops for marijuana odor passes Virginia Senate

The state Senate approved a bill Friday that would prohibit search and seizures based solely on the odor of marijuana, which activists say is a step toward ending adverse enforcement against marginalized communities. Senate Bill 5029, introduced by Sen. Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, passed on a 21-15 vote.  Chelsea Higgs Wise, executive director of Marijuana Justice, a nonprofit pushing for the statewide legalization of marijuana, said her group is excited to see the bill move forward. “This is a small but important step to decriminalizing Black and brown bodies of being targeted by this longtime policing tool, which was really created […]

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